C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil
Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil boasts a robust blend on good-for-skin oils, but a couple of not-so-great inclusions mean we just can’t rank it among the very best.
As advertised, this oil is richly moisturizing and while it isn’t super-greasy (it sinks into skin fairly quickly), it’s still very much an oil, meaning it’s best for those with normal, dry, or for use on dry area of combination skin.
The ingredient list features one of the more impressive blends of fragrance-free, antioxidant-rich oils we’ve seen: there’s raspberry, jojoba, cranberry, pomegranate, sunflower, black currant, and rapeseed oils all in the mix.
There’s also vitamin C in the form of tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and turmeric extract, as the name implies. Turmeric is a natural source curcumin, which has potent antioxidant properties. All this adds up to an oil can hydrate and brighten skin, just as Sunday Riley claims.
The turmeric is likely the chief reason this oil is bright orange, as brands who use this ingredient have the option of using the colored or colorless forms. The berry oils may be adding to this color, but we have no reason to believe it means the product is ineffective. However, the natural color means it will be more difficult to tell when the vitamin C this contains begins discoloring (a sign it’s oxidizing and breaking down).
Unfortunately, like many vitamin C-themed products, it also includes citrus. In this case it’s bitter orange flower oil, which puts skin at risk for irritation (as all fragrant citrus oils do). It’s not very prominent in the ingredient list, and you can’t smell it, but it would be better for your skin if it weren’t here at all.
Another drawback is that this needs to be stored in the dark to preserve all those antioxidant-rich ingredients. While the bottle this comes in is tinted orange, it’s not opaque, meaning the ingredients are still exposed to light – and light diminishes the effectiveness of antioxidants over time.
That aside, this is still a good face oil, and one of Sunday Riley’s stronger offerings.
- Oil is emollient without being super-greasy.
- Includes numerous beneficial non-fragrant, antioxidant-rich plant oils.
- Contains brightening vitamin C and antioxidant turmeric extract.
- Contains fragrant bitter orange flower extract, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
- Needs to be stored out of direct light to protect its beneficial ingredients.
C.E.O. Glow is a Vitamin C + Turmeric glow-giving face oil that recharges the radiance of your skin. Infused with advanced Vitamin C and golden turmeric for instant vibrance and antioxidant defense. C.E.O. Glow delivers cold-pressed, nutrient-rich extracts into your skin, leaving your complexion looking brighter and nurtured.
Sunday Riley is a brand that has captured the attention of many with its mix of luxury-positioned skincare products and its ties to today's top fashion designers. This coupling, plus the brand's cult-like status among beauty editors, has led many of our readers to ask us whether Sunday Riley products are deserving of the hype. The answer: Yes and no.
Often noted in Sunday Riley's products is the NV-5 Ageless Complex. Despite the number 5 in this trade name, the complex contains a mix of seven plant ingredients: prickly pear extract, blue agave, lady's slipper orchid extract, opuntia tuna fruit, cactus extract, aloe, and a type of yeast extract (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).
We explored the research on each of the ingredients in the NV-5 Ageless Complex. While all of them have some benefit for skin, they're not ingredients that have comparative benefit to long established ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, and niacinamide, for example.
This brand has some intriguing products and many of them contain beneficial ingredients that are packaged to maintain their effectiveness, but there are a few missteps in terms of highly fragrant formulas. Even the highly rated products are on the pricey side for what you get, but at least if you choose to indulge you'll know which products are worth buying.
Sunday Riley products are available at several online retailers, as well as at Sephora stores.
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