Hydration Salvation Moisturizing Camellia Facial Oil
Bliss’ Hydration Salvation Moisturizing Camellia Facial Oil starts out great, but the final touches to the ingredient list really muck things up.
Beginning with the positives, skin is treated to a handful of beneficial plant oils, including two variations of the namesake camellia oils, as well as jojoba and sunflower oils. These oils deliver nourishing fatty acids and an emollient, dewy finish, ideal for dry skin.
This facial oil blend also features antioxidants—just bear in mind that the semi-transparent bottle may expose them to light, which causes them to break down unless you store this in a dark place (i.e. a drawer) to preserve their efficacy. We contacted Bliss to find out if the bottle is UV-coated to protect those antioxidants, but still have not heard back from them.
But alas, all of that is for naught due to due the bergamot oil, limonene, and linalool—all which have volatile fragrance components that trigger irritation and impair skin. In fact, bergamot oil in particular is known to cause a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to the sun (see More Info). Sigh.
Our recommendation? Get your “hydration salvation” via the options on our best face oils page instead.
- Front-loaded with oils rich in replenishing fatty acids.
- Moisturizing formula for dry skin.
- Contains fragrant ingredients that put skin at risk.
- Potential to cause phototoxic reaction.
- See-through packaging limits the effectiveness of the antioxidants if not stored properly.
This product contains bergamot oil, a citrus oil loaded with chemical compounds that can trigger what's known as a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to the sun. This reaction can cause skin discolorations! Although more likely to occur if you don’t wear sunscreen, it can happen even if you are wearing it because no sunscreen can stop 100% of UV light from affecting your skin.
Along with the risk of discoloration, topical application of citrus oils can cause irritation which hurts skin in several ways. Fragrance free is the best way to go for all skin types.
References for this information:
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2013, pages 10,677-10,684
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
Acta Dermato Venereological, 2007, pages 312-316
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
This luxurious vegan facial oil blend is supercharged with 10% fermented camellia oil to deliver tiny antioxidant-and-moisture-packed molecules that visibly plump, rejuvenate and replenish even the most parched complexions.
The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.
Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Blisss iconic white with splashes of color packaging.
Blisss biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Blisss offerings you just have to know where to look.
For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.
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