Luxury Body Oil
This body oil is very similar to Rodin's Luxury Face Oil, except you get a larger amount of product for less money. Despite that gain, this remains a problematic product because of the arnica and fragrant oils it contains. The second ingredient is jasmine oil, and this fragrant oil is known to cause hypersensitivity (Sources: www.naturaldatabase.com; and Medycyna Pracy, Volume 57, 2006, pages 431–437). Arnica is also a problem for healthy, intact skin, while orange flower oil is another fragrant sensitizer.
This contains some helpful oils for dry skin anywhere on the body, but for the health and youthfulness of your skin, it would be far better to moisturize with pure olive, almond, evening primrose, or any other non-fragrant plant oil. Also keep in mind that dry skin needs more than just oils to help it feel and function better. Skin-identical ingredients, cell-communicating ingredients, and antioxidants play a role, too. The plant ingredients in this body oil have antioxidant properties, but because some of them are inherently irritating, it's like taking one step forward, two steps back.
- Contains several oils that help dry skin look and feel better.
- Leaves a radiant glow (something most oils do quite well, though those with oily skin will describe it as greasy!)
- Contains fragrant plant oils known to cause irritation.
- Clear glass bottle means the delicate ingredients will be exposed to degrading daylight.
- Expensive for a product you can make yourself (minus the fragrant oils) for pennies per use.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)
RODIN olio lusso, composed of an aromatic blend of eleven essential oils is derived from flowers and other botanicals-every one of them known for their skin-soothing, softening and glow-giving properties. Blended together, they leave the skin looking and feeling instantly supple, radiant and hydrated. RODIN olio lusso is more than a liquid moisturizer. It is a skin scent that is chemical free, and makes your skin the best it can be naturally.
Rodin Olio Lusso At-A-Glance
Strengths: Each of the products contains a blend of oils or emollients that can help soften and smooth dry skin or lips.
Weaknesses: Expensive; every product contains fragrant oils that research has shown are detrimental to skin (although they do smell divine); the products have limited appeal as they are all oil-based and only suitable for dry skin (assuming you want to overlook the risk of irritation each product comes with).
Rodin Olio Lusso is a small line of boutique products created by celebrity stylist and former model and fashion editor Linda Rodin. One wonders what someone with her background knows about skin care formularies, but her fashion lineage helps explain why the products that bear her name get repeat mentions in the pages of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. In any event, what Rodin created isn't a miracle or anything all that special. In fact, her product's emphasis on fragrance is not a wise approach, as the fragrant oils she uses, while natural, are also known to harm skin more than they help.
This line is all about simplicity but with that comes severe limitations. For example, there are no cleansers, no exfoliants, no sunscreensjust non-fragrant oils mixed with fragrant oils and some plant extracts. Rodin describes herself as low maintenance and that's fine, but that doesn't mean your skin-care routine cuts out the basics and doesn't take into account skin type or various skin conditions women struggle with, from acne to wrinkles, brown spots, rosacea, and on and on.
Without question, the non-fragrant plant oils these products contain are great for dry skin; these products are likely to make your skin feel quite smooth and silky, so if you're not seeing any problems from using them, then what's the harm? Well, the truth is that our skin is very good at hiding when it's being irritated. The problem is that the damage is still taking place beneath the skin, adding up over time and potentially leading to skin problems and unwanted changes down the road. Think of it like sun damage from UVA rays: you don't see or feel these "silent rays" damaging your skin yet the damage is steadily accumulating, leading to wrinkles, sagging, and an uneven skin tone with a damaged barrier.
We admit these products are appealing; they smell great and the simplicity can be refreshing after confronting routine after routine that seems too complicated or confusing. If only fragrance were skin care and if oils were all it took to have great skin, we'd be all set. Alas, thats far from being the case and between this fact and Rodin's high prices, these products don't deserve serious consideration.
For more information about Rodin Olio Lusso, owned as of late 2014 by Estee Lauder, visit www.oliolusso.com.
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