Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil
We love a good face oil, especially if you have dry, dehydrated skin. Unfortunately, Acure’s Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil has some serious issues alongside its positive traits, making it an oil we can’t recommend for nightly use.
Packaged in a stability-enhancing opaque glass bottle topped with a convenient pump applicator (a nice change of pace from the usual dropper top), this oil’s main problem is the inclusion of multiple fragrant plant ingredients known to irritate skin. This includes the blue tansy oil, a flowering plant whose oil is a strong source of potent skin irritant camphor.
Blue tansy oil contains beneficial components, too, as do the rose and yarrow oils and the jasmine extract. But you don’t need to expose skin to the problematic components just to get the good stuff--why bother when so many non-fragrant plant oils work just as well, minus any risk of irritating your skin? Even if you want to take the risk, we urge you not to do so with a product like this, whose scent lingers on skin (see More Info to find out how this can hurt skin).
Acure did include some nourishing non-fragrant plant oils as well (almond, jojoba, and argan) but they’re fighting an uphill battle against the fragrant ones rather than devoting their energy toward improving skin. That said, these oils and the triglyceride base do smooth dryness and help prevent moisture loss. On the other hand, the same is true for all of the facial oils we recommend considering instead of this one.
- Very good mix of nourishing plant oils.
- Smooths dryness and prevents moisture loss.
- Packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- Contains fragrant oils that can irritate skin.
- Blue tansy oil is a source of skin irritant camphor.
- The potent floral scent lingers on skin.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
No need to feel blue with our antioxidant rich blue tansy oil. A concentrated blend of nourishing botanicals to soothe and refresh thirsty skin. This nighttime oil is used in place of a night cream for those seeking deep hydration and balance.
Acure operates with the mission statement of using only the purest, most effective fair trade, natural and organic ingredients available. At first glance, there are a lot of interesting products in the line, as Acure includes a great deal of antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients in their formulas. Unfortunately, on closer inspection of the brand, we found quite a few inconsistencies.
First the good news: Along with the inclusion of antioxidants at nearly every turn, Acure made the effort to avoid jar packaging, which is beneficial in terms of protecting the abundance of anti-aging ingredients their products contain. They are also exceptionally affordable products, an increasing rarity in the cosmetics industry.
On the other hand, Acure stretches the boundaries of belief when it comes to what some ingredients are capable of, such as plant stem cells. While fruit and plant stem cells can function as antioxidants, they cannot lift skin, repair wrinkles, or affect the skins own growth factors when added to a skincare product. Not only are plant stem cells unable to substitute for the body's own stem cells, but also they (like all stem cells) must be alive to function. Once these delicate cells are added to skin care products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless. Plant stem cells make for a good story, but the research simply isn't there to support their use in skin care or the claims attributed to them.
One point worth noting: when we originally reviewed Acure in 2015, much of the brand's focus was on so-called toxic or harmful ingredients found in other brands' skin care products that were not present in its own. This has since shifted to a much more positive approach targeted on the quality of ingredients Acure uses as opposed to any unnecessary fearmongering.
For more information on Acure, visit www.acure.com or call 1-877-902-2873.
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