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How Do I Use A Face Oil?

Skincare can be confusing. There are so many choices, and every company claims its products are the best: The most effective ... containing the most exotic ingredients ... best for "this type" of skin. I see this all the time. And as a skincare consumer, all the choices and all their claims left me feeling unsure about what would be the "most" and the "best" for me. The process left me with a big question: Should it really be that complex?

Yes and no. Skin is complex, but your skincare routine doesn't have to be.

Many of the questions Starling receives are about serums. What do they do and when should I use them? Is it OK to use an oil on your face? Won't that make me break out? That last question is understandable: We all grew up thinking oil on your skin = breakouts, redness, and greasiness. So today, let's discuss serums in general and Starling's Revive Anti-Aging Serum in particular. It's an oil serum, and yet it might well be your best option.

First, let's discuss the purpose of traditional face serums. Usually they are solution-focused, lightweight moisturizers intended to manage skin concerns such as wrinkles, lack of firmness, lack of brightness, and/or too much redness. A traditional serum will contain active ingredients (such as hyaluronic or glycolic acids) designed to help with product's efficacy. A traditional serum may contain a combination of water, chemical actives, plant-based extracts, oils, butters, emulsifiers, synthetic fragrance and/or essential oils, and preservatives.

An oil serum contains oils and extracts comprised of plant-based ingredients that can mimic the active ingredients of a traditional serum but often are more moisturizing and much gentler on the skin. They are highly moisturizing and contain lots of antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids. These ingredients can make oil serums a great solution for sensitive skin or troubled skin. Because they are all-natural, they are helpful for anyone with chemical sensitivities. Also, oil-based serums do not need a preservative. Therefore, they're also great for anyone who has allergies to preservatives.

If you don't have sensitive skin, a traditional serum can be an amazing choice ... particularly if you are looking for exfoliation or firming benefits. However, many people with sensitive skin may experience increased sensitivity with use or "overuse" of a traditional serum.

At Starling, we also believe excessive exfoliation and overuse of highly active serums can lead to another problem: Thinning of the skin's barrier. The skin's barrier is the most important factor in skin health. Continued overuse of any harsh product can eradicate the barrier and cause redness, pain, inflammation, breakouts and many more issues. Don't worry: Starling's Revive Anti-Aging Serum was designed with the skin barrier in mind.

What does it do? Who is it for?

We made Revive Anti-Aging Serum for sensitive skin. It's an oil serum that is non-greasy and sinks right in. It moisturizes, repairs, and give your skin life. It's packed with plant-based goodness and chock full of antioxidants and vitamins. It doesn't contain any essential oils. It won't clog your pores because it's made with oils that are low on the comedogenic scale. It's a great choice for sensitive skin, and definitely a wonderful source of moisture for all skin types.

As with all of our products, Revive Anti-Aging Serum is nut, soy and gluten free. Most oil serums on the market contain one or more of these allergens in their formula. We knew had to make this allergen-free product for our customers because it is so hard to find one anywhere else.

How do I use Revive:

It's easy: Warm just a few drops in your hands and then pat onto clean skin. A moisturizing heavy hitter, Revive can take the place of a regular moisturizer. Or you can use Revive to lock in the benefits of your daily moisturizer. Want to do that? Just pat a few drops of Revive on top of moisturized skin. If you follow this method, it's also good to focus on dry areas of skin and those that have fine lines you'd like to tackle. This will keep your skin hydrated by sealing in the moisture.

What are the key ingredients and what do they do?

Our oil serum is only comprised of oils. All of the great oils we chose moisturize beautifully; in addition, they each have targeted purposes:

Borage and Evening Primrose (EPO) are anti-inflammatory. EPO also helps calm hormonal skin.

Rosehip evens out skin tone and brightens.

Red Raspberry is a potent antioxidant and collagen booster.

Pumpkin reduces free radicals and also helps balance your skin's oil production.

Hemp moderates your skin's oil production.

Hibiscus highly moisturizes and is also called "nature's botox" for its unique ability to give your skin a relaxed and firm appearance.

Calendula gently heals your skin. It is also an anti-bacterial agent, making it ideal for combating current and future breakouts.

I heard Revive is a multi-use product. What else can I use it for?

You can use it as an under-eye serum. Very gently pat into area and massage in. It brightens and helps plump up fine lines.

Tame flyaway hairs – a drop or two will take care of your entire head. Your locks will be smooth and glisten.

Use as a super-repairing hand serum. Banishes wrinkles and redness quickly. Brightens!

Use as an oil cleanser to help remove makeup and dead skin cells. Take about 5 drops in hand and massage into face. Let sit for a few minutes and then remove using a steamy warm wash cloth, or facial brush. Follow with a foamy cleanser if needed to remove last traces of makeup.

Have a scab or scar? A dab of Revive will speed healing.

The thing we love most about Revive most? It is seriously glow-inducing. It gives anyone who uses it happy and bright skin. It's a super healthy choice, and one bottle lasts a really long time. It's our most reordered skincare item.

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