January 25, 2008

John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil

Gals with oily or acneic skin like me face a frustrating wintertime challenge: hydrating and protecting our faces against the elements without clogging the holy heck out of them. Many heavy-duty moisturizers—both natural and traditional—contain potentially comedogenic ingredients in the form of emollients and thickeners. After a lengthy search, I have a surprising recommendation: John Masters Pomegranate Nourishing Facial Oil. (Don't be scared by the word "oil," we'll get to that in a minute.)

Pretty factor: The main plant oils in this serum—organic sunflower seed, evening primrose and pomegranate seed oils—are lightweight and un-problematic for pores. In fact, the natural moisture they provide can actually calms your sebaceous glands. Sunflower seed is packed with skin-plumping essential fatty acids and repairing vitamin E. Evening primrose has long been used to regenerate the skin, and pomegranate seed oil is a potent source of antioxidants and a proven cell regenerator.

If you're still leery, know this: The serum also contains lavender and ylang-ylang essential oils, which kill surface bacteria and balance oil production, warding off pimples.

Eco factor: John Masters products are 75 to 100% organic, containing wild-crafted, ECOCERT® ingredients. (ECOCERT® is a European certification organization.) No parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, fillers, or artificial colors and fragrances. The NYC salon is powered entirely by wind energy!

To buy: $30 at Whole Foods and skinbotanica.com