If you have been following Female Daily’s blog these past few months, you’ll notice that natural and organic beauty products are getting their way into Indonesian markets now. It’s not that they haven’t been around for long, but thanks to Instagram, we can get easier access to them now. More and more people are aware about green beauty, in conjunction with the healthy eating and fitness trends in social media nowadays. Yay!
In the midst of all these exciting trends, of course I had to dive in.
On one fine day in January, I found myself browsing through skincare products at Benscrub, a website that sells various organic skincare products. My biggest concern at that time (and still is up to this day) is PIH (Post-Inflammatory-Hyperpigmentation) due to my horrible breakouts several months ago. All that’s left were these pinkish and red marks around my cheek area, some of them are even considered as scars. I started my research and learned that rosehip oil is good for treating scars, so I decided to buy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil from Trilogy, an Australian natural skincare brand.
Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is one of Trilogy’s best selling products, claiming that it will help the improvement of scars, stretch marks, fine lines, and wrinkles. This could be the one I’ve been waiting for, I thought to myself. Maybe this face oil can fix the catastrophe that is my face! Hold up, catastrophe?
Last year, when I was still going to the dermatologist, I was prescribed a night cream that was supposedly fade the appearance of my red marks. I was using it for like, three months, but nothing’s changed and my whole face turned white (I meant really white, like the wall). It made me look like I slathered a cheap whitening cream all over my face.
It wasn’t pretty, it made me look bad in photos, and it sure as hell didn’t solve my problem. That’s why I wanted to try organic products, rosehip oil in particular, hoping that it will help my skin to go back to its natural color and slowly fade the red marks. Oh, besides the Casper-face, I also had dry, flaky skin around my nose and chin due to the harsh ingredients from the creams. Sucks.
So there goes my first purchase of organic skincare. The package arrived safely at the office and I was so excited to try it. After a week of patch test here and there (tried rubbing it on several spots, including my most acne-prone areas), the product didn’t cause anything negative. Thank God. So I was using it more often, almost every night, after I put on my hydrating toner from Hada Labo. My skin felt a little bit greasy, yes, but for me, it’s better than having dehydrated skin that itches 24/7.
Until the second week, the luck is on my side. The rosehip oil has totally helped my chapped, flaky skin to recover and brought more moisture to the dry areas. Actually, no, it took less than two weeks to make my dehydrated skin becomes more supple and it transformed me back into human! Not a king cobra! I feel relieved at first, but then I wondered, “This oil has helped my skin when it’s dry, but my actual skin type is oily-combination… Is it still beneficial when my skin is back to normal?”
To answer that question, I have to continue using it.
On to the third week, dryness is no longer an issue so I shifted my focus to my scars. I continued using the oil every night and made sure that my skin is already moisturized before I apply the oil. And then this thing happened.
I started having tiny pimples all over the areas where I applied the face oil (not the red bump kind of thing, just a group of tiny pimples that have no heads and does not sting). I look like the junior high school version of me. I believe the right word would be “bruntusan.”
Strangest thing, though, under that tiny pimples, I feel like my scars have improved a little. It’s not as red as before and I’m pretty sure that some of them has reduced in terms of size. It helped me solve one thing but caused another thing at the same time. I was confused. Here is the photo from January 2016 and March 2016, the improvement is not that great but I think you can see the difference:
Entering the second month of usage, it was safe to say that this face oil and I were just not meant to be. I was happy that it helped me fade my scars (even just for 10% of it) but I couldn’t take the risk of getting more acne. I tried using it alone, dilute it with water, dilute it face mist, but none of it seemed to be working. I think it’s not because of the formula because it clearly shows positive difference on my skin, it’s just that my oily-combination skin simply could not handle more oil. Excess oil = acne.
Although this product may not be the perfect match for me, I’d still recommend this for those of you with PIH. If you have dry skin, maybe this product will work like a dream. Even some people use it as a daily moisturizer!
What about you? Have you tried Trilogy’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil? Is it working out for you?