I'm a big fan of cleansing oils, but am not too experienced with using facial oils. After reading Angela's good results with the Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil, I was eager to try it out myself. The Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil is a dry moisturizing oil that can be used to provide an instant hydration boost to your skin and favourite moisturizers. Utilizing a combination of natural extracts and vitamins E and C, the Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil is ideal for giving skin a healthy, youthful glow. With prolonged use, Clinique claims that this oil will reveal softer, smoother skin that is brighter and more resilient to external stressors.
The Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil contains primarily:
- Caprylic/Capric triglyceride - a lightweight emollient derived from glyercin and coconut oil
- Neopentyl glycol diheptanoate - another emollient that sometimes can be used as a silicone substitute
- Octyldodecanol - an emollient that also acts as a thickener
- Dimethicone - a silicone that gives this oil a slippery texture and which forms a protective barrier over skin
Other ingredients of note are olive oil (emollient), clary extract (encourages cell renewal to reveal brighter, youthful skin), rosemary leaf extract (antioxidant), mango seed oil (emollient), sunflower seed oil (emollient), salicylic acid (exfoliates to improve skin texture), cranberry seed oil (antioxidant), and lady thistle oil (antioxidant).
The Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil comes in a clear blue plastic 30 ml bottle with a clear eye dropper dispenser. The lid of the bottle also incorporates a little button that you push to expel the oil from the dropper, or you can just let a few drops fall naturally into your palms. As always, Clinique's packaging is a good mix of straightforward function and form. While it would be nice to have a glass jar instead of plastic, it's definitely a nice to have for me and it also keeps this oil light for travel. If you purchase this oil form Clinique directly, then it's $41, but for some reason Sephora has this marked up to $51! Buyer beware!
Like most oils, I didn't find the Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil to have any heavy or unpleasant fragrance and it is a clear color with a silky texture. You could just add 1-2 drops to your regular moisturizer to give it a boost, but I prefer to work 4 drops of oil between my palms and then press my hands to my face to seal all my night treatments in.
If you're not used to oils, you should probably ease your way into this as it does take a while to get used to the oiliness, especially if you're a very low-maintenance person who prefers quick-drying gels. If you are used to using rich moisturizing treatments like I am though, then you'll be used to the tackiness that this oil leaves behind. I actually found the Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil pretty lightweight and ideal for anyone with normal-dry skin. Since it's summer, I've been using this oil alongside my serum and just skipping night cream entirely, but in the winter I will probably add a night cream back in.
Clinique says you could use this oil day or night, but since it does take a minute to absorb I wouldn't recommend using this during the day if you're in a rush. Also, if you plan to wear any makeup, I would worry that the oils would interfere with how your makeup adheres to your skin.
In the mornings after using this oil, my skin feels a bit plumper and soft, but other than that I haven't noticed any real change in the texture or look of my skin. Of course, my skin's in pretty good condition lately anyways, so that could be why too.
In my opinion, the Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil is a unique alternative to regular face creams and would be great for people who live in dry climates. I didn't find this oil to clog my pores or irritate my skin in any way and in fact, I felt it to be a very soothing way to end my night-time routine as I like to give my face a mini-massage after pressing this oil onto my skin. It doesn't get much more DIY spa-like than that!
Buy - if you're tired of trying the same old face creams, or you're needing an extra bit of hydration oomph, then definitely try out this unique plant-based oil for instantly softer, calmer skin.