Saving Face EFA Cleanser & Serum | 3-in-1 Cleanse-Exfoliate-Heal [fka Helios]
This soap-free 3-in-1 face cleanser, makeup remover, and serum contains:
- Powerfully regenerative oils that are rich in skin-nourishing fatty acids
- Gentle yet potent anti-inflammatory herbs
- Non-comedogenic ingredients appropriate for all skin types
- Linoleic acid, which is gently exfoliating on a cellular level, "ungluing" dead skin cells that can clog pores
Leaving skin feeling surprisingly soft, clean, moisturized, glowing, & rejuvenated.
This facial oil is meant for those who:
- Struggle with acne
- Have sensitive skin
- Have facial redness, scarring, and/or hyperpigmentation
- Struggle with dry skin and/or eczema
- Are working to embrace age gracefully
- Avoid fragrances and/or essential oils in their skincare
- Would like an extra boost of concentrated skin nourishment
Why not soap?
Soaps and other lathering cleansers can strip our skin of the oil that it naturally produces, leaving our largest organ to try and repair itself. Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of protection by creating even more oil than is necessary.
This puts us in a cycle of being tight and dry, followed by an oil slick. Cleansing with oil is based on the fact that "like dissolves like", washing away dirt, makeup, and excess sebum while still leaving skin with a balanced, healthy, protective layer.
On top of their drying effects, commercial products are also highly-scented. Fragrance is one of the top skin irritants and even "unscented" products usually contain fragrance. This cleanser is infused with whole plants in order to provide all of their benefits and subtle scent, without the irritation.
So can you use this if you have oily or acne-prone skin? Absolutely. Your skin needs moisture and needs oil. That's why it's already producing so much. Denying skin of healthy oil doesn't prevent breakouts, it makes them worse. Feeding your skin with healthy oil is one way to break the over-drying cycle and balance your own natural oil production in order to get your skin back on track. Additionally, acne patients have been shown to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin surface lipids. Topical supplementation with linoleic acid over one month has shown to reduce the size of blemishes by up to 25%.
Here at Spirit Haus Botanicals, we don't subscribe to the notion of oil-free skincare. Here's why:
- Perform your evening face cleansing ritual as usual
- Massage a pea to dime-sized amount of Saving Face into face, neck, and chest
- If you like, use a jade roller or perform lympatic drainage massage on yourself.
- Allow serum to absorb
- Follow up with your nighttime moisturizer
- You may also opt to just add some Saving Face to your moisturizer for a one-step application.
How to cleanse with Oil
- Massage a nickel-sized amount onto DRY skin for at least a minute, up to 10 or even 20 minutes for a truly deep spa clean.
- Soak a clean cloth in hot water and hold it up to your face to steam pores.
- Wipe cleanser from face
- Repeat steam/wipe 1 or 2 more times, if desired.
- Splash face with cold water to close pores, if desired.
- To lock-in moisture and anti-inflammatory power: pair it with Dawn's Dew water-based Serum
- Follow up with moisturizer and sun protection!
- For a short video of this process in real time, look here!
Discontinue use if irritation occurs.
Test for allergies before use by applying a small amount to your inner elbow or under your chin and monitoring for redness, itching, or irritation after 20 minutes.
Check the ingredients list for any known allergies or plants in the same family as known allergens.
Q: Can I use Saving Face if I have acne-prone skin?
A: Surprisingly, yes! Folks with acne-prone skin are often steered away from skincare products that contain oil, and that is likely because most commercial products contain yucky cheap oils like mineral oil and other comedogenic (pore-clogging) oils.
This facial oil is rich in linoleic acid, an essential omega–6 fatty acid (EFA), which means the body cannot make it on its own. It must be consumed or absorbed through the skin to get those nutrients into the body.
Since research has shown that acne sufferers have a lower concentration of linoleic acid on their skin's surface (
which could be contributing to clogged pores) products containing linoleic acid are often recommended for acne-prone skin.
Q: Does Saving Face have a scent?
A: Only very subtly. Fragrance is one of the top skin irritants and even "unscented" products usually contain fragrance. This cleanser is infused with whole plants in order to provide all of their benefits and subtle scent, without the irritation. As such, it retains a light rose scent initially that quickly vanishes once absorbed.
Q: Will my skin feel greasy after?
A: Surprisingly, no! Immediately after use, it may feel like there is still some product remaining. That's good! We recommend using Helios at night before bed, to allow maximum contact time and absorption.
Q: Can I really put oil on my skin?
A: Each body is different, but unless you have had a bad experience with natural full-spectrum herbal-infused oils, there's no reason to rule out the possible benefits.
Soaps and other lathering cleansers can strip our skin of the oil that it naturally produces, leaving our largest organ to try and repair itself. Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating even more oil than is necessary. This puts us in a cycle of being tight and dry, followed by an oil slick. Oils rich in EFA's support and balance skin's own protective barrier, leaving it soft, elastic, and nourished.
Please make your own informed decision on the ingredients in this product to determine if it is right for you.
*These statements not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease, or affect the structure/function of the body. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. If pregnant or nursing consult a doctor before use. Not processed in an allergen-free environment.
This cleanser is lighter and easily removes _all_ of my makeup. Even my hard-to-get-off mascara. It’s gentle on my skin and I’ve noticed my skin is more hydrated and smooth.
And honestly, I love everything I’ve purchased from this shop.
Not only does the Helios oil help reduce and calm the redness from rosacea, I was struggling to find relief for my eczema so I thought I would give this a shot - it worked! Probably an unconventional use for this product but if you’re on the fence about it, it truly is worth it.
This is my second purchase of Caledula and Rose Helios oil and I’m so in love. My skin drinks the oil up leaving me glowing like a brilliant star all day long. I get compliments on my skin all of the time since I started using Helios. In addition to the vibrancy it brings my skin never breaks out of reacts like it so often does with other products. This facial oil is truly divine and I can’t imagine switching products
My skin has cystic acne and I put oil all over my face! Do it! Try it! Don’t be afraid! Especially when you have a product this soothing and hydrating. Goodbye redness, hello GLOW :D I use this product as a nightly moisturizer and I wake up with clearer skin that looks healthy. A little goes a long way.
Love this oil!! Very soothing for a face that likes to randomly break out.