YÜLI M.E. Skin Fuel

Majeure essentielle, the namesake of YÜLI Skincare’s M.E. Skin Fuel, translates to “most essential” in French. This is a very appropriate name for a “multivitamin optimizer” facial serum packed with antioxidants in a moisturizing base of jojoba oil, argan oil, and apricot kernel oil.

In my Liebster Award post (link here), I called this my “dream breakfast plus flowers” due to the inclusion of antioxidant-rich pomegranate oil, red raspberry oil, broccoli seed oil, and indian fig seed oil (aka prickly pear or barbary). Each “contain[s] high levels of anti-oxidants that fight free radicals and skin aging” (source here). Served on the side of these yummies are antimicrobial helichrysum (source here), soothing jasmine (source here), and anti-inflammatory dandelion (source here).

Besides being loaded with antioxidants, red raspberry oil is also high in vitamin A and essential fatty acids (source here) and broccoli seed oil hydrates and calms inflammation, while providing greaseless hydration and a smooth finish, thanks to its similar performance as silicone (source here and here).  Prickly pear is the “next pomegranate” thanks to its high level of betalins, aka high antioxidants and anti-inflammation (source here). Another anti-inflammatory ingredient, black cumin oil, is anti-everything bad (fungal, viral, bacterial, inflammation) and nourishes in the face of blemishes (source here).

True to its ingredients, this serum felt nourishing and left my skin soft with a dewy glow when applied after a spritz of toner post-cleansing. I found it moisturizing enough in the summer alone, but I found I needed an extra layer of moisture (usually cream moisturizer, but sometimes May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon) in the winter. I smell a sort of peppery-jasmine-ness, but Green Derm has said that the jasmine extract in this serum is unlike any other jasmine. Reviews on Spirit Beauty Lounge rave about its jasmine-honey scent (best part–YÜLI didn’t add any extra essential oils for fragrance. Smelling good without trying. Nice).

This serum didn’t exacerbate blemishes, though it didn’t prevent them either (not like it could stop me from eating sweets or stressing out–work in progress). Whenever I did have blemishes, this helped in the process of healing them, thanks to all of its anti-inflammatory properties, I’m sure. Overall, I think this is a solid oil with really star ingredients that has kept my skin healthy and well-fueled for whatever came my way.

tl;dr Contains delicious and drool-inducing antioxidants, is nourishing and anti-inflammatory, leaves a smooth finish, heals in the face of blemishes. Liquid Courage is next on my to-try list…

Have you used this facial serum? What are your thoughts? If not, what facial serum are you loving right now?

Ingredients: S. chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, A. spinosa (Argan) oil*, P. armeniaca (Apricot Kernel) oil*, N. Sativa (Black Cumin) oil*, P. granatum (Pomegranate) oil*, R. idaeus (Red Raspberry) seed oil*, B. oleracea (Broccoli) seed oil*, O. ficus-indica (Indian Fig) seed oil*, H. rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) oil*, T. officinale (Dandelion) infused in jojoba oil*, Supercritical extracts of H. rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) seed and fruit*, H. italicum (Helichrysum)* extract, N. Caerulea (Blue Lotus) extract^^, J. grandiflorum (Jasmine) extract*

*  Organic
^^ Wildcrafted

Disclaimer: I purchased this serum myself from yuliskincare.com, though Spirit Beauty Lounge now stocks YÜLI–hooray! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday Wishlist: Face Oils

There are certain words and phrases in life that just instantly grab you. Like “free food” (you should see me when a cafeteria puts out free fruit), or “fire”(FIRE! Goodness, no need to shout), or, if you were me a year ago (you weren’t): “oil-free”. A year ago, the world was my word search and “oil-free” was the word bank. Then argan oil happened, and No More Dirty Looks happened, and now I can’t put on moisturizer without looking longingly at my facial oil. Wait. My moisturizer is my facial oil.

rms beauty beauty oil
I have a sample of this, and my, does it scream vanilla and nourishing in the best way. You would never guess that scar-fighting (and slightly stinky) tamanu is hiding underneath.

La Bella Figura Daily Elements Defense Face Oil
I have held off for months in fear that this holds much more power than I need (after all, with great power comes great responsibility). But fighting free radicals with the sword of antioxidants can’t be a bad thing, right? Prevention is key, right? I’ll probably get this fatty acid boy (have you heard of sacha inchi?) for my mum and sneak a couple drops here and there…or everywhere…

Yuli M.E. Skin Fuel
Speaking of the sword of antioxidants, this one is laced with Pomegranate Seed and Apricot Kernel, fighting against “environmental and stress-induced damage while repairing, renewing, and stimulating skin on a cellular level.” And Broccoli Seed oil, hello, I love broccoli. Talk about food for the skin. Also recommended as a light oil for acne-prone skin by neimansidealist.

What oils are you coveting?