Besides the sales and celebrity shopping guides, one of the best places to shop on Amazon is the indie skincare. Just take the Aspen Kay Naturals' Glow Face Oil, a shopper-adored find that draws on turmeric, chamomile oil, and rosehip oil to brighten skin and erase lines.
"I'm 66 and my skin was dull [and] dry with pretty deep wrinkles," wrote one devotee, who previously saw "minimal results" from more expensive skincare. But with this, "the wrinkles are much less, especially the crow's feet. My skin is actually glowing. I had a friend who I haven't seen in a few months, and she asked me if I had injections because my skin looked so good."
As someone who likes to balance my daily chocolate chip intake with the concept of "nutrition," turmeric is never far from my kitchen. Its active ingredient, curcumin, works powerfully against inflammation and is a strong antioxidant. And according to research and the oil's reviews, its benefits extend to skincare.
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"Anti-inflammatory [properties] can help with acne, eczema, and psoriasis, while antioxidants can help with sun damage, complexion evenness, and aging," board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD previously told InStyle. "Further, in a 2005 medical study, researchers found that curcumin, the yellow pigment found in turmeric, has anti-cancer properties as it inhibits melanoma cell growth and stimulates tumor cell death."
Alone, that sounds pretty damn good. But the Glow Face Oil also gets a boost from organic camellia seed oil, organic chamomile, organic calendula, sea buckthorn oil, jojoba oil, and helichrysum essential oil. Camellia seed oil is the star of Chanel's new skincare line, so if you want to dip your toe in the ingredient before shilling out the big bucks, this is a great way to do it.
Sea buckthorn oil, meanwhile, contains vitamins A, C, and E, antioxidants, and skin-nourishing fatty acids, which can help improve skin's elasticity; one study also found that it improves cell regeneration. Likewise, rosehip oil comes packed with retinoid precursor vitamin A, and jojoba oil is a godsend for plumping up mature skin.
With those in the Glow Oil's bottle, it's no wonder reviewers see results within a few uses. "Truly magical oil for your face. Normally it takes some weeks before I notice a product working, but with this oil, I noticed it within a day," wrote a customer. "By the morning my face was glowing, and I noticed the fine lines diminishing."