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This facial oil saved my dehydrated skin — bonus, it’s Canadian

Toronto Star logo Toronto Star 2019-02-25 Laura deCarufel - The Kit
Crambé Face Forward Rejuvenating Facial Oil, $59, crambeskincare.com © Provided by Local News RSS EN-CA Crambé Face Forward Rejuvenating Facial Oil, $59, crambeskincare.com

There’s no lying to your facialist. I’ve come to dread those first few moments of a treatment when gentle fingers probe my face, and, above the soothing muzak of woodland creatures, the facialist says, “It’s a bit ... dehydrated, no?” That’s my cue to spill hydration woes involving (but not limited to) treacherous office heating and the siren song of Sancerre, while imagining the facialist as a 1950s waitress named Fran, all cocked elbow and coffee pot, clucking in sympathy —“Oh, honey” — both of us knowing full well I brought this on myself.

Here’s the thing, Fran: hydration is hard. This winter, with its bone-chilling, moisture-sucking polar vortex, has been worse than usual. En route to the train last week, as I clambered over snowbanks in the driving wind, I couldn’t stop thinking about a recent study showing that harsh winters dry out skin and lead to permanent wrinkles. By the time I arrived at the station, I was basically Father Time.

Hydration, then, may be tricky, but it’s also necessary for a whole host of reasons involving (but not limited to) not looking like Benjamin Button. Enter Crambé Face Forward Rejuvenating Facial Oil, a new product developed by a trio of Canadian gents who all hail from the East Coast. The East Coast detail is important, because Crambé is powered by Abyssinian oil, made from Crambe abyssinica seeds grown on Prince Edward Island. Abyssinian oil is rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins, proteins and minerals — the product is also, as the Crambé site notes, completely sustainable because once the seeds are pressed for oil, the rest of the plant is used as animal feed and “recultivated back into the soil.”

All of which is amazing, and which, of course (of course!), I care about, but the main question is: does it work?

Yes. Happily, happily, yes. I’ve tried facial oils before, but I usually find them goopy, a little greasy and prone to sitting on top of my skin, instead of seamlessly absorbing into it.

This product was different. That Abyssinian oil may be stacked with powerful ingredients, but it goes on light. As instructed, I used the dropper to put three drops into my palms and massaged it onto my face, before adding my regular moisturizer. My skin felt fresh, rejuvenated. The next morning, I did the same thing, then braved the -30 C temps. I arrived at the station, half-dead, of course, but without that familiar tightness of complexion I associate with, say, Kirk Douglas.

So yes, I’m a convert to Crambé. It’s now in regular rotation in my skin care routine. Mother Nature, do your worst! Father Time, bring it on. And Fran, put the coffee on — I have something exciting to tell you.

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