Not so long ago, I’d have cringed at the thought of slathering my face in oil. Even as someone without a particularly oily countenance, it seemed simply counterintuitive. But we learn something new every day, and for those who feel the practice is a little… off… Tata Harper and her natural (and mostly organic!) products are here to change your mind.
Tata Harper is beloved for her natural products, developed in house at her farm in Vermont — and yes, it is as dreamy as it sounds. I spoke with Tata herself about why oil is actually awesome on your face, double cleansing (you’ll see), and a few tips straight from Tata on how to wash your face.
What are your favorite ways to mix and match your products?
One product mix and match I always recommend is a cocktail of our Hydrating Floral Essence and our Rejuvenating Serum. The Floral Essence is a lightweight hyaluronic acid toner that brings hydration deep into the skin, which, when combined with our serum, it gives the skin unstoppable hydration by boosting our own natural production of hyaluronic acid, plus all of the anti-aging benefits of our serum. Just spritz the Floral Essence a few times in your palm, add a pump of the serum, then massage all over face and neck.
Another combination I love involves double-cleansing, which is a method of washing the skin twice to first lift away impurities and makeup, and then to wash again for a super-deep, penetrating clean. In the evenings, I love to use my Nourishing Oil Cleanser first to clean the surface and soften my skin, and then I follow with the Purifying Cleanser which is a detoxifying wash that totally clears the pores and is great for every day. This combination leaves my skin smooth and super clean. In the morning, I use the Regenerating Cleanser to polish, exfoliate and wake up my complexion.
Should someone who uses an oil cleanser also use facial oil?
Yes, especially if you’re someone with dry skin. The Oil Cleanser washes away makeup and impurities while preserving hydration, and the Beautifying Face Oil replenishes moisture and locks it all in.
Do you recommend mixing facial oil with other moisturizers?
Yes, definitely! Mixing a few drops of the oil with other moisturizers, or even your serum, is a great way to boost hydration for results that last all day.
A lot of people are skeptical about the idea of putting oil on their faces when they are concerned about oiliness–what do you say to that concern?
Putting oil on your skin when oiliness is a concern for you is actually a really good idea! You just want to make sure that the oil you use is totally natural and biocompatible, because when you apply it to the skin, your skin recognizes that oil as a hydrating, balancing substance, and it produces less of its own oil in return. It has a very balancing effect.
On the flipside, many skincare-aficionados are embracing the popularity of oil for skin health–how do your new products differ from other oils out there?
Our Oil Cleanser is very unique because the oils and esters in its formula are super high-quality and are packed with nourishment for the skin, making it look and feel replenished and healthy. It doesn’t have any synthetic ingredients or fragrances, so it’s totally pure and good for you. Our Beautifying Face Oil has an added energizing element, thanks to an ingredient called Brown Algae, which infuses the skin with a youthful metabolism to literally turn back time in the skin’s age clock. Plus, it has Sacha Inchi Oil, which is one of the world’s most concentrated sources of Omegas 3,6 and 9.
What are the benefits of the ingredients?
Some of the key ingredients in the Nourishing Oil Cleanser are Rosehip Oil, which promotes regeneration in the skin to help reduce premature aging, and Argan Oil, which is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Also, Camellia Oil, which is soothing and softening. Overall, it’s a richly moisturizing and nourishing combination. In addition to the Brown Algae Extract, our Beautifying Face Oil contains our Estate Grown Beauty Complex, which is a concentrated blend of flowers and herbs that we grow here on our Vermont farm! It contains alfalfa, borage, calendula, arnica and meadowsweet, a combination that’s anti-inflammatory, oxygenating, and nourishing for the skin.
Additional images courtesy of Tata Harper