Emma Lewisham’s Supernatural natural retinol, Vitamin A face oil is reaching cult status

Emma Lewisham’s natural skincare line reached cult status within its first year. The latest launch harnesses natural alternatives to hardcore youth-boosting ingredients to give solutions to acne and ageing. Beauty editor Kelsey Ferencak shares her honest thoughts.

If you know anything about skin (and maybe if you don’t) you would have heard the hype around retinol. A magic cure-all for acne to ageing, otherwise known as Vitamin A, it’s potent and powerful enough to smooth out lines, wipe out pigmentation and stop breakouts in their tracks. However, it can also be irritating, makes your skin more sensitive to sunburn and cannot be used while pregnant.

So, when Emma Lewisham’s new Supernatural Triple Vitamin Face Oil ($137, at Emma Lewisham) landed on my desk, I did a double take. Not only is the bottle super cute, it’s a face oil with a handful of natural active ingredients – two of my favourite things.

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The clean, luxury skincare line was founded last year in New Zealand by Lewisham herself, and it has already reached cult status. Did I mention NZ-native Georgia Fowler is a fan?

After struggling with hyperpigmentation and finding the right formulation for her skin while she was pregnant, Lewisham couldn’t find a 100% natural and clean solution to her skincare dilemma so decided to create her own.

Not only are the formulations squeaky clean, the supply chain is too. Lewisham and her team are serious about sustainability – all boxes are compostable and packaging is either recycled or refillable.

Let’s get into the ingredients

When I say a handful of natural actives, I mean 20. There’s jojoba, prickly pear, Kakadu plum, rosehip, chia, evening primrose Kalahari melon and a specialised self-regenerative plant stem cell technology. But this potion also contains nature’s equivalent to retinol: Bakuchiol – also rich in Vitamin A.

Dubbed the natural alternative to retinol, it’s derived from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, research published in The British Journal of Dermatology showed that in comparison to retinol, there was no difference in wrinkle reduction or improvement between the two – though retinol users did experience more skin dryness. The research albeit small, is pretty promising – particularly if you’re on the natural skincare bandwagon or you have sensitive skin.

Bakuchiol has gained momentum in the last couple of years, popping up in many overnight elixirs working to even skin tone, reduce pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. BYBI Beauty launched their Bakuchiol Booster ($23, at Sephora) when it first came on the scene, with Trilogy just launching their version earlier this year Bakuchiol+ Booster Treatment ($34.49, at Chemist Warehouse).

So what does it do for skin?

Packed with vitamins A, B, C and E, plus antioxidants, amino and fatty acids and omegas it works to help slow the signs of ageing: sallow skin, dehydration, lines and uneven skin tone.

It’s said to increase the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid for a hydrated, plump complexion too, while strengthening collagen to ensure skin stays firm, supple and smooth.

My honest thoughts…

I’m a sucker for an oil. However, not all oils are equal, and although they may make your complexion look and feel hydrated and glowy, the long-term effects once absorbed sometimes don’t always go beyond that. That’s why when I come across a multitasker that has youth-boosting, glow-inducing properties and is formulated with good-quality ingredients I put it to the test.

This drop is silky, luxurious and quick to soak into skin. It doesn’t sting or irritate, either. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, instead of my regular retinol and I have to say, it’s keeping up. No breakouts, my skin remains smooth and hydrated (a big sign in winter when my face is usually super thirsty) and I have a radiance that no Vitamin-D deficient, SPF-50 obsessed person should – and that’s saying something!

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