Breaking Down Mérv’s Oil Serums: Which is Right for You?
The Skincare lineup at Mérv has been headed by Canadian founder and Chemical & Biological Engineer, Melissa Bayanzadeh. Having a deep-rooted passion for natural skincare and the benefits that raw, wholesome ingredients can have on one’s skin, she set out to create skincare staples packed with pure ingredients in the most organic form possible.
The Basics: Raw versus Refined Oils in Skincare
When it comes to the oils used in skincare products there is a big difference between raw and refined. Raw, a.k.a unrefined oils are generally cold-pressed or expeller-pressed. The oil is gently extracted from fruits, seeds, and botanicals at low heat or through steam, allowing the oil to retain its plant-specific compounds. The vitamins, minerals, proteins, carotenes, antioxidants, and other skin-healing properties remain protected allowing the distinctive colour, taste, scent and nutritional value of these to remain intact (Bayanzadeh).
When oil is refined beyond the initial stages of extraction, further methods of processing are involved. Although the fatty acid profile of the oil is not altered, the precious plant-specific compounds that give individual oils their nutritional and healing values are compromised. This further processing damages these elements, leaving less active nutrients and an oil with a muted colour and smell. Often, these are chosen in skincare because they are less expensive and have a longer shelf life or if pure oils would compromise the look and smell of the final product.
Mérv celebrates the natural beauty of oils by utilizing them in their rawest form. It is by doing so that each one has its own rich colour and with this, the fullest potential of the antioxidants and vitamins native to its ingredients. Below we breakdown the basics behind Mérv’s three oil serums; what’s in them, when and how to use them, and what skin they are best suited for:
Dewy Day Glow Face Oil
As the name describes, the Dewy Day Glow Face Oil is a light-textured oil created to absorb quickly, making it ideal for use in the morning as well as throughout the day. This floral face oil contains a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, giving you a radiant complexion and a dewy glow. Skip the highlighter refresh and add this on instead!
Which skin type is it good for?
The star ingredients in this blend are Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Rosehip Oil, Argan Oil, and Carrot Seed Oil.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil - Meadowfoam Seed Oil locks in moisture and brings balance to your complexion. Producing the ‘dew’ behind the Dewy Day Glow, this oil leaves your skin in perfect balance without feeling heavy on your face, clogging pores, or causing inflammation.
Rosehip Oil - Rosehip Oil is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, such as A and C. These compounds help to smooth wrinkles and treat the signs of pigmentation and aging. Rosehip Oil acts as a natural skin exfoliant, leaving you with a brighter and smoother skin tone.
Argan Oil - Argan Oil contains essential nutrients such as fatty acids and Vitamin E. The high amounts of antioxidants as well as its anti-inflammatory properties make it a vital component of healthy skin and hair.
Carrot Seed Oil - Carrot Seed Oil is cold-pressed from carrot seeds and is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These work to combat common skin irritations such as acne and eczema.
Dew Day Glow's combo of skin-saving ingredients work harmoniously to create the appearance of an even skin tone and smooth complexion. Read more on its ingredients here.
Deep Nourish Oasis Face Oil
Mérv’s Deep Nourish Oasis Face Oil is a revitalizing serum made from a pure blend of natural oils - including avocado, macadamia, tea tree, evening primrose, frankincense and Ho Wood. This ultra-nourishing formulation was designed for a variety of skin types as a stand-alone moisturizer or as a layer below your favourite cream.
Which skin type is it good for?
Avocado Oil - Avacado oil has many anti-inflammatory properties making it an ideal oil to combat free-radical damage. High in vitamins A, D, and E, it helps to moisturize your skin while protecting from environmental stressors.
Macadamia Nut Oil - Macadamia oil is rich in fatty acids, potassium, and an excellent source of Vitamin E. Its high concentration of monosaturated fats makes it ideal for smoothing skin and hair. It absorbs quickly without leaving skin feeling greasy, helping to combat dry skin and lock in moisture.
Tea Tree Oil - Tea tree is the ultimate oil for combatting skin imperfections leading to clear, healthier-looking skin. It helps to soothe inflammation caused by eczema, acne, and psoriasis, while also reducing oiliness to help open up pores and clear blockages.
Evening Primrose Oil - Evening primrose contains high concentrations of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA). Known for its high omega-6 fatty acids content, evening primrose possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties.
The Deep Nourish Oil contains a combination of ingredients that will work to leave skin soft, supple, and hydrated, while also helping to smooth and protect the skin. Read more on its ingredients here.
Moonlight Renewal Face Oil
Moonlight Renewal is a high-performance face oil that was created to leave your skin looking noticeably younger, glowy, and replenished. It packs a punch with an ingredient list that includes pomegranate seed oil, seaberry oil, argan oil, ylang-ylang and vitamin E. These work in combination to nourish and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With high amounts antioxidants and essential fatty acids, this serum revitalizes and refreshes the skin for a youthful glow.
Which skin type is it good for?
Pomegranate Seed Oil - Pomegranate seed oil is known for containing high levels of vitamins, minerals and omega fatty acids. This oil has a particularly high concentration of Vitamin C, an essential vitamin in skincare. Punic acid, a compound unique to pomegranate seed oil, can help to improve elasticity and even skin tone while encouraging skin regeneration. This in combination with Vitamins C and A makes it excellent for anti-aging, brightening skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Seaberry Oil - Seaberry Oil, also known as seabuckthorn oil, is a powerful, antioxidant-rich superpower. High in omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9, it is known for protecting the skin from aging free radicals. The unique, high fatty acid content of Seaberry oil and the wealth of nutrients it contains make it one of the most health-promoting herbal oils today. It promotes skin hydration, elasticity, cell regeneration, and even helps treat and prevent acne.
Argan Oil - Argan Oil is a multipurpose superfood containing essential nutrients such as fatty acids and Vitamin E. Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, Argan oil is excellent at smoothing and revitalizing the skin, leaving you with a beautiful complexion.
Ylang-Ylang Oil - Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil is known for its ability to produce a natural glow. This oil works to regulate the skin’s sebum production, ensuring your complexion has just the right amount of moisture, while the potent antibacterial properties of ylang-ylang make it a very effective skin cleanser. The incredible healing properties of ylang-ylang help to boost the regenerative process of the epidermis, while antioxidants help to fight off the free radicals that are responsible for fine lines and wrinkles.
Moonlight Renewal Face Oil's powerful blend of ingredients works together to leave your skin looking noticeably younger with a youthful glow. Read more on its ingredients here.
Mérv has created a functional line of serums for various skin-types, applications and results. Whether you apply in the morning, as a touch-up or just before bed, this collection makes it easy to incorporate potent healing ingredients into your skincare routine. To dive into the world of nutrient-rich, raw oil serums, shop Mérv's entire collection here!