A complexion-balancing face oil from Sunday Riley – Artemis hydroactive cellular face oil

I don’t think I’ve said this enough… I love using face oils 🙂  I am obsessed. There is this feeling of being pampered that you get, just like when you’re having a facial, only without the price tag. Not only is the massaging action helping to work the oils into skin, but it’s helping to boost circulation by bringing more blood to the surface, which can then carry away any toxins. And finally, there’s the knowledge that the power of nature is working its magic in one of its purest forms. Of course, this means making sure that the oils are organic and natural, and not synthetic (Bio-oil is an example of an oil that is touted as a great skin healer, but it is actually synthetic).

Facial oils are everywhere. Even every day high street brands are getting in on the action. And it doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective. I’ve been faithful to Pai’s rosehip oil for many years, but there are cheaper versions online (just look for organic rosehip oil).

OK, so I have a little confession to make. Like any woman out there, I want to own more of what I love than I actually need. It’s the truth. I credit oils for my good skin, so am happy to welcome more into my life.

Artemis - cellular facial oil for balancing complexion

Artemis – cellular facial oil for balancing complexion

I came across Sunday Riley on one of my trips to Space NK. I’d heard good things about her and was curious. She has 3 facial oils in her collection – blends of essential and seed oils to create delicious smelling elixirs, each with a specific action. There’s Artemis for clarity (the one I ended up getting a sample of, loving and then buying), Juno for radiance, and Isis for hydration. I chose to try Artemis because I already use rosehip and pomegranate oils for anti-ageing. I have my eye on Juno next 🙂

Artemis - cellular facial oil for balancing complexion

Artemis – luscious lemony smell

Artemis is a combination of essential oils of lemon ironbark, lemon myrtle and pink grapefruit with seed oils of pomegranate, black cumin, milk thistle and flax. I won’t go on about what each does individually, just that together they have a brightening, balancing, purifying and clarifying effect, whilst soothing any inflammation and softening skin. It’s suitable for sensitive skin too.

I used the sample for a week and absolutely loved it. It smells lemony and actually makes skin appear smoother and brighter immediately on application. As a night oil, used a couple of times a week, it is great for helping skin to recover overnight and I wake up with healthy and glowing skin. It can be used in the morning too, but I don’t – oils feel like a night time thing to me.

It’s a luxurious oil that is not cheap, admittedly, but worth the investment in my opinion. A few drops a night a couple of times a week is all it takes, and used alongside a few cheaper oils it is a justifiable addition to night time routines. Hope you give one a try.



  1. 18th April 2015 / 9:30 pm

    I love face oils too Sofia. I use Boots Number 7 face oil as my daily cleanser and for a special treat I love the organic pharmacy rose hip oil for problem areas. I’ll totally try the Sunday Riley oil based on this post. Thanks! PS – I’m with you on owning more of what I love than what I need!

    • 18th April 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Ooh lovely. I love rosehip oil too…I use Pai skincare’s. I have too many facial oils but it’s such a luxurious treat!!!