We all know that the skin on our body changes as we age, and the last place we want this visible change to occur is on our faces! There are thousands of products on the market making the most of society’s battle to defeat the ageing process, and with that in mind we’ve put Sisley’s Black Rose Precious Face Oil under our microscope. With claims to ‘visibly smooth wrinkles and fine lines, revitilize skin and give a radiant complexion’ this certainly sounds like a contender for those seeking that ever-youthful look, but at a whopping £136.00 per 25ml bottle, this may just be the most expensive shot of age-defying potion we’ve ever come across! So what’s the magic (science – same thing!) behind the bottle?

Sisley list a whole host of active ingredients including plum and camelina oils. Camelina is a flowering plant whose oil has a diverse range of uses – from providing a renewable source of biofuel to fuelling your body’s very own machinery! Both plum and camelina oils are rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which, as well as having beauty benefits, are also essential components of the diet as the body is unable to produce these specific fats itself. As omega 3 and 6 are important components of our cell membranes, when applied topically their role is to keep the cells in the outer layer of skin hydrated and wrinkles plumped-away! Maintaining moisture and helping to fight visible signs of ageing – that’s one type of fat we can certainly make friends with!

Keen readers will know that avocado is one of our favourite ingredients with a long list of beautifying benefits, and Sisley specifically list the use of avocado unsaponifiables – oooh get them! So what exactly are these? Well, avocado soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) is simply fancy terminology for a natural vegetable extract containing 1/3 avocado oil and 2/3 soybean oil. When applied topically, studies have shown this concoction to improve the healing of cutaneous wounds in rats. When compared to control treatments these experiments found significantly higher levels of the healthy skin components glycosaminoglycan and collagen throughout wound healing. ASU also relatively decreased inflammation and the development of scar tissue. Overall this encouraged the development of ‘more cosmetically pleasing’ areas of healed skin. This all sounds very impressive, but what we’re hoping for in this product is a hit of moisture and protection for mature skin; so why the ASU? Their main role in this oil is to help regenerate and repair older skin that starts to lose its vital structure.

Let’s take a moment to revisit the humble glycosaminoglycan – erm, glycosamino-what-now?! Glycosaminoglycans (fondly referred to as ‘GAGs’ amongst us lab-dwellers) make up a vital part of the skin’s structure, where they provide strength and elasticity in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the skin through interactions with collagen and other important components. As we age however, GAG levels naturally deplete, leading to a loss of firmness and elasticity in your skin and thus the dreaded appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sisley have also added padina pavonica (brown algae) which is a rich source of GAG that has shown promise as a potential biomaterial for the treatment of numerous diseases. Inclusion of this promising and popular ingredient supports water retention in the epidermis (outer skin layers) keeping skin plump and wrinkles at bay.

For all that the name implies however, rose oils and black rose extracts aren’t the star players in this product’s performance when it comes to anti-ageing properties. The main science behind rose extracts focus on their delivery of moisture to soften dry areas whilst soothing any sensitivity –so that’s where Sisley’s skin nourishment comes into play, not to mention that all-important floral fragrance!

Although we seem to have found some impressive science behind this product, Sisley’s claims of ‘immediate’ smoothing of lines and ‘visible reduction of wrinkles after 4 weeks’ would need to be backed up by some strong statistics (which we didn’t find in their description – sorry Sisley) to make us shell out this amount of money! Saying that, it made its way onto Ruby Hammer’s ‘Pick of the Day’ and there are some very positive reviews out there which have left us a little torn with this one! We’d love to hear from anyone who’s tried this product to see if its beauty benefits justify the hefty price tag!

Get your Black Rose Precious Face Oil HERE!

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