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Sunday Riley U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

Sunday Riley U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

The Sunday Riley skincare brand is the creation of cosmetic chemist and formulator, Sunday Riley. Riley, who had been working in the beauty industry for a number of years, was searching for a certain kind of skincare product that was effective, innovative, and used only top quality ingredients. After finding no such products on the market, she decided to create her own, and thus Sunday Riley, the skincare brand, began.

Product Claims:

“With 1.5% Salicylic Acid, this fast-acting, quick-drying, medicated oil clears acne and blackhead-causing buildup and debris from congested pores for smoother, blemish-free skin. Tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil support clear skin, while hexylresorcinol and liquorice naturally brighten the appearance of old acne discolouration, for a visibly more even-toned complexion.” – Product Packaging.

Ingredients: Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Ethyl Linoleate, Hexylresorcinol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salicylic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisii (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Amino Esters-1, Amber Leaf Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Pearl Powder, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil.

Price: $80 (approximately N29,000)

Size: 35ml


U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Acne Treatment is one of Sunday Riley’s staple products, which claims to treat and prevent acne/blackheads, clear congested pores and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles.. It states that its key ingredient is 1.5% Salicylic Acid.

This treatment oil has some very good antioxidant oils, which can help soothe and product the skin from free radical damage (one of the main causes of premature aging). For example, Milk Thistle, which has the highest concentration in this product, is made up of Silymarin, which has shown to have anti-carcinogenic effects against UV radiation. Although topical application of antioxidants helps reduce free-radical damage to the skin, the results aren’t going to make you look years younger so I’m not very sure about its claim to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

It also contains anti-microbial oils like Black Cumin Seed oil and Tea Tree Oil, which have been proven to reduce acne lesions.

Although it contains some very good oils, there a few problematic oils in there like Neroli Oil which is a great antioxidant but can also be a skin sensitizer/irritant as it is has fragrance components. This isn’t great news if you have sensitive skin.

The other problem is that for Salicylic acid to work optimally, it has to be at the right pH (below 4). Unfortunately, you can’t determine the pH of this product because it is a mixture of oils (there has to be water in the product to determine its pH). This means that it is uncertain if salicylic acid can actually function in this product (I strongly feel it wont be effective).

All in all, this is a decent product. If you’re buying it for the beneficial oils in it, it’s not a bad option but I definitely won’t be buying it because of the Salicylic Acid it claims to have.

Photo Credit: OMG Bart

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