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Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Face Oil Kicks Ashy, Winter Skin To The Curb

I am a moisturizer connoisseur. From body butters to face creams to lip balms, I make sure every inch of my skin is hydrated and nourished. This habit is especially important during the cold-weather months, when my complexion can turn ashy within minutes of walking outside.

Over the past year, there's been a lot of hype about face oils. While dabbling here and there with these oily moisturizers, I've consistently stuck with my usual lotions. But when Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Face Oil landed on my desk, I was certainly intrigued.

Like most African-American women, I grew up in a household where my mother kept cocoa butter lotion stocked in our toiletries closet. She was adamant about me slathering on the buttery concoction before I even thought about slipping into my school uniform. (Clearly, this is why I am addicted to possessing skin with impeccable sheen.)

So if Palmer's Cocoa Butter lotion hadn't failed me after all these years, then there was no harm in trying out the brand's latest skincare product.

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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil FACE, $10, Available at food, drug and mass stores.

Formula Skin Therapy Face Oil is poured into a not-so-fancy brown bottle, but that's okay, because what's really enticing lies inside. It is blended with ten different oils, including coconut, almond and argan, as well as wrinkle-reducing and skin-brightening ingredients retinol and vitamin C. Rosehip fragrance gives this face oil a floral aroma that brought the drugstore product to a luxurious level.

I must admit that I was a bit hesitant about putting my morning moisturizer to the side and relying on this oil. Yet, it only took one-half of the medicine dropper (compared to my usual dollop of lotion) to coat my entire face. The dryness and flakiness around corners of my nose and beneath my eyebrows that often requires me to be heavy-handed with the lotion was no longer there. And I was pleasantly surprised by how soft and supple my complexion had become over three weeks. I guess this face oil has earned a permanent spot in my bathroom cabinet.

Rating: 4 out of 5. To put it simply, this is complexion perfection in a bottle. I just wish the medicine dropper wasn't finicky.

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