Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil - review


I unboxed a Skyn Iceland set a while ago and this is the last item that I'm planning to review (the face cream was too small).

I've been using it for a couple of months now and I really like it, however I wouldn't go out and buy the $51 AUD full-size because it's no better or worse than any of the other, cheaper oils I've tried from brands like The Ordinary.

Indeed, I'm not sure you need to spend big bucks on a face oil because most of them do the same thing: hydrate. Might as well save your pennies somewhere!

Skyn Iceland claims/product details:

  • Give your complexion a daily dose of hydration with this anti-ageing omega face oil, formulated with natural ingredients to help smooth, revive and rejuvenate skin
  • Treat your skin with this nourishing, lightweight face oil, designed to revitalise and repair even the most stressed skin
  • Formulated with 99.9% cold-pressed camelina oil, a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it also soothes, calms and protects skin
  • Over time, fine lines and wrinkles will appear smoother, resulting in a softer and brighter complexion
  • Insider tip: great for hair, cuticles and under-eye area too
  • To use: apply a few drops into your palms and smooth onto clean skin on the face and neck; can be used daily, alone or under moisturiser
  • RRP $51 AUD for 30ml


This is a nice facial oil but I suspect it won't suit everyone: it's very thick and quite heavy, so it won't be for those who prefer lighter oils or who have oily skin and don't want something that's too potent.

It's a clear oil with a slightly nutty scent that I enjoy. It spreads and applies well, and while it does absorb and hydrate my skin, it also leaves a greasy residue behind that's definitely there so it won't be for everyone.

I use mine in the evenings over my serum and it's a great product for the cooler months because it's so thick and rich, and because my skin is dry anyway, a product like this is right up my street at this time of year.

Having said this, I probably wouldn't use something this heavy during the warmer months and I also find that this oil doesn't sit well under makeup (despite what it says in the claims) because it's so heavy and greasy. 

Indeed, when I try to use it in the morning, I find that it shines through and makes my makeup look awful so I need to powder more than I would like. The only way around this is to use a silicone primer to cover the grease, but I don't think that's a good solution (it's still a heavy layer under my makeup) so it's better for me personally to only use the product at night.

On the claims: yes it's nourishing and moisturising; yes it's soothing, calming and protective; no it hasn't done anything for my fine lines or wrinkles over time; no it hasn't given me a brighter complexion; and no it hasn't revitalised or repaired my skin.

Overall I think this is a lovely face oil but it hasn't done any more for me than the budget face oils I've tried recently. If you'd like a good alternative, The Ordinary's 100% Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is thick and protective like this one (I've reviewed it here), and it only costs $18.90 AUD - or less, if you wait for specials.

A nice product, but not one I would buy.

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