These Osea products gave my skincare routine a major upgrade
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Targeted advertisements have shown me pretty frosted-glass bottles containing Osea skincare for years. The Malibu-based brand has a line of skincare oils and serums designed to keep your skin youthful-looking and healthy—and all of them seem to complement a beachy lifestyle.
To this Ohio-based beauty writer, Osea’s easygoing vibe seemed alluring, and I was eager to see if its skincare would make me glow the way the models in its ads did. And—spoiler alert—the products delivered.
What is Osea?
All products from Osea claim to be vegan and cruelty-free, which the brand describes as free of any animal-derived ingredients and never tested on animals. The company is certified carbon neutral by Climate Neutral, too, meaning the brand offsets all its carbon emissions each year by purchasing carbon credits that “remove or avoid one tonne of carbon emissions.” Osea’s products are created without artificial colors or dyes and claim to use seaweed for its purported anti-aging and moisturizing benefits. Most products come in recyclable and aesthetically pleasing glass bottles that, in addition to looking beautiful on a shelf, are practical because they allow you to see just how much product remains. They are on the higher end, price-wise, with most between $50 and $90.
The Osea products I tested are some of the best face and body products I’ve ever used. If you’re looking to improve your routine, consider incorporating some of the items below—listed in order of my favorites.
1. Undaria Algae Body Oil
What it claims: This citrus-scented, lightweight body oil is one of Osea’s bestsellers. It contains seaweed as well as a dozen plant and fruit oils, including cypress, lime, and sesame seed oils. Osea claims these ingredients impart a glowy finish on all skin types and “supercharge” the skin with moisture. The oil is available in three sizes: 1, 5, and 9.6 ounces and you can apply it to dry or damp skin.
What it’s like to use it: After trying this oil throughout the winter months, I’m certain I’ll be buying another bottle as soon as I run out. I love putting this oil on after a bath or shower to moisturize my skin, and it leaves it looking glowy and feeling hydrated. I prefer to dispense the oil directly onto my skin rather than pooling it in my hands and its consistency works well for this: The oil is thick enough to not run down my skin too quickly as I’m pumping it out but is also thin enough to spread with ease. After applying, the oil sinks in quickly so I don’t have to deal with greasy fingers or pat any excess product off.
It took about nine pumps—each about the size of a nickel—to cover my body in a thin layer of oil. Even after two and a half months of using the oil regularly, I still have more than half of the 9.6-ounce bottle left.
2. Hyaluronic Sea Serum
What it claims: This serum is made with Japanese Miru Seaweed that claims to balance the skin’s moisture and hyaluronic acid that hydrates and plumps skin. The formula also uses volcanic marine ferment and snow mushroom to purportedly smooth the appearance of wrinkles, increase hydration, and minimize the look of any other lines. Osea recommends applying this serum after cleansing the face and waiting for it to absorb fully before adding another layer on top. The Hyaluronic Sea Serum comes in a 1-ounce bottle with a built-in glass dropper, which helps to pre-measure application, and the brand recommends applying it to damp, clean skin in the morning and at night before following up with moisturizer.
What it’s like to use it: Osea’s Hyaluronic Sea Serum is the hero of my face skincare routine. I apply half a dropper of it about five times a week, depending on if I’m trying out other skincare items in its place, after cleansing. I’ve had it in my skincare rotation for over a year now, and I believe it has changed my skin. I prefer to apply the serum after a shower when my skin is slightly damp, which helps the product absorb better.
The serum feels incredibly light and somewhat watery, comparable to aloe vera, which makes it easy to spread across my skin. It absorbs quickly and my skin instantly feels more supple and firm. All of the product’s claims have proven true for me: My skin feels hydrated and I think my wrinkles are less prominent. Like Osea’s body oil, this serum is long-lasting; I’m still on my first bottle.
3. Ocean Cleanser
What it claims: The Ocean Cleanser is best suited for normal and combination skin, and it chemically exfoliates with ingredients like seaweed with lime and juniper and jasmine oils. In addition to a daily facial cleanser, you can use this as a gentle shaving cream for the face and body. You can buy the cleanser in 0.6- and 5-ounce bottles.
What it’s like to use it: The Ocean Cleanser brightens my mornings with its fruity scent that is reminiscent of a candy necklace. The cleanser is milky rather than foamy, and a single pump is more than enough to cleanse my face of dirt, sweat, and makeup. The cleanser isn’t oily or greasy, and it feels gentle on my skin while also removing excess oils.
Because this uses chemical exfoliants instead of physical, the cleanser doesn’t have a gritty, scrub-like texture, but I still saw exfoliating effects in the form of my pores appearing smaller. However, I used it in tandem with two Osea serums, which may have also contributed to these results.
4. Anti-Aging Sea Serum
What it claims: This serum claims to brighten the skin with vitamin C, smooth fine lines and wrinkles with niacinamide, and support the skin’s moisture barrier with ceramides from oat kernel extracts. The formula is available in a 1-ounce bottle and Osea recommends applying one to two pumps in the morning and at night.
What it’s like to use it: The anti-aging serum is lightweight and absorbed quickly into my skin, which are both great features because I typically layer other products under and over it. The serum smells strongly of oatmeal—probably thanks to its oat kernel ingredient. One pump is enough to cover my face and it sinks in over the course of a few minutes, leaving my skin feeling a bit sticky, but I typically follow it up with a moisturizer or sunscreen, so that feeling doesn’t last.
Though I didn’t mind using the serum, particularly because its lightweight consistency is not bothersome, I’m not certain how much it combats signs of aging. My skin feels smooth and hydrated after use, but I didn’t notice any fading of wrinkles or brightening of my complexion in the two months I used it.
5. Salts of the Earth Body Scrub
What it claims: This floral-scented scrub is made with pink Himalayan sea salt, shea butter, and avocado oil among other ingredients. Osea claims the salt scrub will exfoliate and remove roughness, leaving smooth skin. Osea doesn’t suggest how often to use the scrub, but recommends using it on your hands as well as your body. The body scrub comes in a 12-ounce plastic jar.
What it’s like to use it: Osea’s body scrub is a product I reach for regularly, but it’s not my favorite. The scrub is gentle, providing exfoliation and leaving behind soft skin without feeling too harsh or gritty. However, it’s too soft at times and melts away in the bathtub before I can adequately scrub. I’d use this scrub again, but if you’re looking for a better exfoliator, I recommend the UpCircle Coffee Body Scrub with Lemongrass.
Should you try Osea’s products?
If you’re looking for firm, hydrated, and radiant skin—yes!
Each product has lasted longer than I expected, which I appreciate because I’m committed to using these all year round to keep my skin looking bright and feeling healthy. I felt intimidated by the products’ prices at first—which range from $50 to $90 for full sizes—but I had such a pleasant experience with all of them starting with the first use that I felt they were worth it. I recommend starting with the body oil and hyaluronic serum, or you could get Osea’s Bestseller’s Bodycare Set or Bestseller Discovery Set to try a few of the brand’s most popular products before you go for the full sizes.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.