Skin care

Go-To Face Hero. This is the facial oil for all faces

Photography by Tracey Creed
Words by Tracey Creed


Published April 30 2020

Go-To Face Hero is of the hydrating and plumping variety

I decided to try Go-to Face Hero after seeing it in Mecca. I needed something that would address all my issues, including the hormonal breakouts and in general bring back a general youthfulness to my face. So I read a lot of reviews, the “Purchased for the 186789 time! (... that’s how much I love it)!” was the general vibe. Skincare is for the most part where my money goes. I think if you struggle with acne, skincare often feels like a necessary expense. And if I was not committed to my routine, my skin would not look like it does — I have acne and I’m dealing with hyperpigmentation and scars. The latter of which realistically only laser resurfacing will correct. So I exfoliate a lot. And now that was finally working — I have reduced the appearance of my acne scars, my skin super dry. So that was another issue. Face Hero, however does a bit of everything and is for all skin types — light enough for when you are oily, and rich enough for those areas that need nourishment.

So recently, while waxing my upper lip — we are on stage four lockdown in New Zealand, you best have wax strips on hand or be perfectly comfortable living with more hair, I realised that the radiance I had lost was now back. My skin looks super nourished, plumped — this face oil makes my skin look like I frequent treatment rooms. Go-To reduced my breakouts or made them less worse. There were the odd reviews that stressed this oil made them breakout, but skincare is a very personal thing, if you explained your skin type and current routine to Go-To or Mecca I am sure they would provide personal recommendations. So when this bottle finishes, I’ll need another.

This face oil is your stress management

Go-To by Zoë Foster Blake is an intentional tight edit of essential products developed from purposefully selected ingredients. And because more importantly, it’s what we’re leaving out, Go-To contains no parabens, PEGs, sulfates (SLS/SLES), GMOs, mineral oils, petrolatum or synthetic colours. Go-To is also certified cruelty-free — and it smells exactly like that is the case. Go-To Face Hero functions part moisturiser, part serum. And in the words of the founder is “rosehip oil on 20 Red Bulls, basically.”

This cult favourite combines rosehip oil with nine other potent botanical oils including buriti oil — loaded with EFAs that is wonderfully anti-inflammatory. This formulation makes Face Hero a potent antioxidant, protecting skin from environmental aggressors like UV, pollution, inflammation that accelerate your skin’s break-down (loss of elasticity, pigmentation, dullness, lines). All things associated with extrinsic ageing. I’m a believer in prevention.

You double down on Face Hero. Apply both in the AM and PM

In the AM I oil cleanser with Kahina Giving Beauty Oil Cleanser followed by a splash of Aesop Bitter Orange Astringent Toner. After that, I combine a full scoop of 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder mixed in with 2 drops of Hylamide SubQ Skin, another 2 drops of The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, followed with De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment, Acne Treatment massaged along my jawline. Where the acne is. Last is the 5 drops of Go-To Face Hero — massaged into and all over my face, neck, and whatever remains on my hands, goes through the ends of my hair. I’m saving on SPF lately as I am not really leaving the house. An upside of iso. And if I were even applying tinted moisturiser I would combine with Face Hero, it goes on better.

PM, repeat, though beforehand, I will clay mask — either Mario Badescu Silver Powder or Aztec Secret. I also exfoliate every other day with this Brightening Exfoliator that I pick up from the supermarket. Face Hero plumps, calms and heals, a facial oil for all faces, even for those with problematic, sensitive, acenic skin.

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