You know you’re getting on a bit when the central heating kicks in and your face starts to look like you’ve been on a long haul flight. When, normally, you have oily skin but it looks so dehydrated that you could crumble with one blast of cold, winter wind.
Dramatic yes, but a little bit true!
Because I usually have quite oily skin, it threw me this year when it started to feel dry and ‘stiff’ for want of a better word. My usual routine wasn’t cutting it, and I’m quite religious at cleansing, toning and moisturising, serum in the morning, cream at night. My eye wrinkles were starting to show up more, and I just felt like I was lacking any sort of radiance I might be clinging to.
I’ve never been a massive fan of facial oils, purely because of the fact that my skin is already oily, but my lovely twitter mate and all round beauty expert Caroline corrected me, oil needs oil. It balances, rehydrates, it doesn’t make it oiler. They mix well. So, my favourite beauty brand Clarins sent me their Blue Orchid Facial Treatment Oil to try, and, all I can say, is Oh. In a really, really orgasmic way. Sorry, it’s the only way I can describe it!
The first thing that hits you is the smell. I can’t quite describe it fully, it’s a little bit chocolate, a little bit mint, a little bit orange. The scent reminds me of something but I can’t place my finger on it. It’s made from 100% pure plant extracts, rosewood for antibacterial & soothing qualities, patchouli for anti inflammatory & strength as well as blue orchid to tone the skin, revitalise and restore radiance to dehydrated skin. It also has hazelnut to prevent the fine lines. I mean, do I need to say anymore?!
One dropper full will cover your whole face and neck, so the bottle will last you a good few months. Another tip I’ve picked up along the way, those horrid spots you get that seem to have no purpose, just huge red bumps with no ‘head’? Apply a drop of oil and massage in, keep applying it every time it dries in. That spot will either come to a head or bugger off. I don’t know why or how it works, I just know it does. Maybe they have something to do with dehydration as well, who knows.
I am addicted to this oil. I put it on every night, a while before bed because I love the smell so much, I want to enjoy it for as long as possible. I was also finding that my skin was *so* thirsty, I was having to oil up twice in an evening, some areas of my face were just drinking it up instantly. I have to say here, that it’s not a greasy feeling on your skin, don’t imagine it to be like an oil slick, never sinking in and sliding around your face all evening. It’s not like that at all, it’s light & it will absorb pretty damn quick. I use it after cleansing, before my eye cream (I avoid my eye area because they seem to puff up overnight, no matter what I use).
If you have dehydrated skin, oily but feels dry to touch (how this works is beyond me) then I would get yourself a bottle of this oil. And guard it with your life because you will never, ever, look back. There are two other oils in the range, Lotus Oil for oily/combination skin and Santal for dry skin. All the oils are £30 and available from Clarins