I was very, very late jumping on the facial oil bandwagon. The ones you hear most about seem to be rose based, and having tried Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream, I found it much too heavy for my combination skin and much more suited to a drier skin type. His Melissa Day Cream is lovely, smells lemony and is much more suited to my skin type, though only in winter when it leans a little bit drier. Anyway, back to the Clarins….
the mammy recently sent me a card with €50 in it and told me to get myself something nice, bless her, she’s a sweetheart. So I treated myself to my first facial oil ever after reading somewhere that Blue Orchid Oil is great for dehydrated skin types, which mine is. It comes in a lovely glass bottle with a dropper and contains 40ml of precious golden goodness for in and around €40, which sounds like a lot, but literally 3 drops by itself or 2 mixed in with your night time moisturiser are all you need. Here is what Clarins has to say about it:
Anti-aging care for Dehydrated Skin. 100% pure plant extracts. Zero preservatives. This best-selling oil contains extracts of Rosewood, Patchouli and Blue Orchid to tone, revitalize and restore radiance to moisture-depleted skin. Hazelnut Oil helps prevent moisture loss and the formation of fine lines. Non-staining.
HOW TO APPLY
In the evening, after thorough cleansing and toning, apply a small amount to face and neck still damp with Toning Lotion, avoiding the eye contour. Gently dab face with a soft tissue to remove any excess product.
Now I don’t really stick too rigidly to that routine and I don’t use Clarins toning lotion, in fact, this is my first ever Clarins purchase. I wash my face with an oil based cleanser (currently L’oreal 15 Second Miracle), then towel dry and mist my face lightly with La Roche Posay Thermal Spray (this helps the oil absorb rather than just sitting on top of your skin), put 3 drops in the palm of one hand, rub my hands together and then press my hands to my cheeks, forehead, chin, nose, jawline and occasionally my neck. Instantly my face looks glowy, not sticky or greasy in any way. It soaks in quite quickly, and for evenings where I feel I need a little more help I apply it mixed into La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense moisturiser and pat it on in the same way. I don’t bother tissuing off anything, I have no need to. I awake in the morning with soft, clean skin. It does not transfer onto my pillow case, it hasn’t caused me to break out in any way and is generally quite lovely. It smells kind of herby, which is nice, but not too overpowering.
I’ve been using it nightly for about a month and my face is definitely less dehydrated than it normally is. Between this and using La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Legere during the day, the dehydration lines around my eyes are kept at bay. I have barely made a dent in it at all so I know this will last a long time and I have a feeling it is going to become a “can not live without” product as time goes by.
So if you’re looking to delve into facial oils and don’t know where to begin, check out your local Clarins counter as they have a number of different facial oils to treat different skin types….there is life beyond rose based oils. Bring a little bottle with you and ask for a sample to try before you buy, you won’t regret it, I promise….I certainly don’t.