Sunday, 13 October 2013
a skin-saving duo
okay, okay, i know you get the gist: my skin can get pretty dry. but that's with it's own complications, as dry skin (left to it's own saharan devices) can get flaky, uneven and you guessed - blemish prone. it's that whole thing of your skin trying to compensate for the lack of moisture by churning out oil, which in turn clogs your pores and doesn't really solve the dryness in the first place. oh skin, we know you're trying to get it right. the main problem i have with my dry skin is lots of richer textured moisturisers designed for my skin type roll on my skin, meaning i can't really put make up on over them, and i'm pretty sure they aren't being absorbed properly. i've tried lots of different oils, from the trilogy rosehip oil to the NUDE progenius, and don't get me wrong, i've really liked some of them - but i've happened across a game-changer. enter the clarins blue orchid oil. a gorgeous-sounding little bottle of loveliness, i tried this a week or so ago in a fit of boredom with my current routine. i don't know why, but my expectations weren't super high - maybe because oils never seem to quite quench my thirst. well, i was forced to eat my words the next morning when i woke up to unbelievably soft skin. for someone who's skin can be visibly dry without make up, this is basically unheard of. it's a blend of patchouli and blue orchid essential oils, with a shot of hazelnut oil for added suppleness, making it 100% pure plant extracts. soft, smooth and really plumped-up, it's the best my skin's looked in a long time. as it's an oil, i still need a night cream to follow, and the origins ginzing i was using was starting to not be enough of a replenisher now it's basically arctic outside. i chatted to the (super helpful) assistant at my local counter, and she recommended the make a difference plus cream. i've tried the treatment before which i loved, so i was pretty excited to try this, and i was not disappointed. slightly thicker than a gel, it's incredibly moisturising and even brightening on the skin. the two together are an actual powerhouse that stop my skin from rebelling despite the icy winds and maybe the odd glass of wine or three. i'd recommend the clarins oil to any skin type, but if you're dry like me, you'll love the cream too.