First of all I hate entitling blog posts with the word "the" - it gives the impression that the product or products mentioned are the be all and end all. Agreed? Well in the case of Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil it couldn't be more fitting. Winter has approached and suddenly my oily skin has went from being soft and supple to de-hydrated. Yes it was greasy at time but I at least knew how to somewhat manage it, at the moment I am left feeling a little bewildered and if I am entirely honest at a loss. While clearing out my room (nothing will make you feel like a child once again than clearing out your bedroom huh), I was reacquainted with Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. This oil has been especially formulated for dehydrated skin to replenish without overwhelming or breaking the skin out.
I love that I can slap it on without worrying about the ingredients as it is constructed from 100% pure plant extracts which includes Rosewood (antibacterial, soothing as well as promoting elasticity), Patchouli (Anti-inflammatory, strengthens and enlivens skin cells) as well as the addition of Blue Orchid to tone the skin in a firmness sense, revitalise and restore radiance to moisture-depleted skin. The ingredient line up also includes Hazelnut Oil to help prevent moisture loss and the formation of fine lines. A pretty impressive line up non?
More importantly it actually works, this light oily pretty much restored my skin within a week ridding it of both excess oil and dryness as well as oddly making my pores seem less noticeable. I have no idea how or why this happened but hey I'm not complaining! Despite being an oil this does not feel heavy at all on the skin and as the skin type that should be using this treatment is lacking moisture it will absorb at lightening speed leaving behind no residue or tacky sensation. I used this after thoroughly cleansing my skin before bed time just after my eye cream but before applying a night cream. One dropper full of the oil was more than suffice for both my face and neck so you will get a good couple of months out of each bottle.
Anyone with dehydrated skin may confuse it with being regular oily skin, when really it is just that the skin is so depleted of moisture that it is producing excess sebum to hydrate the skin. Once you restore the balance, the excess oil will subside. Basically dehydrated skin in my experience (I'm no expert and I guess everyone's symptoms could well be different) is dry to the touch yet oily at the same time. Where as my typically oily skin is pretty soft, so if that sounds familiar this little bottle of Blue Orchid Face Oil may just have to sneak onto your shopping list, even if it is just to see you through the Winter months.
* PR Sample sent for consideration of review.