I am a huge advocate of Clarins Facial Oils, if I could recommend one skin care product to invest in it would be a Clarins Facial Oil. It doesn't matter how my skin is behaving: oily, dry, sensitised, dehydrated or all of the above a few drops of a Clarins Facial Oil and I am good to go. Admittedly at just shy of £30 per bottle they don't come cheap but the good news is your investment will not only nourish your skin but last for months on end. I do own all three oils but very few people will feel the need for such extreme measures, one oil will be more than enough!
Before I break down the oils individually I do want to state that each oil is naturally fragranced due to the pure blend of plant ingredients which not everyone will enjoy. Personally I think it adds to the at home facial experience and makes the whole process more luxurious. I should also state that as the oils are 100% natural they may not agree with everyone's skin - I have yet to read a review stating this but I've flagged it up none the less. Typically speaking I use an oil daily and tend to use it in place of a facial serum at night. You can of course apply when best suits you but if applying in the AM before make-up application I'd allow a good half an hour to allow the oil to fully absorb. On the skin all three oils do feel a little greasy (a given what they are) but not at all heavy or unpleasant. To see the best results I do apply continuously for around a week but my skin is moisturised from the first application. To apply, dispense a few drops into the palms of your hands and gently massage all over the face. Less is more, depending on your skin's needs you may want to follow up with your regular moisturiser/night cream.
So yes three facial oils for daily use or targeted treatment when needed, the choices you have are:
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil for Dehydrated Skin - Perhaps the trickiest choice to make and skin state to determine as dehydrated skin doesn't always equate to a dry complexion and can affect everyone. Some tell tell signs may be tight yet visually greasy skin and /or dry patches on a typically oily complexion. Typically speaking dehydrated skin will be lacking water and over producing sebum to over compensate. If you have acne/blemish prone skin chance are you will experience it time from time due to the stripping nature of products used to treat such problems. Enter Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil not only does it deeply nourish, hydrate, brighten and soothe but it also prevents fine lines from forming as well as balancing the skin. A quick breakdown of the ingredients: essential oils of Rosewood (rejuvenates/plumps), Patchouli (promotes healing of the skin) and Blue Orchid extract: combined they revitalise and tone the epidermis (top layer of skin). Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil also contains Hazelnut oil to prevent future moisture loss and signs of ageing. At the moment this is my go to oil, it leaves my dry yet combination skin soft, supple and does not play havoc with my acne.
Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil for Dry Skin - My winter skin saviour, if you have dry skin you will know about it - think rough, tight and in some cases visual dry patches on the skin. Typically my skin is oily but in the colder months the combination of central heating and biting cold stresses out my complexion and oddly makes it more sensitive. Clarins Santal Face Treatment for Dry Skin is the gentlest way I know to treat my skin when it is this state. The deeply nourishing oil quickly and effectively hydrates my skin without being heavy or further irritating my stressed out complexion. I am currently slathering this on my dried out, blemished skin and would go as far as saying I am convinced it is keeping my acne scarring at bay. That of course is just my own findings but as dry skin is typically the first to age you will be pleased to know this contains a blend of Sandalwood, Cardamom and Lavender to tone, soothe, comfort and de-congest the skin along with Hazelnut Oil softens, smooths and reduces redness. It literally is your one step solution to remedying all the problems that comes hand in hand with such skin concern.Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil for Oily Skin - Yes this is aimed at oily skin but in my opinion this is the perfect alternative to a moisturiser for blemish prone skin. Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is a natural astringent so it helps banish blemishes, hydrates, soothes and calms the skin with next to no effort and won't upset even the most sensitive of skins. This natural gem won't only help clear blemishes but balance oily skin too without being harsh or stripping the skin of it's natural oils. You may think placing oil on oily skin is straight up insane but in all honesty it was the best thing I ever did for my oily skin. When my skin is oily this is all I use at night as it is so light yet restoring, it won't overwhelm the skin with excessive moisture nor will it dry it out yet oddly it encourages blemishes to heal. It is nothing short of genius and all I use in the warmer seasons. As always the ingredient line up is 100% natural: Rosemary, Geranium and Lotus extracts to purify, tighten the pores and refines the skin texture. All the while being a natural astringent to clear and calm the skin. Much like the other two oils this contains Hazelnut Oil to deeply moisturise and prevent premature ageing.
If you made it this far, well done! You may have noticed none of the above oils are aimed at normal skin, this is because they are treatment oils - to right the wrongs of the skin world. I hope the above spiel in some way helps!
This post contains press samples and products I have purchased myself.