Call me naive, but I really wasn’t expecting to be dealing with blemishes when I turned 30. That, however, is exactly what is happening and it’s driving me mad. I have very pale skin and so not only is every red spot is like a beacon but the marks they leave behind are pretty noticeable too. Which is lovely. Don’t get me wrong, I love the ghost-white tone of the unblemished parts (I never tan and so have been forced to embrace the pale side), but the other bits? We’re not the best of friends.
Most of my skin problems are hormonal which means that there isn’t much that skin care can do to stop the blemishes appearing, but I am slowly discovering a beloved stash of products that are helping me deal with them once they appear. Clarins’ Lotus Face Treatment Oil is one of these. Clarins describe it as ‘[n]aturally astringent for Oily or Combination Skin. 100% pure plant extracts. Clarins’ exclusive blend of Rosemary, Geranium and Lotus extracts purifies, tightens pores and refines the skin texture. Hazelnut Oil softens, soothes and seals in moisture to prevent fine lines.’
It’s a fairly thick oil and you only need 3 or 4 drops to cover your whole face. I didn’t think this would be enough, at first, and used about twice that. Reader, I was an oil slick. Start with the smaller amount and add a tiny bit more if you feel you really need to, but you probably won’t. Promise. Warm the oil in your hands and then press/rub gently into the skin, especially the forehead, nose and chin. It sinks in pretty quickly, and might be moisturising enough for those with combination skin. I have blemished but dehydrated skin and need a bit more hydration so I usually whack some moisturiser on top.
I usually use this in the evenings, after cleansing and acid toning and before a night cream. It helps a little with scarring and is also good for those awful under the skin spots which don’t want to properly appear and just stay as painful red bumps for what seems like eternity. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, applying a tiny bit of this oil onto them does seem to shoo them away a little more quickly. It also smells lovely (although not as fabulous as Clarins Blue Orchid oil – post coming soon on that beauty).
It hasn’t been a miracle product – it doesn’t stop spots coming back – but it does help sooth and heal the ones I have. All in all, a big thumbs up from me. It’s available here for £28.15.
How do you feel about facial oils? Have you tried this one?