We all have our preferences and prejudices. I’m assuming you agree with me. Please understand, I’m talking about beauty. Skin deep is about as profound as I will ever venture in this space.
My hesitations and convictions in this realm are quite clear:
- I only use treatment products recommended by either my dermatologist or my pharmacist or both.
- Logical extension of above: I never buy treatment products from cosmetic houses which spew out pretty boxes filled with perfumed lotions and potions bolstered by massive marketing and public relations campaigns and often featuring a famous, flawless (wouldn’t it be lovely if these same companies could bottle Photoshop?) face suggesting that dreams really do come true. Hope in a bottle if you will.
- My favorite cosmetic products, those items we use to add color, cover-up what we don’t like, reflect light, give us the glow, etc. all come from the cosmetic houses from which I never buy the “serious” products I expect to change — to a reasonable degree — the quality of my skin.
Now, that being said, I blithely ignored my major predilection out of what I felt at the time was an urgent necessity that had no other solution other than olive oil or the other oil I mix with it for salads that is a cocktail of omegas. Never mind. I digress.
Recently I noticed that my skin, normally normal, appeared dry when I accidentally flipped to the magnifying side of my makeup mirror. As I said, a quick decision was required: salad oils or a gift I had never used (never even took out of the cellophane wrapped box) from the international public relations director of Clarins.
Now I’m hooked, but as is my wont I think I can sort of rationalize the use of my newest favorite product, Huile Orchidé Bleue, designed for the single purpose of fixing dehydrated skin. And it did and it does.
Let me tell you why I think it fits perfectly into my treatment product rationale: because it is concocted out of “100 percent pure plant extracts.” Et voila. It’s as pure as any pharmacy purchased product though admittedly more expensive. Still, a verrrrry little goes a long way.
Here’s what the hype says (but I’ve bought into it and I think you can trust me): It’s a hydrating treatment oil that restores “vitality and radiance to dehydrated skin. Patchouli and blue orchid extracts tone and revitalize moisture-depleted skin. Hazel nut oil softens, smoothes and seals in moisture to help minimise the appearance of fine lines.”
It is to be applied in the evening after a thorough cleansing onto damp skin on the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. You only need a tiny drop. Wait a minute or two and blot with a soft tissue. Go to bed.