Today reader Christine shares how an oil-based product finally soothed her highly sensitive, naturally oily skin.
Oil for oily skin??
Lately, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of using oil on my skin… It’s a scary thought, after all, since I already have oily skin.
I joined the cleansing oil band wagon after a recent discovery, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it to say the least.
I made my new discovery a few weeks ago after suffering a terrible breakout. I’d picked at my skin out of desperation, going the whole 9-yards…steaming, extracting, exfoliating — you name it, I did it!
I decided to venture out to the mall to search for something to gently calm my sensitive skin. Without having anything particular in mind, I aimlessly wandered around Macy’s just browsing the skin products.
Clarins to the rescue!
That’s when I came across the Clarins counter and their sensitive skin section. Though their day and night creams sounded great, I was more interested in their Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate. At $59 USD for 0.5 oz, it was quite a hefty price.
The bottle says: “Apply to face or to sensitive areas, using light, sweeping movements.”
On Clarins’ website they state: “An emergency S.O.S. skin care treatment for sensitive skin. Immediately calms irritated skin, decongests and reduces a red appearance. Its ultra-soothing formula contains 90% plant extracts to help restore weakened tissues.”
For the record, my skin was in bad condition prior to giving Skin Beauty Repair a try.
Overall, my cheeks were on the red side, with healing bumps and hyper pigmentation. I had some dry flakes going on here and there, but my skin didn’t feel tight or anything. The night I purchased the product, I eagerly rushed home to give it a try.
One pump was enough for both my cheeks and the sides of my nose. The texture is light: it is an oil but doesn’t feel thick or heavy like olive or cleansing oils. And it’s slightly on the watery side, with a minty-peppermint kind of smell (soothing and light).
When I applied it on my cheeks, I felt the coolness instantly. Within seconds, it absorbed into my skin, which looked moisturized, but not like I’d put oil on it.
Optionally, I could have applied moisturizer after the oil, but I didn’t want to overdo it on my first night. The oil itself felt like enough to keep my skin hydrated.
Within 30 minutes, the redness on my skin was completely gone, as were the flakes, and the bumps looked smaller (although they hadn’t completely disappeared).
By the next morning, my skin felt plump, moisturized, soothed, and most importantly…very calm.
I wouldn’t recommend using this every night, since it is an OIL, but I suppose if you have drier, more mature skin, it would be okay.
For me, I use it when I NEED to, like when my skin’s being extra sensitive and hormonal. Most nights, I just stick to my regular night cream and that’s it.
NOTE: The saleslady told me that Skin Beauty Repair even helps with skin sensitivities like bug bites, surgical scars, burns, rashes, and even cuts.
After using it three nights in a row, my skin was nearly back to normal. With proper moisturizing and concealing in the mornings, my skin didn’t look too shabby! Though it’s on the pricey side, I’d say it’s a good product to have around, just in case.
My biggest gripe is that the bottle itself is glass, so be careful should you decide to travel with it. Also, it comes with a pump, but the pump sucks! It’s hard to squirt just half a pump with it, and the product gets everywhere. What a waste! I end up unscrewing the top and accessing the product that way, which eliminates the waste. It’s too valuable (and expensive) to do otherwise.
This stuff’s great for skin emergencies, on your face or not. Check it out if you suffer from rosacea or eczema, too. And don’t be scared that it’s an oil!
- You may like Skin Beauty Repair if your skin gets easily irritated or has been irritated lately, and you’re looking for something to help calm it down.
- $59 USD for 0.5 fl.oz.
- Great for skin concerns like bumps from congested skin, cuts, scars, redness, flakiness, hyper pigmentation and overall irritation.
This guest post was written by Christine, a graduate student who studies literature and dreams of becoming a college professor. She likes many Asian brands but mostly enjoys NARS, MAC, Shu Uemura and Make Up For Ever. Her guilty pleasures include chocolate covered strawberries and buying cheap yet cute flats at Target!