A fact I don’t advertise a lot is that I’ve been battling chronic dryness, peeling flaky skin and clogged pores on my face since December 2012. I don’t really want to talk about depressing things like weird breakouts and flaky skin especially when I don’t know the cause nor cure. I’m not sure what happened or what I used, but nothing in my regular repertoire seemed to help. One evening, at my wits end, I decided to do something drastic (by my standards).
On my dresser sits a bottle of Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. Its been sitting there for months. I used it now and again but never really derived or noticed much benefit from it. In fact, I have a feeling it gave me clogged pores. You will notice that its the old packaging that comes without a dropper. By the side is a sample I got of the oil which comes in a miniature of the new packaging with a dropper. I believe the new packaging has been in place for about a year at least now.
The Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is targeted for those with oily-combination skin and it is supposed to help “purify” the skin while keeping it hydrated. There are 3 versions of the Face Treatment Oil – Blue Orchid (anti aging and dehydrated skin), Santal (dry to extra-dry skin) and Lotus (Oily-combination skin). I was recommended Lotus because its the lightest of the 3 and because it would suit most.
As I said before, I used it off and on without much glowing success but this time, I decided I’d do something a little different. I’d use just this Lotus Oil. Nothing else. Lets see what it can do. I honestly did not have much hope, but I had nothing to lose. Incredibly, I started seeing results!
What I do in the evening after my shower and washing my face, is to mist it with a floral water. I still use the ones from Melvita, to dampen my skin. Then, I pour a generous amount of oil into the palm of my hand, and apply to my face, massaging it in as I go.
For normal use, you are supposed to use maybe just 2-3 drops, warm it up in your palm and apply it to skin. It then sinks in quite quickly without leaving skin looking or feeling oily. I don’t do that. I apply quite a lot and use it like an “oil mask” so I go to bed with a sheen of oil on my skin. It does not bug me because I go right to sleep and I sleep on my back so it does not stain my pillow or blankets.
I did this nightly for about a week and that’s when I started noticing in the morning that my skin was starting to look clearer and better.
I had this terrible cystic pimple by the side of my mouth that was large and hard and refused to go away despite all my ministrations. A week of being doused with the oil and I noticed that it had shrunk. Its been about 3 weeks now, and the pimple hasn’t gone away, but its almost unnoticable now, and the mark is fading.
Marks and uneven flaky skin around my chin area started to go away, and my skin stopped looking flaky and dry. Clogged pores appeared to unclog. Spots that were starting to form subsided and went away without marking the skin.
My skin was starting to heal and look better. Clogged pores and blackheads on my cheeks and nose started to reduce in number. I have a rough before/after below to show you the improvements I experienced after about a week. Its not perfect of course and there are new eruptions (when will this end?!) but I’ve marked out the areas that I experienced positive results.
(1) The large hard cystic pimple has reduced and although still there, isn’t as obvious (2) Clogged pores and uneven skin tone have evened out and are less clogged (3) The pimple mark has gone away (to be replaced by a new one just under but I’m onto it!) (4) clogged and open pores are under control
As I said, by no means do I now have perfect skin. Its just been 3 weeks that I’ve embarked on this crazy idea but it seems to be working for me. The skin on the rest of my face appears smoother and is less prone to breakouts. Areas with clogged pores seem to be less. My skin doesn’t feel as “tough” on the surface and now feels almost softer to the touch.
Its not all perfect though. I don’t seem to derive as much hydration from this as I should so sometimes when I wake up, my cheeks feel a little dry. Yet when I go to bed, I have all this oil on my face that I don’t feel like applying more stuff just on my cheeks. So I’m a little torn as to what to do, so I try to make up for it in the day where I do not use this oil, but I use hydrating products instead.
I must mention the scent. The scent is very strong of essential oils although I can’t put my finger on which, but I find it calming and soothing. Not everyone does so you really have to try it at the counter or get a sample and see if you’d like it.
I don’t recommend this method to everyone though. You have to be quite desperate and be able to tolerate an oily face if you want to give this a try. I derived benefits from it, and I am quite pleased but now that my skin seems to have rebalanced, reset and rebooted itself, I may start cutting back on the oil around my chin area. I suspect that its now starting to clog my pores! I know. You just can’t win! :P
When I used it before this, in small quantities, I did notice that it did clog my pores a little with regular use. When I was doing my “oil mask” it helped the existing clogged pores but now that my skin is clearer, its start to clog it. So, I may start cutting back to alternate days or twice a week now. But while it lasted, I’m glad I took the plunge, because I was at my wits end and this helped!
In a nutshell
The Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is a light oil with a strong geranium scent. It is quite oily to the feel, but when warmed and applied on skin, it sinks in quite quickly. I found that when I used it too often, it had a tendency to clog my pores. However, when I used it in generous amounts on my troubled skin like a mask, it helped to calm down my skin, even out skin tone and marks, reduce pimples and cystic acne spots and unclog pores. It almost seemed as if it was giving my skin a reboot! I do not find it hydrating enough but I do have combination-dry skin while this is suited at those with combination-oily skin.
Pros: Used intensively it helped my problematic skin through a difficult patch, Rebalanced my skin, A little goes a long way, I like the scent
Cons: Clogs my pores if I use it too often on normal skin, Scent is strong and may not be to everyone’s liking
Who will like this: Anyone who is comfortable using oil on face, Anyone trying to rebalance their problem skin
Here are the ingredients.
If you want it to absorb more quickly and better into your skin, apply it directly onto damp skin, or mix in some toner (Clarins recommends their toning lotion) and pat it and massage into skin. The liquid will thin out the texture and help it absorb more quickly. Also, be sure to warm it up between your palms before applying to skin. It helps it go on and absorb better.
Have you tried using this Clarins Lotus oil and if you have, did you like it? Have you tried any of the other Face Treatment Oils?
I can’t use this too often now that I’m done rebalancing my skin so I’m keeping to a twice weekly “Lotus oil mask” from now on and slowly going back to my regular skincare routine. I have been toying with the idea of trying the Blue Orchid one for anti-aging and dehydrated skin. Sounds right up my alley!
Clarins Face Treatment Oil comes in 3 variants – Lotus (oily combination skin), Blue Orchid (Anti-aging and dehydrated skin) and Santal (dry to very dry skin) Price: RM158 Availability: Clarins counters