I should start by holding my hands up and admitting to have never had a proper skincare routine until recently. It was only through blogging and stumbling across various jokes comparing face-wipes to other deathly and abrasive objects that it dawned on me I really wasn't taking care of my skin. Ironically, I've always been meticulous when it comes to body products, however unfortunately my face has never received the same level of care - until now! Well actually, until about two months ago (February 26th, to be exact), at which point I approached a Clarins Specialist and rather naively asked her for some help..
As you can tell from the shoddy lighting, visibly cold hand and dark green nail varnish in this post, these photos were taken back in February, however there seemed little reason in reviewing skincare products when I haven't tried them properly for myself! So, two months on and how do I feel about these products? Thrilled. Seriously, absolutely no less than thrilled. You could of course argue that it wouldn't be difficult to be thrilled when you're leaping from the absolute lowest level of skincare to Clarins products, however I like to think I'm sensible enough to measure the results accordingly. One thing is for certain, if you don't have a skincare regime in place, this is a fantastic starting point that is guaranteed to take away a lot of the guilt you're undoubtedly harbouring!
(normal to combination skin)
Whilst I was there, I also took the opportunity to take away a couple of samples of the Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream to see how it fared against my sensitive skin. After about three weeks, I decided on purchasing the full-sized version, however I have only been using the cream on the upper half of my T-Zone twice a week and so the samples are still serving me well for now!
Needless to say, I'm really impressed by these products and feel very much as though I've struck gold considering this was my first (intensive) exploration into facial skincare products! It shouldn't have come as a surprise really bearing in mind how impressed I've been in the past with their body products (hello Moisture-Rich Body Lotion!). Anyway, before I skip away clutching all of my new skincare babies close to my chest, allow me to apologise to all of the beauty bloggers out there who had to read that until the age of 21, my poor face didn't have a skincare regime.