An “SOS” treatment for highly sensitive skin. It immediately calms irritated skin, decongests and reduces a red appearance. Its ultrasoothing formula contains 90% plant extracts to help restore weakened tissues, nourish and soften skin.
A nectar of gentleness, a concentrate of nature: Lavender, Marjoram, Licorice, Mint, Soy, Avocado… miraculous comfort for skin that cannot tolerate anything else.
Apply at any time of day as an “emergency” treatment or as a time-specific, intensive treatment every 10-20 days. Apply 3-5 drops to thoroughly cleansed face and neck. Avoid the eye contour area.
Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil Unsaponifiables, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Propylparaben, Butyl Alcohol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Origanum Marjorana Leaf Oil, Phospholipids, Dehydroacetic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Sorbic Acid, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, BHT, Linalool, Limonene
This shouldn’t work. It contains lavender and marjoram oils, Mentha Arvensis leaf oil (which is wild mint to you and me), plus Linalool and Limonene which are fragrance components, (although they are at the end of the list so are in small amounts), all likely to worsen sensitivity.
But it does work. Brilliantly. (If you know your skin reacts to the ingredients I’ve just listed, please avoid this concentrate). When searching reviews for this product, most were positive, however, I was reluctant to try it because of the potentially irritating additives. In a moment of desperation, when my skin was very sore and red, I decided to give it a go and found it to be immediately soothing and calming.
The concentrate itself has the texture of a light, non-greasy oil which has a slight whiff of lavender and mint, not at all unpleasant, and it’s one of the few scented products I can use on my skin.
It’s quite pricey for such a small amount (15 mls), but because it’s only really for occasional use, when your skin is suffering, it lasts a long time. I wouldn’t apply this everyday, just when needed, and although Clarins advise working with 3-5 drops, I only use two. I’m mean like that.
The oil is contained within a smart, compact bottle, with a hygienic pump on top, so it makes it easy to control how much you dispense. You can also unscrew the top and empty some out into your hand if you’d rather.
My preferred method is to add a couple of squirts to my moisturiser at night, mix them together in my hands and slap it on. Well, gently massage in. This is a little too oleaginous for me for daytime use and I feel that during the wee hours is an ideal time for this little miracle worker to do its thang. Granted, it’s not a heavy, rich oil, and it doesn’t aggravate my acne prone skin, but it definitely leaves a shine.
Not just for sensitivity, I think this would work well for dehydrated skin, skin that’s peeling due to retinol treatment, chemical procedures, sunburn and dermatitis. It’s an excellent weapon to have in your arsenal in the war against skin reactivity. I’ll always make sure I have a bottle of this diminutive powerhouse in my first aid kit for any complexion woes. I’m not saying Clarins Skin Beauty Repair is for everyone, although it’s unquestionably worth a go.
Skin Beauty Repair is available online at Boots *, and in-store, for £43.00