I don’t usually buy skincare products on a whim. There I was at the Duty Free shops at the Canada-US border, and I remembered that I ran out of my favourite day moisturizer. In an uncharacteristic move, I bought Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream For All Skin Types ($48 instead of $58 retail price, also available at Sephora) without doing in-depth research, i.e., reading lots of product reviews. I tried it on the back of my hand, and the rich whipped cream felt and smelled divine. Worst case scenario was that my skin would hate it and break out. I have hardy skin that doesn’t usually break out, so odds are stacked in my favour. Right?
Unfortunately for me, the worst case scenario did happen. After using it for a few days, several red and painful blemishes popped up around my mouth and chin. I had to discontinue use on my face immediately. The cream is too rich for my skin at the moment — 26-year old, normal to combination skin — but I just can’t stomach leaving my $48 jar of cream untouched on my vanity.
You know what Clarins Multi-Active Early Wrinkle Day Cream does do well though? It makes a wonderfully rich neck cream. I have started to notice some lines on my neck that weren’t there a few years ago, so I’ve become more diligent at moisturizing my neck day and night. It’s perfect because the Clarins cream is meant for those in their 30s who want to fight fine lines and wrinkles. The skin on my neck and chest are drier than my face, so the cream does a great job hydrating the skin on these areas.
So, lesson of the day: Find another use for beauty products that don’t work as advertised. Improvise. You might even learn to love it.
Maybe Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream will work better in the drier months, too.
Do you have a skincare or makeup product that failed when used conventionally? Have you found another way to make it work for you?