Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Crème de la Mer: The Renewal Oil

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The Crème de la Mer Renewal Oil is one of my all time favourite skincare products, so I thought it was about time I did a little post on it. I get asked quite often about my skincare routine, so I'm going to be sharing a little more about that over the next few weeks for anyone who's interested (anyone? Mum?). But yes, like I say, today's focus is on the Renewal Oil. Now it is a little pricier than your average skincare product, so I thought I'd dedicate an entire post to it in the hope that it'll help those of you who want to find out a bit more about it. Plus I love it longtime so I'm perfectly ok to speak about it for long lengths of time..

Now what do I love most in a beauty product? You got it; it being multi-functional. The renewal oil can be used on face, hair AND body and can be used in lots of different ways depending on what suits you best. So you can use it in the morning, in the evening, or both; you can really work it into your routine as it suits. I tend to use it only in the evening - just a couple of drops either post-toner-pre-moisturiser or mixed in with my moisturiser if I'm feeling lazy - and I've noticed such a difference in the condition of my skin in the five months or so I've been using it. My skin's clearer and a little bit plumper (no, that last part's not down to all the chocolate I've been eating) and it's never, ever left looking oily, which was the one thing I was worried about before using it. When I'm travelling I'll also use it before and during a flight to give my skin an extra bit of hydration before the plane tries to suck it all out, and for the duration of the time I'm away I'll also comb two or three drops through my hair after I wash it to try and combat the dryness the sun brings. You see? Multi-functional bèbè. It's got the same oils in as the Miracle Broth mixed in with sea-sourced nutrients, and all you need to do to activate the oil is give it a gentle shake and then you're good to go! It fits in so seamlessly to a skincare routine and is so easy to use and boy oh boy does it bring those results. So, yes, there we have it, one of my top skincare staples!

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So, Crème de la Mer is one of my absolute favourite beauty brands (have you guessed that yet), and one other thing I wanted to mention in this post (I know, I know, I said it'd only be about the Renewal Oil, but it's relevant I promise) was treat my skin to their new Genaissance facial. Oh my god it was heaven. I went to their House of Fraser concession in Glasgow to get mine done and it was the lovely skin wizard Nicola that did my facial. First up, she assessed my skin and told me which areas needed a little more lovin' (around my sideburns FYI - turns out I'm not great at moisturising to the edge of my face) and then talked me through the range of facials they offer. I went for the Genaissance, like I say, which is aimed at slightly more mature skin, but I was desperate to try it because I'd heard so much about it.

The actual facial itself was beautiful; really relaxing but thorough at the same time - I accidentally dozed off at one point I got so relaxed, but don't tell anyone that - and my skin's still feeling the benefits from it almost two weeks on. Afterwards, Nicola sat and talked me through the list of products she'd used and how they'd benefit me and my daily skin routine (I absolutely love hearing about products from someone who really knows their shit so I was in my utter element) and then wrote them all down for me.

So, now for the nitty gritty. This particular facial lasts an hour and is £100, but that's then redeemable on any Crème de la Mer product, so if you were thinking about buying one anyway then technically you're getting yourself a free facial. Crafty, huh? It really is a great chance to find out a little bit more about your skin and to give it a bit of rejuvination (I'd just got back from Amurrrca and my skin was suffering the effects of a long haul flight so it couldn't have come at a better time) OR even as a gift for someone if you're feeling particularly loving and generous that day.

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