Can Clarins cure my Dermalogica obsession?
I'm a Dermalogica addict. There I said it.
For the past three years, I have worshiped at its altar - just ask my friends who I recommend it to for literally everything.
I've tasked it with clearing my annoyingly spotty skin (thanks, Daily Microfoliant), removing my other beauty fixation, bright lips (props, Special Cleansing Gel) and keeping my combination skin oil-free but never dry (merci beaucoup, Active Moist and regular facials). So far it hasn't let me down.
But then the unthinkable happened. On a rainy, miserable November day I gave up my unfruitful search of the streets of Brighton for a Dermalogica salon, and decided it would be infinitely easier to try something new. So I headed to Boots, knowing full well that they didn't stock it.
Instead of making a beeline for Clinique (I'd tried their three-step programme before and it hadn't gone well) or Lancome and Chanel (a little out of my price range), I found myself at the Clarins counter. I'd heard good things from my boyfriend - and after a chat with a helpful but unpushy sales assistant (always a good way to win me over) - I left the store armed with lotions and potions.
Three weeks on, and I'm sold. Although I'm still using up the dregs of my Dermalogica Microfoliant - and have just booked myself in for one of their facials - I'm seriously impressed by Clarins' Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Daily Energizer Lotion. I've even had compliments from people I don't even know. And for that reason, I consider myself cured. For now at least.