The more time I spend reading about beauty products, the more things I come across that I think sound amazing and life changing and I absolutely must try. However, it doesn’t always work out that way… These are some of the must-try products that I expected to love but definitely won’t be granted space in my stash.
Lanolips Lip Balm – I decided that a ski trip was the perfect opportunity to try this extra-emollient lipbalm which would surely stop my lips from drying out in the snow and sun. For the first few days I was loving it, it was totally doing what I had expected, but then I started to get small but painful spots around my lipline, which multiplied and took ages to disappear – a little too coincidental to be caused by anything other than my pores being blocked by the Lanolips and showing their displeasure.
La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray – With expectations of mattified, clearer skin I was totally expecting this to become a regular part of my routine. I’ve now finished two cans and can safely say it has made no difference in the slightest. It’s a nice refreshing spritz in the morning, but that’s something which could be achieved with water…
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum – An absolute cult classic, there was clearly no way that this could do anything other than revolutionise my skin. It was…. nice. No difference in anything, and my skin was demonstrably happier when I went back to my trusty Clarins HydraQuench.
L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner – Well this just sounded fabulous – it would plump and volumise my hair leaving it shampoo-advert swishy. What it actually did was give me an itchy scalp, eyelids, nose and super dry hands – something I now realise is due to an allergy to Methylisothiazolinone (but it did at least help in working out the allergy!).
La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel – Another La Roche Posay product which offered me a beautifully clear complexion (I don’t have anything against the brand by the way, there are some products which I love). I’d been getting the odd few spots and this seemed like a good way to get them to leave. Except I actually ended up with upset skin and more spots than I’d started with. I persevered as I know that this can be the initial reaction before things dramatically improve, but ultimately I gave up waiting for the improvement and went back to dealing with one spot at a time rather than a facefull.
So what have I learnt from this? I’m not going to stop buying things that reviews make me think I will love, because more often than not I do discover a product that’s great. What I am going to do more is listen to my skin – just because something works amazingly for someone else, it doesn’t mean it’s going to have the same effect on me, so I need to not convince myself that something is working just because I want it to! (and also, wherever possible try samples first!)