French Skin Care -- the Darphin WayI was so happy to be asked if I would join in a trial usinga glamorous French skin care line, Darphin.Every woman knows a little bit about taking care of their skin, and I was excited to see what Darphin would send me for my skin after I filled out a detailed questionnaire on my skin type. The package arrived with the most beautiful looking containers in my favorite colors, pink bottles with aqua packaging. These pretty containers were going to look lovely sitting on my vanity.The Darphin name was new to me, so let me share the background on this French company established in 1958. It was revolutionary at the time, as the products were tailored to specific skin types and needs. The founder, Pierre Darphin, believed that a woman's skin is a mirror reflecting her life -- and many of his products are renowned for their transformational results. I have had over two weeks to use the products that were sent just for me. They included a cleanser, a moisturizer for my dry sensitive skin and a serum for the redness I have struggled with for the last five years. At Darphin they say "Your skin deserves its expert serum" and I will admit I haven't used an expert serum since I freaked out at age 40 and went to the mall and walked away with $400 in product from a saleswoman who was looking to make a commission. Ah, the joys of aging! Here are MY unedited results with Darphin.
- The Intral Cleansing Milk is made for sensitive skin that is prone to redness and irritation. It comes in a pretty pink pump style container that made it so convenient at bedtime and in the morning to take a quick squirt and wash my skin. The first time I used it I was blown away! I am not kidding, I really couldn't believe how soft but clean my face felt, without getting that tight feeling I get from "gentle" soaps and other cleansers. Many times I have to refrain from using any cleanser because it's just too harsh. This calming cleanser was just wonderful!
- The next thing my skin care instructions directed me to do was to apply the Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum. It comes in a small bottle also outfitted with a pump, and I added three little drops and spread it over my complexion. My dermatologist has told me I have rosacea, which is a condition that is basically a red complexion, not a good thing! I have to use cover-up make-up if I want to feel less self-conscious when I go out, so I was quite hopeful this product would work some magic on my skin. It takes two weeks to see results, and so far I have seen some improvement, which I am thrilled about. At the end of the bottle I will let everyone know if I see more improvement -- but at the two-week-mark I am not about to stop using the redness serum.
- The last thing Darphin skin reps sent me was my favorite of all, the Intral Soothing Cream. This is the nicest moisturizer I have had the pleasure to use. My skin is often dry in patches and can be scaly in some areas, yet, from the first application, this cream made my skin feel like a baby's skin. It smells really nice, not too strongly scented, and it feels like heaven after you apply it!
I recently had to attend an event where I would be meeting many women I had never met before, and I have to say that these French products gave me an extra dose of confidence, as my skin had not looked this good in years. I plan to continue using these French skin products and, when I run out, I will be ordering the moisturizer and cleanser for sure. The Intral redness serum will be included in my regimen if I feel it truly made a difference. As women have been heard to say, I am worth it!
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