I went running the other morning and when I got back into the house I was briefly confronted with the horrible realisation that my face might actually fall off. The wind, rain and less than agreeable temperatures had waged war on my skin which was now wondering how it was possible to have gone from soggy and cold to a wall of central heating in less than 30 seconds.
Sadly, at this time of the year, this is not a scenario that’s unique to going for a run, because therein would lie a very simple solution. No, this is something that strikes me every single time I leave the house. Winter does bad things to skin, and it never fails to take me by surprise – along with other things that should no longer be surprising like the fact that your boots will leak continuously in downpours between October and April, and no matter where you buy your umbrellas at least four of them will abandon you and turn inside out in blustery weather before the Spring solstice.
So having heard at great length about the benefits of ESPA’s Optimal Skin ProSerum – the secret ingredient in a number of their treatments, I was curious to find out more for myself, not least because the advice came courtesy of therapists at Norton Park who claimed both a personal and professional attachment to the product; high praise indeed.
Well, putting it to the most rigorous of tests, the first application was post swim – adding chlorine into the weather-beaten equation for good measure. The most notable thing to start off with, and this really is a very important thing that can make or break a product before it has a chance to work its magic, was the smell, which was essentially like having a spa in a bottle. The tiny little bottle with a little glass pipette did an immediate and effective effort at transporting me to a treatment bed far far away.
The oil promises instant absorption, leaving skin feeling soft, comforted and revitalised, and I have to say it lives up to both its and Norton Park’s words. A small amount of oil goes a long way over face and neck, but is quickly absorbed so that you can follow it with your moisturiser, and there is a satisfying sense of hydration – even for those of us who have done our level best to suck out the last vestiges of life between the pool and exposure to the elements.
So there you have it, a pocket-sized weapon against the wind and rain, proving once again that good things really do come in small packages.
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