The L’Occitane Immortelle 28 Day Divine Renewal Program was made available at our local L’Occitane stores in October 2015 and at that time I was dealing with some life issues that I was not about to put this program for a trial and to tell you about it. But fret not. I am finally on my last week of the program and I can finally tell you about it.
This L’Occitane Immortelle 28 Day Divine Renewal Program would be my first time ever indulging into such skin renewal program and honestly, I do not know what to expect but a skin that is 100% better than my current condition. Afterall this program does not come cheap.
Let’s take a step back and learn a bit about the best-seller range – the Immortale Divine anti-ageing range. This face care collection was created in 2009. The secret to the Divine range is the golden elixir that is precious but yet so natural. It is called Immortelle. The signature bright yellow hue of this legendary flower (known as Helichrysum in Latin) simply means ‘golden sun’. Immortelle flower is known for its ‘eternal life’. That is because this particular flower does not wilt even after they are picked. AMAZING.
Now, L’Occitane Immortelle 28 Day Divine Renewal Program, as the name suggests is a skin renewal program for 28 days. Basically you only use this at night and nothing else for subsequent 28 days non-stop. In a year, it is only recommended to use maximum 2 times. Why 28 days? Well, our skin takes 28 days to regenerate. This program is designed to work in harmony with our skin’s natural rhythms. It comes in a super luxe golden box, which contain 4 rows of weekly treatment vials.
Each row of vials has number printed on them as an indication of which week is the treatment for.
- Week 1: Gentle Exfoliation – getting rid of pore-clogging dead cells.
- Week 2: Hydration and Nutrition – strengthen new cells, nourish and moisture skin.
- Week 3: Balance – rebalance skin, promote skin wellbeing and preparing the skin for final step.
- Week 4: Renewal – gives skin radiance and plumpness as well as to prevent signs of ageing.
The oil is dry oil, which means it is not as oily as other beauty or face oil. However it is still oil so it tends to get messy AND oily especially if each vial (1ml) is for one usage only. No matter how you don’t like it, you will still need to use up the whole vial each application, not saving it for next day or whatsoever. Remember this is a 28 Day renewal program, not 56 days 🙂
I was told to use nothing but this oil at night time only. I have to say, I like how simplified my night routine has been. The effect will be more enhanced if I used Melvita Nectar Supreme The Eye & Lip Contour Cream and La Créme, which I will talk about end of this week 😉 .
The first week is the toughest for me as the oil is somewhat more oily and heavy. But I managed to find away around it. What I do is to use an exfoliating cotton pad with toner and wipe it all over my face before using this face oil. Somehow this small step of mine managed to help the oil absorption. First I dispense some oil onto my palm ,warm with both palm and pat onto my face. Then I do the same and apply onto my neck and décolleté. Since there is some oil left, I repeated the same process onto my face again and then neck. The gap application gives my face time to absorb the oil so when I go back for the second round application, my face just soak everything in. However, there are still a lot of oil left on the surface of my face.
The second week is better. The oil feels lighter comparing to first week. By the second week, I notice some changes with my skin. I have a brighter and smoother skin. I have heard that some experienced small bumps or breakout but I had the otherwise. No breakout. Instead, breakout seems to subside even faster with this oil.
On week three, I had some breakout but not from the oil. It was hormonal breakout aka monthly breakout. I knew the oil will helped to tame it down and it did. I still keep my toner routine the same i.e. using an exfoliating cotton pad to prep the skin. I still feel this helps a lot in the oil absorption. Week 3 oils are lighter than week 2. I only left with very little oil for my face and décolleté. But this particular week I feel a bit tired with all the excess oil floating on my face.
My favourite of all. Not because I was about to finish the program but the oil seems smoother and lighter. It feels as if the content was lesser. It’s not 🙂 . Still the same 1ml each vial. The oil feels more watery and less oilier. The whole week I did not have extra for my neck and décolleté at all. My face takes in everything. I used what’s left on my palm for the neck and décolleté.
The above is the Before and After. With the amount of oil I piled up on my face for the past 28 days, I did not feels that my face is oilier during the day. Instead my face was glowing underneath makeup. Although I have heard that some people can’t take in that much oil on their face and they experienced bumps and breakouts, I was the opposite. I honestly did not think my skin would take it. I envisioned massive breakout 😛 . Whenever I have a pimple popping out, it disappeared the next day. I believe my skin regenerated much more faster with this oil. If I have itchy fingers and I tried to pop a pimple, the oil will clear the wound away the next day.
My advice is to avoid the eye area during application. Sometimes I forget about it and just pat away, only to get a slight sting on my eye when I was about to sleep. No reaction on my eyes, just blurry vision lol.
Overall, I think this is a worthwhile renewal program to splurge once or twice a year. Thank goodness it is not recommended to use all year long or I will go cray cray with the amount of beauty oil on my face. I like the scent most of all. It smells, divine! I definitely like how the oil cleared my pimples and how smooth or glowy my skin is under makeup. I am also thankful that my crazy skin takes in all the oil like a trooper and not giving me breakout. Definitely a recommended program if you want to regenerate or renew your skin from the dull state 😀
Disclaimer: Press gift. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.