10 April 2013

Product Review: Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Concentrate

As I have previously declared I love Clarins products, and the fact that their products are based on plant based ingredients. And starting to see the signs of ageing, and would do anything to help delay this, I was I was excited when I was asked to trial the *Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Concentrate. Here are my thoughts;




What They Say:
Powered by 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules—Double Serum’s innovative, dual chamber system combines two age-defying formulas into one groundbreaking serum that reactivates skin’s vital functions. The result: firmer skin, reduced wrinkles, a more even skin tone and less visible pores in just 4 weeks".

RRP: $90.00 (30ml) – Available from department stores, select pharmacies, and Adore Beauty Online.

What I Say:
Having ageing skin with beginning lines, wrinkles, dullness and pigmentation, I am always on the lookout for a great product to help delay these signs. However, as I also have combination skin, prone to breakouts, I am also very cautious, as sadly very heavy and concentrated anti-ageing products often do make my skin feel more oily, congested and sadly breakout too.

The serum has been on the market for quite a while, but this one is newly launched formula with more targeted action.  

Clarins claims that the serum can:
1. Can boost hydration by + 75%* up to four hours after application, delaying the appearance of wrinkles and maintaining skin’s softness and comfort.

2. Can increase the speed at which nutrients penetrate the skin’s cells, restoring suppleness.
3. Can improve cell oxygenation, so that skin regains radiance.

4. Can stimulate the activity of two genes involved in skin protection, to protect against premature ageing.
5. Can regenerate the skin by boosting the production of collagen and glycosaminoglycan’s, so that skin maintains its firm, smooth, dense appearance.

The core ingredient in the Clarins Double serum contains is cangzhu extract, which has been specifically developed for Clarins. It stimulates G protein, a key protein of cell membranes, which amplifies the message, sent to cells by the formula’s active ingredients. Cangzhu extract thus helps to boost significantly the efficacy of the other 20 powerful plant extracts contained in Double Serum.

The serum also contains burdock extract, organic marshmallow extract and katafray bark extract help the stimulation of the skin’s natural moisturising factors and help with moisture retention in the dermis and epidermis. It also contains kiwi fruit extracts, organic perilla oil and organic macadamia oil, work to improve cell nutrition and the reinforcement of the lipidic cement.

To oxygenate the skin, the ingredients used are maritime pine extract, organic rosehip oil and arnica extract target improved cell oxygenation, while organic green tea extract, pistachio tree extract, organic quinoa extract and oxydendron extract, have been included to work on the neutralisation of free radicals and the reinforcement of the skin barrier. And finally, organic green banana extract, lemon thyme extract, unsaponifiables of avocado and hop extract, Phytosphingosine, organic oat sugars, survixyl IS™ and bocoa, have been added to preserve epidermal renewal potential, by reinforcing the dermal network fibres and surface tightening.

After now having used the Double Serum for over a month and I am happy to say that the serum has no made my skin more oily, more congested, or made it break out.



In saying that, the Double Serum is oilier than most other serums that I have used, so I simply found that it was too greasy for my skin to use during the day, also as I felt that it reduced the wear of my makeup. Rather I have just been using it at night under my night cream.

Being a little oily it takes a few minutes to absorb into the skin, which I do not find a problem, as I simply apply it before brushing my teeth at night, and afterwards I’m ready to add my night cream.

And the serum is very concentrated, just two small pumps is more than sufficient. I simply pump the serum into the palm of my hand and mix well. Clarins has developed a special technique for applying their products , and do recommend that the serum is applied this way in order for the product to work properly. After the product has been warmed by your fingertips and palms of hands, press hands onto the face and neck to allow the product to sink in. You can see the full application guides here.
And the next morning I wake to soft, smooth radiant skin. My skin is simply so thoroughly moisturised that it is glowing, - and without feeling greasy. In fact, after having used the serum for several weeks, I actually find that the serum as helped control and balance the oil production in my skin, so it no longer feels as oily and pores in the t-zone area seems to have reduced in size.

And what is even better, my skin tone seems more even, and some old acne scars seems to have softened too, as have the fine lines around the eye area and on my forehead are less noticeable. I am so impressed.

The unique pump bottle is separated into two vials, one that Hydric system, and the other the Lipidic system. These two separate phases, presented in side-by-side vials, enable the otherwise impossible combination of water and oil soluble ingredients with no risk of incompatibility or instability, and without recourse to emulsifiers. And I love the fact that it comes in a pump bottle, it is not only so easy to use, it is also so much more hygienic thank constantly having to dip your fingers into a jar. But how difficult it will be to completely empty the bottle, only time will tell.



The serum has a pleasant natural scent, which I really like. It is subtle, and quickly disappears once the serum has absorbed into the skin. But while I do like the scent, I did notice on the ingredients list that the serum contains fragrance, which I do find a shame for a brand that is otherwise trying to brand itself as being natural.

At $90 for 30ml, this is not exactly cheap, but as it is so concentrated a bottle will last you for quite some time. And after having used the serum for over a month, I still have well over half a bottle left.

I already know that my skin will enjoy using this serum as we head towards winter and my skin gets a little drier, it will give it the much needed moisture boost and protection that it needs. And seeing so great results after a month, I can’t wait to see what continued use will do to my skin!
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

What do you think of the Clarins Double Serum? Have you ever tried any Clarins products? What is your favourite serum?


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18 comments

  1. Like all Clarins products, this looks lovely, so I was disappointed to find out that it contains mineral oil as one of the main ingredients. It's something I try to avoid as it's supposed to be quite bad for the skin and lead to breakouts, but saying that, lots of people do seem to be able to use it without issue.
    I'm glad it worked for you, I really want to try their Lotus Oil as I've heard such good things about it.
    Mel x

    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Concentrated serums often dont agree with my combination skin, but this one for some reason did, my skin is loving it!! I have heard about the Lotus Oil, it really does sounds fantastic!

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  2. I'm a huge clarins fan but I haven't tried this. It sounds like it would be perfect for my dry skin though. Thanks for the review :)

    Kayte @ imminentbeauty.blogspot.com.au

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    1. My combination skin absolutely loved it, so it does sounds like it would be absolutely perfect for your dry skin!

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  3. This looks fantastic!!! I'm a huge fan of serums, and believe that they can completely transform your skin like no other product can.

    I've never tried Clarins products before. I'll have to check them out next time I go to town.

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    1. I agree, I could live without a serum!! Clarins products are amazing, you really should check them out!

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  4. I also have combination skin like you and also used to have trouble finding the right balance of moisture on my face. My dermatologist said the Lady Soma Renewal Serum is the sure thing for women with combination skin. Reading the ingredients, it contains multiple anti-oxidant and it is good for combination skin. So I try it for my fine lines on my forehead. It is great. My skin gets smoother and brighter, and the lines are getting less.

    Its also a serum, so its great under makeup.

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    1. I have never heard of that brand before. Sounds interesting!

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  5. Having read some damning reviews, I still rely on my own experience with this serum, which is spectacular. My skin feels smooth and comfortable after using the serum. Glad to see the good reviews too. Have to wonder about the super negative reviews because I just do not see all the negatives in the Clarins line.

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    1. I am surprised to hear that there's been negative reviews on this serum, I absolutely love it, and glad to hear you are too!

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  6. Used this product for 6 weeks, no difference in my skin. The pump dispenser didn't work well--one container is empty and the other is pumping its product. Would I spend $85 again--no!

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    1. Sorry to hear that. I would suggest taking it to the Clarins counter where you bought it, and I am sure they would at least give you a replacement bottle!

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  7. Thanks for your review. I was actually looking around online to see what others had experienced as I am absolutely blown away by Double Serum. I have really difficult skin to manage and have been using Jan Marini for about the last ten years and was keen to explore something new. I happen to love the glow I find from the serum and yes it is slightly oily, but the upside is you look as though you have just returned from a yoga retreat. After three weeks of use fine lines are disappearing, pigmentation is a lot less obvious and I am definitely noticing that the few acne scars I have are softening. I am an absolute convert. Interesting that my 16 year old daughter tried it and found it way too heavy - in fact she didn't like it at all. So perhaps it is best suited to mature skin looking for correction. And come on girls - at $90 for 8 weeks supply - $1.50 a day?? Total bargain for the results.
    Thanks for the blog.

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    1. Thanks Sal, I agree, I find it so worth it - it is less than the cost of a facial, yet the results last so much longer, as you see and feel the benefits daily!

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  8. has anyone come up in littleclear spots under the eyes after using this product? my skins felt really good after 4 days of use but today these spots appeared. wondering whether to return it just in case i get more. i normally use Yon Ka which are herbal products.

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    1. No, I have no experienced that - to me it sounds like it may be a little too rich for your skin around the sensitive eye area - so maybe best avoid putting it there. I have never heard of Von Ka before!

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  9. Sound great! Can i use it for under eye area n is it suitable for 35 year old ????

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  10. I use this Clarins Serum in the morning, and I night I use the Made from Earth Olive Night Creme. Both work well for a day / night type of deal.

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