21 December 2015


Being a beauty blogger means that I am lucky to get to try more skincare products than most - and this means that I usually have something lined up to try next, and alas, I don't often purchase any products, unless there is something I really really love. One of those products that I've repurchased is the Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Concentrate;

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

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. And a couple of pregnancies haven't exactly helped either.

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.
The Double Serum seems a little oilier and greasier than most other serums that I have previously tried, and with my combination skin, it is thus too heavy for me during the day under makeup, so consequently I just use it at night under my night cream.

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 the two serums 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, and consequently why this is one of the skincare products that I have repurchased.

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.

The serum has a lovely natural scent, which I really like, although this scent does fade quickly once absorbed into the skin.
This serum is perfect for use during winter and if you have drier skin. While I do have combination skin, I have been using it for the 4.5 months I was in hospital with our son, which did help combat the horrid dry air from the constantly running air conditioners. A definite winner, wont be the last time I purchase this serum!

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