In your twenties is just about the right time when you should start paying close attention to your skin… or so some beauty experts have said. I wish I had known this a few years back. Not that my skin is starting to have problems now, it’s not that. However, I do understand the value and truth behind the “prevention versus cure” philosophy.
Since the day I earned my eligibility for membership to the “Thirty-Something Club”, this li’l nugget of wisdom has triggered some sort of a panic button in my head and suddenly, I found myself in a frenzied rush to find and possess the proverbial but elusive “Elixir of Youth”.
There are so many beauty brands out there and each one of them claims that by some divine providence, they have found the “fountain of youth” and that they now have in their possession this miraculous elixir, a tiny drop of which will forever protect you from the Wicked Witch of Age and Wrinkles… blah blah blah… or at least that’s what I hear them saying. I for one get overwhelmed oftentimes. I spend many hours (all right, one too many hours) at the shopping mall and I’ve seen many of these brands. As much as my hands are itching to get a hold of every single age-defying facelift-in-a-bottle that I come across, many of them are just a tad too expensive, so it’s not realistic for me to buy them all at the same time.
So what I’m gonna do is to try one product at a time and present to y’all my thoughts on each one of them. I’m going to name this series of reviews, “Elixir Of Youth”.
So let me start with…
Clarins Double Serum (Hydric + Lipidic System) Complete Age Control Concentrate
I’ve been a Clarins user for many years now. Their High Definition Body Lift, Contour Body Treatment Oil and Advanced Extra-Firming Eye Contour Serum are some of the products that I swear by and can certainly not live without. So trusting Clarins’ claims for this new serum was a no-brainer.
Engineered by 27 years of plant science, the NEW Double Serum® [Hydric + Lipidic System] combines two powerful age-defying serums into one optimum balance to help fight all aspects of visible aging. Now you can stay younger. Longer.
The only intensive anti-aging treatment rich in 20 plant extracts that revitalizes the skin’s 5 vital functions: hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, protection and regeneration. A unique formula that promises a visibly youthful look: firmer skin, visibly reduced wrinkles, more even complexion and less visible pores.
90% of Asian women agreed that Double Serum® is more effective than their regular serums*.
*Test conducted on 50 Asian women.
Generally, I’m a very visual person so I must admit that packaging is a big factor when it comes to shaping my decision to buy or not to buy a product. In my mind, if I were to purchase something with a hefty price tag, at the very least, it should boast of a packaging that justifies the leap of faith. Clarins Double Serum (Hydric + Lipidic System) Complete Age Control Concentrate has a really nice packaging with the product claim ad printed in large font size (a very smart strategy for catching one’s attention in my opinion). The design was simple but clean and very classy, in keeping with the standard and image that Clarins has been known for all these years.
Two pumps of the serum are all that’s needed for every application. What will come out is a fluid that resembles a cracked raw egg. That’s because Clarins Double Serum (Hydric + Lipidic System) Complete Age Control Concentrate is a formula that actually combines the power of two serums — one is water-based (hydric) and the other, oil-based (lipidic).
The two serums are never in contact with each other inside the bottle since they are kept in two separate vials. The serums, which are dispensed through two separate pumps that lead to a single opening, only come in contact with each other in balanced proportions once pumped out and ready for application. Since water and oil ordinarily don’t mix together, you’d have to give it a little bit of a “whisk” with your fingertips to create an emulsion before proceeding with the application.
The most outstanding observation for me was its scent — so heavenly! It has sort of an almond fragrance, or even toasted sesame seeds with a subtle hint of rose (not so sure if that makes any sense but that’s what comes to my mind every time I smell it). That, all by itself, makes it an extremely refreshing morning and evening beauty routine!
The consistency of the serum is very thin, almost watery-gel-like and is very light on the skin once applied. It also does not leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy when it dries up.
How to Apply
Step 1: Warm the product in your hands.
Step 2: Apply to face and neck without pressing.
Step 3: Gently press down on the cheeks, the forehead and neck.
Step 4: Finish with your regular moisturizer.
It’s been more than a month now that I’ve been using Clarins Double Serum (Hydric + Lipidic System) Complete Age Control Concentrate and I simply follow the application instructions to a T. To say that I’m extremely happy with the results would be the biggest understatement of the year!
So far, I can honestly say that I’ve noticed a difference in the texture and appearance of my skin. My pores are less visible, my skin feels firmer and more supple and oiliness was diminished. I didn’t have any breakouts either. Except probably for very faint laugh lines, I really don’t have any major wrinkle-related concerns yet. I’ll let y’all know how my laugh lines improve in a few more weeks.
Clarins Double Serum (Hydric + Lipidic System) Complete Age Control Concentrate retails at P4750 and is available at the Clarins counter in all branches of Rustan’s Department Stores. It’s a bit pricey but it will certainly last for at least two months (that I can already tell, even if I have only been using it for a month). It also works perfectly with the Clarins Multi-Active Early Wrinkle Correction System (Day Cream and Night Cream).
Give yourself the gift of youth and ageless beauty this Christmas. Try Clarins Double Serum (Hydric + Lipidic System) Complete Age Control Concentrate!
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