Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Clarins Hydraquench Serum
For a long time, I thought that I wasn't yet in the right age bracket to be using a serum. To me, they were anti-ageing, firming products that were reserved for the likes of my mother, and weren't really relevant to me at all.
It seems that I was fairly wrong on this subject, as there is a ton of serums out there to suit all skin types. As I've gotten more and more obsessed with skincare over the last year, I've become conscious that the skin 'types' that we all hear so much about are not set in stone, and can and will overlap. While my skin is combination on the surface (oily/normal) and I hardly ever have dry patches, this doesn't mean that my skin is free from dehydration.
At a Vichy event a couple of months back, I had a skin consultation and was given percentages that represented how dry and how oily my skin is respectively. Now, I can't remember the exact figures, but I do remember being pretty surprised that my skin was dehydrated at all. I was told that a light hydrating serum would help sort this out, and that my skin would appear plumper and more glowy as a result.
As I had a ton of skincare on the back burner at the time, I really couldn't justify going out and buying a serum of that type. Recently I was lucky enough to be given this serum from the brand, and immediately set to using it as part of my night-time skincare routine. This is a bi-phase serum that needs to be shaken up before use. However, as the formula is only one-fifth oil, it's suitable for all skin types. The texture is extremely light, almost watery - and absorbs into the skin really fast.
So, does it work? I can definitely say that my skin looks a lot healthier as a result of using this - I can tell that it's from the serum as I haven't really changed up much else in my routine.. I think it's a fabulous product for all year round; it's great as an extra boost of moisture under SPF in the summer, and will also be a lifesaver come wintertime for chapped, dehydrated skins. It is pricey at about €45, but is worth it in my opinion. As you only need one or two pumps, a bottle will last months and I've barely put a dent in mine yet. Also, the heavy glass packaging is really pretty and looks very well on my skincare shelf!