It’s no secret that I’m a big a fan of Clarins skincare. I’ve been using their HydraQuench range for years (along with all my other Clarins favourites). So I was a little worried when I heard that the range had been replaced. Would the new products live up to their high performing predecessors?
The new Hydra-Essentiel range for thirsty, dehydrated skin is designed to combat the negative affects of thermic shocks. What are thermic shocks? I hear you ask. A thermic shock is something our skin experiences during dramatic changes in temperature and environmental conditions. This could be going from a warm central heated house to freezing cold winter conditions, or a cool air conditioned building to a hot sunny environment. When you think about it, it makes sense that these constant changes in temperature would take their toll on our skin and end up diminishing it’s natural hydration.
The new range also covers all the main benefits of the previous HydraQuench collection, making it perfect for anyone with tight or rough, dehydrated skin.
I’d say that dehydration is my biggest skincare concern, so I was more than happy to give these new products a go.
I was sent the Bi-Phase Serum and the Silky Cream. Here’s what I thought…
BI-PHASE SERUM (£44)
I didn’t think anything could touch the old Bi-Phase Serum but I was wrong. This one is even better. I’ve been applying two pumps of the serum onto my face every night and pressing it into my skin to ensure it takes in all the hydrating benefits. It has an almost oily texture and my parched skin literally drinks it up in seconds. This is the skincare equivalent of drinking a litre of water – and it really makes a difference!
SILKY CREAM (£36)
When your skin’s feeling a little rough, tight and generally well… dehydrated this cream is an absolute dream. It’s really rare for me to see instant results with my skincare but with this I noticed throughout the day that my foundation went on easier, lasted longer and faded less. And at the end of the day, after taking off my makeup, my skin didn’t look as tired and dull as it usually does. The cream itself feels luxurious and thick at first but then melts into the skin like a light lotion, leaving me skin feeling fresh and seriously moisturised. There are no real anti-agin benefits here but my skin does look and feel younger, probably because it’s starting to look older when it’s dehydrated.
Hydration is so important when it comes to looking after your skin. Drinking enough water is essential but sometimes your skin needs a little more help and this is where I’d reach for the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel products.