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CLARINS Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate



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Clarins Double serum is probably one of the most iconic and known serums in the world. Every single duty free shop at any airport I have been to, has this serum, the brand’s number-one seller. I have seen my mum use it, my aunt use it and even I have used a full bottle of the older formula, that my mom has accidentally left at my place. So, this is both an old and new product for me.

History
With my little reading and research on the internet, I learnt a few things about this serum. The serum was launched in 1985, with a unique blend of 20 potent anti-aging plant extracts in a mineral oil base. Everybody loved it and it was near perfect, but the addition of mineral oil was something that was frowned upon. I personally never had any issue with mineral oils and in smaller quantities, it works well for the skin. In 2017, the brand re-launched a newer, re-formulated version, that was mineral oil free and added Teasel Extract, Organic Leaf of Life Extract and Turmeric. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits. It helps to reduce redness from blemishes and calms the skin. It can help reduce hyper-pigmentation. Turmeric is also an antioxidant that fights off free radicals and this helps to reduce visible signs of aging.


A multi-tasking serum with two-in-one formula that contains 21 potent plant extracts, including turmeric to effectively target lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, and boost radiance for visibly smoother, firmer, more radiant skin.

Clarins’ innovative dual technology successfully combines 21 anti-aging plant extracts that uses a hydrolipidic (hydric phase - water, lipidic phase -oil)  and biomimetic double formula to optimize the performance of the skin's five vital functions:

Hydration: Softness and Comfort
Nutrition: Suppleness and tone
Protection: Prevention of fine lines and wrinkles
Regeneration: Firmness and elasticity
Oxygenation: Skin radiance and luminosity

Non- Comedogenic, Formulated without Parabens and Mineral Oils.


Color, Texture, Consistency
Amber colored, light weight, super thin and runny liquid that is just like water. It is a non sticky, not too viscous or dense or heavy but has a slight slip to it. It is lightly greasy, but not shiny or oily.

Scent
Has a light, delicate floral perfume scent, that is not at all overwhelming and disappears after few minutes. I don't mind the scent at all. I would have loved if the scent lingered on for few hours. It is actually nice.


Application
I have dry skin and so I use the amount designed for dry skin in cold climate. It is a part of my PM skincare routine. On a cleansed and toned face, I just pat and press the serum lightly, instead of rubbing and dragging it all over my face. I use the remaining product on my neck.

Feel and Effect on the skin
The serum is super runny and light weight in texture, so it spreads quickly and is almost instantly absorbed by the skin. It does remain tacky for two minutes, but then ultimately dries down, leaving the skin super soft, nourished and moisturized. It has an oil base, but it does not leave the skin feeling greasy or shiny. I follow it with another moisturizer. The product does not pills or rolls. It is easy to layer.


Packaging
Super innovative and user friendly. One of the best packaging I have seen in a skincare product. This actually requires a paragraph to describe. So the Serum is called a double serum because it contains both a water (hydric) phase and an oil (lipidic) phase. There are two chambers in the heavy duty acrylic bottle and the lipidic phase is nested in the center core, while the hydric phase surrounds it. Every squirt dispenses one-third oil-based ingredients and two-thirds water-based ingredients. There is an adjustable dispensing system. The dial pump has two markings on it. The 'tiny drop' setting, that dispenses less product is for normal to oily skin or hot climates and the 'power shot' setting that dispenses more product is for normal to dry skin or cold climates.
Then there is a clear cap or lid. I am super impressed with this made-to-measure dispenser, luxurious, easy to use, sturdy packaging.

Final Thoughts
A well nourished and moisturized skin itself is the answer to many skin issues. This serum helped me fix dry patches, hydrate the skin beautifully and made the skin look plump and healthy and supple in general. I have used it for two weeks and 2 days. I have yet to see any considerable difference in the radiance and luminosity department. I think consistent use will give me better results. It does not feel heavy on the skin nor it broke me out. Also, little goes a long way. The consistency and potency is fantastic. You just need the smallest amount to get decent results.


Availability
Sephora, Clarins, Macys, Nordstrom, Ulta

Disclaimer: The product is gifted by the brand via octoly. All opinions are my own. Not a paid post.

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