I’m sure if you’re a regular around these parts it won’t come as a surprise to you what a fan of Clarins skincare I am. I’ve been loyal to the HydraQuench range for years, my face regularly laps up the Blue Orchid Treatment Oil and don't even start me on their toners.
Any other Clarins skincare fans I have exciting news to report! There’s a whole new range of products, Hydra-Essentiel, all aimed to combat thermic shocks. What are thermic shocks? I hear you ask. Well, it’s something our skin experiences every day in the changes of temperature and environment. From air conditioning, to blustering winds. Apparently, our skin experiences up to 17 thermic shocks a day.
I put this theory to the test for a day and it proved true! My day started off in the warmth of my bedroom, heating on full blast and skin looking replenished from the night before. A little later I went on my weekly horse ride in the crisp countryside air, it rained for a little and then the sun came out (classic UK weather, eh?). I usually notice pretty instantly after riding my skin looking a little dull and dehydrated. My lips are drier and my skin no longer feels as smooth as it did when I woke up. Fast forward a few hours later and my last thermic shock of the day was in a steaming hot bath.
It makes sense that these multiple changes in temperature per day take their toll on our skin and end up diminishing the natural hydration. This is where the new Clarins Hydra-Essentiel range comes in. The main ingredient in the new range is organic leaf of life. Without getting too science-y, essentially this plant is extremely resistant to different temperature variations and it still remains full of water despite any changes to the temperature of its environment.
So onto the part you’ve been waiting for, the new Hydra-Essential range breakdown.
I’m a huge fan of Clarins Bi-Phase Serums and this one is no exception. I use one to two pumps into my hand and press it into the skin, it has an almost oily texture yet it sinks in in seconds. I think of this serum as an extra cardigan if I was going on a winter walk, it’s not the coat, but it certainly helps keep you warm. Serum is probably the most underrated product for dehydrated skin, it’s so thin in texture so you might not feel as though it’s making a difference but it certainly does.
I recently travelled to Russia and couldn't wait to get off the plane and slather my face in this! It really is a dream for dehydrated skin and for me this is the star of the show. I usually dot my moisturiser in sections of my face and apply outwards, then head down the neck with the remainder. It’s really rare for me to see instant results with my skincare but with this I noticed throughout the day my foundation applied easier, lasted longer and faded less. Once it got to the end of the day and I removed my makeup, my skin didn’t look as tired and dull as it usually does.
I personally love my skincare routine so I’m happy to do an extra step for SPF when needed but for days where you’re after something with protection and moisture this would be perfect. Similar texture to the Silky Cream, just every so slightly lighter.
At the moment my skin is so happy with the Silky Cream I haven't got much use out of the cooling gel, however I know when Spring finally dawns on us and Summer rolls around I will be reaching for something a little lighter in texture and this will be my saviour! It really is how the name would suggest, light, cooling and refreshing. If you’re someone with oily skin and are apprehensive about using a thicker cream then look this way.
I imagine anyone that tries this one would benefit as it’s the one that covers the most ground. It would be good for the oily, dehydrated and dry skin types. It’s much lighter in texture than the creams but has a different feel to the cooling gel.
So that’s the new Clarins Hydra-Essentiel range in a nutshell. Since I tried a mini-sample of the Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil four years ago I fell completely in love with Clarins skincare and the more I tried, the more I trusted the brand. If I had to pick one must-have from the range for anyone, no matter their skin type and no matter their age I would say the Bi-Phase Serum. What will you be trying from the new range?
You can find out more & shop the new Hydra-Essentiel range here.
This post is brought to you in collaboration with Clarins.