Christmas wouldn’t be half as beautiful without Clarins – it’s definitely the go-to beauty brand for skincare treats, and its red packaging just adds to the festive appeal. For me, the stand-out anti-ageing product this year has been Clarins’ Super Restorative Remodelling Serum (£80), which promises to help lift features, replenish the skin, reshape and redefine the facial contours and reduce the appearance of age spots.
I used it religiously from August until very recently (it lasted extremely well, especially since, once I began to panic about running out, I only targeted my forehead and my jawline!), following the “Clarins Method” – a particular way of applying it using gentle pressure. I noticed an improvement in the tautness of the skin on my jawline pretty quickly, which is why I was encouraged to keep using it twice a day and not to skip the serum step even when I was knackered.
Early on, somebody commented on how lovely my skin was looking. I remember feeling perplexed because at the time I felt quite run-down. Then I realised that the credit for any improvement in my complexion was probably due to this serum, since it also restores radiance, and gives older women’s skin the support it needs to bounce back and recover from the hormonal changes which inevitably weaken it.
Towards the end of my Super Restorative Remodelling cycle, I was lucky enough to be treated to one of the fabulous Clarins Tri-Active facials (£67 for 85 minutes), which now incorporate the serum. As ever, it was not only extremely relaxing, but also produced instant results in terms of tightening and brightening the skin. If you’re planning to splurge on a woman who is fortysomething or older this Christmas, this is the skincare to buy – and the Tri-Active facial is the spa treatment to book….
For details of your nearest spa, visit www.clarins.co.uk
Just when you thought that skincare products could just about do everything it might ever be possible for them to do, along comes a new trend in serums: re-sculpting. I’ll bet Marlene Dietrich would have loved to have given these a go before she redefined the angles of her face by having her wisdom teeth extracted, for maximum cheekbone impact! For those of us who don’t fancy fillers and Botox or who lack the confidence to take advantage of the recent wave of “contouring” make-up, introducing a new step into the skincare routine is the ideal alternative.
Within a few weeks of each other, both Clarins and Estée Lauder are launching their variations on the resculpting theme, hot on the footsteps of Clinique’s recent Sculptwear range. Clarins’ Super Restorative Remodelling Serum (£80; available now) promises to help lift features, replenish the skin, reshape and redefine the facial contours and reduce the appearance of age spots. This serum, which also restores radiance, gives older women’s skin the support it needs to bounce back and recover from the hormonal changes which inevitably weaken it, so it is worth trying if you’re concerned about sagginess and loss of definition of the facial contours.
Lauder, meanwhile, is launching a whole collection of resculpting products. Dr Nadine Pernodet, Vice President, Skin Biology Research & BioActives, R&D – says: “We already knew that skin’s structure helps give skin the density and definition that is characteristic of youthful skin. But, thanks to our latest research,we now know it’s critical to also improve visible volume to create a true transformation.” Volume gives skin dimension – therefore, to improve the look of the facial contours, both visible structure and volume need to improve, and that’s the aim of this new range.
Lauder’s New Dimension Transformative Collection comprises Shape + Fill Expert Serum (£62); Expert Liquid Tape (£46), a treatment to be targetted at specific areas such as around the eyes, and Shape + Sculpt Face Kit (£34) and Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit (£30) which both include colour to help with contouring. I’m still testing and too early to share my personal findings – but wanted to let any of you ladies who are feeling flush with dosh and a little flabby of face have all the info!