I've been using the new Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum constantly over the past couple of weeks and damn, it's good. I didn't have high expectations since my skin has been a dehydrated mess after starting a new treatment for my acne, but this little serum really delivers. It has a lipid layer at the very top, so you have to shake it up before application. It comes with a pump dispenser and the consistency is very light and fluid. It's somewhere in between the texture of a light oil, an essence and a traditional serum.
I like to dispense two pumps in the palm of my hand and warm the product up for a couple of seconds before pressing it onto my face. The feeling of comfort and hydration is instant and it has a very light refreshing fragrance. Nothing too cloying or floral.
The Hydra-Essentiel line is new and will be replacing Clarins' existing Hydra-Quench line. I never got around to trying out anything from the Hydra-Quench range but remember Amelia Liana raving about it. The Hydra-Essentiel range is the updated version, fueled by new research and innovative plant extracts that claim to boost hydration levels. There are also three new moisturizing products to go along with it - a Rich Cream, a Silky Cream and a Cooling Gel for dry, normal and oily skins, respectively.
Having combination/oily skin I tried the Cooling Gel and while I loved the initial sensation of it on my skin, it did pill when I layered it with the serum and I didn't love it, so I think I'll be sticking to my Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream instead. The Clarins Multi-Active moisturizers (both morning and night) are geared towards us late 20's/early 30's ladies who are keen on kick starting our anti aging regime.
As far as the new Clarins Hydra-Essentiel range is concerned, to me, the Bi-Phase Serum is the star of the show. I would highly recommend it for all skin types, especially this time of year since we're in dehydration mode.
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