Clarins – New Year Skincare Must-Haves
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If your New Year’s resolution is to look after your skin then the first thing you need to focus on is your cleansing routine. It’s SO important to cleanse thoroughly at night to remove make-up and the grime from the day, and then again first thing in the morning to freshen up your skin and prepare it for the day ahead. This Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream* from Clarins is a perfect choice, and it has been specially developed for those living in an urban environment who will come into contact with pollution on a daily basis. It aims to rid the skin from traces of pollution, detoxify the epidermis, and protect the skin from the harmful effects of pollution. The Cleansing Cream is thick, rich and quite sticky, it’s pale peach in colour and has a pleasant floral scent. I’ve been using it since New Year’s Eve and I’ve been pleasantly surprised – it easily removes make-up, although you may want to use a separate eye make-up remover as it takes a while to remove eyeliner and mascara.
I’ve been using ‘The Clarins Touch’ process to apply my Cleansing Cream, this is basically an action where you press the cleanser on to the skin using the flat of your palms, then pull your hands away thus causing a ‘sucking’ action which helps to pull dirt, make-up and grime away from the surface of the skin. I then finish off by wiping away the remainder of the cleanser using a warm damp flannel. I have combination skin and I had thought that Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream might be a bit too rich for my oily nose and chin, but it hasn’t caused me any problems at all, and the extra richness has been very welcome given the cold weather and chilly winds we’ve had over the past few days. At £25 this isn’t a cheap cleanser, but the 200ml tube is huge and it’ll last me for months!
In the cold Winter weather it’s also really important to protect your lips using a good lip balm, and I’ve been trying out Clarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm*. I’ve reviewed a few products from the HydraQuench range now and I’ve liked them all – in particular the HydraQuench Lotion SPF15 – so I was expecting good things from this Lip Balm. The ingredients include essential rose wax and shea butter to help nourish and protect lips, and it has a very pale translucent pink colour which you can see from the image below. I didn’t really see the pink colour translating onto the lips, but it does make my lips nice and glossy and shiny.
I would say that HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm has the texture of a thick serum rather than a balm – a bit like the consistency of a lip gloss. You only need a tiny dab to cover both lips and it stays on the lips for a long time. Personally I prefer more solid lip balms, but I have been using this one before going on long walks in the chilly breezy weather and, touch wood, so far my lips haven’t become chapped which they usually do about this time each year. It has a nice floral rose scent too, and the 15ml tube will last a while. I’ve also found that it’s really good for moisturising cuticles!
Another nice duo from Clarins, both perfect for the cold Winter weather. What are your favourite Winter skincare products?
Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream is priced at £25 for a 200ml tube, available from Clarins.
HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm is priced at £19 for 15ml, available from Clarins.
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