With typically oily to combination skin and reactive redness, i never thought to use an oil on my skin. However, i worked for Clarins for a year and saw amazing results with this serum! this became my favorite serum; my skin never broke out or got too oily that it soaked through my makeup. I believe firmly that you must balance oil and water levels in the body to achieve optimum skin health.
if i ever break out, i use Peter Thomas Roth's sulfur spot treatment at day, but use this at night to calm and restore my flaking skin.
anyone can use this serum! i also highly recommed the hydra-quench serum for those skin types that are combination, oily or dry--if you're afraid to use oil. cactus extract and sulky smooth water hydration is the way to go for you!
This is one of my HG products. It's a must-have for me in the winter or whenever I have allergy rashes or eczema episodes, and it's seriously one of the best products I've ever tried for upset skin. I've used it after dermatitis/eczema flare-ups, harsh treatments (for said flare-ups), peels, or extremely dehydrated skin in cold weather, and it's the only thing that has helped me when nothing else works. I usually put it on at night after washing my face and after a few days my skin is completely cleared, with no redness and flakiness. It's really hydrating and soothing, but I'm not sure how it would work on non-problem skin though. The texture is very runny and oily, and you only need one or two pumps for the entire face. The only downside for me it's the price, although I think it's worth every penny.
I was given a bottle of this to use during the dry winter. I managed to use it during summer, though, and thank goodness I had it with me!
My friend and I had chemical peels done for our faces and were completely unprepared for the side-effects - *incredible* peeling.
My face had felt a little dry right after the peel, but after applying this concentrate every night, it was fine. But my poor friend - the dry area under her chin flaked like nobody's business, and looked quite disgusting after a few days. I passed her my bottle, and her chin cleared up in a few days...while my face started to peel.
So, it does work. I'm not too sure about the price though. But if you have an emergency, I'm certain that you won't want to skimp on this.
I was at Clarins counter the other day looking for a cleanser for sensitive skin. I tried their cleanser years back but have yet to try other products. So there i was, with my oily but dry on the surface and red skin, i desperately needed a cleanser that is less harsh than what i was using.
The SA recommended this product on top of the other cleanser. I wasn't really expecting much because my skin has been about the same for the last 2 years or so. The SA told me i will see the result in about one month. But surprisingly, with just one week of using this ( day and night), my skin becomes softer and less flaky. I am truly amazed. Thinking my skin is oily, i always go for harsher products to get rid of dirt and oil. i never thought this serum could actually save it.
This serum is slightly oily but it didn't break me out like crazy, just one or two small pimples (could be due to hormonal) and it doesn't clog my pores or more blackheads. The price is expensive, $50ish for a 5oz bottle. The only complain i have is the packaging, it seems to pump out too much serum than what i want. With that price, who doesn't want it to last longer?
A winter staple for me for many years. Heals flaky skin: no heavy occlusive feeling. Calms redness. I use it under my night cream and will never be without it.
I added this into my regular skin care routine about a month ago and I absolutely love it. I use it anytime my skin feels overly dry or uncomfortable, or when I feel like I need just a little something extra. It feels very soothing and immediately calms my skin.
I use it at night after washing my face. I dispense one pump on my fingertips and press my hands together a few times to distribute it, then I pat it into my skin as evenly as I'm able. I immediately follow with my moisturizer (Clarins Gentle Day Cream) to sort of absorb whatever is left over on my hands.
I've used various facial oils before (the most recent being Josie Maran's Argan Oil) and this feels nothing like the heavy, oily texture of so many of the other types I've tried. It's a very thin oil that doesn't have the slick, greasy texture that I associate with oils. It's light and absorbs quickly while still feeling that it's actually working with my skin. It has a beautiful herbal scent that reminds me of natural licorice.
I didn't expect to have such amazing results with this considering how sensitive my skin is to many botanicals. But it works. No breakouts, and no redness or contact sensitivity at all. It clears up any small dry patches overnight. My skin looks very even toned and healthy.
Don't let the tiny bottle deceive you (0.5oz for $59.00). One pump is plenty, and it's definitely a product that can be used as needed rather than every day. Fantastic for anyone with sensitive skin. I'll always have this in my routine.
UPDATE 10-3-10: Ultimately this didn't work for my skin. Granted, my skin is finicky and once in awhile tends to just start having random sensitivity to products that I've been using for long periods of time. One day everything's fine, and the next... big problems. This seemed like a product that would be great in the long run, but after about two to three months it caused a lot of redness and irritation. Once I cut it out from my routine, my skin returned to normal. I've actually noticed that this happened with almost every Clarins skincare product that I've used. I still think that those with sensitive skin should give this one a try because it was lovely while it worked.
I always keep a bottle of this on hand, ever since I received a sample from a Clarins counter perhaps 10 years ago. I don't use it all the time, but a small pump-full at night, occasionally, to help with redness/flakiness/sensitivity. Other night time treatments I've used an enjoy for similar issues are Eucerin Q10 sensitive cream & L'Occitane Immortelle elixir. I believe it's the squalane in this which makes it so effective. It is expensive, but I've had the same bottle for ages. Since it is oil-based and in an opaque glass pump bottle, it has showed no signs of degradation. It has a slightly cool/soothing sensation on the skin with first application, and a very slight mint/herbal odor. In my mind, a classic product and hopefully one which will not be discontinued!
I'm probably a minority here, but this does nothing for me. It's a greasy clear oil with almost non detectable scent that is supposed to soothe and restore skin. Well, I tried it after my skin got a bit red from Skinceuticals Retinol and at first this serum/oil didn't sink in at all, even with the Clarins technique. I was shiny and greasy for at least 2-3 hours, then it suddenly disappeared and I felt dry again, so I applied the concentrate again and went to bed. Next morning, no change, my skin was still red and dry. Next evening I tried it under Chanel moisture mask and at least then my skin didn't get dry and had this nice glow, but I doubt that came from Clarins serum, b/c Chanel mask always makes my skin look nice and glowy. So I use this Clarins Concentrate under my eye cream as eye serum now and then, but it does nothing, doesn't even reduce dehydration lines that even cheapest eye gels manage to do. At lest it didn't break me out or anything. Otherwise it's a totally worthless product for me.
Helllo...once in a while I am extremly impressed by a product and this is the latest. Its not new to the market by any means. but with my sensitive very dry and sometimes oily skin I often go from oil-free to non- oil free because I cannot reach a balnce.
At the moment the winter has arrived and my skin is sore, sensitive and extremly dry in areas and I am needding and craving moisture because my skin is drinking up moisture in seconds.
I though lets reach for an oil. Believe me I was scarred I thought great I'll be in spots in a min.
Clairns are so renown for their skin care and and their love of natural extracts I always find their products soothing. I heard a few amazing reviews on this product so it was worth a try if I was to opt for a dreaded oil...
Hellooo...this is going to be a winter feature on my dresser.
My skin was in so much need to rescuing and this balm did the trick in soothing my sore winter beaten skin and giving it back a glow and restiring energy into my cheeks. Its taken away the skin dryness and added suppleness almost like I have shedding lots of skin. I look instantly youthful.
Thhis oil smells of wonderful things like mint, and avocado and liqurice. The redness in my skin has calmed down and my skin seems softer and smoother. I think this is a miracle in a jar.
Quite frankly I may need to buy a ton of this so that they never discontniue it or hopefully loads of people will purchase this skin saver and therefore it will be around forever.
This works great on flaky bits of skin if you are afraid too wack it everywhere. It really is a lovely product.
Slightly pricey but a little goes a long way and this should last you right through to winter and if you only buy one product make it this.
I suffer from acne but this is soothing and this didnt give me any new spots. I highly reccomend this to people looking to sooth and mositurise their skin. Use it nightly so it soaks in so you can have a non-oily face in the morning. Only use a little and if you want just dab it where it is needed.
Beautiful very simple non-silicone serum, works wonders on upset skin. One of the very few scented products I can use on my face (sensitive, reactive, irritable skin here), even though it includes several common irritants, inc. two (lavender and mint) of my most frequent ones. Weird. Main ingredients: olive squalane; soybean, avocado, lavender, mint, oregano, and sunflower oils; liquorice extract; and vitamin A (in the form of retinyl palmitate).
It's not cheap - around EUR 45.00 - 55.00 for 15 ml - but concentrated, and lasts a long time as little is needed. Like the rest of the Clarins Gentle range (the ones with the pink-peach lids), it's not meant to be used everyday but more as a short-term "SOS" treatment, and "in synergy" with the rest of the range (a.k.a. "ka-ching" for the cash registers). Having said that, this serum can actually be used nightly over quite a long time ... I've used the range from time to time over the decades, and this is the one thing in it that I return to i.e. buy again; the Gentle moisturisers are good, but not a patch on the gentlest (and much cheaper) products from Avène.
Excellent packaging: solid plastic, pump top.
To use: in the evening, clean face, leave damp or spritz with water, apply one pumpfull to palm of hand, rub hands together and sort of pat over face, then massage in a little. Feels oily-silky (unsurprising, given the ingredients). Light and watery - it will try to slip through fingers. Smells pleasant; as is often the case with Clarins, a clever and interesting balance of scents; definitely not a simple lavender/mint/oregano. Then apply light "safe" moisturiser (Avène Skin Recovery here, on such Scar Skin Days). Results: soothed skin, especially the next morning; irritation and inflammation greatly reduced; skin smooth and pleasant the next morning.
I don't use this regularly, but returned to it recently when skin was being very irritable around the nose, due to a combination of seasonal allergies plus air-travel. Works a treat, will also see very soon if it helps with upcoming long-distance travel.
Better feel and finish than other serums I'd used (ex. Paula's Choice Antioxidant) or tried out (errm, many ... I have a bad counter-testing-habit ... most recently: Estee Lauder, Shiseido, some of the more expensive Clarins ones and their face oils); and a much better feel in the morning. I often use a mix of sweet almond and rosehip oils as a serum in the evening; lovely but clogging if used nightly. No such issues with this Repair Concentrate - quite the contrary. It's only a 4 rather than a 5, though, as neither strictly necessary nor life-changing.
Like all Clarins products, no animal testing but plenty testing on humans.
INGREDIENTS (from box): SQUALANE - CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE - CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE - STEARYL HEPTANOATE - XIMENIA AMERICANA - GLYCINE SOJA - PERSEA GRATISSIMA - BATYL ALCOHOL - LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA - MENTHA ARVENSIS - ORIGANUM MAJORANA - PHOSPHOLIPIDS - RETINYL PALMITATE - HELIANTHUS ANNUUS - GLYCERRHETINIC ACID - BHT - LINALOOL - LIMONENE. continued >>