Clarins is not a brand I would ever have tried. I remember seeing my mother use it when I was very young, and I have seen it in Myer, but never really thought to try it. Luckily, I was given the opportunity to try their extra-firming day and night creams recently. I only have a few expression lines on my forehead, but I’m a believer that it’s never too early for anti-aging products!
As you know, I have dry, sensitive skin. On first glance I noticed both products were quite fragranced – not in a bad way, though. They smell divine. They are also quite rich, meaning you only need the smallest amount of product (more bang for your buck!) and it smooth’s out quite nicely. The day cream takes a minute or two to sink in, but then becomes an excellent base for makeup. I find it doesn’t irritate my skin, or make it cry either. The night cream is just as rich, if not richer – it does take a little longer to sink in and (as I found out the hard way) if you use too much it will leave an oily stain on your pillow. Whoops! With this product less is definitely more.
I have been quite impressed with these creams, they provide excellent hydration now that winter is upon us, and my skin has never felt like it needed any extra. I have not been using a serum since starting to use these, as my skin simply doesn’t need it. WIN! I’m not sure how they’d go in summer, they may be a little rich for my skin for summer, but definitely get my thumbs up in winter!
As for the extra-firming properties, as I said, I don’t really have anything that needs firming. However, I have noticed my skin looks more vibrant in the morning, and I look less tired. Definitely impressed! The only downside of these products is the packaging. Glass jars and bathrooms don’t mix well, and make them difficult to travel with.
Animal testing stance: Clarins do not test their products on animals, nor commission third parties to do so.