Clarins has updated their White Plus HP line with the addition of sea lily extract. Sea Lily? Apparently research by Clarins shows that it can block the melanin tunnel thereby helping to control melanin production.
Anyway I got curious so I looked up Sea Lilies online and all I turned up were references to a crinoid which is a type of marine animal with “arms” that makes it look like a lily. The sea lily shown by Clarins (as on the box above) is of a flower which I was told is found and grown mainly in Brittany, France. So, its all a bit puzzling. That aside, lets see how I found the products.
Now, these were all sample sizes. Generous samples, but personally not enough for me to see if it was arresting my melanin production or making my skin brighter. I maintain you need at least 4-6 weeks to see results from any skincare. So I will just tell you how each feels.
Clarins White Plus HP Pearl to Cream Brightening Cleanser
This is a cream based cleanser. Foams up a treat but does leave the skin feeling a little dry. Immediate moisturizing is highly recommended. There is a strong fragrance but then, most Clarins products have a fragrance.
Clarins White Plus HP Whitening Moisture Day Emulsion SPF20
This is the day cream. I found it quite nice on the skin. Don’t use too much or it can be a bit oily. A pea sized amount rubbed between my palms is about right for me. Its nice that its got SPF20 but I personally find that insufficient so I always top up with proper sunscreen.