The weather’s been hot and dry recently here in Kuala Lumpur and its taken a bit of a toll on my skin, leaving it feeling parched. I’ve been using the Clarins Hydraquench Cream Mask quite often and regular spritzing of Vichy Thermal Spa Water which helps some. I was also using some samples of the Clarins Hydraquench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase and the new Clarins Smoothing Gel since they are after all “Hydraquench”!
Clarins Hydraquench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase – RM225 /30ml
This serum comes in a spray glass bottle. I have a sample but I’m assuming the full size is the same. Clarins calls it an SOS essence to help with dehydrated skin to leave skin looking soft and young.
I must say that I rather like how it feels when I use it at night. 2 squirts of essence in my palm and it goes on my skin and does its job like a SWAT team, getting in deep to plump up my skin, leaving it looking firm and hydrated. I wake up and my skin looks rested and lovely.
BUT… but but but… the scent! Its too strong and floral for me – is that jasmine I smell? 🙁
So yes my skin drinks up this essence and loves me when I use it, but I cannot quite get over the strong floral scent to use it long term. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, this is a seriously effective serum and works with all moisturizers. I like it especially with my Lancome Primordiale Nuit cream but please sniff it at the counter to see how you like it. I might just have an over sensitive nose 🙂 If the scent was not so strong, I’d get it in a heartbeat. It actually works well with the Smoothing Gel too…
Clarins Hydraquench Smoothing Gel – RM205/50ml
The new addition to the Clarins Hydraquench range is the Smoothing Gel moisturizer for normal/combination skin or for those in hot climates. That’s us!
Mine is a sample and comes in a tube. The full size Smoothing Gel comes in a pump. The gel squirts out opaque but when you spread it between your hands, the warmth from your hands turns it liquid. So you don’t need a lot – I reckon 1/2 (half) to 1 pump is enough for the whole face.
I always make the mistake thinking it will be thick but in fact, when it turns thin and liquid I find I have too much on my hands so the rest goes on my neck. Don’t make the same mistake I do – its expensive 😛
It does feel nice on the skin and does add moisture and even claims to control sebum to keep you looking less oily throughout the day. I must say it does help keep my skin looking plump and soft but for some strange reason, is not quite sufficient when used alone at night. Might it be my skin turning drier? I’m not sure. Used together with the Bi-Phase Serum, it works well. On its own, it lacks a certain oomph! Oh and it has the same floral jasmine scent too. So, yes, its nice to use but do take a healthy sniff at the counter before making a purchase.
Does fragrance in products bother you?
Does fragrance in skincare products bother you? I thought I was quite immune to fragrance or scent in skincare products. It never usually bothers me – heaven knows I’ve used apple cider vinegar as a toner and that smells!! Lancome Primordiale Nuit cream has strong fragrance too but I’m fine with it. I think its just the hint of jasmine in the Clarins Hydraquench range that bothers me. Its not a favourite scent of mine.
I’m fine with the Clarins Hydraquench Cream Mask because that washes off but because the rest stay on my skin, I’m less likely to be able to tolerate the scent. How about you? Are you bothered by certain scents in products?