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.
Clarins White Plus HP Protective Day Screen SPF40 PA+++
This is the sunscreen from Clarins that protects the skin against UV rays and helps to brighten the skin. The sample lasted me about 3 uses (I’m generous with my sunscreen use) and I did find that my skin smarted a little if I spent too much time in the sun. If used primarily indoors, its fine. I won’t use it for outdoor activities.
Clarins White Plus HP Whitening Brightening Night Cream
Upon application, I liked this cream although it felt a little thick. I warmed it up between my palms and it felt fine on my skin. However, I found it quite strange that in an air-conditioned room, I woke up with my facial skin feeling quite tight. I thought it was a one off but it happened a couple of nights while using this cream so I did not quite like that.
All in all, I thought the Clarins White Plus HP line was alright if you can handle the scent. With long term use one might possibly see positive results as desired. Personally, I prefer the Clarins Hydraquench range. It seemed to give me better results :)
Have you used the Clarins White Plus HP line before? Do you have an experience to share?