Reconnecting the missing links to firm and ageless skin


02:09 AM June 28th, 2013

By: Ria Prieto, June 28th, 2013 02:09 AM

CLARINS Extra-Firming Day Wrinkle Lifting Cream and Extra-Firming Night Rejuvenating Cream

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Gooris, the head of laboratories at Clarins, who introduced us to the brand’s improved anti-aging line.

I have been under the impression that “anti-aging” is a relatively new term, but I found out Clarins has been in the business of finding the right cream that could turn back the hands of time for decades now.

Clarins is a brand that invests a lot on research, so luckily for us, its products just keep getting better.


Clarins’ newest anti-aging duo, the Extra-Firming Day Wrinkle Lifting Cream and the Extra-Firming Night Rejuvenating Cream, are the grand results of three decades of the brand’s innovation efforts.

Clarins has reconnected the “missing links” to long-lasting skin firmness caused by aging. The duo treatment corrects the broken connection between cells that cause skin aging: It links collagen fibers to dermal cells, and elastic fibers to collagen fibers.

These linked cells are responsible for skin elasticity. When these links are “broken,” skin becomes saggy and dull.

In collaboration with famed ethnopharmacologist Jean-Pierre Nicolas, Clarins research has formulated various key ingredients—obtained from organic farms and through fair-trade agreements—to reinforce the linkages of these cells: green banana, lemon thyme and rice peptides.

Organic green banana extract is obtained from unripe fruit that has exceptional restructuring properties, while lemon thyme reinforces the banana element to maintain hydration and luminosity. Rice peptides, the night cream’s main functional ingredient, encourages epidermal renewal to preserve the skin’s ability to regenerate.

The day cream is a revolutionary anti-aging treatment that firms, lifts and tones, smoothing lines and wrinkles in just four weeks.

Clarins’ powerful plant complex rebuilds the bonds between collagen, elastin and cells, strengthening the skin on every level.

Apply in the morning to thoroughly cleansed face and neck. Gently press down on skin, working from the middle of the face outward.

Night cream

The night cream is a high-performance formula that helps prevent lines and wrinkles from forming while you sleep. Thanks to Clarins’ latest innovation, Lotus Zymbiosome extract, skin appears firmer, refreshed and revitalized. Upon waking, it appears smoother and more luminous. It also boosts the performance of its day cream counterpart.

After three to four weeks of regular  use, wrinkles are less noticeable, facial features appear more defined, and complexion is more even-toned.

The two creams have very rich textures but leave a velvety matte finish. It melts easily on the skin, and there is instant absorption. Makeup is easier to apply, and will look even more beautiful because of the emulsifiers of the Clarins product. It smells very feminine, too—with fresh notes of rose, camellia, lily of the valley and jasmine.

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