Our top picks at a glance —
- Clarins Double Serum
- Hydra Essentiel Silky Cream
- Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate
- Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
- Everlasting Foundation
Clarins has been a leading proponent of the French Pharmacy approach to skincare (which we absolutely adore), notably utilising luxurious botanical ingredients to deliver sumptuous benefits to the skin.
Their products are developed to avoid upsetting those with sensitive skin, relieve dryness, and regulate oil, with various ranges suited to all your skincare needs.
Dating all the way back to 1954, they've certainly had plenty of time to amass a rather large collection of nourishing treatments and products. Now, that's great and all, but it can make it rather overwhelming to figure out what to "add to cart".
Allow us to narrow down the best of the best Clarins products that deserve a spot in your skincare routine. Enjoy!
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#1 — Best Clarins Serum
I don't think there was any doubt at all regarding what the #1 Clarins product would be. The Double Serum Age Control Concentrate is Clarins' cult-favourite, best-selling, age-defying serum, formulated to give you healthier, visibly younger looking skin.
It acts on the appearance of major signs of skin aging and contains 21 active plant extracts, including turmeric, renowned for its exceptional anti-aging properties. The skin becomes firm, wrinkles are visibly smoothed, radiance and evenness are restored to the complexion, and pores are diminished.
#2-4 — Best Clarins Moisturizer
With the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream your skin's critical capacity to retain water is restored, leaving your skin feeling instantly quenched, fresh, comfortable, radiant, and plump. It's secret? Organic, medicinal kalanchoe extract, a powerful natural hydration activator that boosts the skin's hyaluronic acid production. The product is fairly strongly fragranced, but the scent is nothing short of divine, and we just *love* how the freshness of it perks you up in the morning.
As an honorable mention: we'd like to also highlight the Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream. It excels at brightening and smoothing for all skin types (even for temperamental skin!), as well as deeply nourishes and moisturizes day after day. Not only that, but it seemingly lasts forever since only a tiny amount is needed each day. It is a best seller for a reason, after all.
If the Super Restorative range takes your fancy, might we also recommend pairing this day cream with the Super Restorative Remodelling Serum to achieve the maximum anti-ageing effects.
#5 — Best Clarins Eye Cream
Speaking of the Super Restorative range, allow us to introduce the Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate - a youth-activating, smoothing eye cream.
Highly concentrated, this dermatologically-tested eye cream contains an innovative peptide and ceramide complex which treats the whole eye area from temple to temple and acts not only on puffiness, dark circles and crow's feet but also frown lines. It nourishes, restructures and brightens the skin immediately, protecting, hydrating and restoring comfort.
#6-7 — Best Clarins Cleanser
The Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser bridges two categories of skincare in one to keep your skin touchably smooth and visibly fresh. The lovely cleanser/scrub combo is far from drying to the skin with the addition of shea and orange, as well as skin-respecting organic microbeads. While we can't recommend it enough, please remain conscious of your moisture barrier when massaging the product into your skin - be gentle!
As an honorable mention: we'd like to also highlight the Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser. Perfect for the evenings, in one easy step this cleansing water gently removes light makeup and impurities without any lather. Remember, no lather implies no soap, which is phenomenal news for your moisture barrier.
#8 — Best Clarins Body Lotion
An expert in body care for more than 65 years, Clarins has relaunched its iconic Moisture-Rich Body Lotion with its most natural and comforting formula to date.
Enriched with a high concentration of Shea Butter and a blend of organic plant extracts, this luxurious, silky smooth lotion provides the skin with ultimate comfort and boosts hydration of even the driest skin. The new formula is greener and made from 88% natural ingredients, and the tube is 100% recyclable!
#9 — Best Clarins Toner
Specially formulated with purifying Iris and Sage extracts for oily/combination skin, the Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris helps to purify and hydrate the skin, tighten pores and refine texture, while normalizing surface oils to yield a matte finish.
The Iris helps to fight against wrinkles, dryness and skin slackening, whilst the Sage extract has anti-inflammatory effects to soothe the skin. Being alcohol-free, it has no stinging sensation, is gentle on the skin and does not leave the skin feeling greasy. Our only qualm is with regards to the fact that it is hard to get a hold of this product, as they have recently launched an alternative with different ingredients.
#10 — Best Clarins Foundation
With the skinification of makeup, Clarins has truly excelled in coming out with some of the best skin-conscious foundations money can buy. One such example that we couldn't not highlight is the Clarins Everlasting Foundation.
It minimizes the appearance of imperfections, provides a perfectly even complexion and offers 15 hours of impeccable, comfortable coverage. The ultra-fluid texture glides seamlessly over skin to correct imperfections without heaviness, and the formula includes SPF 15 to provide a nice dose of sun protection.
Other Clarins Ranges To Check Out
Listening to women's needs and a love of nature are the principles Jacques Courtin-Clarins had in mind in 1954 when he founded Clarins. Several generations later, Clarins is arguably the number one high-end luxury skincare brand not just in France but in the whole of Europe. They put a particular emphasis on the efficacy of their products which comes as a result of their exceptional scientific methodology.
“Our mission: make life more beautiful and [pass] on a more beautiful planet” — Clarins
Is Clarins Cruelty Free?
Clarins is not cruelty-free.
When required by law, Clarins pays for and permits their goods to be tested on animals. Clarins now distributes its goods in mainland China, where most foreign cosmetics must undergo animal testing.
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