Psst. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. A good serum is the ultimate weapon to getting that ethereal summer glow. And not just any plain ol’ serum – I’m talking about a serum with a secret ingredient – turmeric root!
“Over 50% of turmeric consists of starch, but what gives it its rich yellow colour as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties is a compound known as curcumin, which is derived from the turmeric’s roots.” explained Marie Helene, Scientific Communications Director for Clarins, in a recent interview with Marie Claire. “However,” she continued, “it would be difficult to obtain these skincare benefits simply by adding turmeric spice into your food since it doesn’t absorb easily into the bloodstream. Hence, if you want to experience its full benefits, I recommend applying an extract that contains concentrated amounts of curcumin.”
Additionally, turmerone molecules, which give tumeric its pungent aroma, contain antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties to help prevent and treat skin inflammations like acne, psoriasis and allergic flareups.
One serum. Double the power.
Enter Clarins’ 8th generation Double Serum – a 2-in-1 anti-ageing serum with a unique hydric (water-based) and lipidic (oil-based) system.
“It took 5 years of extensive research and a study of over 100 plant ingredients to develop this new serum. It aims to preserve 5 vital function of the skin – Regeneration, Oxygenation, Nutrition, Hydration and Protection,” said Helene. Infused with 20 + 1 (the one being turmeric) potent plant extracts, the serum is completely silicone-free, and delivers a powerful stream of antioxidants, vitamins and moisturising agents.
“Oat sugars and orthosiphon are also thrown into the mix to help improve the skin’s overall texture, and boost natural collagen production.” added Helene. Since the serum feels incredibly lightweight on the skin, it’s suitable for oily skin types and hot and humid climates. It’s also great for layering on top of your toner and lotion, and for reapplying on top of your makeup throughout the day. “I like applying it on top of my foundation as it infuses life and moisture back into my skin.” said Helene.
A unique delivery method
The new Double Serum has been redesigned to incorporate an adjustable dial dispenser. This allows you to control the amount of serum you use, either a small or a big drop, depending on how much you feel your skin needs. Pressing the button instantly mixes the water and oil-based ingredients together at an optimal ratio that is similar to that of the skin’s hydrolipidic film.
A primer for your eye cream
“The serum works as a great base for any eye product. It boosts oxygenation of the skin around the eye contour, which makes it well prepared to receive the benefits of your eye cream. Remember that the skin around your eyes are 4 times thinner than the rest of your face, so always use gentle patting motions when applying eye care products.” advised Helene.
How to apply your serum effectively
In this instructional video, Clarins shows you how to apply your serum effectively, using gentle patting and pressing acupressure motions. This helps to stimulate micro-circulation and promote lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and maximise product absorption.
Clarins Double Serum is available in 30ml (RM325) and 50ml (RM435) at clarins.com.my as well as all Clarins counters and Clarins Skin Spas nationwide.