A few weeks ago, I was delighted to receive a complimentary NEW Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum (S$98) and thanks to Jasmine from Clarins Singapore.
For decades, Clarins has been renowned for their reshaping and toning body products. Clarins has successfully built a remarkable reputation around the world with the efficacy from their body products. No advertisement is even required and the products will just sell themselves.
In 1998, Clarins has launched its first Shaping Facial Lift. It is designed to address a major beauty concern of Asian women: to refine the face. It is developed with a unique treatment thanks to the comments of Asian women who share their major beauty concern “a more refined facial contour” with Clarins beauty therapists during treatments at Institut Clarins in Paris.
In 2010, Clarins developed the NEW Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum (S$98) that is exclusively designed for Asian women and tested by them. The NEW Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum has been enriched and reformulated with the most recent discoveries from Clarins Research. This advanced beauty essential for the face, protected by two international patents, to be used before any other product to ensure a perfectly refined facial silhouette.
So when Clarins recently launched their NEW Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum in Singapore in July 2010, I was in fact very curious to know if this product will be as promising as their body counterparts.
Physiological Characteristics Of The Face
Do you know on our face, fat is distributed among 5 main pockets? Two on the cheeks, two under the jaw and one under the chin. When fats accumulate in these pockets, the face appears too round and its profile become heavier. These 5 fatty pockets will also often slow release of fluids.
NEW Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum is claimed the only skin care which “clears” excess fat from the face. It encourages the release of fats which cause heavy features. It needs to be applied after cleansing products which eliminate impurities from the skin surface, it “clears” the skin of all that creates heaviness in the face, from the front and in profile.
The Powerful Ingredients Behind Shaping Facial Lift
Clarins Research uses 2 ways to reinforce the refining effectiveness of Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum – an increased bioavailability of caffeine and better access of fat-release enzymes to fats inside the adipocyte.
Caffeine, hardly soluble in water and almost insoluble in oil, is the key active ingredient with widely proven lipolytic properties.
NEW Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum is capable to increase the bioavailability of caffeine by over 60%, thanks to the “booster” action from sunflower phospholipids and escin from horse chestnut.
Clarins Research has also used blue button flower extract which is capable to disorganize the protein barrier around the lipidic vacuole which usually limits the access of fat-release enzymes. Baccharin, a Clarins exclusive active ingredient, is used to help inhibit the transformation of pre-adipocytes – dormant cells which do not store fats – into active adipocytes capable of storing fats. Both blue button flower extract and baccharin are the 2 protected International Patents by Clarins.
This serum also contains oat sugars, a new generation of skin-tightening substances, that help tighten the skin’s microrelief, lift and firm the features without pulling or fixing them.
Clarins Manual Auto-Lifting® Method
NEW Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum helps to stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation. Good circulation prevents water retention which causes a puffy face in the morning, during hot weather or times of stress. To achieve effective result, with combination of caffeine and escin to help release fluid from tissues and reduce puffiness, it is best accompanied by the Manual Auto-Lifting® Method developed by Institut Clarins to encourage the natural elimination of toxins.
It is an easy and effective method which takes less than 3 minutes, and it is a must in order to get an optimal fluid-release action to instantly lighten and reshape the face. The method is explained in the booklet enclosed with the product.
After using NEW Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum (S$98) for more than a month, I find that it’s an appropriate time to review the product now.
I really like the refreshing scent of this serum. The texture is lightweight and it absorbs easily into the skin. One thing that stress me whenever I use this product is that I always forget to apply this product before my other serum. It is better to apply Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum before my daily serum. Reason because while Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum slims and sculpts facial contours, it drains away inner impurities, enabling the partnering serum to be absorbed better.
Therefore, I have to skip this Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum if I happen to apply other serum first. So instead of using this serum twice a day, I probably use once a day.
I have puffy cheeks and a slight sagging jawline with nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Before I start using Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum, I will consistently perform firming massage to lift up my skin. I have tried once injecting Botox to slim down my flabby jawline. But botox injection doesn’t seem to work on me as there is no result at all. Most doctors believe that botox is suitable for people with square jawline.
To achieve a more refined facial contour, the serum is best accompanied with Manual Auto-Lifting® Method. I have incorporated Manual Auto-Lifting Method with my own firming massage to drain out the toxins.
Over more than a month of usage, I notice very superficial improvements on my facial contour. My cheeks are less puffy, the nasolabial folds and marionette lines seem to be less obvious, the jawline looks more defined and my face is significantly firmer. I’m not too sure if these improvements are mainly due to my firming massage. But anyway, overall as of now I’m happy with the minimal results. I reckon there is more than 3/4 left in the bottle, hence I hope to see a better result after I’ve finished the bottle.
Will I buy it myself? Yes Definitely!