NEW Clarins HydraQuench Range – Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, HydraQuench Cream-Melt & Cream-Gel

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Last week, I have attended a private Clarins event to preview their NEW HydraQuench Range that comprises of Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, HydraQuench Cream-Melt and HydraQuench Cream-Gel. The NEW HydraQuench Range will be officially launched on 26th August 2011 at all Clarins counters.

It was held at their newly renovated cozy waiting lounge at Clarins Skin Spa @ Wheelock Place.

Clarins Skin Spa @ Wheelock Place is a one-stop beauty spa that provides comprehensive treatment service ranging from facials, body treatments, specific treatments, body massages and men’s facials.

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I always believe in skin hydration and in fact, it is one of the most important skincare regimen that I hate to leave without. It is believed that a well-maintained hydrating skin will improve the skin barrier function. It gives the skin a better defense against environmental assaults.

Researches have shown that your skin craves moisture if your face is oily and yet peeling around the eyes and mouth, if your complexion isn’t clear, or if your makeup won’t stay on. If any of this happen, you should focus on hydrating your skin, not on removing oil. Replenishing moisture is key to regulating oil production. In addition, dryness can cause lines and wrinkles too.

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So what’s the difference between a ideally hydrated skin and a dehydrated skin?

The ideal skin hydration shows on the skin’s surface but it starts deep down. Soft, radiant, young-looking skin depends first and foremost on the dermal water supply that flows to the epidermis and corneal layer. By helping to replenish the water reservoirs that lie deep down in skin, HydraQuench skin care acts on the very source of all skin level’s hydration.

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NEW HydraQuench Range – The Active Ingredients

New improved HydraQuench range contains hyaluronic acid with two molecular weights, for double action hydration and to replenish dermal water reservoirs. Hyaluronic acid complex, obtained from wheat and easily absorbed by the body, is an innovative combination of two types of hyaluronic acid that is formulated by Clarins Research. One with a high molecular weight (hMW) and the other with a low molecular weight (iMW).

hMW hyaluronic acid, a high molecular weight, improves protection of the skin’s surface (epidermal) by preventing excessive evaporation of water. It helps to keep up optimal hydration levels on the skin surface and this ensure a more supple and smoother skin.

iMW hyaluronic acid, a low molecular weight, penetrates into deeper dermal layer and ensures optimal absorption in skin that result in the natural production of hyaluronic acid. It replenishes the main water reservoir in skin and ensures long-lasting hydration and firm, toned skin.

Katafray, one of the key ingredients, is a cedrelopsis grevei tree that grows in the dry forests of Madagascar. Madagascan women often use the tree in the beauty rituals such as a mask. Katafray bark extract is part of a fair trade and sustainable development programme that are exclusively developed by Clarins.

So what can Katafray do? (I’m holding one here) Katafray extract is claimed to help boost the production of filaggrin. Filaggrin is a protein found in epidermal cells that boost the barrier function of the corneal layer and also plays a role in the formation of natural moisturizing factors (NMFs). Katafray extract restores skin’s barrier effect and increases the production of natural moisturizing factors (NMFs).

Other ingredients that can be found in the new HydraQuench range are Promegranate, White Tea, Chondrus Crispus, Alpine Willow Herb, Arctic Cloudberry, Inca Peanut, Sorbier and many more…

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HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase – S$94 / 30ml

This unique Bi-Phase texture is a Clarins Innovation inspired by the composition of hydrolipidic film, the dual hydric and lipidic natural of skin cells.

HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase combines 1/5 of an oil phase (the upper part) with 4/5 of a water phase (the lower part) to restore its capacity to retain water. By shaking the bottle before use, the two phases combine.

The serum absorbs immediately thanks to its affinity with skin.

Peanut extract and Chondrus Crispus Extract are used to strengthen the barrier function and replenish water in the epidermis layer.

I’m quite surprised to find out that this new improved hydrating serum actually contains alcohol which may cause minor irritation for some people.

I’m presently using the older version of HydraQuench Intensive Serum and am finishing my first bottle soon. Well I’m a die-hard fan of this serum. ;-)

I actually prefer the texture of this new improved HydraQuench Intensive Serum. It is now formulated with lesser oil (1/5 of an oil phase and 4/5 of a water phase).

HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase is suitable for all skin types and is priced at S$94.

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HydraQuench Cream-Melt – S$83

HydraQuench Cream-Melt, for all skin types, is a non-oily refreshingly soft texture that delivers the comfort of a cream with the lightness of a lotion.

It contains potential irritant ingredients fragrance and alcohol.

The light melting texture leaves a silky powdered file that illuminates the complexion. It has light refreshing floral fragrance.

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HydraQuench Cream-Gel – S$83

HydraQuench Cream-Gel, for normal to combination skin, is rich in promegranate and alpine willow herb extracts to tighten pores, control sebum production and deliver a long-lasting matte effect.

It will be perfect if this product does not contain alcohol.

This light refreshing and non-oily gel provides an immediate ‘cooling’ effect that transforms into water on contact with skin. This texture is ideal for normal to combination skin. It is slightly lighter in texture to Cream-Melt.

Do you know that by applying Intensive Serum Bi-Phase before HydraQuench Cream-Melt or Cream-Gel can increase hydration effectiveness by 33.6% compared to when only the cream is applied.

The NEW HydraQuench Range will be launched at all Clarins counters on 26th August 2011. Do check out the products! ;-)

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NEW HydraQuench Range website is now launched! Click HERE to find out more about the new hydrating range.

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