For fall 2016, Clarins introduces a new category of skincare products – booster supplements to add to your existing skincare routine. I first read about these on British Beauty Blogger a few months and I was so excited I immediately e-mailed Clarins PR about it, but was told that they don’t come out until September. Luckily a few months later, I got a sneak preview of this collection at the Clarins fall press event!
Clarins Boosters are highly concentrated serums that you add to your existing moisturizer, whether it is a cream, gel, oil, Clarins, or non-Clarins product. Only 3-5 drops are required per “dose” to get the additional boosted benefits. These Boosters are meant to be used as a once-in-a-while treatment, not for regular prolonged use. There are three different Boosters offered by Clarins – Energy, Detox, and Repair – and you pick one based on your skin’s needs at the time.
The Clarins Booster Detox (C$40) is a detoxifying concentrate that contains green coffee extract, a plant from Africa that is high in caffeine. Added to your moisturizer, this product will help to plump the skin, revive radiance, and detoxify the skin. This is great for those who live in high pollution areas, or those who indulge in lots of smoking, drinking, and partying.
The Clarins Booster Energy (C$40) contains a highly concentrated formula that is enriched with ginseng extract, a Chinese medicinal plant that is popular for its stimulating properties. Energy will tone and re-energize your skin, minimize signs of fatigue, and also boost radiance. Energy is great for those who are running low on sleep and high on stress, and for jet lagged skin.
The Clarins Booster Repair (C$40) is a reparative product that contains mimosa tenuiflora extract, a Mayan bark extract that is used for antibacterial, soothing, and regenerating properties. This product helpos to reduce feelings of discomfort, improve the skin’s strength, and minimize the appearance of redness. Repair is great if your skin is damaged, such as if you have a sunburn, or live in or travel to extreme climates.
All three formulas have a very lightweight texture that melts instantly into whatever cream or oil you are using. They are not ultra hydrating, as that is not their main purpose, so you should still use a hydrating serum or rich cream if you need it.
I am the first to say that I need all of the three in my skincare rotation. I work a pretty high stress corporate job, so when it happens to be an ultra busy time of year for me, I tend to not get enough sleep. The Clarins Booster Energy is the first thing I turn to in order to get myself to look less drained. In the summer, my skin tends to burn very easily under the sun so with the Booster Repair, I can slowly heal my skin back to normal. Lastly, I am travelling to Southern California (San Diego, L.A.) in July, and then South East Asia in the fall, so I will make sure to equip my travel bag with the Booster Detox.
Priced at C$40 for 15mL, they are not exactly cheap but not super pricey either. A normal serum is 30mL and C$80 seems pretty average for a luxury brand serum. Also keep in mind you shouldn’t be using this every day, just only when you need an extra boost.
Clarins Boosters are available August 1, 2016 in store at Beauty Court, and then on September 1, 2016 at the Bay, select Shoppers Drug Mart, and online at Clarins.com
Ingredients: Detox, Energy, Repair