It has been a great year of travelling for Go Away editor Debs but not such a wonderful one for her skin. Thankfully, she discovered Clarins’ all-new Beauty Boosters just before the holiday season.
This isn’t a paid post. I feel I have to say this upfront because there will be a great number of superlatives in my review and I want to make sure you don’t go, “This has to be an advertorial.”
Due to personal reasons, I started 2016 expecting not to travel for work. In fact, I had already made plans to take it all down a notch so I could be home as much as possible. But an assignment that required someone who understood Mandarin came up and, I was it. A whirlwind of work trips and media junkets followed and I soon found myself on the road. The experience (and the money) these trips brought was awesome and I’m thankful for the opportunities. But for my skin, it was a different story.
Most people love to travel. A few days away from the office, a long weekend of doing nothing but lazing in front of a gorgeous beach … it’s amazing what a hard-earned break can do for you. Yet, although our minds and bodies are relaxed, our skin bear the brunt of post-vacation blues. The flying, the change in climate, the stress of coordinating the logistics, the over-indulgence … all these show up on the skin.
Every time I fly, my skin either breaks out or it turns into this confused monster that refuses to be tamed by ANY skincare products. It used to be enough time would go between each trip for my skin to heal and get back to regular programming. However, a couple of months ago, the situation became dire. My skin wasn’t just breaking out, it was impervious to any skincare. Needless to say, it was dry, it was oily, it was red, it was dull, it was everything good, healthy skin was not supposed to be.
Clarins Beauty Boosters
Is your skin too tired to give a damn? That was exactly how mine was behaving. Then I attended the Clarins Beauty Boosters launch. Unlike a serum that you might use as a permanent addition to your daily regime, a beauty booster is a TEMPORARY solution – to be used when your skin is in need of a, well, “boost”.
For instance, if you’ve been under the weather, not sleeping well, stressed out about work, your skin is probably looking as tired as you’re feeling. This is when – as Clarins is recommending – you need the Energy Booster. You can add 3 – 5 drops into your moisturiser, serum, or foundation, and let the ginseng extract revive your skin. Or, if your skin is sunburnt or recovering from a treatment like microdermabrasion, you might want to add some Healing Booster to your night cream.
The Beauty Boosters are for you to use as and when your skin is a little overwhelmed with Life.
Clever marketing spin?
I left the event slightly skeptical. It just sounded incredulous and too simple. There I was with skin that’s stressed out like mad and Clarins’ solution was to add a few drops of “this” to my moisturiser?
I gave it a go, nonetheless. My original intention was to write this up for a small snippet, so I did not bother with a “Before” photo. The first night, I added 3 drops of the Healing Booster to my face cream. Two days later, the zits and redness had gone away. A week after, my skin was back to its former smooth, glowing glory. It was incredible. When it comes to beauty products, I think I’m pretty jaded but the Clarins Beauty Boosters really shook things up!
How to use them
Although it is recommended that you pair your chosen Booster with a Clarins face product, I used mine with products from other brands. Simply add 3 – 5 drops (I personally find 3 drops more than sufficient) to your night cream, mud/cream mask, a gel moisturiser, or your liquid foundation (for this, the Clarins folks say use 2 drops so as to not dilute your makeup base too much), and apply.
The Clarins’ recommended method is to press the products into your skin lightly and then again using firmer pressure. But I say, go with what works and what is comfortable for you. Of course, there is no need to rub your skin up and down and in all directions like you’re washing a tea towel.
You should NEVER mix your Boosters or use them on their own. It’s okay to use one (for example, Energy) in the morning and then another (i.e, Detox or Healing) for the night.
The Boosters are watery in texture and are suitable for all skin types. They have been formulated to be able to mix well into most bases – cream, gel, liquid – but avoid mixing them into a sheet mask as the distribution may be uneven and your skin may end up not getting the full benefits.
I highly recommend it to anyone who feels their skincare is simply not working and doesn’t want to chuck them out just yet. It could be that your skin really just needs a boost, something to “wake” it up a bit so it starts working like it used to. Hey, these make for great Christmas gifts too since anyone can use them.
Clarins Beauty Boosters are available at $65 each at Clarins counters islandwide and online at www.clarins.com.sg. This review was not paid for nor advised by Clarins. All views are the author’s own.
13 Dec 2016
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