Hello boys and girls. Welcome to Fun with Skin Care. Today’s post is about two serums and a facial oil that I am loving. Serums are supposed to be that step in your skin routine that targets a specific concern. Traditionally they are used after your cleanser and toner but before your moisturizer. There’s a serum for just about everything on the market now and at every price point. Oils depending on who you ask come after your serum but before your moisturizer. My layering regimen tends to be: cleanser -> toner -> serum -> oil -> moisturizer-> sunscreen.
Clarins is a French luxury skincare company established in 1954 by a medical student Jaques Courtin who opened a spa in Paris offering anti-cellulite massages. The name Clarins comes from a character he played in a school play. The company is now owned by his two sons. Clarins’ claim to fame is plant based cosmetics. The Clarins Double Serum($89/1 oz) is their cult classic. It’s an anti aging treatment that Clarins says is suitable for all skin types and reportedly contains 21 plant extracts. The Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil($59/ 1 oz) is reportedly formulated with 100% plant extracts to hydrate, tone and visibly tighten pores. I like the way the Clarins Double Serum and Lotus Treatment Oil feel when applied. Both products melt quickly into the skin leaving it soft without any greasy residue. They have a very slight flowery smell that goes away quickly.
Ole Henriksen is a Danish born cosmetician who reportedly developed cystic acne while living and working in Indonesia as a dancer and model. As the story goes he had a friend in Indonesia who restored his skin using botanical treatments. That experience turned him on to skin care. He went to college in London to study cosmetology and opened a skin care center in Beverly Hills in 1975. His company was bought by the luxury group LVMH in 2011. The Ole Henriksen Truth Serum ( $49/1 oz) claim is that it is formulated with Vitamin C to brighten, firm and hydrate the skin. The Truth Serum is one of the brands bestsellers. It has a slight citrus smell that I like and a little goes a long way. I use one or two pumps at the most for my face and neck. When used regularly I’ve noticed brighter skin and smoother texture.
All three serums can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, and on their respective websites. That’s it for our first episode of Fun with Skin Care. Now it’s your turn. Let me know what some of your favorite serums are.