Clarins Hydraquench serum is one of the new serums from beauty industry dominators Clarins. They're the big-leaguers, so they know what they're doing when they bring out a new product.
I'm always sceptical of new products, especially from mass-market companies who charge high prices for wonder products. Hydra-quench (£32.00 for 30ml), surprised me, however.
Serum has never been part of my beauty regime, and I've never liked putting a lot of products on my skin. But once in a while you need that extra boost to ensure your skin stays in good, never mind tip-top condition.
The lady at the beauty counter said I didn't need to use it as often as someone who was ten years older, but in my eyes, prevention is better than the cure.
This beauty potion is supposed to be used after you've washed your face, beneath a moisturiser. One of my best friends is a beauty therapist and has always advised that serum is not to be mistaken as a moisturiser, it is an intense shot of vitamins, oils, a nourishing ingredients for your skin.
The price is high for a reason. I used this product for a week during the cooler months of spring this year, for two weeks at a time, and I can honestly say, the moisture level in my skin improved, and so I passed it on to my mother, who has been trying to combat dryness on her cheeks and nose.
My mother is thirty years older than me, and after a three days of using the serum (beneath her moisturiser), I saw her skin improve before my eyes. It was a miracle. She now uses it three times a week, and it has made a visible difference in the texture of her skin.
I use the serum sporadically when I'm suffering with dry skin, and thankfully I only need to use it about once a month. When I do use it, one pump of the bottle is enough for my whole face - I don't suffer with dry patches, so I put it all over.
It leaves a light film on your face for about thirty seconds, then it is absorbed. The serum makes your moisturiser go on that bit smoother, and sink in better. I feel like it makes your moisturiser 'work', and then goes one step further by ensuring your makeup goes on smoother too.
Hydraquench isn't a miracle product, nor does it get rid of fine lines or anything dramatic, it does however keep it moisturised, hydrated, and looking a little plumper than normal. Once you've used the serum for a long period of time your skin will truly improve, even if you haven't had dry skin, I'm always in favour of a product which promises to give me 'quenched' skin.