There’s no doubt about it: Clarins Double Serum is an icon. But it’s not just an icon within Clarins’ skincare portfolio. It’s an icon within the world of skincare, too. Nothing proves its icon status more than the impressive stats behind it: it’s been the number one anti-ageing serum in the UK since 2013, and one bottle of it is sold worldwide every five seconds.
But how, exactly, did Double Serum clinch the top spot as the UK’s best-selling facial serum, and how has it held onto that title for nearly a decade? Read on to find out with my dedicated Clarins Double Serum review…
The Most Important Thing About Clarins Double Serum Is…
With an innovative dual-phase formula that you mix as you apply, the Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate (AKA Double Serum) contains 21 powerhouse plant extracts that act on major signs of skin-ageing, improving dullness, a loss of firmness, fine lines, pores and more.
Clarins Double Serum is a best-seller and a multi-award-winner with nearly 400 beauty awards to its name. It’s been updated no less than eight times (to date) to give you the best Double Serum formula possible for healthier, visibly younger-looking skin. Keen to find out more about the history of Double Serum? You can track its changes through our dedicated edit:
What Skin Type Is It For?
This Clarins serum is suitable for all skin types.
You Will Love This If…
If you’re experiencing signs of ageing and you know you need to take your skincare routine up a notch, then you’ll love this facial serum. It’s great for anyone who’s a little bit anxious about delving into premium anti-ageing skincare and worrying that the results aren’t worth the cost. Double Serum wouldn’t continue to prove so popular if it hadn’t won over legions of fans with proven anti-ageing results.
It’s also ideal for anyone who wants a do-it-all serum; it targets the key signs of ageing, so you don’t have to worry about finding different potions and lotions to target specific issues.
Like I said before, there are 21 actives behind the Double Serum facial concentrate, so I’m going to give you a very brief overview into why each active has made it into the mix:
• Turmeric: preserves communication between the skin cells
• Avocado: promotes regeneration of the skin and helps keep it soft and supple
• Oat: firms skin
• Banana: promotes collagen synthesis and supports skin density.
• Cocoa: soothes skin and guards against free radicals
• Kiwi: promotes skin cell nutrition
• Beautyberry: boosts radiance
• Organic Teasel: offers antioxidant protection
• Mango: comforts and softens skin
• Mary’s Thistle: nourishes the complexion
• Edelweiss: offers antioxidant protection
• Ginger Lily: offers antioxidant protection
• Goji Berry: boosts the skin’s energy levels
• Huang Qi: helps combat oxidative stress
• Red jania extract: promotes the elimination of dead skin cells
• Leaf of Life: hydrates skin by triggering the natural production of hyaluronic acid
• Horse Chestnut: supports microcirculation and draining
• Myrothamnus: protects against stress-induced skin damage
• Orthosiphon: regulates sebum production and refines texture
• Quinoa: strengthens the skin’s barrier
• Organic Marsh Samphire: hydrates skin
What Does It Feel Like?
Clarins’ anti-ageing serum has a liquid texture with a slightly oily feel thanks to its biomimetic AKA oil phase. It sinks into your skin really easily for a comfortable, hydrated and glowy finish that doesn’t look greasy. If you’re familiar with the way that Clarins’ iconic treatment oils sink into the complexion, then you can expect the same feeling from this facial serum.
What Does It Smell Like?
This is Clarins we’re talking about, so naturally, it’s going to have a pleasant scent – they are experts in aromatherapy, after all. Double Serum has a light, slightly floral scent that adds to the process of applying.
How To Use Clarins Double Serum:
Use Clarins’ anti-ageing treatment as the second step in your skincare routine, directly after cleansing. Dispense into the palms of your hand and gently press into the face and neck before following up with a moisturiser.
If you have oily skin, or are using the serum in the morning, switch the dial to the smaller droplet. If you have dry skin or are using the serum at night, turn the dial to the larger droplet for a more intensive dose.
What’s Special About The Design?
To start with, it’s made from 10% recycled material. It also has a dual-chamber pump that allows the two halves to release at the same time, so you can mix them together as you apply. The really cool bit is that it has an adjustable push dial button that dispenses a made-to-measure dose. If you want a lighter dose, turn to the pump to the left. Or, turn the other way for a larger dose (which is great for drier skin types or night-time use).
Oh, and there’s more exciting news: before, you only used to be able to get two size variations: Clarins Double Serum 30ml and Clarins Double Serum 50ml. From 2022, a new version joined the mix: Clarins Double Serum 75ml, which has the exact same cult-status formula – just more of it!