It’s fair to say that Clarins are experts in body care; in fact, their first-ever launch was a body-shaping cream first released all the way back in 1962. Six decades on, they’ve launched two exciting new formulations that are sure to prove just as popular as every other body care treatment before them…
For 2022, Clarins have revamped their toning body care collection to offer a reformulation of the Extra-Firming Cream, while pairing it with an all-new gel for targeted areas. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about these releases and discover which one is best for you…
The Most Important Thing About The Clarins Extra-Firming Collection Is…
The Clarins Extra-Firming range has been given a facelift for 2022. The main thing that you need to know is that the old Extra-Firming Body Cream and Body Lotion have bid farewell to the world of skincare, and been replaced by this innovative duo. But there’s no need to worry if you were a fan of the previous formulation; this is Clarins we’re talking about, so you can guarantee that the newly improved cream and the gel feature some of the best natural actives to firm, tone and tighten from tip to toe.
Expertly designed to improve skin texture by smoothing and firming the skin, the pair work in harmony to target signs of sagging and slackening.
You Will Love This Range If…
If you want to up your body care routine, then you’ll love this duo as it helps to not only tone and firm your skin, but also maintain its general health and happiness by leaving it nourished and silky soft. You can use both formulas together or choose just one for your skincare needs.
Wondering which one is best for you?
Extra-Firming Cream: You’ll love this if you’re looking for all-over body care and a traditionally nourishing texture.
Extra-Firming Gel: This is the one for you if you have specific areas that could benefit from an extra-firming dose of treatment.
What Skin Type Is It For?
Although this is an anti-ageing body treatment range, it’s suitable for all ages, body types and lifestyles; as long as you want to smooth and nourish your skin, that’s all that matters.
As I’ve come to expect from Clarins, these Body Firming formulations are packed with natural ingredients; in fact, the cream features no less than 96% natural ingredients, while the gel is 95% natural.
Both formulas feature the same key actives: organic petasites extract, sustainably sourced from Le Domaine Clarins, and organic mitracarpus extract. In collaboration with the Karolinska Institute, the Clarins Laboratories uncovered the impressive tightening and firming properties of this natural pair to help fight skin slackening. Both products also feature soothing aloe vera to deeply hydrate and comfort the skin, while toning kiwi fruit unlocks a natural radiance.
The formulations then differ slightly; the cream features a nourishing dose of organic shea butter to condition and protect the skin (and add to its luxurious texture), whereas ultra-hydrating organic coconut water laces the gel for additional comfort. To ensure that the gel offers that extra-firming treatment, you’ll also find banana extract here too due to its natural firming abilities.
What Does Each Item Feel Like?
The Extra-Firming Cream has a soft cream texture that melts into the skin in moments, offering a slightly refreshing feel as it dries to an invisible, non-oily finish. Alternatively, the gel has a more liquidy gel texture that absorbs just as quickly; but it has a hidden benefit as it’s enriched with menthol to cool and refresh your skin.
What Does The Range Smell Like?
Both formulations in the Clarins Body Firming collection feature the Extra-Firming signature scent. Inviting you to enjoy a moment’s pamper, the fragrance highlights Clarins’ aromatherapy expertise as its blend of red fruits, jasmine, rose and cedar uplifts the mind with each use. Trust me; you’re going to want to breathe this in each time you apply.
How Do You Use The Products?
A lot of the time, gel and cream variations are created within a range to offer you different textures to choose from. And while these formulations do offer unique textures, that isn’t their sole purpose; in fact, they are great to use together (although you can use one or the other, if you’d prefer).
To get the most out of this extra-firming body treatment duo, use in the morning and/or evening on clean, dry skin. Apply the Clarins Extra-Firming Gel to targeted areas that need extra firming and smoothing, like the stomach, hips and thighs.
Then, use the body cream on the rest of the body (or all over, if you’d prefer). Start by bringing it to body temperature by gently warming it between your hands to encourage absorption when you apply it. Then, smooth the cream over your skin, starting at the ankles and moving to the upper body before applying from your wrists to your shoulders.
To help encourage a smooth and firmed finish, add extra pressure to areas that are prone to slackening using your fists, focusing particularly on the: stomach, hips, thighs, buttocks and arms. To take the application process to the next level, use upward sweeping movements and work towards the heart to boost circulation.
What’s Special About The Design Of The Range?
Both the Clarins Extra-Firming gel and the cream are housed in large, tall squeeze tubes in the iconic red-and-white Clarins colours. The lids click into place to avoid unwanted leakage, while their squeezable designs allow you to apply directly to specific areas with ease. Plus, their large sizes mean that they’ll last a long time too.
In terms of the sustainability side, both tubs contain recycled plastic and can be popped in the recycling after use. The outer cardboard cartons are sourced from sustainably-managed forests.