Out of all of the iconic skincare products in the Clarins Super Restorative range, the essence often raises the most questions, including ‘How do I use Super Restorative Treatment Essence?’ So I thought, not only is it right that I give the Super Restorative Essence a little bit more analysis, but I should also provide an overview of the rest of Clarins’ essences.
And frankly, now’s the best time for me to do just that. Why? Because Clarins are having a Treatment Essence moment. Not only has the Super Restorative Treatment Essence been updated as part of the Super Restorative reformulation, but two new essences have just been launched: Multi-Active and Extra-Firming. They join the existing Nutri Lumiere Essence to offer four variations for all skin types.
But before we dive straight into the formulations, it’s worth answering two common questions about essences first…
What Does An Essence Do For Skin?
We don’t talk about essences much, but once you know what they are, you’ll instantly think: I need one in my life. This pre-serum, pre-moisturiser step offers an extra boost of hydration, while prepping your skin for the rest of your skincare routine so it’s ready to drink up the formulations that follow.
How Do You Use An Essence?
You should apply your chosen Clarins Treatment Essence both morning and night on the face and neck after cleansing. To use, warm a small amount between your palms and then gently tap into clean, dry skin, working outwards from the centre of your face before working from the base of your neck to the top. Follow up with the rest of your skincare routine.
Now that’s cleared up, let’s dive into each individual essence so you can work out which Clarins Treatment Essence to add to your current skincare routine…
The One For Your Thirties…
Why You’ll Love This: New for 2022, Clarins’ revitalising Multi-Active Essence is made for those of us who want to target the first signs of ageing. If you’re living and working in the city, and your skin is struggling to cope with stress, fatigue and environmental factors, then you’ll love this rebalancing essence; it makes sure moisture is locked in while promoting a glowy, youthful and pore-free look.
Why It Works: The all-new Multi-Active Essence features an innovative new RED² + H.A² complex. The ‘RED’ bit brings together deeply moisturising, skin renewal-enhancing red jania and red ginseng, which wakes your skin up at the start of the day and revitalises your complexion at the end of it. This re-energising duo sits alongside skin-plumping hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture, so the essence can offer eight hours of hydration.
The just-thicker-than-water Multi-Active formula also features two key actives to care for your skin during your thirties: radiance-boosting organic teasel extract (a hero active within the Multi-Active collection) alongside mattifying meadowsweet extract to even the skin and reduce the look of imperfections.
Watch Our 30-Day Review Of The Multi-Active Essence:
The One For Your Forties…
Why You’ll Love This: Made for those in their forties, this is the new Treatment Essence for those who (you guessed it) want extra-firming skincare. Just like Multi-Active, the firming essence offers eight hours’ hydration, renews and re-energises your skin, and minimises the look of pores, all while prepping your skin to soak up your serum and face cream…
Why It Works: Just like the Multi-Active Essence, the liquid Extra-Firming Treatment Essence also showcases the powerhouse RED² + H.A² complex. Red jania and red ginseng unite to enhance skin renewal, boost radiance and re-energise your complexion, while skin-plumping hyaluronic acid keeps your skin healthy and hydrated.
The essence also includes two age-specific hero ingredients: kangaroo flower and mitracarpus extracts have been added to visibly lift, smooth and firm the skin.
Watch Our 30-Day Review Of The Extra-Firming Essence:
The One For Your Fifties…
Clarins Super Restorative
Why You’ll Love This: The choice for those in their fifties, this smoothing essence has been specially created for menopausal skin; it’s a staple within the best-selling Super Restorative range. It’s been upgraded for 2022, so it’s now even more hardworking than before.
Why It Works: Yep, you guessed it – the RED² + H.A² complex steals the show when it comes to the newly repacked Super Restorative Treatment Essence. Ultra-hydrating red jania and red ginseng are paired together to enhance skin renewal, radiance and clarity, while waking up your skin and revitalising your complexion. This essence also locks in hydration for up to eight hours, thanks to the likes of hyaluronic acid.
But the thing that sets this Clarins Treatment Essence apart is that it showcases a key active from the Super Restorative range: organic harungana, which offers anti-ageing benefits as effective as retinol whilst being tolerated by all skin types.
The One For Your Sixties…
Why You’ll Love This: Ideal for skincare lovers in their sixties, this creamy lotion-like essence helps to renew your complexion to unlock a youthful radiance.
Why It Works: The Nutri-Lumiere Essence differs the most; it doesn’t feature the RED² + H.A² complex, but instead has a powerhouse blend of anti-ageing skincare actives: the stars of the show are horse chestnut plant extracts that support the micronutrient network for nourished, radiant results, and hibiscus acids that buff away dead skin cells (that otherwise make your skin look dull and lacklustre). Other important additions include organic leaf of life, ginseng and green coffee, which work in harmony to boost hydration and restore your skin’s energy, resulting in a soft, luminous complexion.