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I have just been recently finding that I am getting very bored of the products I have been using. I was looking at the Clarins website and thought that the Clarins Daily Energizer range was very reasonable in price. A few weeks ago I found on a website called http://www.salonskincare.co.uk and they had a free gift if I purchased two Clarins face items. I could choose from a few different free gifts - one of which was miniatures of the Clarins Daily Energizer range which was great for taking on holiday so it was a no brainer I had to buy them. On this website the products were slightly cheaper than the retail price as well and there being 6% cashback with Quidco and the website gives you so many points for what you buy which racks up to money off your next purchase.
From the Clarins counter in stores or online it costs £20.00 or it is £17.95 the website http://www.salonskincare.co.uk. I think this is more price friendly than a lot of other premium brand moisturisers however, it is only a 30ml whereas a lot of other brands have day creams in 50ml.
Clarins have three different versions of this moisturizer and all of which claim to be for all skin types:
The first is the Clarins Daily Energizer Cream which comes in a pot rather than a pump action bottle. It is the richest of the three versions so for me I personally would not pick this one because I have quite an oily skin. Despite it saying that it is for all skin types.
The second is the Clarins Daily Energizer Cream - Gel which also comes in a pot rather than a pump action bottle. This one I have purchased to use as my night moisturizer - I prefer a slightly richer night moisturizer to my day moisturizer - it feels light but very moisturising and again it is for all skin types. However I personally do not think that this would be enough for a drier skin.
The third is the Clarins Daily Energizer Lotion with SPF15. It is in a pump action bottle. Due to the product having SPF in I use it as a day moisturizer however it does not state that it has to be a day moisturizer. None of the versions state whether they are day or night so you could have one for both or mix and match like I do. I think what Clarins have done with this is very clever because you can choose the best textures of moisturizers to best suit you. The lotion is the lightest out of the three and for me having a very oily skin it is a perfect day moisturiser because it sinks in fast for me to put my make-up on over. However I still believe that it would suit all other skin types like it says because it is still very hydrating, it is not a gel lotion, it is a medium consistency moisturizing lotion.
Additionally I am very conscious of UVA/UVB rays with ageing, I have watched my parents sit in the sun with no sun cream on at all and sizzle. And they have both unfortunately suffered from it with their wrinkles and age spots. Luckily it has taught me to be a lot more sensible. So I like that this lotion has a sun protection factor in. The lotion is the only one which specifically says it is oil-free whereas the other two moisturizers say they are non-oily which suggests to me that they do contain oil but that they do not give an oily residue.
The Clarins Daily Energizer Lotion
The first thing I noticed when I used this like the rest of the products in the range is how gorgeous it smells. It reminds me of orange blossom - it smells so fresh and like the name is called it is energizing! I can still smell the lotion whilst applying the rest of my make-up. The smell must be the result of the mixture of plant-extracts in the lotion.
From the moment I put the lotion on it gives my skin a wonderful glow and even when make-up is put over the top it still glows and looks really healthy. The healthy glow is due to the ingredient ginkgo biloba which works to stimulate the cells in the skin to circulate producing healthier looking skin.
I do suffer with spots and I have not found that the lotion or any of the other products in this range have helped reduce them however I have found that it has not made them any worse. But it does state that it helps to reduce imperfections so perhaps over time it will do, but it has not in a month of continuous use. It apparently contains Vitamin C and a mixture of plant extracts to help reduce the look of imperfections.
It gives a matte look but it also gives that luminous look as well which makes such a beautiful combination.
I have always had problems with my skin - trying to get the right balance because although it is very oil it is also very flaky in areas which I believe is due to dehydration. So I have always tried a mixture of moisturizers and serums. But with this lotion I do not require anything else because it gives me the perfect balance which makes my beauty regime a lot quicker in the morning (which pleases my boyfriend who hates watching me get ready in the mornings).
The apparent plant extract that makes this product unique is called alchemilla. It works to slow down the melanin transfer to the surface of the skin which will in turn work to prevent age spots in the future.
I love the packaging. The fact that the products in this range are slightly smaller than regular sized products means that they are handy to take travelling or for a weekend stay somewhere. However the miniatures that I got in my free gift were even handier!
The pump action bottle I much prefer to a pot of moisturizer. However I would say I need about 2 and a half pumps every morning, and it is very difficult to get half a pump out, it just wants to pump a full pump each time. However it is not the biggest complaint!
The bottle is a frosted orange with a white pump and lid - it looks lovely in my bathroom with the rest of the range in orange.
The product seems to be lasting me a long time as well despite it being a 30ml.
The Other Products in the Range
Clarins Daily Energizer Cleanser (to remove make-up) and Wake-Up Lotion (like a toner). I will review these products at another time.
I have absolutely fallen in love with this range and the lotion is just perfect for me! The range is aimed at the younger generation typically somebody who is just starting to use skincare or somebody in their 20s. The lotion is perfect for me and I know that the gorgeous smell of the range will prevent me from getting bored in the future and experimenting with other skincare products! I additionally feel that due to suffering with spots that my skin had lost that radiant glow that younger people tend to have with their skin, so I now have that radiance back!
I recently picked up the new skin care range from Clarins, which is their daily energizer line aimed at younger skin, the age range suggested is eighteen to late twenties. There are two moisturisers in the range, the one I am reviewing is the lightweight lotion which contains spf 15, the other moisturiser in the range is thicker and I believe it does not contain spf.
The promises of this moisturiser according the Clarins website is that it will give radiance and freshness to the skin, with the spf helping to protect your skin from the ageing effects of the sun. Furthermore the lightweight formula promises to leave no oiliness on the skin whilst still keeping skin hydrated all day. It also claims to give a natural health glow and soft toned skin. That's a lot of promises!
So how well does it live up to them? I would say it does well in fulfilling most of them! The spf in the moisturiser will protect your skin from the sun, however it is important to remeber that this is a low spf so during the summer months it would be a good idea to double up with a higher factor facial sun screen. The lotion is incredibly lightweight and I find that it absorbs easily into the skin and provides a good smooth base for makeup. There is no shine left on my face at all after applying this, which is great as I have combination skin with an oily t zone. The scent of the lotion is a very clean soft scent which I really like as well. It is not too overpowering or heavily perfumed which is good for more sensitive skin.
The packaging for this lotion is brilliant as well. The bottle is a thick glass which is orange and has the name of the product printed on the front. The bottle has a pump which is great for getting the right amount of product out the bottle without any mess! The bottle has a very clean cut look to it and it matches the colour range of the packaging for the rest of this skin care line.
Now to the downside, this moisturiser will set you back £19.50 for 30ml, which isn't the cheapest out there! I think however that it works well and gives me smooth skin without breaking me out which ticks all mu boxes. Although you only get 30ml I am finding this has lasted me a month already and I am only a quarter of the way through the bottle. I use this in the mornings only as I like to use a thicker moisturiser overnight.
I will give this 4/5 as the only downside is the price.
Ingredients: Combination of vitamin C, alchemilla and turmeric extracts: energizes skin and helps eliminates imperfections / Ginkgo biloba: boosts microcirculation and enhances skin radiance / SPF15 protection: Protects skin from damage by UV rays / Ideal moisturizing skin care with no oily effect that keeps skin perfectly hydrated all day long while keeping it safe from harmful UV rays / Reveals a natural, healthy glow and ensures a soft, toned, flawless complexion with no shine / Your complexion is beautifully even and fresh-looking / How to use:Apply morning and /or evening to thoroughly cleansed and dry, face and neck / Key