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Clarins new Multi-Active Skin Renewal Serum

Review of Clarins new Multi-Active Skin Renewal Serum

by the Southern Belle

Skin renewal for 30-somethings? Is it possible? Sure, as long as you’ve been moisturizing and applying sunscreen for years. I just turned 29 and have used moisturizer, sunscreen and topical, skin-exfoliating acne treatments for most of my life. I should have the face of a newborn babe. I guess I shouldn’t really complain about my faint crow’s feet, though. I was pegged at 21 by strangers at most of my birthday festivities this weekend.

People also remarked on my skin’s fresh, healthy glow. It’s a glow that I attribute, at least in part, to Clarins’ new Multi-Active Skin Renewal Serum. I was given a full-size trial by Belk, Inc. and have been using the serum every morning for nearly two weeks. Supposedly for all skin types, the product is billed as “a dual-purpose, youth-boosting serum with a breakthrough formula that renews skin (through exfoliation) and offers age-control benefits for first lines and wrinkles.” It offers, according to the Clarins site, “a well-balanced exfoliation process based on the best plant extracts that is reinforced with an efficient anti-aging action” and its “state-of-the-art formulation offers skin new radiance without risk of irritation.”

Thirty-somethings are instructed to apply the serum once a day, either in the morning or evening, to the face and neck before applying moisturizer.

Does the renewal serum live up to the hype? I tend to think so. I have extremely sensitive skin and haven’t experience any blemishes, breakouts or dry or oily spots while using the serum. It glides on smoothly and a little goes a long way. The exfoliation that Clarins touts must be so subtle as to not be noticeable, which is fabulous. My skin looks renewed without having to go through any sloughing, scaling or flaking. Yes, please. My favorite part is that it smells delicious! It seems a shame to slather unscented moisturizer over it.

Listed, active ingredients include organic lemon acids, Nopal flower extract, papaya, Phytosphingosine and Cangzhu.

At $62 for 1.05 ounces is the serum worth the spare change? Only time will tell, I guess. So far, it seems to be working. My skin is unbelievably soft, smooth and clear and the compliments keep coming.

Visit http://us.clarins.com for more information.

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