Clarins HydraQuench Cream (Normal to Dry skin)
Posted January 31, 2010on:
According to Clarins, the star ingredient, Katafray bark (is part of a fair trade programme with the local Madagascan population) and Service tree bud ensures the ideal moisture balance of the skin. By maintaining skin’s ideal ”climate”, this cream offers unrivalled radiance.
From the Clarins beauty catalog, there are few pre-defined Moisturizing solutions for different skin needs. HydraQuench Cooling cream-gel is for age group 20-30s, who has normal to oily skin, travels often and exposed to many forms of modern pollution as well as experience sudden climate change or hot climates shine caused by heat and humidity. While HydraQuench Cream is recommended to those in 40s, who has dry skin or those staying long hours in air-conditioned environment. Lastly, HydraQuench Rich Cream is ideal for those in 50s with dry skin.
Having combination skin, I suppose to get the cream-gel version, but it contains starch and alcohol which I afraid it could be too drying for my sensitive skin, hence defeats the purpose of hydrating. The cream version seemed smooth and moist while tested on hand, so I decided to give it a try.
The floral fragrance is quite strong to me, not my favorite scent but pleasant enough, best it will dissipate in a while. The consistency is rich indeed. I only used a pea-size for each application since it can be spread on smoothly and forms a moisturizing film quickly without greasiness. Skin looked subtle glowing then.
I have high expectation to a hydrating cream, premium brand particularly. At least for temporary, I expect a good moisturizer should be able to quench and refine the skin texture efficiently (since a quality face oil/lotion/serum can achieve this as well) as well as lock in the moisture effectively. For me, this HydraQuench Cream only works on the second part. It did not really inject the moisture into my dehydrated skin for refined skin texture yet it did protect the skin from further moisture loss.
In other words, a moisturized skin condition prior the HydraQuench Cream is very crucial in order to achieve optimal hydrating result, else this probably just like a heavy film sitting on top of the skin. Talking about the functional aspect, it sounds no difference with Vaseline or mineral oil. To be fair, of course this is a premium cream, albeit various botanical extracts, it also contains Clarins’s Expertise 3P Complex (e3p) against pollution.
After all, this HydraQuench cream works pretty good with HydraQuench Bi-phase serum. I once applied the serum and cream before Shiseido milky sunblock, sitting 4 hours continuously under a heavy blowing air-conditioner in less humid space, at the end my skin moisture not only had been retained perfectly, but refreshed complexion too. I was quite impressed honestly.
Unfortunately, when the skin is unstable and sensitive, it is not comfortable wearing. Moreover, it always highlighted my broken capillaries easily for entire day and did not heal my minor flaky nose as well. If apply thickly, it tends to clog pores. Very touchy for my skin condition.
Seriously, if not the expensive price (MYR205/50ml) held me back, I could have given up at the beginning. I tried N times to figure out the best way for my skin condition in the first month, even tried it as hand cream (not better than a hand cream), but eventually took it for neck due to the steep price. Glad it works fine on neck, just not for my problematic face. Despite moisturizing, no other improvement have been noticed concerning it as a neck cream.
Besides, I also received a sample of cream-gel version as GWP. The color is slightly peachy and the consistency is light and dewy. It took a while to be fully settled, skin was subtle glowing and non-greasy as though I applied the cream version. Additionally, the refreshing cool sensation waken up the skin instantly, feeling great in sultry weather, but again, definitely not for sensitive skin. Surprisingly my skin was more tolerant with the Cream-gel version, may be I did not try enough. Being a hydrating cream, this Cream-gel was sufficient for my combination skin. For oilier skin, I do not think HydraQuench is meant for sebum control, my skin still gets oily when sebum glands is over-active.
As a conclusion, I wish I could be ingredient savvy. After nearly 3 months, I still did not get the right feeling from this HydraQuench cream. The point is, it is not suitable for sensitive skin, it should be for healthy normal-dry skin, with no comedogenic issue.
Aqua, Glycerin, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate/Tetraisostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Caprylyl glycol, Parfum, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Dimethiconol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Tocopherol, Laureth-7, Cedrelopsis Grevei Bark Extract, Pentylene glycol, Pyrus Sorbus Bud Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Lapsana Communis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate.
HydraQuench Cooling Cream-Gel
Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol, Glycerin, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tapioca Starch, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Parfum/Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmtoyl Proline, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Magnesium Palmitoyl Glutamate, Sodium Palmitoyl Sarcosinate, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Polyacrylamide, Laureth-7, Punica Granatum Bark Extract, Cedrelopsis Grevei Bark Extract, Palmitic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Pyrus Sorbus Bud Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Lapsana Communis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, CI 15985/Yellow 6.