By Rasshi Nanda
So here is another review for you all. Today I am going to be reviewing Clarins Hydra Quench lotion for normal to combination skin. I used to use the Clarins Hydra Quench Cooling gel for oily skin earlier and for some reason all the Clarins here in London (and even in Mumbai, I checked in Palladium) stopped stocking that specific product. So the therapist at Clarins suggested I try this for my skin as an alternative to the cream. Initially I was highly skeptical since I don’t like to experiment much with new products for my face, since I have HIGHLY sensitive skin, and this was a ‘lotion’ based formula, so I was worried that it would break me out. What really pushed me to purchase this product was the brand, cause I was not prepared to wander in an unknown territory and move out of my safe zone, to try other similar products also available in different brands. And I can confirm victoriously, like all other Clarins products so far, this too has not disappointed me.
Product Claim: Refreshing and invigorating, this lotion hydrates the skin while helping to banish shine caused by heat and humidity, thanks to extracts of pomegranate and Alpine willow herb. It also protects the skin from UV damage.
Price: £35.00/ Rs.3,510.71 for 50ml.
Ingredients: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Avobenzone (2.5%), Octocrylene (2%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Squalane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Tromethamine, Mica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium PCA, Titanium Dioxide, Sorbitan Isostearate, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Punica Granatum Bark Extract, Cedrelopsis Grevei Bark Extract, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Lapsana Communis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pyrus Sorbus Bud Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, BHT.
My Skin type: Extremely sensitive skin, prone to breakouts and redness if wrong products are utilized! It has the tendency to become oily easily.
My experience with Clarins HydraQuench Lotion
Like I said I was highly skeptical about the product initially when I purchased it at the counter, but I just pushed myself to do it since I was out of a moisturiser and needed one desperately since I could not afford damaging my skin in the process, cause of my indecisiveness. And so, call it out of desperation I was compelled to try this lotion out on my skin. But I was not disappointed one bit and am still using this since a year now.
It comes in a glass bottle, with a pump and cap. Despite it being in a glass bottle, it is very travel friendly. I usually shove it in my college bag when I leave the house in the morning, so I can make use of it if I require it (however its so moisturising, that I don’t need to reapply it again).
The lotion itself is white in colour and feels extremely light-weight and almost like a richer version of a gel. So majority of my apprehensions of the lotion making my face seem greasy were over due to its texture. The fragrance of this lotion is mild, I really enjoy its smell and it does not linger on for a long time!! (unlike this one cream I had used from Clarins, I just disliked the smell so strongly). I apply usually 1-2 pumps of the lotion on my face, my skin absorbs it really quickly and I don’t find my face greasy or oily and sticky post application. I apply the lotion with upward motions as it improves blood circulation and use a gentle hand while rubbing it into my skin. The lotion does not make my skin look oily or greasy instead my skin feels smooth and soft when touched (though I avoid at all costs to touch my face with my hands during the day). The best part about this lotion is that it has SPF 15 already in its formula and so I don’t have to apply an extra layer of SPF on my face and fear for more breakouts due to the greasiness of an extra product. (I am really finicky)
I have been using this religiously every morning and night after washing my face with Himalaya Neem face wash and toning my face with Clarins Toner. I am so pleased with the results I have obtained after using this product, it is definitely the next best product after the cooling gel I used in the past. So I am really glad that I was forced to purchase this product, or else I would have not discovered this great lotion for my face.
Pros of Clarins HydraQuench Lotion for Normal to Combination Skin
• The most important thing- It did not break me out!!
• Has SPF 15 already within the formula.
• Does not make Skin feel greasy or oily.
• Easily glides on the face, leaving the skin soft and supple.
• Extremely light-weight.
• Smells really nice.
• Travel friendly.
• Extremely hygienic since it comes with a pump, helps avoid dirty hands touching the product.
Cons of Clarins HydraQuench Lotion for Normal to Combination Skin
• Quiet expensive for only 50ml, but if used correctly it can be used for 3-4 months at a stretch.
Would I buy Clarins HydraQuench Lotion for Normal to Combination Skin again?
Yes, I am already on my 4th bottle now, so most definitely I would (unless they start the cooling cream again).
IMBB rating: 5/5
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