No new miracle ingredients in my favourite skincare launches this autumn. They’re simple packed with active ingredients so you can expect visible results. Really.
Clinique’s Smart Clinical Repair Wrinkle Correcting Serum, 79 €
During the online press presentation Clinique held for its new serum, the brand showed some pretty (read: very) impressive before and after pictures of women who tested the brand’s new retinoid serum. Deep wrinkles looked significantly less deep after 16 weeks. 32% less deep to be precise, according to the brand’s clinical research. (You can find some before and after examples on the brand’s webshop).
Clinique did not use classic retinol but went for a “new generation retinol” retinoid. As it is more gentle on skin than retinol but promises the same powerful results. The formula also contains hyaluronic acid and a peptide complex to plump skin and boost its collagen production (so it becomes firmer).
The Smart Clinical Repair Wrinkle Correcting Serum is suitable for all skin types. If you are a retinol/retinoid virgin, I recommend to not apply this serum twice a day right away but build up its use slowly. This will allow your skin to get used to the retinoid.
Paula’s Choice’s Discoloration Repair Serum, 52 €
If you suffer from pigmentation problems or other dark skin spots and want to try and make a difference with skincare, this serum from the Paula’s Choice Clinical line seems like a smart investment. Its formula promises to not only fade existing dark spots, but also inhibit the appearance of new ones. Bakuchiol, tranexamic acid and niacinamide act on the excessive melanin production that leads to hyperpigmentation or dark spots.
The brand advises to start using the serum three times a week and build up to daily use. And you need to be patient: it can take 8 to 12 weeks before you notice visible results.
Sothys’ Noctuelle Renovative Micro Capsules Serum with Pure Vitamin C, 96 €, at the beauty salon
I love the retinol and vitamin C capsules by Elizabeth Arden but the brand seems to have vanished from Belgian soil. I liked the idea behind them. A capsule monodose is handy and space-saving for a weekend away, you know exactly how much product you need to apply each time and you always apply a “fresh” dose. Which is a nice thought when using active ingredients like vitamin C that are hard to keep stable.
So I am very pleased to see Sothys launch these microcapsules. They contain a high dose (20%) of pure vitamin C. The brand recommends using them as a 60 night treatment cure if you want more radiant, younger-looking, smoother skin. Research shows that vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, among other things. It thus acts on skin ageing but it also helps brighten skin and make it more even, and helps fade pigmentation spots. (Good to know for those who are sensitive/allergic: the formula is fragrance-free).
Clarins’ Double Serum Eye, 72 €
The iconic French face serum now has a little brother for the eyes. It promises everything you expect from a good eye care product: smooth out wrinkles, reduce puffiness and dark circles and firm and brighten skin. The formula with 5 organic plant extracts (cow parsley, kiwi, kalanchoe, oat sugar and malrove) protects the eye contour from pollution, hydrates and tightens. And it has a lovely texture, just like its older brother.
Cera Repair Barrier Cream van Biotherm, € 32 voor 30 ml
As someone who’s had eczema her whole life, I have a weakness for products that promise to strengthen and/or balance the skin barrier. (Eczema skin has a weakened barrier, which makes it (even) easier for the skin to dry out and for allergens and other substances to penetrate it.) Therefore, this new light cream from Biotherm caught my attention.
Probiotics (Vitreoscilla Ferment in the formula) and ceramides (wheat seed extract in the formula) are meant to help rebuild a weakened skin barrier. The formula also promises to fight the first signs of ageing, such as dehydration lines, an uneven complexion and rough texture spots. Cera Repair Barrier Cream has been formulated for ‘urban skins’ who, due to pollution and stress, suffer from weakened skin that can feel tight and irritated, among other things.