Friday, 18 July 2014

Create Great Skin With A Smart Solution ... Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum

In 1968, it took one attention-grabbing headline in the pages of Vogue magazine to prompt a revolution in the skincare world: “Can a Great Skin be created?”

Even after 46 years later, many of us out here are still wondering such thing as great or perfect skin does exist. Well, some may be born with it but that some would be just or less than a handful, indeed. 

For more than 40 years, Clinique has taken pride in its custom-fit skincare regimen – a skincare system that delivers promised result to every skin type and concern, regardless of age or gender. Thanks to this legendary beauty regimen, millions of people around the globe are able to achieve one common goal they’ve all been dreaming about – great skin.  

As the world’s climate and environment are facing crises such as global warming and ceaseless pollutions – the after effects of a rapid-paced modern civilisation and globalisation – our skin too felt the aftermath in the form of damages. There are damages that visible on the naked eyes and damages that you cannot see. The invisible damages usually take place within the inner layers of the skin and most beauty products in the market oftentimes are unable to treat problems that occur beyond the surface.    

However, you can kiss skin damages – inside and outside – goodbye with the NEW Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum, a new innovative product from Clinique. Allergy tested and 100% fragrance free, the serum delivers targeted repair and visibly addresses the skin’s changing needs. In fact, just like what they always say – good creations aren’t invented overnight – it takes over five years for the Clinique scientists to conduct trial and research to pair amalgamate highly active and calming ingredients to create a perfect balance. Nevertheless, that hard work is handsomely paid now with the birth of a powerful yet gentle serum that contains a cocktail of ingredients that live together in harmony.

Now, the question is what makes this breakthrough serum so powerful that it can deliver targeted repairs to the skin (37 patents altogether) within the span of 12 weeks? 

The answer lies in what the serum is made of. In general, our skin is capable to repair damages on its own. Nevertheless, when the skin reaches its chronic inflammation state, it does not have the energy to repair damage. Only when the skin is calmed and smoothed, it will have the energy needed to utilise the energy to repair its damages. To aid the skin's healing process, red algae, a special “super charged” ingredient known to help soothing and calming the skin is juxtaposed with the cellular efficiency optimisers such as liquorice extract and caffeine, which also helps keeping skin irritation at bay. 

To brighten up even the dullest of the dull skin, the serum is fortified with skin brightening ingredients derived from Dianella Ensifolia (Flax Lilies), Morus Nigra (black mulberry) root extract, Scutelaria Baicelensis (Baikal Skullcap) root extract and Grape extract – potent cocktail of ingredients that diminishes the appearance of existing discolouration, providing a more even complexion.  

Living in hot and humid climate such as Malaysia would certainly mean frequent exposure to the sun, hence causing dark spots to appear on the skin. Apart from that, darkening scars due to zit popping or minor scratches can taint one’s appearance. Thus, the antioxidant properties contained in vitamin C and Ergothioneine – a naturally occurring amino acid in oyster mushroom – help fighting the excess melanin production while Salicylic acid exfoliates the skin to break up the dark spots.

For those whose major concern is ageing, both Glucosamine and Salicylic Acid contents will help promote cell renewal to diminish the appearance of surface dullness. The serum too is richly packed with other wrinkle and lines-fighting properties such as Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide help push up wrinkles from below; encapsulated repair enzymes such as Ultrasomes, Photosomes and Roxisomes that visibly correct and repair UV damages; and Sodium RNA to activate the natural repair system to help visibly repair the UV damage.  

To create supple and firm skin, Collagen boosting ingredients such as Whey Protein and Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extract help rebuild skin’s support structure, hence re-volumises the appearance of thin, sagging skin and restore elasticity. 

On the other hand, Hyaluronic Acid, Barley Extract, Wheat Germ Extract and Cucumber Extract are added into the cocktail to keep the skin supple, hydrated and plump throughout the day.

Recently, I was given the chance to experience the potent repairing power of Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum myself. As I just celebrated my 30th birthday, it dawned upon me that 30 is the best age for me to start caring for my skin, as I always believe that whatever we do when we are young, it will affect us in the later years (Hey, even men too are concerned about their skin these days, just as women.) 

Thus, I’ve decided to make it as part of my usual 3-step skincare regimen that I have been accustomed too since my first encounter with Clinique Men (formerly known as Clinique Skin Supplies for Men) dating back to the early Noughties.

Easy to use, Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum has gentle, light texture that can be absorbed by the skin with ease. Apparently, the serum came just at the right time when I was inundated with work stress; causing tiny zits – non-comedone - to appear of my face, especially along the right side of the jaw line. 

But of course, as one can’t help popping or peeling off the zits away, it left me with some tiny dark spots on the side of my face. Subsequently, I also accidentally scratched my face hence leaving a tiny dark scar on the face. Believing that Clinique has always delivered its promise, I dispensed two pumps and applied the serum on my skin, twice a day.

The first three days, I started to notice that scars have started to fade into lighter shade. By the fifth day, the scratch scar disappeared, followed by the scars left by the popped-out zits. Apart from the fading scars, I also love the soothing feel of the serum, thanks to the cucumber extract contained in it. 

Simultaneously, my complexion became tad brighter and less dull. The more I used it, the more wonders I would encounter, such as diminishing fine lines and smaller pores. Even my skin tone is evened and zits that appear would tremendously disappear after three days! Not to forget, softer and more supple feeling to the skin as well.

While the Clinique Men Dark Spot Corrector has always been my go-to product whenever dark spots or scars appear, I have to say that the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum is, without a doubt, the best go-to beauty fix ever created by mankind, after the 3-step regimen itself. And it would not be too much if I say that the serum is the bona fide miracle in the bottle.

That said, as Hari Raya Aidilfitri is fast approaching (approximately nine days from now), you can start prepping up your skin with Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum and make your radiantly glowing skin and your beautiful smile the best accessories to complement that designer Baju Raya and handbags of yours. 

Already available at all Clinique counters nationwide and at Clinique online store, Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum retails at RM255.00 for 30ml and RM350.00 for 50ml.     

*Photos courtesy of Clinique and by me.

To locate the nearest Clinique concessionaires or to buy Clinique products online, log on to www.clinique.com.my.

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