The Clarins Double Serum may not be the newest – it was first launched in 1985! – but it is still the most sought after anti-aging serum on the market. It is claimed to be suitable for all ages, all ethnicities, and all skin types — even the most sensitive skin. As an anti-aging serum that aims to reduce fine lines, restore a more radiant complexion, and reduce pore visibility, the serum sets out to achieve high goals. While this bestseller is a must-have, the new version which boasts of a lighter texture was sure to catch the attention of an oily skin girl like me. And just like the original, it contains all the firming, hydrating and plumping effects of this plant-based cocktail, and is packed with powerhouse ingredients such as squalane, goji berries, kalanchoe and turmeric. So is the new lightweight serum any different from the original? Well, to answer this question, I tested and tried the product and can say that yes, it is different. It is also the face serum with the best value for money on the market. Here’s my experience using the new sheer serum as an oily skin girl, and my personal recommendation after using it for a week.
First Impressions and Packaging
The new lightweight serum is still in the same iconic double bottle. And just like the Double Serum, the Double Serum Light Texture has a 2/3 water and 1/3 lipids ratio. This “Golden Ratio” Is also the ratio of the skin’s hydrolipidic film. By using this Double Formula, Clarins has managed to combine the powerful age control ingredients in one single bottle: those that are soluble in water and those only soluble in oil. These are then mixed at the moment of application to deliver the exceptional benefits of the ingredients.
The new texture is 50% lighter than the original version making it perfect for the sunny Nigerian weather and ideal for combination to oily skin types like mine. I started to incorporate the light serum into my morning and evening routine and noticed how it was absorbed instantly and left my skin feeling hydrated and plump. After regularly using it, I really noticed how my skin was looking more radiant and had a beautiful glow.
Application and Smell
This two-in-one formula comes in a unique bottle that allows you to find the optimal dosage depending on what your skin needs. To apply the serum simply cleanse and tone your skin, then apply one pump of the product on your palms. Warm the mixture in your hands and use a draining application method to apply the serum to your face and neck. Once you’ve applied the serum, continue your routine with your favorite day/night cream.
Just like the original Double Serum, the lightweight product has a light, floral perfume scent which I love. Tbh, if you’re spending your money on a product, it might as well smell appealing. However, if you’re sensitive to odors in your face products, it may not be your favorite. But I will say that once I applied my moisturizer on top of it, the scent disappeared altogether.
Clarins Double Serum Eye
Another GOAT product I applied with the serum was the Clarins Double Serum Eye. Made with natural ingredients like Turmeric and Chervil, the eye serum helps to diminish puffiness and boost hydration. It pairs perfectly with the Double Serum Light Texture as it delivers all the same incredible anti-aging benefits directly to my eye area. Additionally, it’s a must-try if you’re not using an eye-cream or if you haven’t found one that you like. And it’s for all skin types and ages – everyone can use it.
To apply the eye serum (which should be added in your routine after cleansing and before your creams and oils), mix the dual-phases with your fingertips, press gently onto your eyelids and then apply it right under your eye from the inner corner to the templates. Then finally, press between your eye-brows. After using this product for two weeks, I can definitely say that it’s worth the splurge as it made my under eye skin glow within a week!
Final Verdict and Recommendations
After using the Clarins Double Serum Light Texture and Double Serum Eye for a week, I noticed a visible improvement in my complexion. My skin feels more hydrated and supple, especially in the mornings. And I noticed that my skin doesn’t look tired or dull, but looks and feels radiant. I’m honestly excited to continue using the Double Serum Light Texture and Double Serum Eye products in my routine because so far, my skin has a noticeable glow, like I’m on vacation. I would say you should definitely give these serums a try, or at least start with samples to see how it pairs with your skin.