Lancôme: Finding Beauty in Clarity

by Valerie Wee

Génifique has always been the much talked about anti-ageing star product for fans of Lancôme. And now the French house of skincare is releasing a powerful complement which works in tandem to produce skin that is glowy, translucent and seemingly flawless.

Super skincare – when one thinks about these beauty power potions, there are a few names that come to mind. The multi award-winner Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, originally concocted for burns – the La Mer Crème de la Mer, La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream (often said to be like cosmetic surgery in a pot), and last but not least, the popular anti-ageing Lancôme Advanced Génifique which is famed for producing visibly youthful skin in 7 days.

Speaking of the Advanced Génifique range, fans will have you know that it is the ultimate anti ageing potion that uses pre and probiotics to deal with bacteria and other aggressors that cause skin damage as well as strengthen skin’s biome and thus firm up texture for that youthful plump look to the skin after a week of religious use.

Which leads us to the French skincare’s much anticipated debut of the Clarifique Dual Essence. Where its sister succeeds with its microbiome approach to the balancing of skin, the new range is fully dedicated to translucent and bright skin with the science of enzymes.

It is important to define what clear skin entails for Lancôme and the fans here –  a smooth and refined texture that is soft to the touch, a tone that is visibly even and free of flaws, dark circles, spots and pigmentation, a visage that is translucent and so dewy that in poetic terms, this is skin that glows, suffused with radiant light. So Lancôme hopes that it can provide a comprehensive beauty strategy that using Clarifique in tandem with Génifique can help users achieve firm skin that is also now refined in texture and tone.

A quick discussion about enzymes is probably apt here.

These biological accelerators participate in various skin reactions to optimise and regulate certain functions involved in skin clarity. Enzymes involved in melanin synthesis help to inhibit pigmentation and improve tone.

These epidermal enzymes also assist in regeneration by interacting with filaggrin (a protein) to produce more natural moisturising factors (NMF) that plump up and fortify the epidermal cells. Enzymes also ensure the efficient elimination of dead cells charged with melanin, which in more general terms refer to the peeling of dead skin. Lancôme has long recognised the important link between enzymes and skin quality, thus spending 30 years studying epidermal enzymes.

The outcome? 13 patents, 113 internationally published papers and this new Clarifique range.

Pushing out a first ever bi-phase formula, Clarifique Dual Essence is a fusion of 2 essences combined in a ratio that optimises delivery with comfort. In simple words, when shaken with the whisk built into the bottle, the careful mix of the oily and watery essences allows for easy application without the uncomfortable oily finish.

Containing just 2 key ingredients: 97 per cent clear essence of organic French beech bud extract with its peeling and enzymatic activity to refine and brighten skin, and 3 per cent grape-seed oil rich in omega-6 fatty acid to moisturise and create a strong skin barrier.

Made in France, developed specifically for Asian skin, users of this new Clarifique Refining Enzymatic Dual Essence (twice a day after cleansing and before applying their Advanced Génifique serum) can expect refined and brighter skin in 4 weeks.


Images courtesy of Lancôme, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.


Related links:

Future-Forward Power Skincare

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Super-Hero Salves

Estée Lauder : All Change

The Science behind Lancôme’s New Advanced Génifique

Kiehl’s: Making its Best Better

Lancôme: In the Name of the Rose

Sulwhasoo: Achieving the Fine Art of Balanced, Harmonious Beauty


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