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Tailor-made toners

Toning is a crucial step in any anti-aging routine. These treatments prep and rebalance skin to optimize a youth-boosting beauty ritual  

Treatment toners, three ways. Vitality in your 20s, bounciness in your 30s, smoothness in your 40s  

Treatment toners, three ways. Vitality in your 20s, bounciness in your 30s, smoothness in your 40s

Cleanse, tone, moisturize—the basic three-step regimen we are all accustomed to. Yet, with the many harsh, environmental elements our skin has to battle on a daily basis—this system is no longer adequate.

We need to take a closer look at how the skin as a protective organ operates, alongside how our own skin actually behaves. A customized skin-care product dedicated to treating specific skin needs is where we ultimately find the best skin solutions possible.

For their latest skin innovation, Clarins Research zeroes in on fibroblasts—the key cells responsible for maintaining youthful skin. Located deep within the dermis, these cells are responsible for firmness, bounciness, and toned skin. It is the essential layer for skin regeneration and recovery.

As we age, it becomes more difficult for anti-aging molecules to penetrate from the skin barrier to the deepest layers of skin. This causes the effects and benefits of our precious anti-aging products to be diminished or, worse, insignificant.

Clarins responded to this skin issue with their first-ever, tailor-made toners. These three different Treatment Essences address different skin-aging concerns (vitality, bounciness, smoothness) at different skin stages (20s, 30s, 40s).

“If anti-aging products can’t pass through as quickly, it will take a lot more time to get the ingredients to the fibroblasts. These Treatment Essences unlock the physical barrier and increase skin absorption,” says Clarins regional trainer Karen Kee.


Sponge Test

Karen likens skin to a sponge. Without enough water or moisture, a dry sponge doesn’t allow any product to be absorbed well or be “activated”—similar to working your liquid soap or makeup on an unmoistened sponge.

Skin works the same way. You need to soak it with water: to prepare, soften and rebalance it and optimize its ability to absorb anti-aging products that will follow. As an anti-aging golden rule according to Karen: rebalance skin first, then treat it.

Clarins’ newest toners address skin issues not merely according to skin type, but according to skin concerns. Karen explains that by going with this specialized approach, the new essences are a cut above the usual toners. “We don’t go by what skin type you have, but by what skin concern you have.”


Triple Action

Clarins Multi-Active Treatment Essence (P2,350)

Age: 20-25 y/o and above

Concern: Vitality

Key ingredients: Teasel extract for cell energy and boost skin vitality; acerola seed extract to enhance radiance.

Key benefits: Skin is fresh, revived, and toned. Skin integrity is maintained through moisturization. Skin is smooth and has a radiant glow.


Clarins Extra-Firming Treatment Essence (P2,750)

Age: 35 y/o and above

Concern: Cell cohesion slows down at this stage, causing dryness, dullness, loss of firmness.

Key ingredients: Fig to reinforce skin barrier function and prevent excessive water loss; lemon thyme to prevent skin slackening; hyaluronic acid plump up skin and reduce fine lines.

Key benefits: Its refreshing, velvety texture deeply hydrates skin and keeps it smooth and supple. Skin feels firm and “bouncy,” while preventing further skin damage and sagging.


Clarins Super Restorative Treatment Essence (P3,750)

Age: 45 y/o and above

Concern: Advanced stage of skin aging, slow rate of skin renewal.

Key Ingredients: Ginseng extract for skin-stimulating benefits; pueraria lobata for reactivating cell renewal while replenishing skin; hibiscus extract to exfoliate skin; green coffee extract to re-energize fibroblast cells.

Key benefits: Skin becomes soft, plump, and visibly bright and radiant. Fine lines and wrinkles reduced. Addresses lackluster skin and elasticity issues by reinforcing the stratum corneum, and by stimulating collagen.


Sensorial Beauty

All three toners have a highly sensorial texture and scent that makes every beauty ritual relaxing. Dab product on skin with a light, tapping motion for a soothing experience. Karen suggests adding the Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate to stimulate vital functions in skin cell renewal.


Clarins is located at Mega Fashion Hall; available at Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La Plaza, and Essenses, Power Plant Mall; visit www.clarins.com andwww.rustans-thebeautysource.com; Clarins Spa located at Rustan’s Makati; follow @rustansthebeautysource on Instagram