Clarins as a brand was founded in 1954 by a Jacques Courtin (I always thought it was founded by a woman for some reason!). The name Clarins comes from a character he played in a school play years before. He liked it so much, he added it to his own name, becoming Jacques Courtin-Clarins (that's a rather posh name!). Jacques started by mixing oils and selling them in his own salon back in the day and his products were very popular with the rich and famous of the time.
Since then, Clarins has become the leading brand of luxury skincare in Europe. The quality of the products is undeniable, but the French allure of the brand is something that definitely draws me in even more! Lately, I've been using Clarins toners exclusively and I have got only good things to say about the results! Firstly, the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner has become an all time favourite and a must have. My main issue with my skin are the acne scars that are left behind after every-little-blemish I get. They are tiny dark spots which can last for months! Given that, exfoliating my skin is an absolute must and it's something I can do on an every day basis thanks to this toner. Clarins recommends to only use it twice a week, but I've had absolutely no problems with my daily use (as long as I'm careful not to use it alongside other exfoliating products). It has helped my acne scarring fade that much faster. The spots now last a few weeks, rather than months and I couldn't be more pleased! Now, since it started getting colder, I felt the need for and extra boost of hydration, so I decided to go for their Toning Lotion with Camomile. Toner is usually the forgotten step in skincare just because it's so hard to have quick, noticeable results with it. After using this toner for a few months, it is a step I will definitely not be skipping in my routine. It makes all the difference when I wake up in the morning, the radiator on all night, and my skin doesn't feel dry or tight in the slightest.
There are still so many other Clarins products I want to try, but I also love their Pure Melt Cleansing Gel. It is perfect for the winter months, since the gel turns into a nicely moisturizing oil when you rub it on your face and makes it as smooth and fresh as can be!
Have you tried anything from Clarins? Anything you've got your eyes on? x