Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream

Clarins is a cosmetic and skin care company that has been around since 1954. They have a comprehensive website, and offer everything from make-up to fragrance to skin creams. What makes Clarins different is they strive to only use plant based ingredients.

In the wrinkle fighting category, Clarins offers the Super Restorative line of products. There are several products in this line, and I chose to review the Day Cream, the reason being is most of the ingredients are the same and this product seemed to best fit the “wrinkle fighting” category.

Clarins has an impressive commitment to consumer safety, and 15 years ago they decided not to use any ingredients of animal origin in their formulas. Since 2005, a panel of twenty individuals meets weekly at Clarins Laboratories to evaluate a product's safety.

Another thing that impressed me about this company is their commitment to environmental responsibility. The waste produced is strictly managed, whether it comes from laboratory work or industrial and logistical operations. Starting in 2009, Clarins will use renewable energy sources to supply its logistical platform in Amiens, Paris.

I had high hopes for this product. Here is my review of Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream spf 20, which is $110 for a 1.7 oz pot.

Product Claims:

  • In a few hours, it gently "fills in" lines, smoothing the skin's surface.
  • It replenishes the skin day after day and restores comfort.
  • Skin is visibly smoother, facial features appear firmer and the complexion looks radiant.

Here is the ingredient list according to the Clarins website:

  • Pueraria Lobata.
  • Pelvetia: with isoflavones that help revitalize skin's energy.
  • Dehydrated plant-based Micro-Pearls: settle into wrinkles and expand as they absorb the skin's moisture to "fill in" and smooth lines.
  • Pequi Pulp: restores cell cohesion and stability.
  • Shea Butter: preserves the hydrolipidic film, soothes, softens.
  • Selenium from Tomato extract: a natural antioxidant essential for cellular renewal.
  • Clarins specific plant complex enriched with Vitamin E: antioxidant protection.
  • Kaki Calyx extract: preserves the quality of collagen fibers.
  • Anti-Pollution Complex: ensures optimal skin protection.
  • UVA and UVB filters: protect skin against the pigmenting action of UV rays.

Cross Examination:

Here is the actual ingredient list I found on amazon.com:

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Titanium Dioxide , Oxybenzone, Ensulizole

Other: Water, Glycerin, C12-13 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclomethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat., Isononyl Isononanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyacrylamide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xantham Gum, Methylparaben, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Triclosan, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, MICA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Laureth-7, Barium Sulfate, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Acacia Senegal Gum, BHT, Diospyros Kaki Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citronellol

Wow, what a disappointment.

Being an eco-conscious person, I came into this review hoping that I had found a holistic, organic, natural alternative to all the chemical junk that we put on our faces. But, as you can see, Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream is pretty much like any other skin cream out there, just with a much higher price tag.

The active ingredients (octinoxate, octocrylene, titanium dioxide {sunscreen}, oxybenzone) are good skin care ingredients, but can be found in moisturizers that are a third of the cost. There is not one cutting edge wrinkle fighting ingredient to be found in this product.

Where is the Pelvetia? (which, by the way, is a very common brown seaweed found on the rocks of the upper shores of Europe.) The Shea butter?  Selenium? The Pueraria lobata root extract, vitamin E, and kaki fruit extract are present, but buried near the end of the list of “other ingredients.” I could not find any research to back up the company’s claims that these alternative ingredients do anything to help with wrinkles.

The Bottom Line:

As an “anti-aging” cream, this product just does not compare. There are some good moisturizers in it, but nothing that is worth $110. None of the herbal ingredients have any published scientific research behind them, and I feel that if you are looking for something to reduce your wrinkles, you will be disappointed by this product.