Revisiting a classic
THE word “classic” is defined by The Free Dictionary as “having lasting significance or worth; enduring”. Going by that definition, beauty brand Clinique has certainly earned the right to be called a classic when it comes to caring for your skin.
Born in 1968 with the introduction of the now-famous 3-Step Skin care System, a daily cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising regimen, Clinique has the distinction of being based on the ideas of a dermatologist, Dr Norman Orentreich.
In fact, so successful were Dr Orentreich’s ideas that the original formulations of the 3-Step-system remain at the heart of Clinique’s approach to beautiful and healthy skin even today.
Stemming from their 40-year-history of dealing in skincare, skin dullness and radiance is one of the major areas that Clinique works to address. With Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer, the latest update on an already iconic product, the brand hopes to resolve this concern by capitalising on its extensive research into exfoliation.
Upgraded with an advanced formula that delivers more effective and visible results more quickly, the serum is touted to leave skin more luminous and radiant by reducing surface imperfections, smoothening skin, and correcting signs of past sun damage, while being gentle on the skin and retaining the Turnaround Concentrate’s signature soft, velvety texture.
New York-based Debbie D’aquino, vicepresident of Clinique product development for treatment worldwide, shares in a press statement that dullness of skin is a top skincare concern across the globe – skin radiance is a top three concern in China and South Korea, and a top four in Japan – and as such, exfoliation technology has consistently been one of Clinique’s priorities.
“We have a 40-year history in isolating the best ingredients to address skin dullness and lack of radiance. Since its inception, Clinique has been an advocate of daily exfoliation. Innovation in exfoliation is an important focus in the dermatological community because exfoliation and cell renewal keeps skin healthy. Since our roots are based on dermatology, we will always support the direction dermatologists take to keep skin in good condition,” she explains.
Exfoliation becomes even more essential as one ages, D’aquino adds, since the skin’s natural renewal process that results in exfoliation becomes compromised. “So it’s even more important to normalise this natural process by using an appropriate exfoliation treatment as part of your daily and weekly skincare routine.”
Developed exclusively for Asian skin, Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer works by integrating three crucial stages in skin cell renewal: cell division, where a new layer of skin is made every 24 hours; maturation, whereby skin cells become more specialised so as to maintain healthy, radiant skin; and, desquamation, where the top layer of dead skin cells are shed, allowing for new, healthy cells to appear.
Typically, variables such as environmental factors (such as pollution and UV rays), lifestyle choices (such as smoking) and chronological ageing can interfere with these processes and the benefits they bring Given the latest update on an already iconic product, clinique hopes to capitalise on its extensive research into exfoliation. to our skin, which causes skin to appear dull, uneven and coarse.
The serum balances out the damage by providing the skin key ingredients that maintain each of the stages of skin cell renewal.
For instance, energy enhancers such as saccharomyces lysate extract encourage natural cell division by providing cells with the energy they need for the process. To regulate cell maturation and strengthen the epidermal layer, padina pavonica, a Mediterranean brown algae also called peacock’s tail, is a new addition to the formula.
Meanwhile, clary sage extract ferment aids in regulating the cell specialisation process.
At the desquamation stage, another new addition, lactobionic acid, helps normalise exfoliation without irritation, and the gentle hydroxyl acid further binds water to the skin for a softer feel. Chestnut extract further encourages cell renewal by loosening dead surface skin cells without stressing the skin.
D’aquino points out that the new Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer retains the unique salicylic acid delivery system of the existing formula, which allows for enhanced desquamation.
“The delivery system is two-pronged. First, it employs targeted and fast release, where the salicylic acid, in a liposome deliver system, is attracted to dry patches in the skin so that exfoliation happens where it’s need most. Secondly, it has a slow and steady release, where the acid, encapsulated in a tiny microsphere, allows for extended and controlled release,” she explains.
Together, this is said to result in a softer, smoother and more radiant complexion without irritating the skin, as salicylic acid has been proven for decades by dermatologists to be very gentle, she adds.
With these systems, the new product is claimed to deliver results twice as fast as previous Turnaround Concentrate formulas, showing dramatic improvements in skin tone and smoothness in four weeks instead of eight, and improved skin clarity of 74%.
Additionally, Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer contains a targeted cocktail of moisture-boosting, antioxidant ingredients that ensure your skin comfortable, maintains its surface barrier and is protected from free radical-damage. These include the damage-fighting Japanese knotweed root extract ferment and vitamin E acetate, as well as sodium hyaluronate, which is said to be capable of holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
A rice defense complex of rice bran extract further works to keep skin tone more even while providing visible improvements to sun-damaged skin.
D’aquino says it is recommended to layer the serum onto the skin about twice daily after the appropriate clarifying lotion, followed by a moisturiser or SPF product. n Price: RM200 (30ml) and RM280 (50ml). Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer is available at Clinique counters nationwide.