My “Body Shaping” Products from Clarins
I seldom talk about body products because this blog is mostly focused on the face after all. And I don’t usually stick with specific body products like shower gels, scrubs and lotions.
Aside from a few favorite slimming products that is!
I don’t believe in hocus-pocus slimming treatments and products that promise you can shed X number of pounds or kilos of fat per week. There’s just no science behind those because there aren’t any natural processes that can allow the body to process/”detox” or burn away anything close to those outrageous claims.
And there is no product or ingredient that can enter your body and selectively “burn away” fats. It’s a nice fantasy, but nothing in life is that easy.
That said, I DO believe that if you eat healthy and exercise regularly, there are some things that can help to supplement your body shaping routine in small ways. And keeping the skin supple is especially important if you are losing or gaining weight quite rapidly, to minimize slackness, dimpling and stretch marks.
Their slimming body products contain a proprietary botanical complex called Sveltonyl, and are best-sellers around the world, in particular Body Lift Cellulite Control, their Toning Oil, and Body Shaping Cream. I do switch and try out other brands from time to time, but Body Shaping Cream is an especial favorite that I’ve come back to again and again over the past 8-9 years.
It’s a thick fluffy soufflé that’s meant for stubborn curves (thighs, hips, tummy, buttocks, arms), and one of the stronger slimming products in their range, with a refreshing, slightly-spicy scent that wakes me up every time. Out of all the body products in the Clarins range, I find it the nicest balance between thick and fresh for my slightly dry body skin. It does leaves a silky film for awhile but I love that because it allows a proper massage routine. Faster-absorbing products don’t allow for that.
Next is Body Lift Cellulite Control.
This is a fresh gel that’s meant to work on cellulite (little pockets of fat that expand irregularly under the surface of the skin around the hips and thighs, resulting in a dimpled appearance).
If you don’t like the thicker feel of Body Shaping Cream and prefer a lighter fresher product so you can put on your clothes immediately, this might be a better product for you. Another benefit of choosing this is probably the immediate skin-tightening and -smoothing effect, which is how it temporarily reduces the look of cellulite.
To supplement any of your body slimming products, here are a few extra tips!
- Exfoliate about 2 times a week. This gets rid of dead cells, smooths the skin, and allows for better penetration of active ingredients.
- Shower with cool water. Yes, ouch. We love warm showers, but cool water not only tones the skin but also helps the system to drain itself of excess fluids.
- You CAN layer both of these products if you want, but it’s my personal opinion you should separate your usage to different times of day because the thicker creamier texture of body shaping cream can interfere with the skin-tightening properties of something like Body Lift Cellulite Control.
- Caffeine tricks fat cells into switching out of “fat storage” mode, which is why I never buy any slimming products that don’t contain caffeine. But all the fats in your blood stream still need somewhere to go after that or they will simply return to your cells, so I like to apply about 15 minutes before a workout.
If you’re in Singapore, Clarins has a Body SOS promotion going on where you can sign up for a free trial kit. All participants are automatically entered for a draw to win 1 of 20 Clarins gift sets worth $120 each, plus a grand prize of a $185 Body Treatment at the Clarins Skin Spa.
P.S. If you ask more friends to sign up for Trial Packs, each referral gives you one extra chance to win!