Hi, everyone. I have always been obsessed with facial products. I’ve never been religious with my body care though, which is pretty ironic, considering the amount of time and care I spend on my face. So when Clarins sent me their most popular Body Shaping cream for a review, I was definitely intrigued to try this out and see what the hype is all about.
The Clarins Body Shaping Cream is designed and formulated to reduce excess stubborn fat. It incorporates the use of an active ingredient, poppy extract, which is capable of helping to limit the storage of and stimulating the release of stubborn fat.
It contains menthol and feels great on the skin after application due to its cooling sensation! Definitely a plus for the hot and humid weather here in Dubai.
It comes in a medium-sized plastic tub with a screw-on cap and it has a matte frosted finish. One plus point of the finish – no fingerprints. I always prefer pumps as it is more hygienic and less messy, but after looking at its texture, I understand why a tub was much more suitable.
Texture & Scent:
The cream is super lightweight and is so, so easily absorbed into the skin. It is non-sticky and non-greasy which is a plus point in Dubai’s humid weather. So I can put on my outfit after application without any sticky feeling. My skin feels velvety soft after applying this. Made from plant extracts as per usual, its scent is light, floral and fresh. I absolutely love the scent! Its scent is absolutely heavenly – it’s mostly fragrant (without the typical slimming product scent). It smells like any Spa product which relaxes you and calms you down.
This cream is smooth and creamy, with its consistency leaning on the denser side (more of a souffle like texture!). Despite this, this cream was very easy to apply and spread onto the skin.
It absorbs pretty quickly (in about 5 minutes) but not immediately, which gives ample time for a proper massage routine to ensure the full benefits. After being fully absorbed, it leaves no stickiness or residue behind which is a huge plus point for me. I absolutely cannot take body creams or lotions that leave behind a tacky residue as it is terribly uncomfortable! Despite its thick and creamy texture, it gets completely absorbed by the skin and hydrates really well. My skin feels velvety smooth after! I also noticed that my dry patches on my elbow and thighs were completely gone after using this cream right after a morning shower. I’m highly impressed by its hydrating qualities!
Overall, I do notice slight firming of my skin but nothing drastic. Then again, I often forget to use it after a shower as I’m always in a rush in the morning. Despite my fickle usage, I can definitely see that my skin is smoother, more hydrated and slightly firmer. Discipline is necessary for this product, so I am sure that better results would be observed if you use this religiously every day.
This retails for AED 290 for a 200ml tub at local Clarins counters or Sephora.
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