Skin care can be very tricky business, which, if you've ever attempted to read the ingredient label of an anti-aging cream, you know full well. Many brands will tout their ingredient list as full of potent extracts, but in reality the amount of those miraculous extracts that are actually active — i.e., those that have some sort of discernible, measurable impact on the skin — is quite small. One of the key reasons for this is that many active ingredients are reactive to each other and can become unstable when combined, diluting their effectiveness.
Leave it to Clarins, the pioneering French brand that blends high-end botanicals with high-tech science, to come up with a solution to this perplexing problem. Its new Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate features a bi-phase formula divided into two separate chambers. This hydric and lipidic (read: water and oil) formula divides the water-soluble actives from the oil-soluble actives, allowing the formula to stay stable and the brand to pack a whopping 20 active ingredients into one serum.
We were given the rare opportunity to visit the labs and factory in Paris to get an in-depth look at how this serum came to be. Click through to learn how this game-changer came to be, and to get an inside peek at what goes into putting a beauty product together.