CLARK’S BOTANICALS BY BELINDA MORRIS
If the words ‘hyaluronic acid’ (as mentioned previously) can take me right out of my cosmeceutical comfort zone, then I have only to be soothed by the likes of ‘serum’, smoothing’, ‘nourishing’ and ‘marine cream’. Happily, all these comforting descriptions come together in Clark’s Botanicals, a name that, in itself, offers a feel-good factor.
The story behind Clark’s Botanicals comes with further reassurance. The range was developed by Dr. Harold Clark and his son Francesco, after Francesco’s life changed following a spinal cord injury. Left paralysed, his skin stopped sweating and releasing toxins – it became unbalanced, congested and was ageing prematurely.
Combining science with nature, Harold Clark, MD, trained in traditional and homeopathic medicine, worked with his son for four years to eventually arrive at a formulation that would solve the problem. And it was jasmine that they turned to, harnessing its ‘radical’ healing and balancing effects (nourishing, hydrating, moisturising... it does it all).
And it does it best when working together with other ingredients – it supercharges the likes of coffee, comfrey root, green tea, mushroom, plankton, algae, retinol) to ‘deliver real results’. Toxins are banned, so no parabens, sulfates, petroleum etc. And no animal by-products or testing on animals – just on Francisco probably, whose skin, it must be said, looks great. The original product was Smoothing Marine Cream (£92 – 50ml), the jasmine combined with yeast, algae and coffee extract to balance and calm skin.
The newest products to the range (which is for men and women) contain retinol, which is a key ingredient in anti-ageing skincare and the Clarks have been very particular to use very fine, pro-active, non-irritating strains of retinol. Helping the soothing action is finely ground oats, known as a natural anti-inflammatory, with anti-oxidant properties.
Do men really need a night cream? Well they do if they want something that helps their skin repair itself while they sleep. Retinol Rescue Overnight Cream (£85 – 50ml) includes jasmine plus algae and yeast extracts to help calm and exfoliate, vitamins E – to fight free radicals – and C to brighten the skin. If you’ve toyed with the idea of serum – but can’t decide whether your routine needs that extra step – think about Nourishing Youth Serum. More expensive at £124 – 30ml, but it’s actually a 2-in-1 serum and lightweight moisturiser, but works particularly hard thanks to vitamins A, C and E, anti-oxidants and amino acids. Neuro-peptides help to revitalise and smooth stressed-out skin.
Available from www.clarksbotanicals.com and from SpaceNK.com