It happens to me every single season: I’m really looking forward to a vacation, and when I finally get to the destination, my skin starts acting crazy. Perhaps, it has something to do with the climate change or the airplane air, but my skin seems to accumulate all of the problems you could possibly imagine: from acne to dry patches and overall dullness. This time around, I decided that it should be the end of my vacation skin troubles (especially because we will be celebrating my Birthday while in Florida and who needs breakouts on your special day?) and started working on my skincare strategy way in advance. I was looking for products that will deeply moisturize my skin (because I will be in water all the time) and help it to retain hydration throughout the day.

A few weeks before our vacation, one of my most favorite skincare brands that I’ve been blogging about from the beginning of this blog, Clarins, reached out to me offering to test their newest skincare launches, a facial serum and a moisturizer and I immediately agreed on doing so. You know my feelings about their night creams and serums (aka I’m totally obsessed!) and I had a good feeling about those ultra-hydrating products. Perhaps, they can help me to solve my vacation skin troubles?

As expected, I have not been disappointed. The Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum was a perfect match for my normal to dry skin that has a tendency for oiliness in the T-zone. The serum delivered everything my skin was lacking after a dehydrating flight: it smoothed out and added life to my dull looking skin. It also helped my makeup to apply more evenly which was essential considering how many holidays we celebrate during this trip. Finally, I felt that it was helping my skin overnight too by making my heavy-duty nighttime moisturizer more effective.

When it comes to the Silky Cream from the Clarins’ Hydra-Essentiel line, it was one of the most comfortable creams to wear. You know me: I’m very picky when it comes to sticky products. Even if the cream does miracles to my skin but my hair is getting glued to this product, I just can’t stand it. Keeping that little weirdness of mine, you’ll understand why I loved Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream so much—it just deeply hydrates without unnecessary sticky finish.

The consistency of this cream reminds me of whipped body butter, but much more lightweight and soft. If you love night creams by Clarins, you’ll be addicted to this new product launch as I could compare this cream effectiveness to those nighttime products. It deeply hydrates skin and helps to avoid any dry patches throughout the day. Maybe it’s related to the fact that I’m on vacation, but my skin really looks more radiant now!  Since I didn’t change anything else in my skincare routine except those two products, so it must be the power of the Leaf of Life which is a major ingredient in both products!

Combined together, Hydra-Essentiel serum and cream worked the exact way I expected: from being a “vacation skin girl” they transformed me into a “great skin kind of girl” who doesn’t need to worry about over-drying her skin while traveling. In fact, thanks to these new Clarins products I experience the best skin moment in years—which is especially inspiring around my 31st Birthday. Looking back, I have to say that my skin now in the 30s might look better than it ever was in my 20s and I just can’t stop feeling super happy about it!

The Verdict: It’s definitely a new hot product launch and I highly recommend testing these creams out!

Price Point: Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream for normal to dry skin ($48; available at ClarinsUSA.com) and Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum for normal to dry skin ($59; available at ClarinsUSA.com).

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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Clarins. All opinions are my own.