I’ve yet to blog about my trips back in March, and it’s already September. Which means… I turn 29 near the end of this month. Where did time go, seriously?! Okay, a little brief note about my skin since I’ve not done any update for the longest time ever:

I work long hours in front of the computer and in an air-conditioned room, which only meant that my skin’s definitely dehydrated. One day as I stopped myself from scratching my face, I realized that I needed something to supplement my current skincare regime! And et Voila – there was this shiny bottle sitting pretty on my table right in front of me like a sign (okay, I have an extremely cluttered table). It read…

Clinique’s Smart Custom-Repair Serum.

(No, I do not have flowers sitting randomly on my table, haha. I'm trying to distract you from the mess behind it!)

(No, I do not have flowers sitting randomly on my table, haha. I’m trying to distract you from the mess behind it!)

And what better than Clinique, which is a brand backed by dermatologists, to save the day? You know, as a beauty blogger, I do have tons of skincare within my stash to try out and pick from, but I decided to go with the Smart Serum because other than the fact that it was a brand created by dermatologists, their products are also allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free, which means lesser chances of reacting to it! I could definitely use that assurance now that I’m more careful about what I put on my face. clinique-custom-repair-smart-serum-6 And of course I did my due diligence – a quick check reveals that this product is highly raved by the unbiased purchasers on Sephora.com!

A 4.2 / 5 rating with over 15 pages of reviews!

And it wasn’t the only site with rave reviews – amazon, clinique’s own site, and many other reviews had nothing but good words for this product. Let me give you my first impressions before diving into the science behind it. clinique-custom-repair-smart-serum-5

*pumps a dollop into palms* 

*rubs hands together to spread it out* 

Serum is light weight, spreads easily!

*applies on face* 

Serum settles on face quickly, and it doesn’t sting (score!), nor ball up into bits – instead, it actually smoothens out your face and skin texture. A quick slide of the back of my hand against my face and OH MY GOD what is that smooth feeling I haven’t felt in yonks?! I kid you not. At the point of application I didn’t read up about the product yet because I wanted to give an unbiased impression, and I already like it!

This particular powerful, yet gentle serum is a break through after 5 years in the making and that it is supposed to be intuitive enough to target all kinds of skin problems you may have at different ages. The lines that appear when you laugh and eyes twinkle with joy? Uneven skintone & dullness? My sagging jowls *ahem*.  This serum targets repair as needed, where needed!

The Clinique Smart Serum now has a spot on my frequently used shelf!

The Clinique Smart Serum now has a spot on my “frequently used” shelf!

I use this twice a day, both day and night after step 1 of your skincare (aka washing my face) and before I slather on moisturizer. There are times I forget to apply moisturizer after applying it because it’s just so smooth after using it alone!

Repairs damage you can see and the damage you cannot see

I’m sure Mr Bill McElligott never saw this coming – if not he probably might have loaded up on the sunscreen.

Mr Bill McElligott with unilateral dermatoheliosis, with only one side of his face severly damaged by the sun after 28 years of truck driving.

Mr Bill McElligott with unilateral dermatoheliosis, with only one side of his face severly damaged by the sun after 28 years of truck driving.

That dark spot you see on your face that wasn’t there yesterday? You think it happens in a day, but the fact is, it has already been under your skin for a very, very long time. Sun damage takes years to surface – a sunburn is instant, but the dark spots that seem to freckle old people’s faces? It takes years! And let’s not forget the premature aging it brings on as well – just look at Mr McElligott’s face! That picture was enough to shock all of us into wishing we had sunscreen to apply instantly when we saw it on a presentation slide.

I’m actually one of the ones who know all about sunscreen application but at times have forgotten about it – and I vow never to forget it again, please let me reverse some damage with Clinique’s Smart Serum please!!! T___T

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Unlike other serums with loads of claims, little ingredients and no results, Clinique’s smart serum has a really long list of ingredients, and each of them have functions to target specific skincare concerns – for example, barley & cucumber extract works to calm down your skin so that you can build up your skin’s defences with their barrier-repairing ingredients and anti-oxidants, like mulberry root, wheat germ, rice bran and grapefruit extract. which helps to slow down the signs of aging. 

Scutellaria baicalensis root extract inhibits melanin production to prevent you from turning dark, and a cocktail of peptides – Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide encourages cells to function normally and healthily, and prevents wrinkles! Gentian Lutea & Salicylic Acid are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, while Plankton/Algae extract locks moisture in!

I could go on and on – this serum seriously packs a punch with all these great skin caring ingredients in it, and the best part is that it comes in two sizes should you want to purchase a smaller one to try out! No chunk of text nor claims can convince me as much as how my skin feels – and it does feel wonderful with this serum so far!

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My hands are often neglected - I wash them very often, especially after swatching. And heres the serum working its magic on my left hand! Compare it to the right hand which does not have any serum on it. No photoshopping, I swear. Doesnt it look much mroe radiant and smoother?!

My hands are often neglected – I wash them very often, especially after swatching. And heres the serum working its magic on my left hand! Compare it to the right hand which does not have any serum on it. No photoshopping, I swear. Doesnt it look much mroe radiant and smoother?!

Skin care do take some time to work, and it’s only been a week with this serum but so far my skin’s been happy! I personally think that this is Clinique’s best product yet, after their Laser Focus serum which had great results on my mum, who has very obvious photo damage on her skin.In fact, I think I’m gonna get her a bottle to try on my birthday, because she deserves all the gratitude, and good skin as well even at 50 years of age.

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Clinique’s Smart Custom-Repair Serum is available in Sephora and all department stores with Clinique counters at $106 SGD for 30ml and $150 SGD for 50ml.

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