Fresh Batch Beauty is going to be a big beauty trend in the years aheads (I originally wrote about it HERE) and the idea behind it is solid – single-use or time-stamped products that provide active and fresh ingredients. And if there’s one ingredient that’s perfect for this category of beauty it’s Vitamin C as it’s highly effective when fresh but goes ‘off’ very quickly.
Clinique’s new Fresh Pressed system have used the ‘Fresh Batch’ premise for two stablised Vitamin C products – a Renewing Powder Cleanser and Daily Booster. They promise brighter skin and absolutely deliver on this.
The Renewing Powder Cleanser edges it as being my favourite product of the two and this is because it instantly made my skin look more radiant. It comes as sachets filled with powder which you mix with a couple of drops of water to activate the Vitamin C. You then apply to the face and rinse. The powder is ultra fine so the paste is very smooth. Other ingredients include Kaolin Clay which will remove excess oil and salicylic acid which has an exfoliating action and helps unplug oil and dirt from pores. It really does make skin look clean, bright and glowy without any hint of dryness.
The Fresh Pressed Daily Booster With Pure Vitamin C 10% comes in a little vial. To use you peel back the foil top and push down the orange bulb inside the tube and then shake. The reason it’s called a booster and not a serum is because you’re supposed to add a couple of drops to your moisturiser. I got this wrong and applied it straight to my face which didn’t cause any problems but my skin is used to a high percentage of Vitamin C. However, it’s always best to stick to official directions as that’s how the product will have been tested.
A single vial is supposed to last 7 days when used twice a day but mine lasted 11 days. Clinique do say that the product is at optimal freshness for the first 7 days and if there’s any product left after that you can still use it but it just won’t be as fresh. The ingredients include Molases, Mulberry Root, Salicylic Acid, Algae and Caffeine which have a combined anti-pigmentation, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and exfoliating effect.
I tried out the Fresh Pressed 7-day system which combines 7 cleansing sachets with 1 vial and it made my skin look brighter over the week. I suspect the results would have been even greater if I hadn’t previously been using a Vitamin C serum.
Also available is a set of 4 vials (which stay fresh until you activate them individually) and a 28 day supply of the cleansing powder. I think this gives the system lots of flexibility as you can use it as a boost for week before a big event or as a more intense programme if skin dullness is more of an issue for you. As always follow up with a good layer of SPF during the day as it’s pointless brightening and repairing the skin if you’re going to re-do the environmental damage.
The Fresh Pressed 7-Day System with Pure Vitamin C is £25 and available HERE.
A 4 week supply of the Fresh Pressed Daily Booster With Pure Vitamin C is £58 and available HERE.
A 4 week supply of the Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser With Pure Vitamin C is £24 and available HERE.
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