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How Clarifique Dual Face Essence Creates Radiant Skin

Discover how Clarifique Dual Face Essence, formulated with salicylic acid and glycolic acid, helps with exfoliating skin and visibly improving skin texture and large pores.


Healthy looking skin is radiant skin. Smooth skin texture and minimized pores are key to skin radiance, and Lancôme’s Clarifique Dual Face Essence is making that possible. While face essences for skin are technically a prep step in your skincare routine, this lightweight facial essence treatment goes above and beyond to deliver visible results, revealing refreshed and more luminous skin.

What’s a face essence?

First, let’s address an obvious question: What’s a face essence? It’s a type of skincare product that has a water-like texture that allows the formula to penetrate deeper into your skin, helping it better absorb the products you apply afterwards — and therefore helping the rest of the skincare products in your routine work better. Essences may also offer skincare properties besides hydrating alone, such as visibly brightening dull skin and improving smoothness. In the case of Clarifique, this face essence can also help with exfoliating skin’s surface, improving the appearance of large pores and refining uneven skin texture, all while nourishing & hydrating the skin.

Facial essence can be confused with skin toner, however, the purpose of these two skincare products is different. Skin toners are often designed to provide additional cleansing after your face wash, and some can help hydrate or balance skin’s pH (which is naturally acidic). A skincare essence, on the other hand, is designed to provide your skin with more targeted care and prepare skin for the following steps in your routine. It’s applied after cleansing and toning, but before your face serum.

Meet Clarifique Face Essence

Clarifique Dual Face Essence is a bi-phased formula that includes glycolic acid and salicylic acid to exfoliate and revitalize the feel of skin. A bi-phase formula means that it has two separate phases — think of oil and vinegar in a salad dressing. In this facial essence for skin, there’s a water-based phase, which includes glycolic acid, salicylic acid and French beechbud, and an oil phase formulated with sunflower and grapeseed oils. The two phases work simultaneously to exfoliate and leave skin feeling softer and nourished with moisture.

Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (a group that also includes lactic acid and citric acid, if you’re curious). Glycolic acid has the smallest molecular size of all the AHAs, and is therefore able to penetrate skin. Studies show that it can help refine skin, improving both skin tone and skin texture.

Clarifique Dual Face Essence works to visibly improve skin texture and tone, promote radiance of skin and deliver hydration. In fact, after one week, users agreed that skin looked plumper, energized and revitalized, and skin tone looks radiant and more luminous. After four weeks of using the face essence, skin looks fresher and feels purified; users also noted large pores appear smaller.

How to use Clarifique Dual Face Essence

To incorporate our new face essence into your skincare routine, follow these simple steps:

  1. Cleanse skin with Crème Confort
  2. Shake the Clarifique Dual Essence bottle well, pour a small amount into the palm of your hand or onto a cotton round, and press onto your cheeks, forehead, chin and neck
  3. Massage Advanced Génifique Face Serum onto skin
  4. Apply your face moisturizer of choice
Whether you have uneven skin texture or hope to minimize the appearance of large pores — all while boosting skin radiance — a face essence like Clarifique just might be what your skincare routine has been missing.

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