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The superpowers of a good iS CLINICAL facial routine

In February 2019 I had my first contact with the prestigious, and unique in the market, brand of cosmeceutical skin treatment of botanical origin, iS CLINICAL. In the Spa Despacio at The One Barcelona hotel I tried out their star treatment, Fire & Ice, used by Hollywood celebrities before strolling down the red carpet.

It is an intensive treatment that achieves an unprecedented luminosity – my sincere opinion – in the skin. It reduces wrinkles and fine lines and moisturises and softens the skin while stimulating cell renewal. The key point of the treatment is the combination of two therapeutic masks: the extremely powerful Intensive Resurfacing Masque and the mild Rejuvenating Masque. These masks offer the contrast that gives the innovative treatment its name: fire and ice. The result is spectacular, that is how I felt at the time, and that’s why I was interested in finding everything out about the brand, their philosophy, their cosmetics, and benefits.

Throughout these past two years my facial routine has included iS CLINICAL cosmetics interspersed with cosmetics from other brands, all selected for their benefits for my skin. I have recently started a new beauty routine with a large number of iS CLINICAL cosmetics, seeking a multifaceted treatment approach capable of treating the variety of factors that contribute to the external appearance of the skin and improving its conditions by curing it.

Cleansing (day and night):

Cleansing Complex. It is a soft, light and very powerful cleansing gel, perfect for all skin types, even the most hypersensitive. It incorporates a balance of bio nutrients, antioxidants and gentle rejuvenating ingredients that thoroughly cleanse the surface and pores of the skin without removing essential natural oils and leaving the skin soft and smooth. Among its benefits I would highlight that it deeply cleanses the skin and pores without drying out and gives the appearance of smaller pores. Among its key ingredients, we can appreciate the chamomile flower extract, a highly active antioxidant that helps protect against visual effects from photoelectric damage while providing soothing properties; gotu kola, a powerful antioxidant with nutritional properties that helps decrease the appearance of premature ageing; sugarcane extract, which gently exfoliates the skin for a renewed complexion, and white willow bark extract, which exfoliates the skin and deeply cleanses the pores.

Eye treatment (day and night):

Serum C Eye Serum Advance +. It is a cutting-edge formula that effectively combines scientifically advanced L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) with copper tripeptide growth factor to enhance its age-defying properties. This formula is designed to help decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles under the eyes. It also helps to noticeably improve skin tone and texture and provides greater antioxidant protection. Among its benefits I would highlight that it visibly illuminates dark circles, softens the area under the eyes, reduces the appearance of fine lines and periorbital wrinkles (crow’s feet), and offers maximum antioxidant protection. Among its key ingredients, it contains L-ascorbic acid, a stabilised and scientifically advanced form of vitamin C that helps protect against the visual effects of photodamage while providing soothing properties; hyaluronic acid, nature’s most powerful moisturiser, and clinically proven copper triptide growth factor, which helps decrease the appearance of premature ageing and visibly reduce wrinkles over time.

Youth Eye Complex Cream. It is an innovative formula that uses advanced technology to combat the visual signs of ageing. This formula is clinically proven to attack problem areas of the eye contour area and, as a result, the skin looks firmer and more resistant. Powerful peptides, key growth factors and powerful antioxidants help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and visibly illuminate the area under the eyes to keep the skin soft, hydrated and protected throughout the day. Among its benefits, the following: it provides penetrating hydration, reduces the appearance of fine lines and periorbital wrinkles (including crow’s feet), provides immediate and long-term visible improvements, improves the appearance of firmness and elasticity, calms and illuminates the area under the eyes, excellent for the lip area, free of parabens. And its key ingredients: clinically proven copper tripeptide growth factor, which helps decrease the appearance of premature ageing and visibly reduce wrinkles over time; pseudoalteromone ferment extract, which decreases the appearance of premature ageing and visibly reduces swelling; hyaluronic acid, nature’s most powerful moisturiser, and acetyl octapeptide-3, which helps reduce the appearance of expression wrinkles.

Facial serum (day):

Pro-Heal Serum Advanced+. It is a very powerful day serum that combines scientifically advanced L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) with a superior form of olive leaf extract and pure vitamins E and A. This powerful formula significantly increases antioxidant protection while helping to improve the appearance of ageing and sensitive skin. Among its benefits I would highlight that it provides extremely powerful antioxidant protection, helps to improve the appearance of skin prone to imperfections, helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps to revitalise the appearance of ageing and compromised skin. Among its key ingredients, it contains vitamin E, a moisturiser and antioxidant of great effectiveness that helps protect against the visual effects of photodamage; retinol (vitamin A), a powerful antioxidant that supports healthy skin and helps decrease the appearance of premature ageing; olive leaf extract, a natural antioxidant extract that helps nourish and provide visual support for blemish-prone and compromised skin, and L-ascorbic acid, a stabilised and scientifically advanced form of vitamin C, which helps protect against the visual effects of photodamage while providing soothing properties.

Facial serum (night):

Poly-Vitamin Serum. It is an intensive and revitalising formula for all skin types. This formula ensures the delivery of a powerful combination of essential vitamins, bio nutrients and antioxidants that defy ageing. This combination deeply moisturises, and generates significant improvements in the appearance of texture, tone, and overall integrity of the skin. Among its benefits I would highlight that it gives the appearance of a healthier and radiant skin, improves the appearance of skin tone and elasticity, and helps revitalise the appearance of ageing and compromised skin. Among its key ingredients, it contains vitamins B3 and B5, which nourishes and promotes the appearance of healthy skin; sugarcane extract, which gently exfoliates the skin for a renewed complexion; retinol (vitamin A), a powerful antioxidant that supports healthy skin and helps decrease the appearance of premature ageing, and hyaluronic acid, nature’s most powerful moisturiser.

Moisturising cream (day and night)

Youth Intensive Crème. It is an extraordinarily rich and luxurious formula that defies ageing helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, providing powerful hydration. This transformative cream scientifically combines the purest and most effective moisturisers, antioxidants, rejuvenating acids and growth factor of botanical origin. Among its benefits I would highlight that it provides powerful hydration 24 hours a day, helps to visibly fill and soften fine lines and wrinkles over time, is a formula rich in protective cream, gently exfoliates to increase vitality, provides essential nutrients to the skin, provides powerful antioxidant protection, and improves the appearance of firmness and elasticity of the skin. Among its key ingredients, it contains vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate), a stabilised and scientifically advanced form of vitamin C that helps protect against the visual effects of photodamage while providing soothing properties; superoxide dismutase (SOD), a uniquely designed natural antioxidant-rich enzyme that helps protect against visual effects from sun damage while maintaining healthy skin; hyaluronic acid, nature’s most powerful moisturiser; Copper tripeptides growth factor, clinically proven, which helps to decrease the appearance of premature ageing and visibly reduce wrinkles over time.

After 13 years knowing and prescribing beauty products based on my own personal experience with them, the general discourse does not vary much: Exercise to promote physical and mental wellbeing, healthy diet, and consistency in beauty rituals with quality cosmetics that adapt to the needs of our skin in the different seasons of the year and special moments that we can experience in our lives. There’s no such thing as miracles!

Photography: Patricia Bonet.

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