Q: Which products do you recommend for men?
FC: All of our products are unisex. But if I were to pick one multi-use product it would the Smoothing Marine Cream. It contains sugar-derived glycolic acid to help clear and clean your pores while you moisturize while also helping to prevent ingrown hairs when you shave. Another product that our male customers love is our Skin Clearing Face & Body Wash. The algae (from France!) in this body wash give it a lemony scent that you will love. Our Ultra Rich Lip Balm is something you can keep with you on-the-go in your pocket as well.
Q: I have super dry skin in the winter and oily skin in the summer. Is there a product/products that I can use all year round?
FC: I would recommend the Deep Moisture Mask as a leave-on moisturizer in the winter months...a little bit goes a long way. The comfrey root and algae extracts will nourish your skin in the colder months. During the summer, I would recommend using the Nourishing Youth Serum as a lightweight moisturizer. Many of our clients with oily skin like this serum as a moisturizer because it's absorbed quickly and helps with fine lines and wrinkles as well.
Q: I have fair skin so I've always been hesitant about using retinols (even though I'm at that point where I need them)...will I be safe from redness with Clark's Botanicals?
FC: Yes, our Retinol Rescue Overnight Cream is safe for sensitive skin because it contains colloidal oatmeal to prevent any adverse reaction from the 2 types of retinol we have in this formulation. A little bit goes a long way and you should start to see a difference in 3 weeks
Q: I love all your products, especially the Age-Defying Neck Cream. Just wondering if you have any new products coming out?
FC: Yes, we are always developing new products in the Clark's Botanicals world. Our Retinol Rescue Eye Serum is about to launch and you will love it! It contains both time-release and regular retinol with colloidal oatmeal and apple stem cells to give you a lifted, youthful, well-rested look.
Q: We are about to head into the polar vortex time of year and my face just looks so pale/devoid of life/dry ... any recs on what to use to bring back the moisture and glow year round?
FC: Absolutely. A lot of people ask this question around this time of year. You can layer our Deep Moisture Mask underneath our Intense Radiance Mask to lock in the moisturizing benefits of the Deep Moisture Mask. Do this 2 or 3x a week or as needed and your skin will glow! During the day, our Age Defying Radiance Cream uses mineral diffusers and 18 active ingredients to give an immediate glow to dull skin.
Q: What age do you recommend people begin to use anti-aging products? What product would you suggest someone starts with?
FC: Great question! One of the easiest ways to treat aging concerns is before they even pop up. So having a good moisturizer like our Smoothing Marine Cream and an eye product like Anti-Puff Eye Cream is a great way to prevent wrinkles from developing. One of the other most important things you can do beyond your daily skincare regimen is using an SPF every day. In your late 20s and early 30s, you'll start to notice some fine lines around the eye area as that is some of the most delicate skin on your face. Make sure you use your ring finger to gently tap the Anti-Puff Eye Cream above and below the eye area on the orbital bone so you don't create too much friction on the delicate skin around the eyes. PS: Our Anti-Puff Eye Cream contains hexapeptide-11 and pre-complex to help smooth out and boost collagen production around the eyes.
Q: My skin gets oily throughout the day. What should I do to reduce the shine?
FC: I would use the Intense Radiance Mask 2-3x a week to help draw out excess sebum from the skin. It is a bentonite clay-based mask and includes white genepi extract to help draw out impurities and rebalance oily skin.
Q: My skin gets irritated when I put direct sunscreen on my face. Any ideas of what I can do to protect my skin from the sun?
FC: Try using our Deep Moisture Mask first before applying your SPF. The green tea extract will help to calm your skin before adding an SPF and the algae extracts will give you long-lasting nourishment.
Q: I love all of your products - especially the way their scents and how they make my skin feel! I have been flying a lot and the harsh air conditioning is taking its toll. What are the best products to use before getting on the plane?
FC: Before a long flight, apply a thin layer of our Deep Moisture Mask as a moisturizer. It'll give you long-lasting hydration with the dry airplane air. Also, use the Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist as often as you'd like in flight, to quickly moisturize and rebalance the skin. The Hypericum extract has naturally antibacterial properties so your skin will be fresh whenever you like!
TIP FROM FRANCESCO: Here's a tip that some of our makeup artist friends use on their celebrity clients: Our Ultra Rich Lip Tints give you long-lasting hydration with a sheer touch of color that is layerable. Wear them on their own or on top of your favorite lipstick to add more depth and give your lips a plumping effect. You can even use a little dab on your cheeks as an on-the-go blush.
TIP FROM FRANCESCO: Did you know that our Soothing Herbal Face Wash is so gentle that you don't even need water to rinse it off? Wipe it off gently with a tissue leaving your skin soothed, moisturized, and fresh. This formulation is so gentle you can even use it as a lightweight moisturizer.
TIP FROM FRANCESCO: Our Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist is an on-the-go favorite. It contains apple stem cells to give you a lifted effect, while hypericum extract helps to calm problematic skin with its anti-bacterial properties. Your skin will tingle from the polysaccharides that we use in this formulation, but you will never look shiny with this matte finish mist.