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What’s new
The reformulated Clarins Body Shaping Cream ($98) now has poppy extract, which the French brand claims works on two proteins to slow down the body’s storage of fat and accelerate its release.

What if feels like
Lightweight and velvety-smooth, the cream penetrates quickly into skin without leaving a sticky residue, so you can dress up and head straight out without waiting around. To be used on your arms, abdomen and waist, this mint-scented formula feels like a luxurious massage cream.

Try it before you buy it
Clarins Stubborn Curves Solution, $185 for 60min.
This intensive slimming treatment, which includes the use of the reformulated Clarins Body Shaping Cream, targets the abdomen and arms, reportedly stimulating microcirculation and reducing bloating as well as water retention for a more contoured silhouette.

The treatment began with exfoliation, which helps the products used after to penetrate better into skin and work more effectively. The therapist then used swift strokes to massage a blend of Clarins Contour Body Treatment Oil and the reformulated Body Shaping Cream on my body. I felt some pressure, but nothing too uncomfortable – I actually fell asleep.

Immediately after the treatment, my skin felt firmer and more hydrated. Even better, I felt lighter – like how I’d feel after a yoga class. Th e effects lasted for about five days. To prolong them, use the Body Shaping Cream at home twice a day. – Lieu Wei Ning, beauty writer

At Clarins Skin Spa, #05-05/06/07 Wheelock Place (tel: 6838-5060).

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Clarins Body Shaping Cream, $98.

This story was first published in HerWorld Magazine June 2015.

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