Friday, 5 July 2013

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner...


I bought this from the Escentual website a few weeks ago (£20) as I had heard a lot of good things about it, and I'm a sucker for a good exfoliator!

I've been using it for less than two weeks and I've seen a difference in my skin already, my scars from past breakouts have started to fade and my skin seems so much smoother! Hurray! 


For those that don't know there are two types of exfoliation, mechanical/physical and chemical.

Mechanical exfoliation involves physically scrubbing the skin with something abrasive, such as a cloth, sponge or a product that contains tiny beads/particles. This is the type of exfoliation I generally prefer as I like the feeling of scrubbing away the dead skin cells! 

Chemical exfoliators contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) which reduce the adhesion of the cells in the top layer of skin revealing a brighter clearer looking skin. These type of products are basically a very mild version of a chemical peel. I know you're probably thinking "WHAT?! acid on the face?! Is she insane?!" but over the counter products only contain acids in very low concentrations and so it only penetrates the very top layer of skin. This type of exfoliation is best suited to acne skin types as sometimes physical exfoliation can aggravate the acne more, making it worse, whereas a chemical exfoliator can just be wiped across the skin, without disturbing the breakouts.

This particular product is a chemical exfoliator, which contains Tamarin fruit acids (AHAs) to remove dead skin cells and boost cell renewal and White Nettle extract to tighten pores.
On the box it states that you should only use twice a week, but I think that is probably just a precaution for people with very sensitive skin, as I've been using it almost everyday and my face hasn't melted off yet...

I don't see why using it daily would be a problem anyway as it is only very mild, maybe if your skin is supersensitive you should use it as recommended, but otherwise I don't really see the issue!
I tend to apply it after cleansing/removing my makeup in the evening then wait 10 mins or so before applying my moisturiser just to let it soak into the skin properly. It does have a slightly syrupy texture so I'm not sure how well it would sit under makeup if applied in the morning, so I'm sticking to applying in the evenings.

As I said before, it seems to have worked great for me, my skin feels lovely and smooth and my pigmentation is reduced, so I'm very happy with it! I'm not sure it will completely replace my physical exfoliating scrubs and I do like the feeling of a good scrub, but it has definitely found itself a place in my skincare routine!




A x


(Here's a picture I took on my phone of myself first thing in the morning, I know I don't have a before photo but trust me this is the best my skin has looked in a longtime without makeup on! Just need to find something for those dark circles now....)





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