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I love the Clarins range of beauty products and one of my current favourites is their Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner. It is simply gorgeous. I paid £19 for my last bottle but I bought it from Ebay and managed to get it slightly cheaper than the RRP of approximately £23.....ouch!
This is a toner like no other I have used. It is not simply a toner, it is a super skin brightener too. When I first started to use this I didn't realise I was actually using it incorrectly until my friend who works for Clarins told me that I should be gently 'patting' it onto my skin, as opposed to wiping it over, as I was doing. For the past few months however, I have been using it correctly and I cannot praise it high enough. It is worth the price - definitely!
It comes in the classic Clarins simple and understated plain white plastic bottle with simple red writing. I use this product by first removing my eye make up then my face make up with a gentle wash. (I never seem to stick to the same facial washes, and I like to mix and match most evenings). I then splash my face with tepid water before applying this gorgeous facial toner.
I pour a small amount onto a cotton bud and gently pat all over my face and neck. I leave it foe one minute and the gently wipe over with another clean cotton pad. I think the first time you us e this toner you will immediately notice that it does not sink / absorb into the cotton bud - it seems to stay on top. The toner appears to have a rather dense consistency - much denser than water and as such just sort of 'sits ' on top of the bud so you have to take care that it doesn't run off as you move the bud to your face to apply.
I never use this toner more than twice a week as it's not recommended that you use it too often. The reason for this is that it contains Taramind fruit acids and it is this that actually removes all the impurities from my skin and makes my face look and feel more radiant and fresh and brighter.
I have used this religiously for quite some considerable time now, and even though initially I wasn't using it correctly, I still so think it has definitely improved the look and condition of my skin. There is a definite improvement in my pores. They are both tighter and smaller and I feel my skin all over has a more supple and radiant glow. I just look a lot healthier, I think.
The toner is very gentle and never irritates my skin. It boosts the renewal of my skin cells and both invigorates and exfoliates in one.
I am very impressed indeed with this super toner / brightener and a little really does go a long way. So, despite the high price tag I definitely feel it is worth the investment and I whole heartedly endorse it.
Ingredients: Fruit acids from tamarind extract: eliminates impurities and dead skin cells, boosts cellular renewal / White nettle extract: tightens pores // A gentle and refreshing exfoliating lotion formulated with fruit acids and applied easily with a cotton pad / Eliminates impurities that dull skin, leaving it smooth, soft and bright / How to use:Apply once or twice a week to a thoroughly cleansed face and neck with a cotton pad soaked in lotion / Avoid the eye contour area / Wait one minute before completing with your regular skin care routine / Key