Product Type: Clarins body care
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All the Glow with None of the Shine
Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel
Member Name: dahlin
Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel
Advantages: Cleanses effectively, gentle, smells beautiful, good value
Disadvantages: Initially seems quite expensive
Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel is part of a new range from Clarins aimed at the 18 to late 20's age group. It costs £10.50 for a 75ml tube, and is available from Boots, Clarins counters in department stores, and various places online.
Why I Bought It
I'm 26 and my skin seems to have hit an awkward transitional stage. It's still clinging desperately to the teenage style oiliness I've suffered from for many years, but has also become more dry and sensitive so the products I've always used to combat the oiliness are now too harsh to use on a regular basis. I've been finding it really hard to find products that effectively control oil and breakouts without leaving my skin feeling dry, tight or itchy.
A few months ago I was invited to join the Boots.com Product Testing panel, and as this meant receiving products for free in return for leaving a review on the Boots website I gratefully accepted my place on the panel. One of the first products I received was a Clarins Daily Energizers Great Start Kit, which included 30ml sizes of this cleanser, their 'Wake-up Booster' (toner), and Energizer Cream. After trialling all of the products for a few weeks I liked the cleanser enough to buy the full-sized version to use alongside my usual toner and moisturiser.
The cleansing gel comes in an orange squeezy plastic tube with a flip-top lid on which it stands. The opacity of the plastic does mean it can be difficult to see when the tube needs replacing, but the fact that it stands on it's lid means that, assuming you store it this way, the gel is always easily dispensed. The lid fastens tightly and securely, and it feels sturdy and high quality so I wouldn't expect it would be easily broken.
Although the tube is orange it isn't bright or garish and actually looks really expensive and high quality and would look good on display in anyone's bathroom.
Clarins claims that the Daily Energizers range has 'an innovative cocktail of four natural ingredients'. The first is 'energy-boosting Vitamin C that stimulates the skin's natural defences to keep it looking fresh all day'. The second 'is Turmeric or Indian Saffron, a powerful antioxidant that strengthens this action'. The third, 'purifying Alchemilla, an astringent plant extract that regulates sebum production to keep pores and the complexion clear', and finally, 'radiance-boosting Ginkgo Biloba, to improve the skin's uptake of oxygen so it looks brighter and healthier and to strengthen the walls of the skin's super-fine network of blood capillaries'.
They describe the cleanser as 'a fresh foaming gel that removes make-up and pollution for clean, blemish-free, detoxified skin'.
Suitability & Directions
The cleanser has been dermatalogically tested to ensure that it's safe for use on delicate facial skin, and whilst this should mean it's suitable for even sensitive skins I would as usual stress that this does not mean you cannot react to it.
Lather a small amount of Cleansing Gel onto damp skin. Rinse with cool water in the morning and warm water in the evening.
The gel is clear with a medium consistency - runny enough to dispense quickly and easily from the tube, but thick enough that it's easy to control the amount dispensed.
Although I had read on the front of the tube that it contains Moringa Extract I was still surprised by how wonderful the scent is. It's a lovely and light fresh floral scent unlike anything I would have expected to find in a cleanser, and it really does make using the gel feel that bit more pampering.
Massaging a small amount of the gel onto damp skin produces a beautifully soft, thick lather which smoothes easily over my skin. Although the lather is quite creamy it still feels light on my skin so it doesn't feel as though it's going to clog my pores or make my skin really greasy. It rinses off easily leaving my skin feeling clean and refreshed, but also really soft to touch.
I don't generally wear a lot of makeup but this tackles my mascara, blusher and mineral foundation with ease, so I would imagine it would also be pretty effective at removing heavier makeup, though I would always recommend a separate eye makeup remover for waterproof mascara.
I usually avoid products that claim to brighten or give radiance as they have a tendency to leave my combination skin looking shiny and greasy, but this is not the case here. My skin is left with a soft matte finish which lasts for a good few hours after use.
After using the gel morning and night for a few days I did find that my skin started to feel a little tight immediately after use, but the feeling disappears as soon as I've toned and moisturised so it's not really an issue.
Since I've been using this I have noticed that my skin seems to have levelled out to some extent. It's done a great job of keeping my skin looking shine free and my pores looking clear, and I have found that apart from immediately after use, the more dry, sensitive areas of my skin feel much more comfortable.
I've never thought of my skin as dull or lacking radiance, but it definitely takes on a bit of a glow when I've used this. It looks really fresh and healthy and I'm actually really impressed that it achieves this without leaving me looking shiny like every other 'radiance boosting' product I've used. For the first time in my life people have actually been making comments on how good my skin is looking, with 'natural glow' being the most popular description.
I actually really love this Cleanser and although it seems fairly expensive a little really does go a long way meaning it works out at better value for money than cheaper options. I'm very grateful to Clarins and Boots for giving me the opportunity to trial such a great product which I'll happily continue buying.
Summary: A fantastic cleanser for awkward combination skin