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Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion
Member Name: Gemma_C
Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion
Date: 07/11/08, updated on 03/02/10 (1200 review reads)
Advantages: Only requires a small amount and it's a big bottle!
Disadvantages: Quite expensive.. but then it's worth it!
I have been using Clinique's Anti-Blemish Clarifying Lotion for a while now. I've used alot of different products aimed at blemish prone skin and this has now become a favourite of mine.
So nearly woman who likes skin care knows it's recommended we cleanse and moisturise daily. Clinique helpfully call this a '3 step system.' Step 2 is their range of Clarifying lotions and they have one for each different type of skin ranging from dry to oily. If you are unsure, simply speak to one of their advisors in store, or alot of them have a little chart you can play with to find you skin type.
Clarifying lotions are to be used after you have cleansed, I use a cleansing lotion of a different brand, but Clinique have a range of face washes and cleansing face washes you can use if you wish to follow their exact 3 step system.
They also have an anti-blemish range, and within this range they have the anti-blemish clarifying lotion which I use. As the name suggests, its aimed for blemish prone skin types, which I have.
I've never fancied Clinique's range before, it seems rather expensive and I've never been one for expensive 'designer' cosmetics and toiletries, but I hadn't been having much luck with more cheaper brands. If you feel the same way, I would recommend maybe buying some of the many 'travel size' bottles widely available on sites such as eBay before you purchase a full size bottle costing around £15!
So what does the Clinique Anti-Blemish clarifying lotion say it can do?
Step 2 of Anti-Blemish Solutions 3-Step System. Gentle, effective formula exfoliates to clear dead surface cells and reduce excess oil that can lead to breakouts. Unclogs pores. Oil-absorbing powders eliminate shine. Soothes irritation, redness.
Sounds promising! Ok, so how do I use this wonder lotion?
SHAKE WELL. Using a cotton ball, sweep over face and throat, avoiding eye area. Use AM and PM after cleansing with Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam. If bothersome drying or peeling occurs, reduce usage. After acne clears, continue using for preventative care. Follow with Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Moisturizer Oil-Free.
I do follow with the anti-blemish moisturizer but that will be a different review altogether.
So, I use this lotion morning AND evening after using my cleansing lotion. This lotion is the frist time ever where I have done this. In the past you were lucky if I cleansed my skin so thoroughly more than once a day! But this lotion really has kept me at the twice a day daily ritual.
I use cosmetic cotton wool pads, Boots brand with this lotion. Before using you might notice a white substance gathered at the bottom, you have to give the bottle a good shake and the whole lotion will turn cloudy. You will have to do this everytime you use it, as whatever this white lotion is it always sinks to the bottom by the time you next come to use it.
I place the cotton wool pad over the top and tip it up onto the pad about 3 times, this is usually enough.
Now I just sweep it over my face, concerntrating more on the more oily and blemish pronce areas.
I find this lotion nice and refreshing and quite tingly, however I really wouldn't recommend this lotion on skin that has rather severe acne as I can imagine it being rather painful and not refreshing! I have read on other review sites that this lotion has done this to people, I would speak to a clinique advisor if you are thinking of trying this and have quite severe acne!
The great thing with this is, after I have used it I can see the results on the cotton wool pad. Even after cleansing you can see a dirty tinge to your cotton wool. I always leave this lotion a few minutes to sink in and dry before I apply moisturiser, and then make up if it's a morning.
I have been using this lotion a couple of months now and I can honestly say the amount of blemishes and spots I get has gone right down, and my pores are also gradually becoming smaller! Although I do sometimes use the clinique pore minimiser serum so that may be helping too. It's got to the point now where my face doesn't feel fresh and clean until I've used this!
I usually stock up on this whenever Clinique has a bonus time on near me, usually you buy 2 products and get a gift free which is jammed pack with 9-10 Clinique mini's ranging from other skin care products to make up, these sometimes come in a nice make up bag too which you can re-use but it depends on what the offer is! Also keep an eye out for online offers, you always get 2 free samples with an order placed on clinique's website, but the postage can be quite hefty so keep an eye out for free postage deals too. They often do free gifts online with purchases too, I recommend signing up for the newsletter to keep up with these!
Summary: Excellent lotion for anyone with oily and blemish prone skin.