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Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
Member Name: Amyrose
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
Advantages: great value, makes my skin feel refreshed,exfoliated, and clean.
Disadvantages: slight unpleasant alcoholic smell
===The most amazing exfoliator ever?===
I am sure that you would all have previously heard that to keep your skin nice and clear that you should be cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin every day, twice a day. Clinique goes one step further with their 3 step system which consists of cleansing, exfoliating and then moisturising. Each product within this system comes in some varieties that come to suit all skin types, so it will suit anybody. I was first introduced to this when I was browsing the Clinique department in a local department store when she demonstrated the whole system on one of my hands, and I could really notice the difference.
===A little bit of information about the system as a whole===
Products within 3 step system (there is also the same system within an anti-blemish range)
Facial soaps - the facial soaps are 200ml and retail at approximately £14
Clarifying lotion - these come in 4 different strengths. Number 1 - very dry skin, number 2 - dry combination skin, number 3 - oily combination, and number 4 is designed for very oily skin. These come in 2 sizes, either 200ml - retails at approximately £15, or a 400ml (which is huge!!!) which retails at approximately £24.
Dramatically different moisturising gel (oily to very oily) or dramatically different lotion (very dry to dry combination) - retailing at approximately £16.50 for a 50ml (a bargain for a moisturiser if you ask me!) or £27.50 for 125ml.
Each clarifying lotion is a different colour, this particular one being purple. I honestly don't know why it's purple but i kind of like it! It comes in a see through bottle with a green cap, with clinique clarifying lotion 2 written on the side. A pretty average looking bottle but is practical and serves it's purpose well. I particularly like it being transparent as I can see how much product I have left before I have to rush out and buy some more (after using this for some time I feel that my beauty routine would suffer without it!
Water, denatured alcohol, witch hazel, glycerin, sodium bicarbonate, menthol, violet 2, red 33, and red 6.
Clinqiue suggests that this product is 'the difference-maker for great skin. Gentle exfoliating lotion developed by Clinique's dermatologists de-flakes to reveal clearer skin. Smooths the way for moisture.' You use the facial soap first, followed by the clarifying lotion followed by moisturiser. To use clarifying lotion you simply put some onto a bit of cotton wool and gently sweep over all of your face (but of course avoiding your eyes).
===Did it live up to it's claims?===
I personally have dry combination skin, I am not particularly prone to breakouts, would like to keep it that way, and was hopeful that this product would help me to continue having lovely clear skin. I was given a sample of the clarifying lotion (number 2) and have not looked back since! I feel it really does make a difference to my skin, having used it twice a day for quite some time. This lotion is technically an exfoliator but does not feel harsh in the slightest (although I suppose it could if you have been using one that is too strong for you). Upon sweeping my face with this gorgeous product after cleansing, i feel a lovely tingling sensation as I feel it working its magic. I always seem to remove more make up and impurities by using this even after I have thoroughly cleansed my skin. It may sound a little strange but I never feel that my skin is entirely clean unless I have used this product, I just think its amazing! Although it is an exfoliator it does not dry out the skin in the slightest.
Although I absolutely love this product there is one thing I am not so keen on....the smell. It smells rather strongly of alcohol and I think that this could be off putting to some people. Personally it doesn't bother me too much as I know the product works and a slightly unpleasant smell is something that i can put up with for the purpose of having beautiful skin. Although having said this I would be very happy if it did smell a little more pleasant.
===Think that this sounds too strong or could cause an allergic reaction?===
If you think that this product sounds too strong for your skin or that it might cause an allergic reaction then i think you may be wrong. Clinique have a policy (as a clinique consultant once explained to me) that every product is tested rigorously. I can't remember the exact numbers but it was something along the lines of 60 people will have a product tested on them on about 12 separate occasions and if in any of these occasions somebody has any kind of reaction, the whole process is started again. They are also fragrance free which should help to prevent any allergic reactions.
===Value for money===
When i first started using clarifying lotion, i had received them within small 3-step gifts. I had 2 which totalled to 200ml worth of product. Having used this twice a day, every day I was amazed to find that it had actually lasted me the best part of 6 months. Personally I think that 15 for something that lasts me 6 months is amazing value! I have now bought another 200ml size (I know that the bigger size is much better value, but I would just personally rather have a smaller bottle to handle) which I expect to last me for the next 6 months!
===Do i recommend this?===
YES! This is one of my all time favourite (and believe me I have tried rather a lot!) and it is now a permanent staple in my beauty routine every day. Clinique counters usually have samples which you can try first if you are unsure, and if you are unsure of which number you should be using then the consultant can help you find out. Overall just a brilliant product! (although it could smell nicer)
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: one of my favourite products ever - amazing