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Brand: Clinique / Type: Face Lotion / Contents: 200ml / What it does: Smoothes,

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      30.03.2012 20:37
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      Produces lovely clean, clear and bright skin

      Clinique 3 step skincare products seem to be "love it or hate it", with some people complaining that they contain too many chemicals and too much alcohol, making it harsh and stripping the skin. There is no denying that this is hardly the most natural skincare range, and I do like to use some natural products where possible, but when it comes to daily skincare I want something effective. Clinique make the claim that "good skin can be created". So does it work? In my opinion, that is a definite YES.

      === About the range - is type 3 right for you? ===

      The 3 step skincare products are available in a number of different types:

      1 - Very dry to dry
      2 - Dry combination
      3 - Oily
      4 - Very oily

      It is important to make sure you are using the right version of the 3 step products and that is particularly important with this clarifying lotion. I really recommend that you look at the video on the website or if possible have a consultation with someone at a Clinique counter before you start using this, just to ensure you are using the right product. Some people who don't get on with this are clearly using one not suited to their skin type. One reviewer here on Dooyoo has stated that type 3 is suitable for "all skin types" - this is really NOT the case at all and it should ONLY be used if you have oily skin. If it irritates or burns, then you are using the wrong product and you should stop.

      == Usage ===

      I use this clarifying lotion twice a day as part of my three step routine, after cleansing and before I moisturise. The bottle is sturdy plastic with a pink liquid and comes in 200 ml or 400 ml sizes. It has a screw top. You should tip the bottle onto a cotton pad or cotton ball and sweep it over the face. The clarifying lotion has a slight chemically smell to it. When I first used this product I found it quite noticeable but now that I have been using it for a long time I am used it and it doesn't bother me at all.

      A 200 ml bottle lasts me about 6 months. In my view, "tactically" it is better to get the 200 ml, as then you are more likely to need a replacement when the Bonus Time promotions are on, when Clinique regularly give out excellent free gifts worth much than the slight saving you make by buying the 400 ml version.

      === What does it do? ===

      Clarifying lotion is not just a toner, as many people seem to think. It is a chemical exfoliant. Clinique says that daily exfoliation is an important part of your skin care routine as it removes dirt, impurities and dead skins cells, letting the stronger and brighter new cells come to the surface. Exfoliating removes excess oil and keeps the pores small. This enables your moisturiser to sink under the skin more easily and there is no old skin blocking the way. Exfoliation prevents breakouts and removal of oil helps keep the skin matte, which stops shine and stops your makeup sliding off. Many exfoliators are physical rather than chemical, with small balls or bits. This lotion is completely fluid. This means it does not scratch or scrape the skin, and doesn't cause redness like some physical scrubs can do.

      When I first started using this, I felt and saw a difference within days. My skin feels very soft and smooth when using this, my moisturiser sinks in immediately afterwards and the lotion leaves a completely clear and refreshed surface. I feel a slight tingle, like with some toners, and all the tightening and refreshing properties of a toner can also be found in this lotion but with the added thorough exfoliating benefits.

      Again it is worth saying that if you feel more of a stinging sensation than a tingle, you are using the wrong product and should switch. Clinique are usually very happy to exchange within 30 days.

      This clarifying lotion, like all Clinique skincare, is hypo-allergenic, meaning it has been rigourously allergy tested, so when using it correctly there should be no reactions. I have sensitive skin and never suffered any negative skin reaction from this. It is also fragrance free, as apparently most reactions stem from the fragrances used in skin care.

      === Overall ===

      This clarifying lotion is probably the part of the 3 step which is the most different from other skincare routines which just include a toner. It makes the most visible difference and is the one I could not do without (although I would not want to go without my Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel either!)

      You can try 3 step in a small travel sized kit at £20 for smaller versions of all the 3 steps, which includes 100 ml clarifying lotion as well as the facial soap and moisturiser. Otherwise it costs £15.00 for 200 ml or £24.00 for 400 ml of clarifying lotion.

      It works very well for me and I do think that good skin can be created with this product. It is a 5 star product for me.

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        20.02.2012 19:21
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        A good product that makes sure skin is super clean without over drying.

        I first used Clinique clarifying lotion many years ago when I started to earn my own money and before I got married and everything went Pete Tong financially. I tried several items from the Clinique range partly as gifts from an Auntie, and partly as I experimented with products to try and keep my oily (and during my 20s spotty) skin in check. I was disappointed with Clinique skin care (though I like their make up) in general. However I did very much like their turnaround range which was fairly innovative at the time, and the Clarifying lotion.

        With a wedding coming up next month I've been trying to haul my old carcass back into some kind of shape, losing a little weight and having looked in the mirror recently and mistaken myself for and extra from Zombieland I decided my chops was the next thing to get some kind of tlc. One of the first things on my list was the Clarifying lotion. As I am doing this on a very tight budget, I was delighted to see the Clarifying lotion for sale online via my friends Marisota catalogue! 200Mls for £19.99 which is £4 more than in Boots, it can be found on cheap smells at the moment for 'only' £11.50, so as you can see the price varies It is also available in a 400ml size. I bought it at the more expensive catalogue price because with so many things to buy for the bloomin' wedding it was more important in this particular instance to be able to spread the cost than, within reason, the individual cost of the items.

        Clarifying lotion (no 3 for me) is part of Clinique's much vaunted and advertised 3 step system, the three items in the steps are sold separately. It consists of cleansing (a special formulation soap), followed by Clarifying lotion, then their 'Dramatically Different' moisturiser (which I've previously reviewed, and it's not for me). I have used all three products but not necessarily together as the 3 step system.

        The Number 3 lotion is as the Dooyoo picture. I like the simplicity of the bottle. The opening at the neck has nothing inserted to help dispense the fluid and you simply place a cotton wool pad over the opening and tip. This is good and bad, this simple method of use allows a decent amount of product to soak into the pad and has less components to go wrong. However if you are the slightest bit clumsy and knock the bottle and it wobbles or falls the liquid will spill out very quickly. Also because the toner has a high alcohol content it means that once the bottle is open it will evaporate very quickly. I'm fairly sure that it does this a little even with the lid on, so if the lid is not on firmly I'm sure this would increase . There doesn't seem to be any spillage when the bottle is lying at an angle though.

        The clarifying lotion is often referred to as a toner, which it is up to a point as it contains astringents such as witch hazel and alcohol. However it is more than a toner it is an effective exfoliant too and for me that is a real plus. The formula contains salicylic acid which is listed as its third ingredient therefore hopefully is in a large enough percentage to be effective. Salicylic acid is a component found in many spot treatments (and other exfoliating products) because of its ability to take away dead skin cells, and is strong enough to improve even quite flaky skin, it also gets inside the pores clearing out the debris from the inside out.

        The number 3 Clarifying lotion although it doesn't have any artificial scents added has quite a strong astringent smell, which not surprisingly is reminiscent of alcohol and witch hazel.

        When using this in my twenties I was very impressed that out of all the brands (and even things like neat witch hazel) I'd experimented with that this was the only one which seemed to lift visible further impurities from the skin after cleansing, I wondered if it was still as effective. The first time I used this again after so many years I was not disappointed and was astounded at how much dirt was on the pad even after thoroughly cleansing first. It seems that Clinique has not ruined a good product by constantly tweaking it as so many brands seem to do. If it ain't broke don't fix it I say.

        The instructions on the packaging tell us to moisten a cotton wool pad with the liquid and sweep over the face and neck twice a day. This is precisely what I am doing at the moment.

        This is not a product which compromises its efficacy by diluting the ingredients to the point where they don't do much. Probably because of this you most likely will feel some sensation when using, whether you interpret that as stinging or refreshing is an individual thing. I feel that on my skin toners that don't have some physical zing don't work. Having said that at no time does this irritate my skin to the point of being uncomfortable. The number 3 lotion is designed for oily skin which is in other respects 'normal' so if you have sensitive skin I would recommend trying the number one or two lotions. My youngest daughter has very sensitive skin and if she were to try this I'm sure she would burst into flames. To be sure you make the right choice in this range should you wish to try it there are always the overly helpful assistants at the Clinique counter to help guide you at least on your initial purchase.

        I've been using the lotion for two weeks now and I have seen a marked improvement in my skin. I had been using physical/friction exfoliators from brands such as Neutrogena because they were more in my price range. Even thought they worked well there was a certain something missing. With the Clarifying lotion even though you only sweep across the skin, getting into every nook and cranny, it has done a better job of exfoliating than any of those other products. That is not to say that it is better than all products of that type, I used to use a 'physical' micro-dermabrasion product from Philosophy which was superb, but did not give a toning effect at the same time.

        My primary purpose for using this product was the exfoliating effect, and the knowledge that it gets the face uber clean but the toning effect has been very useful too. After use my skin feels more taut and a little tingly with a slightly pink flush and has a nice smooth texture, and is getting smoother the more I use it. Which means when I want to apply make up I use less, and what I do use looks better when on. Despite the high alcohol content this never dries my skin out.

        When I started using the Clarifying Lotion I had a nasty little spot refusing to go away near my nose. Within two days of use it had gone on the run and all that was left was the redness and slight flakiness, which faded well over the following couple of days. I should mention that it didn't sting or hurt at all when used on the sore spot. This lotion is not sold as a spot treatment but I have found it quite effective in both helping to prevent them by keeping pores clear, and at helping them to clear more quickly if they do crop up. If you suffer from acne and have several active blemishes this might sting a little too much and it would be better to use prescription treatments, or if you want to stick with Clinique try their 3 step blemish solutions range.

        Something else I have noticed while using this is that although there is no matifying claim for this lotion my make up seems to sit better and last a little longer before needing to 'blot' any shine away.

        Using this leaves my skin feeling totally clean and fresh. Although I do not use this as part of the 3 point system it works extremely well as a stand alone product. It is the only Clinique skin care product that I have tried that I can heartily recommend.

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          02.11.2011 12:16

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          An unbeatable product

          I started using Clinique products about 8 years ago. I switched foundation, powder, make up items but most importantly cleansing products. I always buy when there is a Bonus Time promotion and therefore have built up quite a collection of cleansers and mini moisturisers etc. Therefore I have only ever really needed to purchase the clarifying lotion. When you use it you get a slight stingy sensation especially if used too near the eyes, but you can also feel it deep cleansing your skin. It's amazing how it cleanses more than just facewash etc. I have slightly enlarged pores and find that regular use of this product give my skin a dramatically smoother appearance. It is slightly expensive but a bottle will last a long time and the results really are worth it. I think the stingy sensation is a sign of how deep it cleanses and tones the skin and I believe this product works better than any product I've compared it to.

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          05.08.2011 13:04

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          Not suitable for my sensitive skin and probably not for anyone elses.

          I had this as part of the 3-step system that everyone seems to rave about, but I cannot understand why they do. I think that it's expensive and far too harsh for sensitive skin. This clarifying lotion is basically a toner, which is step 2 in the system. The one picture above is supposed to be suitable for all skin types, but there are other types you could try. It costs £15 for 200ml on the Clinique website.

          Firstly it smells like alcohol, which can't be a good thing for anyones skin, but I went ahead and tried it. I found that instead of exfoliating my skin it just made it feel really tight and dry, like washing your face with soap. After using this for a couple of times my ezcema broke out and I thought this might have been the cause so I stopped using it.

          I've just read a previous review and seen a list of the ingredients that this product contains. These included alcohol and witch hazel. I would say if you want a skin care routine, keep your money for something more exciting and buy a couple of face clothes, a cheap facial cleanser and some witch hazel from the chemist. It'll cost you about a fiver and your face will feel exactly the same as this.

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          22.07.2011 17:08

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          Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3

          I went to the Clinique counter and was greeted by a nice lady, i already knew i wanted this product as my partners mum had one and I used hers and it made my skin feel brilliant. The lady asked me if I'd tried the 3 step range which I hadn't, so she also gave me two generous sized samples of the cleanser and moisturiser for oily skin, which I use with this product. I use this as step two and just as you think your skin is clean and refreshed this product will take a load more grime off from the day. This for me just tells you its working, after use my skin no longer feels greasy. Before i used this with the other 3 step items I had two horrible spots that keep reappearing but this range has worked wonders for me and the spots are now gone! Id recommend it to my friends, only thing is it smells a bit potent

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          04.05.2011 10:58
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          A exfoliating lotion which is supposed to remove dirt and tone the skin

          I went to a Clinique counter in Boots a few years ago and had a skin consultation. The beauty consultant tried to sell me the whole shop but I eventually whittled her down to just one product. I had heard a lot about the infamous three step skin care regime by Clinique which involves three products whose purpose it is to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise. I couldn't afford to buy all three of the products at the time so I asked her which one would be the best for me to buy.

          She said that my enlarged pores were causing me to have oily skin and that if I didn't exfoliate, they were going to get larger and ruin my complexion permanently. And so she advised me to buy Step 2, the Clarifying Lotion 3 for Oily skin. She told me it would be fine to use on my sensitive skin and that it wouldn't case any spots. (This is the same consultant who did a colour match for a foundation on top of a foundation I was already wearing!!)

          This product is designed to exfoliate the skin gently, removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores. It claims to sweep away excess oil from the skin, leaving it looking more radiant and preventing spots from forming.

          Its main ingredient is denatured alcohol which acts an astringent. These means that it tightens the pores, meaning that less oil can escape and your complexion should become clearer. It is not a substance which is good for your body, inside or out.

          It also contains Witch Hazel which also tightens the skin and it helps to remove oils and debris from the surface of your skin. It is an ingredient which is commonly found in acne treatments so it will help to clear up your skin too. The Glycerin in the product is there to add moisture to the skin that may have been removed by the other ingredients. Menthol is included to provide a cooling sensation.

          How do you use the product?
          You are to pour a small amount of the product onto a cotton wool pad and sweep it across your whole face and throat until the pad comes away clean. You'll need to be careful around eye and lip area.

          The first thing that struck me as peculiar about this product is that is has no scrubbing beads in it. As it is an exfoliater, I expected there to be some sort of bits in it to scrub away the dirt and dead skin cells. But this product, is just a liquid with nothing in it.

          I didn't like how it felt on my skin and the product also came with a very strong alcohol smell. It felt like I was applying nail varnish remover to my face, not that I've ever done that! It stung a little bit and felt very uncomfortable on my sensitive skin.

          But I kept going because it had been recommended for my skin by an 'expert'. On the positive side, it did feel cool on the skin and left a fresh feeling because no dirt could have survived that experience! It only just left my skin behind!

          Afterwards my skin felt tight and uncomfortable, a similar feeling to the one I get when I haven't washed all the soap off my face properly. It felt in need of a good moisturisation so the product must be quite drying.

          The product comes in a clear bottle with a green screw top lid and you can see the pink coloured liquid inside. It is available for other skin types too so make sure you pick the right one up.

          It costs around £14 for 100ml of the product and it can be bought from most large department stores and many online websites. You may find it for cheaper if you have the time or inclination to shop around.

          All in all, this product stings, smells bad, is full of ingredients that will strip your skin of its natural moisture, it is drying and it makes sensitive skin feel very uncomfortable. I ended up selling mine in a boot sale for £1 but actually, I would have given it away for free! A lot of my friends swear by this product but I just couldn't see the benefits.

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            10.08.2010 19:25
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            A brilliant clarifying lotion from Clinique

            I have terribly oily skin and after trying many skin care products designed for problem skin I always seem to come back to Clinique and their 3 step programme.

            This 3 step programme is basically, cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise and can revolutionise your skin care regime. I have type 3 skin which is categorised as oily and as a result I use Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3. If you wish to find out what your skin type is and get a custom designed skin care routine, then visit your local Clinique counter.

            The clarifying lotion is packaged in typical Clinique style, a minimalist bottle with trademark green cap. The Clinique logo is in silver on the front, and on the reverse the directions for use are listed. This retails at £14.00 for a 200ml bottle.

            Clinique Clarifying Lotion comes in 5 different strenghts, from mild up to number 4 which is designed for the oiliest of skin. It is not to be confused with a toner, which just freshens the skin and removes any residue left from cleansing. Clarifying lotion is designed to exfoliate the skin, sweep away any oil and dead skin cells which may be clogging pores, and in turn reveal clearer skin making moisturiser more effective.

            Now some people will tell you that this lotion is very harsh and possibly they may be right, however, they may not be using the correct strength for their skin type, so don't be put off, give Clinique a try, my skin has never looked so clear.

            It is simple to use and is not time consuming. Just begin by cleansing the skin either with a wash or with soap, then moisten a cotton wool ball or pad with the clarifying lotion and sweep gently over the face paying particular attention to any areas which may be of concern. I like to give my t-zone a little extra attention to avoid blackheads and clogged pores. Avoid the eye area as it does sting.

            The first time I used it I was quite surprised at how much dirt seemed to come off my skin even though I thought I had given a good cleanse prior to use. The pad was quite disgusting, it still amazes me now.

            After using the lotion my skin feels very tingly and very clean and soft. I let my skin air dry for a minute before I apply my moisturiser. My skin seems to absorb the moisturiser better after using this product. Another point I seem to notice is that my make up seems to go on better using this cleansing regime as my skin feels much softer and smoother, giving a better base for foundation.

            It is recommended that you use this clarifying lotion twice per day as part of your regular routine to notice the best results.

            I've used this on and off for years, and I must say that my skin is always in better condition when I use Clinique Clarifying Lotion. My skin is brighter, clearer and I don't have as many break outs or blackheads, which is my prime concern.

            Would I recommend this product? It has to be a resounding yes! I feel it is a very small price to pay to have soft, smooth, clear and more radiant skin. Good job Clinique!

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            01.07.2009 02:20
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            Really does make a difference if you pick the right lotion for your skin type

            Billed as the 'difference maker' this toning lotion is meant to be used as part of the overall Clinique skincare package, but for me works perfectly as a standalone product. When swept over the skin it removes dirt, impurities and excess skin cells - and the results are right there on the cotton pad. I was amazed at how clean my skin felt after using it, even when I used it after thoroughly cleansing my face first - it also smooths the skin, almost as if it has removed a layer of dry cells that you weren't even aware were there. However, I would agree with the points made by other reviewers - there are 4 different 'grades' of this lotion and its important to pick the right version to suit your skin, otherwise you may find it too harsh for your skin type. Get some free samples of each type from your local Clinique counter first to ensure you try them all to find the right one for you.

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            i got recommended the wrong cleanser by a clinique sales lady

            I was recommended this Clinique toner by one of the advisors at my local Clinique. I was previously the no2 toner but this felt a bit stingy and too uncomfortable on my skin as it was too sensitive from spending hours in the sun. It was the summer after all and I wanted to make the most of it and get a tan.

            So this clarifying lotion was the 3rd level up and meant that it would take a little more off than level one and two. Thinking about it now, I'm not sure why I got recommended this one, since my skin was already quite dry and the last thing I wanted to do was get rid of my tan.

            I tried this toner out in the shop and from what I felt there, this was more gentle and not stingy feeling like the no2. I think this could be because there was no menthol in the no3 and that takes the tingling and stinging out. So I thought this would be ok for me to use and got a small bottle to try.

            A few days later, I noticed that my skin had gotten even dryer. It took more off than just the thin layer of the top layer of skin and my tan faded very quickly using this toner. I went back to Clinique and another advisor told me that this indeed was too harsh for me and she couldn't understand why I'd been advised this one either.

            I now have no1 and this is gentle enough for me to use on a daily basis. I'd say that no2 and 3 aren't actually bad, they're just not suited for sensitive and dry skin. No2 is for combination and no3 for oily skin. I don't suffer from oily skin at all so, I guess you'll have to make sure you get an advisor not to recommend something completely opposite of what your requirements are.

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            12.04.2008 14:15
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            This is far too harsh, go for something else instead

            I bought this as part of my Clinique 3 Step Routine and it's the only part of the routine that I don't really like. It costs £14 for a 200ml bottle but unlike the cleanser and the moisturiser, this one doesn't last that long. There are 4 different types to choose from which are just numbered from 1 - 4 , this one, number 3, is for oily skin.

            It comes in a pink see through bottle with a lid that just screws on, but there's no special dispenser or applicator, it's one of those ones where you just have to tip it up onto your cotton wool and then apply it to your face, which means often you can waste a lot because you get too much out. You can buy a press-top applicator to put on it which you just put the cotton wool on top and press down to get the right amount out but I don't know where you can get these from or how much they cost, I've never seen them being sold anywhere I just know you can get them because my friend has one.

            The lotion is a watery liquid like most toners and you just put it on your cotton wool then wipe the cotton wool over your face to sweep away dead surface skin cells and any last traces of make-up and prepare your skin for the moisturiser. You can feel straight away when you use it that it's getting rid of the oil, but I think it's a bit too harsh, it seems to over-strip the skin, so I only use it once a day rather than twice like you're supposed to. If I use it twice a day it makes my skin feel really tight and after a while I start getting dry patches, but using it once a day I don't have these problems. You can see all the oil and dirt it's getting off your skin on the cotton wool which just shows how much it's taking out of your skin.

            I wouldn't recommend this for anyone with even the slightest sensitivity to their skin because it's just so harsh, even though Clinique products are all supposed to be safe for sensitive skin, I really don't think this one would be. My skin does feel nice and smooth and fresh after using it, but like I already said if I use it too often it makes my skin dry and tight. I don't think it's doing my skin much good in the long run so I don't think I'll buy it again, I'll look around for another toner to use with my cleanser and moisturiser.

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              An overpriced witch hazel solution

              As brands of skincare products go, you don’t get much bigger (or much more prestigious) than Clinique. Established in 1968, these are cosmetics so posh that they have to be sold by scarily immaculate women in clinical white outfits stationed on special counters in Boots and department stores rather than off the shelf like most brands – and they have price tags to match. Anybody who knows me (and indeed, anybody who read my recent review on thrifty tips for students) may well be wondering what someone as cheap as me is doing with such top of the range toiletries. How exactly can I afford to indulge in the legendary “3 Step System” that Clinique purvey? The simple answer is that I can’t…but I did find a bottle of their Clarifying Lotion 3 lurking around on ebay for a modest price (by Clinique standards) and decided to give it a try. After all, hadn’t I read plenty of glowing reviews here saying how wonderful Clinique’s products were?

              Before I go on, let me first give a brief aside into the “3 Step System” for any of you poor souls who may be unfamiliar with it. The System (apparently created by “guiding dermatologists”) aims to tailor-make a set of products to each person’s specific skin needs, by combining one cleansing product (step 1), one exfoliating product (step 2) and one moisturiser (step 3) according to your skin type. Time was you used to have to consult the scary ladies on the Clinique counter to find out your skin type and product prescription, but these days you can also do it for yourself on their website by using the “skin report” function (take a look at www.clinique.com/templates/user/skin_report.tmpl if you want to do one for yourself). Armed with this information and knowing which three products you need, you are then supposed to use them in combination (forsaking all other brands) twice a day, every day, ad infinitum.

              This is great of you wish to entirely overhaul your skincare regime and have a lot of money to spend doing it, but at this point all I wanted was something to fit between washing and moisturising to exfoliate and improve the texture of my skin. I have long since found great products to cleanse and moisturise with, but the only good exfoliator/cleansing lotion I have come across was a Boots own-brand product that has long since been discontinued (don’t you just hate it when they do that?). In the Clinique System, the product that fitted my needs was therefore a Step 2 product, technically called a “Clarifying Lotion”. There are five different types of clarifying lotion offered by Clinique depending on skin type; a quick consultation with the handy skin report function on their website informed me that I needed lotion number 3, which promised to “de-flake and polish stronger and oilier skin, improving its appearance, texture and comfort”. As far as I can tell this is just Clinique-speak for “it will exfoliate, reduce the oiliness and close larger pores”. I paid £8 for my 200ml bottle on ebay (the same thing currently costs £14 in Boots) and I have been using it for around four months now, enough to give it a thorough testing.

              Clarifying Lotion 3 is a pale pink liquid that arrives in a smart frosted plastic bottle with screw cap; the simplicity of the design gives it an undeniable air of sophistication and prestige. To use the lotion (is it me or does “lotion” imply something a lot thicker than such a watery solution?) you simply pour a small amount onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over your face twice a day after washing and before you apply your moisturiser. It has a faint smell that I find quite reminiscent of TCP, and quickly vanishes on your skin, leaving it feel drier (in the sense of it being less oily) and tighter. I would expect a product such as this to remove any lingering bits of dirt from my skin as similar products that I have used in the past have done – yet the cotton wool consistently leaves my face with no more dirt on it than before it was used. Either my washing technique has dramatically improved over the years, or this lotion is not doing half the things it claims to do. After four months, I would agree that it has made my oily bits less oily and has reduced some of my larger pores – and as a result I have been getting fewer spots and blackheads – but I certainly don’t think that it “clarifies” or exfoliates my skin to any extent, and neither does it improve the comfort of my skin. I will accept that the impact may have been lessened by my using only one of the three Clinique steps that are recommended, but still the impact on my appearance has been pretty minor.

              Disappointed that I had got so little from a product that was comparatively pricey by my standards, I decided to investigate just what I had spent my money on. Peering closely at the label on the bottom of my bottle of Clarifying Lotion Number 3, I find that it contains just three things – purified water, alcohol and the active ingredient of hamamelis virginiana. You will probably be more familiar with this last item under its common name of Witch Hazel. Witch Hazel is a very old remedy for many skin conditions as it is an astringent, antibacterial agent and an anti-inflammatory agent, which means that it reduces pores, tightens up skin and works to prevent and treat spots and blemishes. So, in fact, all my money had gone on was a very stylishly packaged Witch Hazel solution. Had I known that this was all the lotion was, then I could have been treating my oilier bits with an alternative: Boots do a bottle of Witch Hazel solution (also 200ml) for just £2.19 (and inform you of alternative applications such as the treatment of bruises with it, too). Oh, and a basic product such as this doesn’t encourage you to buy overpriced soap and moisturiser to use alongside it, either – Witch Hazel is an effective treatment for these skin problems without needing such accompaniments.

              So what is my overall opinion, then? Yes, Witch Hazel solution is a good way to treat oily skin, enlarged pores or spots and if you have these problems I would certainly recommend that you give it a try alongside a face wash product that suits you. However, I would not recommend that you use Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion 3 – it is overpriced for what it contains, so all you are paying for is the posh brand name, and I personally don’t think it matches up to the grand claims on the packaging. I will finish this bottle as I already have it, but I will not buy it again.

              Not recommended.

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              Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 is a gentle exfoliating lotion that softly buffs away dead skin cells for a clearer, smoother complexion / '