For me buying toiletries and beauty products is one of my favourite pastimes. Saying that though I love my bargains and tend to be someone who buys stuff cos I fancy it and never feel that I need it lol! However that means that I have loads of stuff and I'm covered for any eventuality really!
However I tend to suffer with upset skin. I'm not sure if it's angry with me personally or with the world though so I try to ignore it to be truthful lol. I use a decent face wash daily to try combat spots and blackheads, I always cleanse and tone after using make-up (even if I don't I use a face wipe!) and I use all sorts of moisturisers, lotions and potions and think to be fair I'm a fairly good owner to my skin!
However, lately I have had a major lifestyle shift. Instead of living at home with my parents who pamper me I roughed it in a field for a month whilst having a 'holiday'. Now I'm staying with my mate and a load of mice and 4 dogs (who are useless with said mice) there is no running hot water or heating and we're house clearing meaning I'm dirty most of the time or standing in a field after no sleep at all at 6am trying to sell stuff! We eat when we can and what we can and sleep is a luxury till we get things sorted. So to be honest after writing all that we all can see why my skin is mad at me eh lol.
I decided I needed something to get something that I could use alone or under make-up that acts as moisturiser but would help the tight feeling my skin is prone to. My face can feel a little dry in places, greasy in others and appear it and basically I looked online for a product that may fit the bill and this product came out rather highly in consumer thoughts so I decided to splash out and get me some!
Priced at around £20.00 for 30ml or about £30.00 for a 50ml size it isn't cheap! Available in a jar or a bottle both sizes come in a green scheme and in a box. On the front of the box we are told that it is 'C' Clinique 'Exceptionally soothing lotion for upset skin' and that it is anti-itch lotion and the size is stated (I opted to buy the 50ml bottle by the way). Other information on the box includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients are listed, I'm told how to use it and contact details for Clinique are given. Simple but informative box this is and basically on the bottle or tub much of the same information is listed.
A Bit About The Product According To The Packaging:
What It Is For:
For the temporary relief of itching associated with minor skin irritations and rashes.
100% fragrance free.
Calming influence for any skin when it over-reacts to stress, weather, pollutants. Rushes soothing care to sensitized skin. Helps comfort and de-itch. Special ingredients work to strengthen skin against further damage from external irritants. This product contains hydrocortisone which Clinque's dermatologists have found to be especially beneficial to uncomfortably irritated skin.
Well as you may have already gathered from the product information I have just listed this can be used on any skin on the body really that isn't broken but simply feels dry/tight and/or uncomfortable to live in. The lotion is white in colour and glossy and not too thin a consistency but certainly easy to blend wherever you wish to put it. Like I stated earlier in this review I bought it with facial use in mind but like to apply it anywhere I feel I need it basically nowadays as it really is very multi-purpose!
It glides over the skin although it isn't greasy feeling and really is smooth as silk and it absorbs mega fast. It of course contains no fragrance and me I have used this under make-up or simply as a treatment to crabby feeling skin.
Yes this is expensive, well I think it is but this is a treatment to be fair to it. No gimmicks, no fancy packaging this product quite simply and straightforwardly fulfills it's promises. It lightly hydrates and soothes the skin and although the initial outlay price wise is rather expensive you only need a small amount of this per application!
I have put it on itches and/or dry skin. Recently I had a dry wind chaffed face and this really did soften that even though it was only a temporary solution (though you can re-apply this as much as you desire). At the time of putting this on my face I had a really sore eye infection and although I don't recommend to use this on it as a cure for that of course it certainly didn't hurt that I put some on. It's a mild and easy lotion to use and for me it's quite simply a must buy from now on! Banish prune looking skin with Clinique, this is excellence!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I am very careful what I use on my very sensitive skin. Occasionally, like most adults, I get dry flaky patches on my neck and face that get red and hurt like blue blazes. i also occasionally get those horrible red bumps on my face that feel like they are going to be a spot, but just are red, sore lumps that get bigger and redder. GRRRR Of course, one of the first steps to maintaining good skin is to ensure all products you are using are compatible. If using a particular astringent to clean, and another brand to moisturise, and yet another to soothe irritation, you can be exacerbating your problem. Your astringent may be helping control your oily patches, but overstripping your skin's natural oils. You then apply your moisturiser, which soaks in and softens, but reacts to the chemicals left in your pores from the astringent resulting in redness and irritation. the pores can swell up deep within, and blaock off the moisture from reaching the surface. The blockage causes your skin to over react, starting the over production of oil to flush the pores out. You then get a oily skin type face wash and strip off more surface moisture. In desperation, you try creams and lotions to soothe the redness, but your daily regime prevents it from being effective. The one way to be certain you are not going to fall into a vicious cycle is to either go to dermatologist or to a trained skin care specialist, such as at the clinique counter, and let them assess your skin. They will give you samples to try of the range they recommend and you can compare them with similiar products. With truly sensitive skin like I described above, however, I found it best to find one range, and stick to it. You end up not wasting your money trying product after product after product fruitlessly. Now, having found your ideal range that are made to work together without interreactions, you can still encounter problems such as i do with the occasional patchiness and sore red l
umps. Or even a bit of heat rash or an insect bite. This lotion from Clinique contains hydrocortisone acetate, which is a mild topical steroid. It's purpose is to sooth the irrition so that the soreness flees, and tehs welling of the tissues (even that you can not see on a cellular level) goes down, allowing the skin to heal. You can get this as a stright cream from most chemists, but it is a bit strong ordinarily for delicate skin areas. Clinique dilute it down with other anti-irritants and antioxidants to aid in the soothing and speed up healing so that it works optimally on the delicate face and neck areas. The cream is 100% fragrance free, without the usual yucky non scent such things can have, and allergy tested to be hypoallergenic. It is not a substitute for a moisturiser, however, so you will still need to use the regular moisturiser that you have had recommended. It does an excellent job for what it is for, and I have even used it on upcoming spots and had them go away much quicker, as it reduced the irrition and allowed the pore blockage to clear without too much bother. As for costs, 30 ml is £20, but remember, you do not use this every day, just as needed to help with skin flare ups and other passing skin annoyances, so it lasts and lasts and lasts. Do not use more than seven days in a row as directed, this has to do with the topical steriod precautions. I have had this particular jar for 2 years now, so I would say I have had my money's worth! It even helped soothe my shingles. AHHHH. Another fine product that I will stretch my pennies to keep on my shelf!
Having read the two opinions above, this cream seemed to be the one thing that promised to get rid of my skin problems. and that,finally, I would be able to get up in the morning and not feel the immediate overwhelming urge to put as much makeup on my face as humanly possible to cover everthing up as soon as possible. However, after parting with my hard earned £20.00 and after using the cream for about 3 weeks I know that the results I had been waiting for just weren't going to happen. The product promises to soothe skin and to take away ang irritation and redness, however, after using the product on the irritated red areas of my face every morning and night after cleansing there was no real difference at all. After reading the two pervious opinions on this cream I was also hoping that it would take away the dry flaky patches and it just totally didn't. Allthough on some mornings I did feel that the redness had gone slightly, it was not the improvement I was looking for. I am sure there are many other products that would do the job just as well. I think that the ingredient in this cream that soothes irritation is called hydracortisone or something? I've heard that you can get this over the counter- I'm not sure if this is true but it's going to be my next attempt in the quest for perfect skin (or better skin anyway!). I've also heard that the 'immulia' range at the special dermatological stand in boots is very good for sensitive and irritated skin.
Clinique's cream for upset skin has been a lifesavour. It help sooth irritated skin and is ideal for anyone who has itchy, sore, or red skin or eczema. It comes in a lotion or a cream. This cream contain hydrocortisone which is safe to use on the face and other delicate areas. Previously i had been using a cream with steroids in to get rid of the eczema on my face. I was apprehensive about using this cream as i thought it would bring up my eczema worse, but I was pleasently surprised. I applied it to my eczema and it put moisture into it, relieved the itch, got rid of the redness and just made it less obvious. I have now been using it for just over a year. Normally, during the winter, my face is very bad and I am prone to eczema breakouts. This winter I have had none because of applying this cream regularly. Although it is pricy, it is very much worth it.
I have eczema which makes it really hard for me to find an effective moisturiser that suits me. I was getting a little tired of being told by the doctor that I should only use Cream E45. I found Ciniques' "Exceptionally Soothing Cream For Upset Skin" by chance. What prompted me to buy it was that I found out that it contains hydrocortisone, which is a mild topical (applied to the skin) steroid, which is used to treat inflamed skin. Whenever I have any dry, itchy, flaky patches due to my eczema, I will apply some on day and night and it will clear up in two to three days. What I like most about this cream is that it is unperfumed. It says on the leaflet that it is dye free, fragrance free, and has been allergy tested. That makes it ideal for my sensitive skin. I find it very soothing and it absorbs in well.