Newest Review: ... This means you can take your soap away with you without mess (and without having to spend around £15 on a new bar, though they do do... more
Perfect, flawless complexion, for a little while...
Clinique Facial Soap Mild
Member Name: katyboo123
Clinique Facial Soap Mild
Advantages: Worked, cleared my skin, comforted and cleansed without drying
Disadvantages: Worked temporarily, skin seemed to become immune
My mother used to always say the best way to cleanse your face was with simple warm water. I must admit until my early 20s, that is exactly what I did, I never suffered Acne as a teen and I never had any problems with my skin whatsoever, not even the inopportune zit in the middle of your forehead just before a big date or night out. So when I turned 21 and woke up with a smattering of pimples across my forehead, nose and chin, I was absolutely trashed! Therefore, for the whole of my early 20s I tried and tested many a cleansing solution; and while I would get rid of the spots temporarily, they would always come back and my skin has scarred from a couple, so my perfect teenage skin has sadly departed for good.
One day I went in to House of Fraser and wandered to the Clinique counter, I was actually looking for some Happy perfume, which is one of my all time favourites and the counter assistant approached me and asked if I would like to try a sample of a new moisturiser they had on sale; the conversation began to flow and I explained my skin care dilemma. She suggested that I try their facial soap. Obviously you can imagine my disinclination toward the product when I discovered that, it was... hold my breath... a solid bar of soap! I mean, I almost left the store! However, she went on to tell me all these benefits and explained it was specially formulated for facial skin and tissue, which meant it wouldn't dry out my face or block my pores. She told me that owing to the added emollients and super fatty content of the bar, it was actually intended to give my skin a comforting feeling. With the exclusion of fillers and detergents from the formula it would not block up nor create that taut feeling of stretched skin that I so detested.
I again almost flipped out when I saw the price, £9.50 for a bar of soap! Granted it did come in a little green signature Clinique soap box / tray and it would look kind of cute in my bathroom, but £9.50! To sweeten me the sales assistant gave me a sample of Happy and a sample of the moisturiser too. I reluctantly made the purchase, completely dazed (this was in the days before I realised that skin care was an investment), hopped on the bus (also, pre-driving days) and went home to try out my new purchase.
I raced upstairs, donned a cosmetics head band to keep my hair out of my face and set to work. The bar of soap was hidden in a designed paper wrap, which when opened revealed a creamy pale yellow colour with the Clinique brand logo carved in to the bar of soap. Kind of dome shaped at the ends, so it was quite nice for rubbing between my hands and working up a little bit of a lather. It doesn't lather up a great deal, because lather actually only comes from synthetics in soap products, so this specially developed to be kind formula doesn't give off a great deal of lather. I applied the creamy soap to my dampened face and using small circular motions with my fingers I rubbed it in. It is important to really work your cleanser in to your face to loosen the surface dirt and slough away dead skin cells to reveal the new, younger and brighter looking cells below - you should always use tepid water too, not too hot or cold as this effects your pores. It can either open them if it's too hot, leaving them susceptible to build up if you don't rinse thoroughly or, it can shrink them if too cold, meaning the soap can't do it's cleansing work. The soap is gentle enough to use around the delicate eye area and should be used on your neck too.
I then rinsed off by splashing my face with lukewarm water. And I patted my skin dry with a fluffy soft towel - no rubbing because this can damage the skin. Remarkably the soap bar is non-drying so it doesn't crack or dry out when you haven't used it for a while. I covered it over using the green case and immediately looked in the mirror to see what skin miracles had taken place. The results were amazing; I had the porcelain, perfect, flawless skin of a model. Ok, I didn't, but it didn't feel dry or tight, it did in fact feel cleansed, refreshed and dare I say it - comforted! It didn't strip my skin, but it did remove the spot causing grease from my troublesome T-Zone.
Obviously no product will ever give you instant results, but within a couple of days of using this, my blemishes / pimples seemed to even, no more lumpy toad skin and the redness of some of the more prominent ones reduced. Within a fortnight my skin was breaking out with new spots, but these were the ones that had been lurking for a while ready to surface - so they would have popped up anyway. However, the new spots didn't seem to be as noticeable and they felt worse than they looked. After about a month of using the soap my skin was completely clear and a lot of my old skin confidence returned, no more heavy concealer usage, no more hiding my forehead with a fringe and chin with a neck scarf. It was fantastic. The soap bar lasted me around 3 months with daily usage, so the £9.50 did not seem so expensive, it had just seemed like a lot to outlay at the start. A small price though for a good, clear complexion.
I was then bought the 3 mini soaps as a gift that they sell, which gave me 50% more than I got in the 100g bar. After around 5 months of use, the inevitable happened and a huge pimple appeared on my skin - I was, without doubt, completely heartbroken! I went in to see my Clinique lady for some advice and ended up chatting to another sales assistant, I explained how much I had loved my experience with the solid soap bar. She told me, and ladies; I don't know how much truth there is in this, that skin can become immune to the effects of a certain product. She tried to sell me some alternatives and I was just so disheartened I politely declined and left the shop. I did perservere for a while, but it kept getting worse; I gave my remaining soap to my partner at the time and to my knowledge she has used to product since without complaint, must be about 5 years now. I had many trials and tribulations with cleansers since, including trying the liquid version of this soap, but to no avail; I have now settled with a No.7 regime which I have been using for over 6 months and have not seen any reduction in the benefits of those products.
So, in summary, this soap is not drying or harmful to skin like the soaps of old, it is a little expensive, but lasts so long and is non-drying (no waste) so it is worth the money. It worked to clear my skin, but I seemingly only got a temporary benefit from it before the magic wore off. Perhaps it was not suitable for long term use on my skin type, but I would definitely say it is worth trying - owing to the experience my partner had with it and because some people I talk to have been using it years satisfactorily. I'd particularly recommend its use on adult skin with teen breakouts like I suffered from, even if just used for a temporary clean up of the skin. It comes in lovely packaging and has a pleasant if almost unnoticeable scent.
The product can now be purchased in 3 different strengths I used Mild, you can get it in Mild, Extra Mild and Oily to suit your skin type. As I said you can buy it in a mini travel sized pack, this costs £12 for 3 x 50g bars, so if you think it's a little expensive, you could sample it by going three ways with friends and each having one bar, although you would have to fight over who gets the mini soap dish!
Available from Larger Boots Stores, Department Stores, various online retailers including the manufacturer's site, www.clinique.co.uk, best when used as part of a 3-step skin care regime with Clinique Clarifying Lotion and your favourite Clinique Moisturiser.
Summary: I loved this product, but no longer use it owing to the diminished benefits I saw when using it :o(