“ Brand: Clinique / Exfoliator / Type: Exfoliator / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Exfoliates, „
I cannot afford to treat myself to Clinique products and so whenever it's my birthday or an event I am treated to a variety of these products as I do really like them but just cannot justify spending so much on 'luxury' items (not when there are grandchildren to treat!) This exfoliator was bought for me recently and it's lovely!
I am terrible at sticking to a beauty regime though and often forget to use it, ideally we should exfoliate every day and this process removes dead skin cells and helps the skin to repair itself. Exfoliating cleans your skin and helps it to shine in a healthy way. It should be part of a daily skin care routine. I tend to use this about four times a week.
What I have found with other exfoliators is that they can be quite harsh on the skin. The little granuals inside the product can grate on my skin so much that it's actually quite an uncomfortable product to use and causes my skin to look quite red after use so I do need something more gentle.
This one from Clinique is very gentle indeed. The particles inside it are hard yes but there are less of them than in other products and not quite as rough which made me wonder if it would actually work as you do need quite a bit of roughness for it to be able to actually do it's job.
The cream itself is a peachy colour which is nice and was a surprise. I was expecting it to be white like most facial creams. The fact it's peach doesn't mean it will 'stain' your skin, it does rinse off and doesn't leave a colour behind so it won't effect how you apply your make up.
I find that I need to use quite a bit of this each time mainly because it is quite sparse in the amount of particles in it and I feel that if I didn't use enough then it wouldn't work and also because it soaks into the skin quite quickly so it's hard to spread it around.
It takes a while to rinse off which I find is the case with all exfoliators but once removed it does leave my skin feeling so much more healthy and it feels very smooth to touch. I am very pleased with the result from this product even though it is so gentle is has the same outcome as other moisturising exfoliators and it doesn't cause any irritation like others do so it's great.
It costs £17 which is more than I can afford and perhaps slightly over expensive even for this brand as I do think it has a few negatives too. So in my opinion it's good for the skin but because you do have to use quite a bit it isn't very good value for money. 4 stars from me!
I can't stand being pale and pasty throughout the winter (and the summer judging from the past couple of years we've had in the UK) so I try to fake tan religiously. For any of you out there that fake tan you'll know that after a couple of days, depending on the quality of the product, it can often go and little patchy and uneven as it wears off. My solution to this is to exfoliate, especially on my face as I really don't want it to appear patchy... not attractive! You're also meant to exfoliate your skin approximately once a week anyway to remove dead skin cells from the surface. I've tried a few different exfoliators over the years but the staple one that seems to stay in my shower is Clinique's Gentle Exfoliator. It's certainly not the cheapest product on the market but it seems to produce the best results for me.
Many of you might think exfoliating is pointless, as I once did, but I've since learnt it plays a vital part in keeping your skin looking good. An exfoliator is basically a cream, gel or liquid type product that will have small beads or particles that help to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation helps to speed up the process of skin flaking and shedding, by taking off the uppermost, dead layer of cells to expose the finer, more translucent tissue underneath. The average human generates a new layer of skin every two to four weeks. At the end of the cycle, the dead cells on the surface are shed. You can improve your complexion tremendously by exfoliating and removing these cells. If the old, dead skin cells are not removed, they can clog the sebaceous pores, leading to superficial spots or blackheads which no one wants!
The Clinique Gentle Exfoliator comes in a pastel peach tube which sits upright on a screw on / off lid. The exfoliator itself is a light cream in colour and has a very beauty salon smell to it which is quite natural and plain smelling. It's very much like a cream in consistency when you squeeze it out of the tube and you can't actually see the exfoliating grains in it straight away. The directions recommend that you apply to dry or damp make up free skin and then massage it in gently before rinsing it off and patting it dry. I tend to use about a pea sized amount and gently massage this into my face using my fingertips while trying to avoid the delicate eye area. As I massage it in to damp skin it's easy to feel the grains which are very small, almost like sand particles. It's quite an invigorating feeling and not at all painful.
The exfoliator massages in really easily and after a while you'll feel it go much thinner on your face and almost disappear apart from the grains which are left behind. I always make sure I thoroughly wash it away and often find a bit of it has gone into my hair line so tend to use it when I'm washing my hair to avoid any being left in there. The end result is that my skin often feels much smoother and softer than it did before as the dead skin cells have been removed to expose fresh skin cells. One word of warning would be to not use this product too often, just like you shouldn't use any exfoliating product too often. Skin cells do not renew themselves everyday and if you started to use an exfoliator product every day or every two days you'd find that you left you skin looking quite raw and red indeed.
Clinique suggest that this product gently polishes your skin so it feels and looks healthier, I can't say mine automatically looked much healthier but it did feel much better. It also allows for better make up application as moisturiser is absorbed more easily which I'd agree with, it gives my skin a more even finish when I apply my make up, presumably as there isn't a build up of dead skin cells. This particular product is designed for dry or very dry skin and hence why it's considered more gentle than their other exfoliators. I'd certainly recommend it as it is really gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling much softer when I use it approximately once a week. It's currently priced at £16.50 for a 100ml tube which may seem expensive but I've had mine for about a year now and there's still a bit left in it! 100% recommended!
Thanks for reading.