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I'm a bit of a tart, sorry..... modern man, when it comes to looking after myself and personal grooming is an area where I have spent thousands of pounds over the years.
I have tried the majority of the products in the Clinique for men range and on the whole, I am not a great fan. I found the Scruffing Lotion far too harsh for my skin even in the mildest strength, the highly rated Post Shave Healer left my skin too dry and the award-winning M-Lotion is good for moisturising but too greasy and clogs my pores.
I would say that the Face Scrub is not cheap but represents good value for money. As expected, it is better than the cheaper brands like Simple, Gillette and Nivea but also some more expensive premium brands. Expect to pay between £14 and £16 for a tube but check out mankindonline.com if you want to buy it with other grooming products as there are some good offers and discounts available if you place a larger order.
In the past I have found that face-scrubs tend to be one of two things:-
1) Glorified face-washes containing "beads" which roll over your skin but don't actually exfoliate anything.
2) Harsh pastes with industrial strength grit that leave you looking and feeling as if you've just slept with Freddie Kruger.
Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this stuff. The first thing you notice is the cooling tingle as soon as you apply it to your damp skin. This is great if you're trying to recover from heavy night out or if you just need waking up in the morning.
Secondly, the particles that do the scrubbing are ideal in terms of size, texture and quantity which means that you have a smooth and even texture immediately after rinsing.
Another great feature is that it is quite a thick paste, rather than a runny liquid so you can easily control how much you squeeze out of the tube. As a result it will last for ages, particulary as it is only recommended to use two or three times a week.
Having said that, my tube seems to be depleting fairly rapidly at the moment but I have very strong suspicions that my wife has been using it on her legs prior to shaving them with my Gillette Fusion razor!
Just as vicious rumours hit tooyoo that I had some kind of infection from nocturnal proclivities, I would have to state that I mean clap in the imperative form and not as an affectionate term for an STI! --- One of the advantages of being single and vain is that the money I save from not having a regular girlfriend can be invested in my own vanity, rather than her vanity. Harsh, but true! Whilst other people dread Mondays I always enjoy them, especially as I often take Monday off, because it is there to be taken off really. In the style of "About a Boy" I tend to spend a good two units on lunch, two or three units on going to the hairdresser, and of course three units on shopping, before 4 units on going out for coffee, often extending to eight units in good company! Of course I don't go to the hairdresser weekly, so I usually have time to fill with more shopping if not in the hairdressers? In a recent trip to Douglas, one of my cosmetic stores of choice, I went in search of the new Yves St Laurent Facial Peeling for Men - alas it has not yet hit Austria, so there was the thought of either returning my easily-earned money to the piggy bank or choosing the more acceptable option, i.e. finding a substitute product, and this is where Clinique stepped in! Clinique Skin Supplies for Men - Face Scrub is a little bit classier than your average facial scrubs, although many would probably baulk at the price tag of EUR23.70 for a 100ml tube, which is around the GBP15 mark. The tube does however go a long way, with the 100ml tube still half full after daily (as recommended) application daily for the last 5 weeks, and I find there is a lot less wastage than with the cheaper facial scrubs, but it may be because I am more careful with this stuff than I would if it were available for a mere GBP2-3 a tube. The packaging is simple - a cardboard box in grey and with white and silver writing with directions for use i
n five languages and the ingredients in English on three of the four sides. There are more detailed instructions included inside - just in case you need to know how to apply the stuff? The gunk comes in a minimalist grey tube with white writing, with a flip top cap. The face scrub is very simple to use, with differing instructions depending on whether you have skin that is easily irritated or not. I tend to have pretty good skin, although chafing from batting in a cricket helmet recently has meant that my chin has become a bit sensitive, so I can therefore compare the two methods of use. For easily irritated skin, the manufacturer recommends that you apply some of the face scrub to the area and leave it to work for about 2 minutes, which is what I do for my chin. For less-irritable skin, then it is recommended to apply the face scrub to your face whilst it is wet and leave for a minute before rubbing it through again and rinsing. I find that the fine scrubbing granules are very noticeable on my skin and that they work hard and remove a fair amount of dead skin cells that other products have hitherto not been able to remove. The feeling of rubbing the gritty scrubbing granules certainly wakes you up, although on sensitive skin this would not be an advisable plan of action - I find that my skin has a warm feeling to it for a few minutes after use, but at the same time the feeling is of invigoration rather than burning. The face scrub is a foundation-like creamy base containing a lot of very fine granules which do the scrubbing. Having used various foot creams for removing hard skin, it is a similar kind of concept, although of course the granules for removing hard skin are considerably coarser than those used in the face scrub. It has been allergy tested and is fine to use on sensitive skin, although contact with the eye area is to be avoided (probably more because of the scrubbing granules than the actual creamy base). The face scrub, whils
t it smells a bit of TCP from the tube doesn't really smell at all when you put it on your face, and it is effective for facial peelings. Admittedly the price tag is on the high side - doubtless I'll get a comment about how I could buy 6 Avon products or Lush products for the same price, and when you buy a deodorant stick to match on of your aftershaves to boot, then you'll find that you tend to have to work occasionally on Mondays to afford to take them off, but I would still say that it is worth the money, even though the pricetag has nearly caused me to dock a star from this product!
I stumbled across the Clinique's range of products for men completely by accident. For months I had poopooed them as being overpriced and probably not making a whole lot of difference- (in fact I had mercilessly ripped the 'you know what' out of a friend for several months...)- I feel rather silly now. I bought a set of 5 comprising the Soap, Scruffing Lotion, Facial Scrub, Shave Cream and the M Lotion- and I've been using these consistently for about 2 months now, and the difference is profound. I thought I had healthy skin beforehand, but they have genuinely made a huge difference- people actually comment, out of the blue, that my skin is looking good(!)- this scared me to start with, but I'm getting used to the idea of random compliments! Back to the point- the Facial Scrub, as described before, contains rounded granules of sand, which as you rub the scrub into your face gently exfoliate your skin, leaving it looking fresh and youthful. Its very lightly fragranced, and I personally thought, despite the menthol, it smells of aniseed- vaguely. While you're actually 'rubbing it in' your skin tingles and gradually becomes revitalised- its a great feeling, and when you've finished, you actually feel rather special. Afterall who couldn't use a little pampering from time to time? It doesn't take too long to use -only about 2 minutes, which isn't really a great deal of time to find. Oh, and I really should add that although the Clinique products may seem a little expensive compared to others, they last much longer, as you don't need to use as much. I'd say they may be 3 times the price, but they last (roughly) 3 times as long- there's nothing to lose! I am assured that after having used the set for 2 months my skin is much softer to touch-and this is definitely a bonus(!)
** For an explanation of how I came about using this product please refer to my opinion on Clinique Scuffing Lotion ** The men’s facial scrub by Clinique is the best type of facial scrub I've experienced. I'm no expert but I've tried Body Shop's brand and some Japanese grains type of thing but they don't compare. It looks a little gooey - it's beige and sticky but boy does it do the trick. It basically works like this. The cream contains tiny bits of coarse grit which scratch off your dead skin as you rub it over your face. Smear it all over, rub it into your cracks and crevices, making sure you reach all those potential blackhead areas in-between your cheek and your nose. What should be revealed is the fresh, healthy elastic skin that had been hidden by bits of dead skin and grease. Clinique's scrub utilizes a menthol ingredient so as you use it you get a fresh, minty, tingling feeling. Definitely recommended for anyone who wants to give a little more care in their appearance.