“ Brand: Clinique / Type: Skin Care / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: Clinique Pore Minimizer „
I bought this product after seeing a very good article on it in the Boots freebie magazine. I have never tried any other clinique products, but i had been lead to believe from more wealthy friends who had used them that they were one of the best you could buy. So between the two, i was persuaded to splash out on this.
It is a granular exfoliating face wash that has a heating agent. You dampen your skin, then put a small amount of it on your hands and rub it into your skin. It immediately starts to get really warm.
I have used other exfoliating washes on my face before - things like the St Ives apricot range. I find they are ok. Your skin feels like it is being scratched a little and looks a bit clearer when you are done. The clinique wash is a lot more intensified.
I found that the heat from the mask made my skin feel as though it were being burned so i washed it off quite quickly. It did not actually leave my skin looking red, and my pores did look cleaner after i had used it. My skin felt a lot healthier.
I then fell pregnant. I found that while i was pregnant i could not use this product at all. My skin became so sensitive that it went bright red and took hours to calm down again. This sensitivity lasted throughout my pregnancy and continued to a few months after giving birth.
This product does do what it says, but i do question how harsh it is on the skin. My skin is not overly sensitive normally. It can be prone to spot break outs if mistreated, but i never go red normally.
If you suffer from sensitive skin, then i would not use this product at all. You would probably find the same soreness and redness that i experienced when i was pregnant. This was the only product i became sensitive to.
I was fascinated in this product when I went to buy it but it unfortunately did not live up to my expectations. It retails at £22.50 for a 75ml which is a reasonable price. It uses exfoliating granules and heat to minimise the look of pores and decrease oiliness and rid the skin of debris. But how does it work? First of all you rub a small amount together between your hands and then add some water to it and rub it in a circular motion over your face or affected area (area concerned with pores, blackheads, debris or oiliness). And as you rub it over your face the water causes it to heat up. But although Clinique is for sensitive skin, my skin was oversensitive to this product. My skin was extremely red after using it and I didn't see much of an improvement of minimising my pores after several uses. The only one positive element to this product was that the area that I used it on felt cleaner but this advantage you can get from using a regular soap so it is not really a very positive point. I recommend that you do not buy this product if your skin is not used to exfoliation and if you have extremely sensitive skin!
I do suffer with breakouts and some oilyness (unfotunately as a consequence as Polycystic ovarian syndrome) So once or twice a week I love to treat myself to this mask. It's so easy to apply, feels lovely and washes off easily (as opposed to some which tend to linger and become difficult to remove)
My skin does feel less oily, more refined and deeply cleansed. However, it doesn't leave any dryness, redness or irritation in the way that some products do. Pores, particulary those over the T-zone are visibly reduced.
The product is a little expensive, but a little does go a very long way so it will definately be economical in the long term.
If I run short of time I do a quick application before showering, seems to work well. Won't look out of place in the bathroom thanks to Clinique's superb branding.
A great buy for sensitive souls.