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As an on-off sufferer of Acne for years I have red skin on my cheeks which I find very embarrasing. During my latest pregnacy my skin was unbearable, dry, spotty and red. I initially asked for help at the Bennefit counter in boots. She couldn't help me but suggested I try Clinique. She introduced me to a lovely sales rep who tried numerous creams, this was the only one that didn't irritate my skin. At £35 it wasn't cheap but I was deparate. For the next 5 months of the pregnancy my skin was lovely and the redness did seem to be slightly reduced. However after the birth my skin was back to the way it was and became increasingly dry and red. A friend suggested I tried Boots Aqueous cream, at less than £5 it is a bargin and within days my skin was beautiful again. The cream did work well for a while but maybe another cheaper cream would have been just as good for me.
I bought this product as a potential solution to my rosy red cheeks that are caused by rosacea. The most important thing to note about it is that is oil free, which is essential for those suffering from rosacea. I did think that the product was rather expensive, but then not only is Clinique an expensive brand, but most rosacea products tend to have a high price tag. Anyway this little 50ml pot retails for around £31, so at the top end of my budget. I didn't like the fact that it was in a pot and would have preferred a bottle so mucky fingers don't contaminate it. Anyway onto the product itself, it felt quite thick and greasy when applying it and took quite a long time to absorb into my skin. I didn't have the pore clogging problem that other people have mentioned, however I have been using this twice a day for 3 months now and seen no change in the redness on my face. It does say that this product works over time, but I am now at the end of my first pot so I won't be buying any more. I suppose on a positive note it didn't irritate my skin further, which is always a bonus Along with rosacea I also have quite dry skin, unfortunately I didn't find that this product helped with that either, so I wouldn't recommend spending the money on this.
Time to review another little Clinique freebie. I do have quite a few of them, since you tend to get about 7 of them in their little Bonus Time packs. I don't know another company who give you so many little freebies. I have the odd little red patch on my face. It tends to be on my Cheeks which is where my skin is a bit dry. I have combination skin and also I have the odd slight red bit from the odd Spot which I have burst and it has left a red patch behind. I thought I may as well try this to see if it made these bits of my skin any better. I also gave this to my gran to try as her cheeks are pretty red and sort of dried out. The little pot I got of this was just a minature version of the full sized tub. I think it was only 7mls and the right sized tub is 50ml. The price of the full sized tub is £34 which is more expensive than what I was expecting this to be. This is meant to be some kind of wonder product, so was it worth the money? The tub looks like the picture which is just the usual Clinique kind of packaging. The nice shiny silver lid and the branding on the side. I think their packaging is ok and the items kind of look expensive but also quite classic as well. The neck of the tub is quite wide so you can scoop the Cream out ok. The Cream is a medium thickness, and a little of this goes a long way. Just apply this to the area you wish to help. The Cream rubs in easy enough and seems to soak into your skin quick as well. I applied a thin layer of this after cleansing my face before I went to bed and in the morning I have to say after just 1 use of this my face seemed to look better. My Cheeks didn't look quite so tight, and even the darker red patch of a spot was a good bit lighter. My face just looked moisturised and just better really. My Gran found the same and I could notice a good difference on her face after only 2 uses. This does the job it is meant to do and seems to be a really good product. It is that bit expensive though, but a little of this does do a long way. Recommended if you suffer from red patches on your skin.
When I was in my teens, I suffered from acne which was quite bad. I only had it on my jaw-line, nowhere else. Fast forward a few years, and I have some scars (which are slowly fading!) along my jawline, which used to itch quite a bit. So when I saw an advert in a magazine about 'some magical new cream' by Clinique which would reduce redness, off I set to Boots to see what it was all about. The lady in Boots told me all about the cream, and it sounded amazing (although I was aware that she was probably making it sound more amazing that it actually was). I was nearly 'bought' and was thinking that I would definately buy it, when she told me the price! £34 for a small 50ml pot! Well, that ruined it! Being a student I couldn't afford to spend £34 on a cream! So I said that I would think about it! I did indeed think about it, and thought, 'well if it is going to help my skin' then it would be a good investments. So a couple of weeks later I went back to Boots to buy it. Clinique redness solution is a daily relief cream. It is an oil-free, 100% fragrance free moisurizing cream. It is available to buy from Boots for £34 which I do think is very expensive, although it does work! It is suitable for all skin types. I will now tell you a little bit about this cream. It is comes in an expensive green little glass pot with a silver lid. It certainly looks like a luxury product. One thing which I like about the packaging is that the lid has a little mirror on the top which is handy if you don't have a mirror to hand when applying the cream. Applying the cream is very simple. Make sure you have a clean and make-up free face, and apply the cream, using a small amount (less than a 5p coin), and using your fingers to massage it in. You need to apply it two times a day. At first I was quite worried that it would cause spots as a lot of products give me spots. I also have sensitive skin and so I was worried that it would make my redness worse. The lady in Boots told me that it wouldn't affect my skin (in terms of make it worse, give me spots etc) and she was right - it doesn't! Despite the fact that the cream is very rich and thick, when applied on to the skin it feels so light that I cannot really feel it. The minute I put it on my face, it seems to 'wake my skin up'. It absorbs into the skin really quickly, and doesn't leave a 'heavy' and 'greasy' feeling like a lot of creams do. A couple of minutes or so after putting the cream on, I saw an immediate change in the appearance of my skin. My skin felt more 'alive' and didn't look as dull as it did before. My skin also looked 'plump' and renewed; after just one application. For a couple of months I applied the cream twice a day every day. Although when I could see the cream was 'going down', I started to apply it only once a day and could still see great results. These days I apply it a few times a week; for example, if I am going out I will put it on as it really makes a difference to my skin. I find that for me, I can put it on now and again and can still see great results. My skin has also stopped itching which is great! I have quite dry skin (especially on my forehead) and sometimes the skin seems to 'flare up'. I think it is mainly due to getting shampoo on my forehead which aggravates the dry skin, and so sometimes it becomes very sore. When I have applied this cream to my dry skin it has soothed it immediately and the soreness goes away which is great. I am quite self consious of my skin; I have acne scars and dry skin so I don't really like leaving the house without wearing any make up. Although, after applying this cream, as it makes my skin look good in an instant, I feel that I can now go out without make up. So not only does this product make my skin look good, but it also gives me confidence too. As for value for money I think that this product is great. Before, I would never have imagined spending such a ridiculous amount of money on a cream and would have considered it to be a waste of money. Although, having experienced first hand how great this product is and how well it works, I am very pleased with my purchase. I bought my little 50ml pot back in November and still have some left. Therefore, I would say that the pot does last a long time (although bearing in mind, that I havn't used it twice daily for the last six months, only either once a day or every other day). A lot of people have commented on how 'good my skin looks', which is good! If you have red skin, acne scars or itchy skin, then I would definetely recommend this product to you! Ingredients (quite a long list!) : ingredients: water/aqua/eau, cyclopentasiloxane, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), cetearyl alcohol, hydrogenated polyisobutene, butylene glycol, glycerin, sucrose, isostearyl palmitate, peg-100 stearate, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, polygonum cuspidatum root extract, hordeum vulgare (barley) extract/extrait d'orge, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ extract, cetearyl glucoside, camellia sinensis (yellow tea) leaf extract, aspalathus linearis (red tea) leaf extract, saccharomyces lysate extract, methyl glucose sesquistearate, camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract, yeast extract/faex/extrait de levure, algae extract, caffeine, sodium lauroyl oat amino acids, hydrogenated lecithin, polyethylene, glyceryl stearate, salicylic acid, cholesterol, linoleic acid, acetyl carnitine hcl, glycine, inulin, tromethamine, decarboxy carnosine hcl, phytosphingosine, glycosaminoglycans, cetyl alcohol, tocopheryl acetate, bisabolol, squalane, hdi/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, behenyl alcohol, carbomer, silica, disodium edta, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol, blue 1 (ci 42090), yellow 5 (ci 19140), chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), mica. Thanks for reading! May 12th 2011 xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
When the Clinique redness solutions range of products first came out I rushed straight to my local Clinique counter to buy everything in the range as I truly believed that they were going to be the answer to my rosacea red skin. I spent a small fortune buying them and was really excited to start using them but I have honestly never been so dissapointed by a range of products as I was with them. I have tried loads of creams designed to counteract redness before and most of them have been dissapointing but because I consider Clinique to be experts in the skin care field so the dissapointment was even more with these. The range go from the unusable to the mediocre and that's exactly there I think the daily relief cream falls. To say it's useable would be unfair as it does have some decent points to it but it's main selling point as a redness reliever isn't one of them. You can buy the relief cream from Clinique counters and it is expensive at £34 for a 50ml pot. The little pot is green in colour with a silver lid like the rest of the range. The first thing that it loses points on for me is the fact that the cream comes in a pot meaning that you have to dip your fingers in the cream which inevitably will cause the cream to become contaminated with bacteria which is a no no for people with reactive skin. The cream itself is so thick that it doesn't just absorb into the skin and instead it leaves a really thick greasy layer on the top of my skin which isn't a nice or comfortable feeling. It felt gentle enough and didn't cause me to react or cause any additional redness (unlike some of the others in the range) and after a few hours of wearing the cream when it finally felt that most of it had absorbed my skin was left feeling really soft and in great condition. As for it's claims of reducing redness I honestly failed to notice even the slightest reduction in the redness of my skin when using this. My rosacea was no worse when using it so perhaps it kept it under control but this is hard to gauge as I can go weeks without a flare up but it definately didn't help with the underlying persistant redness. It also claims to reduce the appearance of broken capilaries and I can say with no hesitation whatsoever that this proved false for me as I actually got a new one of my cheek whilst using this cream. Becuase it was Clinique I did expect more than I would have if it had been another brand but even if it had been I would still have been left dissapointed. If the cream hadn't have been so thick and greasy then I might have appreciated it as just a nice moisturiser that didn't aggrevate my skin but because of this I wouldn't even consider buying it again as that. As a redness reducer I found it to be useless.
Clinique's Redness Solutions range consists of Cleanser, Daily Relief Cream, Daily Protective Base, and Urgent Relief Cream. Designed for people with both persistent redness and reactive redness, the only difference in the two regimes is swapping the Daily Relief Cream which is used for persistent redness, with an Urgent Relief Cream, which is used for reactive redness. Both regimes start with the Cleanser and end with the Daily Protective Base. I have always been highly sceptical about expensive face products, but when I was offered a free 15ml sample of the Daily Relief Cream, I couldn't say no. I replaced my usual, mid priced moisturiser with the £34 a pot Clinique Cream, and was amazed at the instant differences that I found. My type of redness is a persistent redness, according to Clinique. This means that it doesn't go away, and is usually triggered by spicy foods, alcohol, exercise or stress. It often gets worse with age. The alternative type of redness is reactive redness. This type is temporary, usually in the form of flare-ups. It is the result of the skin's reaction to irritating substances, weather, pollution, or stress. Although I am only using the Daily Relief Cream rather than the entire regime, the Clinique consultant assured me that I would see a guaranteed visible difference in around 4 weeks, as it had been clinically tested. Like all of the Clinique products, the cream is hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Clinique claims to allergy test each product 12 times on 600 people, and if any one of those tests causes an allergic reaction, they reformulate the product. Daily Relief Cream is suitable for Rosacea sufferers, and promises to instantly soothe and cool discomfort. Unlike the urgent relief cream, it does not contain hydrocortisone. I have read on Rosacea webpages that the inclusion of hydrocortisone makes a cream unsuitable for long term use by Rosacea sufferers. ~~The Cream~~ The packaging for the entire Redness Solutions range is a pastel green - the colour that traditionally disguises redness and broken veins. The colour theme re-enforces the message of cooling and calming the skin. The cream itself has a very pale green tinge to it. This is not as marked as the colour of the Daily Protective Base, but is green enough to make skin appear instantly calmer. As a Clinique product, I would not expect the cream to have any fragrance, and this is the case. As I test the cream on my fingers, it is very light and absorbs almost instantly into the skin of my hand. It is not even slightly oily. Ingredients are: water/aqua/eau, cyclopentasiloxane, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), cetearyl alcohol, hydrogenated polyisobutene, butylene glycol, glycerin, sucrose, isostearyl palmitate, peg-100 stearate, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, polygonum cuspidatum root extract, hordeum vulgare (barley) extract/extrait d'orge, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ extract, cetearyl glucoside, camellia sinensis (yellow tea) leaf extract, aspalathus linearis (red tea) leaf extract, saccharomyces lysate extract, methyl glucose sesquistearate, camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract, yeast extract/faex/extrait de levure, algae extract, caffeine, sodium lauroyl oat amino acids, hydrogenated lecithin, polyethylene, glyceryl stearate, salicylic acid, cholesterol, linoleic acid, acetyl carnitine hcl, glycine, inulin, tromethamine, decarboxy carnosine hcl, phytosphingosine, glycosaminoglycans, cetyl alcohol, tocopheryl acetate, bisabolol, squalane, hdi/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, behenyl alcohol, carbomer, silica, disodium edta, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol, blue 1 (ci 42090), yellow 5 (ci 19140), chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), mica. ~~Results~~ From the first moment I used this cream, I was completely converted. Perhaps it is merely the fact that this is the first time I have used an expensive product, but the effect on my skin is amazing. My first thoughts were that the cream was absorbed really quickly into my skin. Although it is mid-summer, the cream did not make my face feel at all oily or clogged. In fact, it makes it feel less oily and clogged! The cream gave my face a feeling of great elasticity and made it instantly smoother. This effect lasted all day, and the same effect can be felt every day. Despite my scepticism, I noticed an instant difference in the redness and blotchiness of my skin, giving it a smoother and more matt look. The cream claims to lessen the look of broken capilliaries over time. I still remain very doubtful that this will be the case, but after the success of the first few weeks of application, I feel that anything may be possible. Certainly after three weeks of use there is no change in this area. I am now a complete convert. My little 15ml pot is still going strong - it covers well and there is no need to use too much. I am saving up my Boots loyalty points so that I can buy a full size tub as soon as I need to. The difference this cream makes is worth it.