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The majority of the large skin care companies now do products designed especially for men and whilst some of them are better than others the range from Clinique is one of the best out there.
Although I mix and match what I use there are a few products that I find to be indispensible and I always have to have them. Scruffing lotion is one of those products.
Scruffing lotion is basically a liquid exfoliator that is designed to lift the dead skin cells from your face and leave it looking clean and smooth. It comes in a 200ml bottle of which will be a different colour depending on what strength of formula you buy. Scruffing lotion comes in 4 different strengths depending on what skin type you have. 1.5 is for normal skin, 2.5 is for dry/combination skin, 3.5 is for oily skin and 4.5 is for very oily skin.
I buy the 2.5 strength as although I have oily skin I find that the 3.5 and especially the 4.5 are too harsh for my sensitive skin and sting and leave it red and blotchy.
To use the scruffing lotion is easy and all you need to do is apply some to a cotton wool ball and then sweep it over your face. The smell is quite overpowering when you first start using scruffing lotion but don't let it put you off as although it is a strong product it won't take your skin off.
What is amazing about scruffing lotion is just how much dirt it actually removes from your skin. Even though I use it after washing my skin I have never used scruffing lotion without being amazed by just how much dirt shows on the cotton wool ball.
It leaves my skin feeling really clean and it really does make the skin smoother and removes any flaky skin which is especially good in winter when my skin is dry. In summer it does a fantastic job of removing excess oil and keeping it at bay for the rest of the day.
If you use scruffing lotion on a regular basis it will definitely help you with shaving as it does help with keeping the hair soft and the skin around the beard smooth. It also helps with ingrown hairs and those horrible bumps and rashes that I sometimes get with shaving. It doesn't eradicate the bumps but it does clean them so effectively that they don't stay as long and the pain is reduced.
One of the best things about scruffing lotion is just how effective it is at helping to get rid of spots. It helps get my skin so clean and if I have a particularly bad spot using this helps to reduce its size and the intensity of the redness.
Scruffing lotion is priced at around £14 for a 200ml bottle and whilst I know it isn't cheap the bottle does last quite a long time so in the end it works out at about the same as some cheaper products that you need to buy more often which are no way near as good.
As a man I have always felt there are not too many products out there specifically for us to combat oily skin and prevent/fight acne. saying that, this product doesnt look particularly manly! I had this Clinique Scruffing Lotion bought for me as part of a set with other Clinique products and felt it works very well indeed.
The lotion comes in a clear plastic bottle and the liquid is pink, not very masculine you may think! I use the 2.5 version for normal skin, although there are ones for (1.5) dry skin, (3.5) oily skin and (4.5) very oily skin. As part of Cliniques 3 step programme, this is step 2. You simply have to apply the lotion to a piece of cotton wool and use it to clean the dirt from your skin on your neck and face. The lotion works very well, as I do notice there is a lot of dirt on the cotton wool each time I use it. The lotion is very refreshing when applied and if you apply it close to your eyes they will water - it is very strong, probably the alcohol! The lotion also contains which hazel which is known for its qualities of combating acne.
The product is great for beating excessively oily skin and in the few months I have used it before bed each evening I have noticed a change in the completion of my skin and frequency of bleamishes especially on my nose and chin and the back of my neck. I dont use it as part of the 3 step programme, but I still think it is very effective in what it does, as even if I have washed my face I find it cleans dirt off and onto the cotton wool.
I would recommend this product because I trust Clinique as I have a few products by them and the scruffing lotion clearly works. It is advised you use it on unshaven skin, so either use it before shaving or before bed, which I prefer.
I only use this usually if I have been on a night out and have more makeup on than usual. This is because it really helps to deep cleanse and get rid of makeup. The product is very gentle for sensitive skin which you would not think because it has alcohol in it like a toner. But the key ingrediant of this product is the witch hazel, which is perfect if you have spots and oily skin. The prducts comes in different strengths. I use the 2.5 one which is for medium oily skin but it does start at 1.5 and go up to 4.5 for really oily skin. The idea is you apply to cotton wool and rub gently over your face to remove all the dirt and make up (do not use on your eyes) and it really gets rid of dirt its surprising how much it removes. I then wash with a clinique soap or dermologice anti bac wash afterwards so as not to leave the alcohol on my skin, but everyone uses it in different ways. It costs around £11.00 from Boots or department stores which stock Clinique, which seems a lot but it does last a long time, and the effects are really good. My spots have virtually vanished and my skin feels so much more cleaner.
I find the Clinique Scruffing Lotion works great for its intended purpose but even works better as an after shave lotion. It is soothing and makes my skin feel great, something the oily lotions don't do. It has a pleasant smell, something the drug store witch hazel-alcohol brands don't have.
The picture on my Dooyoo profile (just before you all rush off to take another look at it) portrays a rather untruthful representation of my current self. Aside from the fact that the photograph was taken some eight months ago, I now look a lot older and sadly my skin condition has deteriorated from the smooth, pale complexion I appear to have back then. Recently my skin has become incredibly oily and littered with spots, deep red in colour – the type that have people remarking on how ‘sore’ they look. They seem to have a particular affiliation with the area of skin around my mouth and somehow delight in congregating there, giving me the appearance of someone who’s been punched around quite a few times. I’ve tried countless products to get rid of the horrible blighters and sadly have spent a lot of time in the bathroom and money in my wallet fighting a losing battle. From spot creams and spot sticks, to face washes and face scrubs. They are no sooner treated until they flare up again and have my pale complexion spoiled with horrible spots. I’ve always been one to spend anything up to a fiver on beauty products provided of course there is some chance they might just work. I’d previously used Superdrug’s Tea Tree Face Wash, Australian Bodycare’s Pure Tea Tree Oil, Witch Stick and King of Shave’s Men’s Facial Wash. Alas none of them gave any noticeable effects and so my search for the ideal solution continued. I’d often heard of Clinique and had passed the counters in Debenhams and Boots whilst out shopping but it never struck me that paying slightly more for product from them would achieve the results I desired. I’m all for paying over the odds if I think a product will do me good but I’m reluctant to pay anything more than a fiver for a product I use so frequently. Until now. Clinique Scruffing Lotion is a product designed specifically for combating the build up of d
ead skin cells and oil that block your pores which in turn helps to prevent spots. It’s almost like a toner only for some strange reason it doesn’t work in the same way. It acts like a cleanser with the deceptive appearance of being a toner. What’s also unique about this product is that it comes in different strengths depending upon your skin condition. The more oily your skin, the more prone it is to spots and the greater the strength of the Scruffing Lotion. ‘Normal’ skin requires a strength of 1.5, my skin requires a strength of 2.5, particularly oily skin requires a strength of 3.5 and very oily skin a strength of 4.5. What difference there is between the strengths I’m not entirely sure but the only noticeable difference for me is the different colour of the product. Some are blue in colour, mine pink, the extra strong version; grey. Application is simple and the after effects amazing. Morning and evening you apply the product to your face with cotton wool, spreading it over your forehead, cheeks and in particular those areas where spots tend to congregate. With Witch Hazel as its primary ingredient and a particularly high alcohol content, the Scruffing Lotion does have antibacterial properties to rid your pores of unwanted grime and bacteria. Strangely enough that’s what it does and proof lies in the dirt of the cotton wool after application. You might not think your skin could get so dirty and it’s striking just how much dirt can be lurking on your visage. Despite the alcohol content this is a product that is kind and gentle to your skin. It’s in no way harsh and surprisingly leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. That’s actually a bad thing since I’m more inclined to touch my face and doing that adds to the build up of bacteria! Nonetheless this is a product that yields results having reduced the size of my spots in less than 24 hours. Unlike some products there is no inflammation,
which is a positive aspect since no one wants to be walking around with a face like a bruised bulldog. At £13.50 for 200ml this is not a product that appeals to the everyday market but as a firm believer in “you get what you pay for” it’s one product that will forever have a place on my bathroom shelf. In comparison, my King of Shaves Face Wash costs £3.99 per 100ml and serves no purpose other than to convince me I am keeping my face clean by using it. A 200ml bottle of the Scruffing Lotion is guaranteed to last you around a month provided of course you don’t go mad and start applying it at regular intervals in the course of a day. My skin is particularly sensitive and as you might have already noticed I am limited in the brands of product I can use in my daily routine. Clinique is certainly one product I can avail of and I am surprised at how gentle it has been given the purpose for which the Scruffing Lotion is intended. If I were to describe the texture and appearance of this product it could best be described as akin to nail varnish remover! There certainly is a distinctive smell of alcohol in the product although it is in no way overpowering and the product is of a consistency strikingly similiar to nail varnish remover. Thankfully the product does not generate the same effect as applying said remover would. It’s ironic too that my friend from Newcastle would always call me a scruff if I so much as went out in the mornings without combing my hair and now I should be using a Scruffing Lotion as part of my morning routine. Nonetheless being young and supposedly trendy I do have an obligation to look good, particularly if I am to attract members of the opposite sex. There are many lengths to which this boy will go to look good even if it does mean spending a fortune. But, despite the dent in my pocket the pain of spending £13 on a bottle of ‘stuff’ for my face is a lot more bearable than that of
accusations of having a face that’s ‘boggin’. And for those of you that aren’t familiar with the Northern Irish dialect; that means dirty. Still… I scruff up well now that I’m using Clinique!
A couple of Christmas's ago, my partner bought me a men’s grooming package from Clinique containing, facial scrub, soap, scuffing lotion, moisturiser and shaving gel all neatly packed in a stylish toiletries bag. 'What are you trying to say?' was my immediate reaction, incensed that she could suggest I needed grooming products. 'Am I not beautiful enough?’ Well, needless to say they stayed in their mock leather toiletries case for a number of months untouched, unused and unappreciated. I don't know what changed, maybe I saw the onset of age approaching, but I decided to give this mens-grooming lark a go. I read the instructions on '4 step cleansing' and with some trepidation (and a little help from my girlfriend) embarked along a new road of vanity. The facial scrub - mud with grit in it - scoured my face; it's menthol ingredients tingling. I washed it off with my Clinique soap - a far superior soap, all silky and smooth and very elegant - and my face felt refreshed and clean. Next up came the scuffing lotion. This basically removes the top layer of skin revealing the fresh, healthy, glowing new skin underneath. It sounds painful but it isn't. You can feel it working, almost stinging, dissolving those dead cells, eating up the blackheads, blitzing any grease and eating up any soap deposits left on your face. Afterwards I felt refreshed and healthy. A quick dab or two of moisturiser and I could swear I was glowing. I starting using my grooming products regularly after this - maybe 3 times a week - and people actually stared saying, 'You look well'. Now when people try and guess my age they're off the mark by at least 4 or 5 years and while I've always looked young, part of this is definitely down to looking after my skin now. Clinique isn’t going do any miracles. But if you’re health conscious, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water an
d eat a good diet, it can help your skin look better. Besides, it's kinda fun.
The scruffing lotion is a gentle exfoliant and using it becomes quite addictive. Once you get used to removing the top layer of dead skin cells on a daily basis not doing so feels 'dirty'. There are plenty of methods of exfoliation but this one is pretty easy (I always seem to scrub off half my face and miss out the other half entirely with granule based products). I think my skin gets used to it which reduces its efficacy over time but as soon as I use something else my skin immediately gets worse (*sigh*). it's a bit pricey in the UK though.