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Having had my skin type tested under the Shiseido microscope I was recommended to use the Benefiance range including the Enriched Balancing Softner. Well, that was 21 years ago and I am still using it! I love the fact that they don't rely on someone guessing your skin type, but actually look at it properly using scientific methods, so you can be very sure that recommendations made to you are accurate.
You can get your skin re-checked at any time too, if you buy through a department store they always keep a record of what you purchase, which makes it very useful should you drop hints to friends and family at Christmas and birthdays - all they have to do is mention your name and you can be sure that you will receive the correct products! The other very handy thing about them keeping your details is that you then receive information about promotions and freebies that are coming up. Normally promotions are for you to buy 2 skin care products to receive your free gift. These usually comprise 5 travel size skin care items. You can also get mini facials done for too, often these are either free or redeemable against products bought on the day.
So onto the enriched balancing softner, it comes it a gorgeous frosted glass bottle with marble effect lid, so definately a product to keep out on display! And it's just amazing! Very gentle on your skin, with no abrasive substances! The texture is silky without being greasy. Perfect for dryer skin types or aging skin.
The fragrance is lovely and fresh but not so heavy that it competes with your perfume. It easily removes all left over traces of cleanser and is gentle enough to be used around your eyes. My top tip is to use it on a moistened cotton wool pad, then you only need a couple of drops for each use.
One huge bonus is that because you need to use so little of it each bottle lasts about 5-6 months.This means that initial hefty cost of around £35 actually becomes pretty cost effective when spread out. It actually works out cheaper that many "high street" brands that only last a month or so.
Having tried out many other toners in my time I still keep coming back to this one, it really is a gem!