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I find the whole beauty process a bit of a chore, but appreciate that in order to keep my skin in good condition I do need to follow a cleansing, toning and moisturising routine on a daily basis. I have never been loyal to any particular brand and so usually scan the shelves for the best offers available and was pleased a number of months ago when I spotted this combined cleanser and toner from the well respected Simple range of facial care products. As well as meaning that I only needed to buy one product to do the job of two, a cleanser and a toner, so saving money, I also realised that this would cut down on the number of processes in my nightly routine, a big bonus!
The latest bottles that I purchased (August 2012) were particularly good value as they were part of a Boots 3 for 2 offer. Its normal cost is £4.99 and of course if you buy form Boots you will also earn advantage points bringing the cost down further, but it is also available from other supermarkets and chemists. This offer was great for us as both of my teenage daughters also have a bottle of this in their room, so I was able to stock up for us all.
Simple have been manufacturing skin care products for fifty years and their main selling point is that their products contain no perfume or colour so are ideal for people with sensitive skin. I therefore had no hesitation in trying out this product but did wonder if it would be as successful as using a separate cleanser and toner, but it was worth a try.
The Simple packaging is also simple and minimalistic. My 200ml bottle is see through so that the clear liquid with little air bubbles is visible through it; great for knowing how much of the liquid you have left. The secure flip top lid is a mid shade of green and for some reason it is not possible to unscrew the entire lid, not that I've needed to as it is not difficult to squeeze the last remnants out of the bottle. The bottle squeezes quite easily without needing to exert too much pressure and the lid can be opened with one hand.
Most writing is in shades of green giving us the name of the product - pore minimising toning cleanser, the Simple logo and we are told that it is kind to skin. Bright pink writing lets us know that it contains vitamin goodness - don't try eating it though! The vitamins included are B5 to restore soften and smooth the skin and vitamin E which moisturises. Other ingredients are Witch hazel which is one of the main toning and pore tightening ingredients, chamomile which has soothing and softening properties and geranium which is used to condition the skin and help it regenerate. These ingredients are all well known to me and ones that feel natural and that I have no concerns about applying to my skin. Unfortunately there is also a relatively lengthy list of chemical sounding ingredients.
I have been using this product regularly for about 6 months and am on my 3rd bottle. It is at night that I choose to use it as I'm always in a hurry to get to bed so that is when I appreciate its dual role. I apply a 20p sized blob to a cotton wool pad and wipe this over my skin. This will clean about half my face and I then repeat for the other half and then again for my neck. There is no discomfort or stinging when using this and it feels mild, unlike some stronger more astringent toners. The clear liquid has a thin gel like consistency and sits well on the cotton wool neither soaking in nor running off. It does leave my skin feeling very dry and I definitely need to use a moisturiser immediately afterwards, but I would always expect to do this after using any cleanser or toner. My skin is not particularly sensitive but I have not noticed any irritation at all and neither have my children.
The cotton wool always ends up looking a bit grimy, especially in this hot muggy weather when I've been outdoors a lot and got a bit sweaty, so it is seems to be doing the job that I want it to. I rarely wear makeup, but when I do this removes it adequately. I find it very refreshing and cool on my skin. It has a very faint and pleasant perfume which I assume must be from the camomile and geranium and this adds to the fresh feel.
I have been impressed by this skin care product and love the fact that it cuts down on the list of things that I have to do when getting ready for bed, but still leaves me feeling that I have taken suitable steps to look after my skin at the end of the day. I haven't noticed any great difference from when I used separate products so hope that it is as effective. I have recommended it to my daughters and would also recommend to others. It is not an expensive product compared to many others but as I don't have experience of using top of the range expensive skin care products I cannot compare its effectiveness to these, so you may be disappointed if you are more passionate about beauty products than I am.
To be quite honest, I really don't know what a toner is for. I know that it makes my skin feel refreshed and super clean after using a cleansing lotion, but I'm not entirely sure what the point is.
The only reason I bought the toner was because I've heard of cleanse, tone and moisturise. I work out a lot at a gym - toning my arms, legs and stomach mostly - so I guess it sounded OK that I would "tone" my skin too!
I have to say that I really like the packaging of this product. It looks fresh and clean - how we want our skin to feel I guess. It also wasn't expensive, particularly as Simple products always seem to be on special offer at Boots, Superdrug or one of the supermarkets.
It's also really easy to apply - I just squirt some onto a cotton pad and away I go. I am not one of these girls who spend an hour doing their hair and make up before work (I like to lie in) so the fact that I can follow this three step routine in a couple of minutes really appeals.
The only thing I would say is be careful not to get it in your eyes - it can sting. You're probably supposed to be really careful around your eyes but when I'm half asleep... Luckily the discomfort doesn't last long and it's easily rinsed out with water.
Overall, even though I'm not entirely sure what the aim of the game is here, I'm happy with the results when I use it. My skin stays clear and it feels clean.
First I'll tell you a bit about why a bought this product so you have an idea of a before and after. I've always been lucky in the respect that I've never suffered too badly with spots (just the odd one every now and then which I manage to get rid of using a concoction of various things) however my problem is blackheads. These appear all over my nose and chin. I've used a few products and never really noticed much difference. Although I will admit to not being the most dedicated when it comes sticking to a facial routine. I read a few reviews on Simple Kind to Skin Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser and thought I'd give it a go.
The product is a clear gel consistency. The bottle is clear so you can easily see how much you have left. Originally I used cotton pads to apply the product but on the odd occasion where I didn't have any I just put some on my fingers and then applied it to my face. I now think it's better just to use your hands as it means you don't use as much of the product as it's not absorbed by the pad. It feels cool when you apply it and is quite refreshing. One of the things I like about it is how quickly it dries in. My skin doesn't seem to absorb products very well (moisturisers, etc) but this toning cleanser absorbs in less than a minute. The bottle suggests applying it day and night so I need it to dry in quickly so I can get on with other things. I tend to apply it straight after my shower in the morning and then last thing at night before going to bed.
Does it work?
The bottle claims Simple Kind to Skin Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser will 'visibly reduce the size of pores and leave skin feeling refreshed and clarified.' I would agree with the refreshed and clarified as I mentioned before, it does feel cool on application. It feels nice to apply something which isn't a cream which I sometimes think feels like adding a layer to your skin. As this product dries so well it feels like it has actually worked into your skin rather than just sitting on top, if you understand what I mean. I also support the claim it reduces the size of pores. On beginning to use this product I made a real effort to keep up using it twice a day to see if it actually worked, I managed this for a couple of months or so. When I did start to forget to use it I did notice a difference. When I wasn't using it so much I did think my pores were more noticeable.
My reason for buying this product was to help with blackheads. I realise this product on its own would not deal with them as its main purpose is to tighten pores, not get rid of blackheads. I used this product in conjunction with a facial wash to tackle the whole problem. Overall I felt this product did more to help the appearance of the blackheads than the wash did. As mentioned before I do feel the product does as it claims. It doesn't work miracles but it is one of the cheaper products on the market for this purpose so I'd say it is worth it.
I have always followed the 'cleanse, tone and moisturise' beauty rule but often chop and change between brands. When my skin gets bad I always go back to my Simple products because it is the one brand which can always be relied upon to keep my blemishes and imperfections at bay.
Recently on a trip to Boots, I bought the Simple Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser as part of a three for two offer. It promised to reduce the size of my pores which as a person who has enlarged pores and very oily skin is a promise that couldn't be ignored. It also claimed that it would refresh and clarify my skin which is exactly what I needed. As with all of Simples products, there are no artificial fragrances or colouring, and no unnecessary harsh ingredients so it is good for those with sensitive skin.
This product has lots of lovely natural ingredients to benefit the skin. Vitamin B5 is included to restore, soften and smooth the skin while Vitamin E is present in order to nourish and improve the condition of the skin.
Witch Hazel is included to tone the skin and to tighten the pores which in turn helps to makes the complexion look smoother and control the oil production. Chamomile is present in order to soften and smooth the skin and Geranium is there to regenerate the skin and to condition the skin.
How do you use the product?
The product can be used both morning and night. You are instructed to generously apply the product to cotton pad and then wipe it onto the skin in gentle upwards motions. This product is described as being a cleanser as well but I also cleanse before hand because I find a facial wash more effective. You don't need to wash the product off, you just leave it to get to work.
Packaging and Price
My product is packaged differently to the bottle above so Simple must have changed it. Mine is contained within a transparent plastic bottle and you can see the clear bubbly gel inside. It has an olive green flip lid and there is some additional information about the product on the bottle.
My toning cleanser cost me about £4 and for that money I received 200ml of the product. I bought mine from Boots where it is currently on a 3 for 2 offer so it probably worked out a bit cheaper than that. You can also purchase it from most large supermarkets, department stores and also from a variety of online websites.
Aroma and Appearance
The product doesn't really have much of an aroma. It has a slightly chemically, dry fragrance but it is barely there and no where near as noticeable as the aroma of the face wash by Simple. The product is clear and it has a gel like consistency as opposed to the liquid consistency usually associated with toner.
The product is easy to use and because it isn't a liquid then you won't get yourself in a mess when applying it to a cotton pad. It glides onto the skin and it doesn't sting or cause any irritations. It feels completely comfortable and a little bit cool so it is quite refreshing to use in the mornings. The product hasn't caused any blemishes, irritations or redness to appear on my sensitive skin.
The product seems to disappear on the skin so you don't need to massage it in because it is absorbed really quickly. It doesn't leave a sheen or even a hint that it is even there. I only use the product on my cheeks and nose because it is a pore minimising toner and that is the only areas where I have pores.
I have tried to use the product once with make up, just for reviewing purposes, and it takes off some, but not all of my make up. It would take a long time to use it for this purpose instead of just a minute using a face wash. I don't have the time or inclination to use this product as a cleanser but it's nice to know my skin's getting an extra clean.
I can't really say that I've noticed this product doing anything at all yet. I have used it daily and each night for a fortnight. My skin does feel soft and smooth but that could be thanks to any number of the other products that I use. I haven't noticed my pores becoming smaller or the excess oil production lessening but perhaps it needs more time. I can't see it performing any miracles in this area though.
All in all, this product certainly doesn't do any harm. My skin is soft and smooth, and it doesn't dry out or irritate my skin. The fact is, I just don't know if it's doing anything at all! I'll carry on using it because of its lovely ingredients but I doubt very much that I would ever repurchase.
This wasn't a product that I would choose for myself as I'm not a fan of the wipe-on, wipe-off type of cleansers. Invariably they seem to clog my pores and make my already spot-prone skin more likely to suffer from breakouts. For that reason I wasn't particularly thrilled when my Mum offloaded two bottles of these onto me because my Dad had bought the wrong stuff. Initially, it sat on my shelf for a while before I finally decided to give it a go.
It's a clear shade and initially looks like a thin gel until it's onto the cotton wool. As soon as I lift the cotton wool towards the face, the cleanser makes a bid for freedom and starts to drip down my fingers, which is annoying and wasteful.
At Sainsburys, it costs £4.48 for 200ml but was on some kind of special offer when my Dad came back with it. For once, it's actually cheaper at Boots at £4.07 for the same size bottle.
A few weeks ago, I suffered a bad cold that made all of the skin around my nose and mouth sore and cracked. Unwilling to use my usual face wash for fear of making the problem even worse, I turned to this product as it wasn't a wash-off type and I hoped it wouldn't do so much damage. When I started to use this, I had two spots on my cheeks and chin that were well on their way to fading and a few smaller ones on my forehead so my skin was actually in pretty good shape.
I used this cleanser for quite a few days while I waited for my skin to return to normal and the effects on my skin were quite disappointing. Not only did I see absolutely no effect on the size and general appearance of my pores, but my skin took a turn for the worse in general. I ended up with a large spot on each cheek and one on my chin, which I was gutted about as large spots had become much less frequent since coming across my usual face wash. Curiously though, my forehead escaped this and the small spots that were present actually cleared up to large extent so it's not all bad. While I've hurriedly gone back to using my face wash for the majority of my face, I've decided to keep using this on my forehead. I've had an eye infection and possibly hayfever symptoms too making my eyes red and itchy and I've been paranoid about getting the beads from my face wash anywhere near my eyes in case it made them worse and I find it almost impossible to wash the beads off my forehead without this possibility. Fortunately I haven't experienced any breakouts there in the few weeks that I've been using it so it seems that it suits my forehead much better than the rest of my face.
One of the main reasons why I don't particularly like wipe-off cleansers is down to the fact that I've used more than a few that feel like they've put a film over my skin. This one is no exception and I always feel as though it never fully wipes off my skin and is still lingering around clogging my pores.
If you're buying these on the pore minimising claims, I wouldn't bother. I've seen no difference at all with my pores, which are quite prominent in places with my oily skin. Based on my own experiences, it doesn't seem a great option for oily skin in general but may work much better on more normal skin.
Some people are very lucky to have incredibly beautiful skin and have no blemishes , spots or enlarged pores. Some of us are not so lucky and have to develop a skin care routine to try and get perfect looking skin. So this products claims to visibly reduce the size of pores as well as cleansing and toning the skin.
Firstly pores....what are they and how do we get them??
Well everyone has them it's just some people have very small tight pores and other people have larger pores. People with oiler skin tend to have larger pores than people who have dry skin. Over time exposure to sun and ultra violet rays causes the supporting skin around the pores to weaken making the pore look and appear to bigger. Once oil has got into the pores and air gets to them (oxidises) the pores become dirty and blocked and this is how blackheads form!!
So what does the product claim to do??
Simple claim that their product has an active mix of ingredients which will leave skin feeling refreshed and clarified and that it will visibly reduce the size of pores. They also state they it is suitable for people with sensitive skin.
The product comes in a clear bottle 200ml in size. I love clear bottles because you know exactly how much product you have left. On the front it has the Simple title and it tells you the product is full of vitamin goodness and will give you naturally healthy skin. It states there are 2 vital vitamins, 3 skin loving ingredients and 0 perfumes or colourings in the product. As Simple's title suggest they keep things simple giving you the safe knowledge there are no harmful chemicals in the product you're using and applying to your skin. On the back of the bottle it gives you the ingredients used to make it that it's been dermatologically tested and approved.
Main ingredients and benefits
Vitamin E: which is great for moisture and improving the condition of your skin
Pro-Vitamin B5: this actively smooths, softens and restores the skin
Geranium: conditions and regenrates the skin
Witch Hazel: tones and tighten pores and also know for helping fight spots
Chamomile: gently softens and smooths
Using the product
Use morning and night by soaking a cotton wool pad and wiping over the skin in gentle upwards movements. Wiping in an upwards motion gets the blood circulating and flowing in the face and is supposed to help us keep looking younger for longer.
A bottle of this will set you back about £4. Sometimes you'll be lucky to catch this in Boots on a 3 for 2 offer on Simple products.
Results. Does it work??
Since using this my pores do appear to have significantly reduced in size and I certainly get less blackheads than before as the pores are tighter making it harder to get blackheads. My skin does feel nice and cool and toned after using this. The bottle says no perfume used but you can smell the natural smell of the witch hazel which to me is a nice clean refreshing smell. This is something I have continued to re-stock on after one bottle runs out as I did have a problem with large pores but now as long as I stick to my routine they do tighten up. It does works as a cleanser but I normally wash my face with Dove soap (as even though it's simple and has no chemicals I wouldn't use it too close around the eyes,as I have sensitive eyes) and then use this to tone and minimise my pores. A GREAT product!!
After nipping into superdrug a few weeks ago I saw this on a simple display cabinet and liked the sound of it.
I usually use Simple products because I have issues with sensitive skin and skin problems so I thought I'd trust the pore minimising claims, and if not then hey, its a cleanser all the same.
Simple ingredients often have vitamins to restore skin and what have you, this contains B5 and E to soften smooth etc, I felt like it did smooth my skin, made it feel soft and supple (but no more than any other product I have used from Simple has - and note this tends to be priced a bit higher)
The Witch Hazel that it also contains supposedly has pore tightening toning properties...
Application: I dislike these bottles...I don't know why but they just irritate me. The product is a clear gel which looks quite attractive with tiny little air bubbles in it. I used a cotton pad to apply this and it felt really refreshing on the skin, almost like water should feel (but tends not to with sensitive skin) and my skin felt hydrated.
Result: My skin is softer and clean and feels nice. I would ignore the pore minimising bit of the title though because my pores don't seem to be any different - the toning cleanser bit works like a treat though.
I bought this last week from Tesco, having just run out of my Simple Soothing Facial Toner. I must admit, I was a little confused when I was instore and forgot which one I had in the bathroom, so I studied this and it appeared to do a similar job. I am always looking for inexpensive products which keep the skin in check, reduce pores and leave me blemish free. I have had good success with the Simple Toner and also with various Lush products.
The first thing I noticed was that this was a cleanser and not a toner. Is there much difference though? Do you need to use both, or will one suffice. Considering they both have the same sort of ingredients, I thought just buying this would be fine.
It dispenses like a gel. You know those alcohol gels you get for hands, well it's a little like that. The consistency is thick and goopy and clear in colour. I squeezed out a small blob onto a cotton wool pad and worked it over my face and neck, in upwards motions. It feels really nice as you apply it, not sticky, but smooth and creamy and you can feel it sliding over the skin like a silky snake.
There is no fragrance, so it won't irritate the nose or mouth. The key ingredients are witch hazel, which tightens the pores and camomile which is well known for its soothing properties.
The results have been good in the last few days. Skin feels refreshed and balanced and it also removes dirt and grime and traces of debris. The smoothing consistency leaves the skin prepped for a moisturiser and would also help acts as a good base for make up. Not sure the pores have shrunk dramatically, but it is keeping them balanced and calmed.
The price is four pounds, a bottle should last just over a month and I have been impressed with mine so far and will continue to use it until it runs out. Suitable and gentle enough for everyday use, I recommend it for sensitive skin types.
I have started to try and use products for sensistive skin as i can often have a few 'blemishes' and the usual products for 'blemish prone' skin can be drying and don't seem to make much difference after the initial zapping. i have also had a couple of reactions to skin products and so wanted to scale down on the chemicals.
The Simple range has been around forever in my mind! In terms of brand they are well known and i remember that ad campaign 'not coloured, not perfumed, just kind'. However this is the first time i have used one.
I must say it is a delight!
The product is a clear 'loose' gel and when you look at the bottle it has air bubbles in it. The gel feels cool and light. It is not oily. You are instructed to apply generously with cotton wool and use upward strokes over your skin. I have found this very effective & simple, also massaging your skin upwards will invigorate and stimulate your face, all of which helps against the signs of ageing and improves circulation!
This particular cleanser has a pore minimising promise as well, which i assume is managed by the addition of witch hazel - this nicely attends to all my pore minimising needs.
This product barely smells, i can detect something, maybe a little floral, buut its very delicate.
Other added ingredients include; chamomile, pro-vit 5, vit E, & geranium to soften, restore, moisturise & regenerate. apparently. who knows!
After use my skin felt softer, smoother, clean, & fresh. Perfect.
Looking at long term use i have been using this for about 3 weeks now. i have used about a sixth of the 200ml bottle. i have less 'blemishes' and the general condition of my skin is considerably better. i actually feel good about putting this on my skin.
i bought it in Boots for £2.99.
i would reccomend this product to those with all kinds of skin, except perhaps very dry as the witch hazel may be a little harsh.