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CLINIQUE skin supplies for men - post shave healer
I've been using this product for many years now, and it's my favourite post-shave lotion/balm. I'm lucky because every Christmas without fail my mum gets me a bottle of this, and I don't know where I'd be without it.
Overview and Performance
Firstly, a little bit of this stuff goes a long, long way. I shave about two or three times a week and a 75ml bottle will last me about six months! You really don't need much at all. If you do get irritation after shaving this will definitely help. In fact, since I started using this I've found that I rarely get any irritation after shaving. I continue to use this out of habit, and for how nice it leaves my skin looking and feeling.
Immediately after shaving, pour a small amount (about a penny size) on to the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and apply evenly to your face. I find it absorbs into the skin very quickly, leaves it feeling smooth and also very refreshed. The product itself is very lightweight and quite runny which is why you don't need much. I also rub this all over my face - not just on the bits I've shaved. It gives my skin a nice sheen and makes me look healthy. This is great, especially in winter when your skin might appear dry and lacking vitality.
It doesn't really smell of anything in my opinion, which is a good thing from my point of view - but I can see where others might want a bit more fragrance.
A 75ml bottle costs around £16 or £17 but if you shop around you can get it for a few pounds less. It seems expensive at first, but trust me, provided you don't go made with it, it's bound to last you months.
A must-have product for me. I've used it for years, and provided they keep making it, I will continue to do so. Five stars out of five.
I have been using it for years and will continue to do so as the headline says.
The post shave healer is not to be confused with the post shave soother. I do not know why clinique have two similar surrounding products that come in the same packing (you can easily pick up the wrong one so beware) but they do and I have tried both and the healer is the better of te two (it was the first of the two to market)
I have quite sensitive skin and slap this on evertytime I shave and also the days whe I don't shave.
The consistency is quite milky and the bottle allows easy dispensing with a gentle squeeze through the approx 1mm hole (so you don't end with pouring too much out). Better than a tube and the bottle also stands upright easily on a dresser.
The sensation is of cool soothing when applied and the milky consistency allows for what feels like quick absorbtion without leaving a oily residue on your skin. The fore mentioned soother feels more oily that sits as a film on the skin rather than being absorbed.
Once applied it feels as it lasts all day with sweating it out through natural perspiration and all you need is a pea sized amount. The bottle lasts for I would say 12+ weeks so on cost per basis its not too bad.
You can also get some good deals especially at boots. They do the bonus time, (like others) and the buy 2 products and get 750 points on your advantage card (so a £7.50 discount in real terms on £30 spent) or the best of all 3 for 2.
They offers can mixed with female products so you can treat the other half for some brownie points
The product lasts for 24months from opening but I am sure once you try it you will rushing back for more
I have been using Cliniques Post Shave Healer since 2003 and it has never yet let me down.
I first used Clinique when I started using their Oil Control Hydrator ( which is simpy fantastic if you suffer from a greasy complexion). I loved that product so much that I thought I had better give the rest of their range a try. Again I was not disappointed.
If like me you like to get a really close shave by going against the grain with a wet razor, this product will definitely be something you will want to use. (I use the Gillette mach 3 turbo razor).
You know how painful razor burn can be? Well very soon after applying the post shave healer, I notice the pain has gone, and not only that, the redness starts to disappear quite quickly. You really feel like you are being "healed" so I have no problem with them calling product a healer.
The lotion is also not greasy at all and absorbs really well into your skin very quickly. It even helps to stop bleeding if you nick yourself. The lotion is hypo-allergenic and there is only a hint of fragrance ( Clinique claim it is fragrance free, so this must be just the natural ingredient smells). Aside from the healing aspect, this is also a great moisturiser if your skin has dried out.
I received this 125 ml Post-Shave Soother in a pack of Clinique products. The pack contained a 100 ml tube of face scrub and a 125 ml squeezy bottle of M Shave Aloe Gel that I bought duty free for £17.00. That works out at about £8.50 each item and this was FREE! Apparently, the other name for it is Post Shave Healer and it certainly does just that.
The shaving cream is phenomenal as far as I am concerned and, although Clinique products may seem pricey, it is definitely worth it even at UK prices. Yesterday I had a luxurious shave using the aloe gel and finished off with a spot of Clinique Post-Shave Soother Beard Control Formula to give it it's full name.
I've used after-shave in the past and have always jumped, cringed, reverse-whistled (an art in itself...think about asking a builder or a plumber for the price of any job!) and sometimes let out a mighty roar or a stifled whimper depending on my pain threshold at the time.
Not so with this stuff! It is creamy, white and smooth. It also tips easily out of the small plastic bottle. You need about the diameter of a pea on each cheek, so go careful with it if you pour it into your hand, I just tipped it up onto my fingertip and massaged it into my skin. (Imagine that pink woman that wrote all those books...what's her name?...dabbing a touch of scent behind each ear. That's how much you need!) If you think of a very thin sun tan lotion or single pouring cream it's near enough the same consistency as this.
It smells a bit lemony, feels like silk, goes a long way and spreads really well. It soaks in in just a few seconds. (Well, it did on my face!) It doesn't sting Wheeeeeeee! It is really, really soothing. I haven't got a clue what's in it I just know it works. If anything I felt better after I'd had a shave than before and it's usually the other way round. (Gloria Hunniford....no!)
On the small plastic bottle it says "comforts, eases shaving" and it does. According to the Clinique description it also helps to make the beard hair softer and finer over time, so shaves are easier, smoother and last longer...we'll see. (Martha Longhurst...no!!)
I've also just found out whilst trawling for the best prices that by visiting any Clinique counter, not only can you seek the advice from one of their consultants for the perfect skin regime, but you can also take away a FREE sample of Face Scrub if they've any left. However, I don't know if you need to fight them off trying to sell you something else to get it.
Alternatively, there is advice on grooming techniques and a customised skin care routine at cliniqueformen.co.uk where you can look at all the other products you can't afford. (Carthorse? that's it Barbara Cartland!!)
Shopping around...a 75 ml plastic bottle of Clinique Post-Shave Soother for £13.50 is available from shop-com.co.uk instead of the RRP of £16.00 and a 125ml tube of M shave aloe gel is also available for £9.50 from the same site. That is unless you're going abroad soon, in which case, look through the onboard magazine for the pack with a FREE Clinique Post-Shave Soother Beard Control Formula...as used by all us rich, jet-setting, celebrities!
© John Groom 2005
Ok, maybe that title was a bit strong. It's not quite in the "life-saver" league. I mean, if you're having a cardiac arrest a defibrillator would be much more use, and if you've fallen out of a place I think you'd rather have a parachute with you than a bottle of this, but you know what I mean. Now I don't want to sound like a wimp, but along with quite a lot of other men I suffer from razor rash (or burn depending upon what mood you are in!). I try to reduce this as nuch as possible by having a hot shower before shaving, using a good shaving cream, and a Mach 3 razor, but I still suffer from terrible (again, there are worse things, but it feels bad at the time!) razor burn on my neck and chin. I've tried all sorts of moisterisers and after shave balms to try and reduce this, and whilst there are quite a few good products on the market (Nivea do a good balm, especially the one for sensitive skin) I think the best product is Clinique Post Shave Healer. It has the obligatory aloe vera to try and sooth the skin, is very light to put on and quickly takes away that stinging sensation. According to the packaging it also helps heal any small cuts. I don't know whether this is true but it certainly relieves my pain in the morning!. The packaging is very good, you know, in that trendy masculine grey that is all the rage for mens products these days. The only down side is that it is quite expensive (about £13.00 for a bottle) but as it works, I think it is worth the extra money.
I'm a big Clinique fan and a long time user but I stopped using their Post Shave Healer, not because it isn't good but because I found something better (I think). Firstly, as far as this product is concerned it does work. It stops any post shaving irritation and moisturises the skin nicely. I stopped using it after I had a lesson in shaving at Trumper's, the traditional English gentleman's barber in London. First of all, I am a true nostalgic so somewhere like Trumper's where they care about the old traditions is nirvana to me. At Trumper's they show you how to shave and to care for your skin properly. It was then that I started using their Coral Skin Food. Firstly, it is much thicker than Clinique's and really soothes the skin as well as protecting it after shaving leaving the skin feeling really smooth and comfortable. It also comes in larger, more sensibly sized (and priced) bottles. Another advantage is that if you put a little on the beard before 'lathering up' to shave it results in a much closer shave. All in all, I think that they are both good products and do what they claim but the Trumper's product has the edge and is better value for money.
I've been using Clinque's post shave healer for just under a year now, and couldn't live without. The soothing aloe gel makes razor burn a thing of the past, soothing away any post shave irration in seconds. My only gripe is that it comes in a small "rigid" bottle, rather than in a tube, like the Clinque moisturiser. A tube would make dispensing the stuff much easier - especially when it comes to the end of the bottle! If you only buy one product from the Clinique range, make it the post shave healer. It may be pricey, but it's worth it.