Pros: De-flakes, clears pores has Salicylic Acid
Cons: It doesn't come in a larger bottle
Becoming a member of Epinions has improved my skin. Writing reviews and rating hasn?t done a blasted thing. However, reading, meeting members and dishing about beauty products has.
I have great relationships with many of the beauty writers on Epinions and we all swap information about the beauty products we use, and the skin problems we obsess about.
My latest skin woe was the flaking and clogged pores I had. Back in January of this year (2002), my face was being impossible. After mentioning these two monkeys on my back, local beauty writer zzJulia and Kminer both recommended to me that I switch toners. I was using Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2. And it was messing up my skin.
Bless you Juls and Kimm!
Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion is one of the least heard of, and probably least used of all the Clarifying Lotions Clinique produces. You?ve probably never heard of it have you?
It?s a toner, which helps exfoliate your skin. Many times you?d think of an exfoliater in the form of a scrub. But actually your toners are exfoliaters also. They help smooth and cleans the skin of dead skin cells...but in the form of a liquid.
This Mild Clarifying Lotion is a little different than most toners, and a lot different than any of the other Clinique toners. This toner contains no alcohol. I thought this ingredient was essential in a toner. If my face wasn?t cooled and tight after toning, I didn?t think the toner was working. How wrong I was.
The blessed ingredient in Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion is salicylic acid. I?ve come to believe the low percent in Clinique Mild is exactly what my skin needed. The texture is a little funky. Many toners that contain alcohol are thin in consistency. Clinique Mild is quite thick. And I can?t believe I?m going to say this, but it?s the texture of spit. Yes, I said spit. It?s even bubbly. ICK! But regardless of the texture, the color is pretty. It reminds me of many of the Origins products in that it?s a light green, minty color.
It also doesn?t absorb into the cotton ball like alcohol based toners. It kind of rests on the surface of the cotton ball until you apply it to your face.
Clinique?s web site says this about their Mild Clarifying Lotion:
?Speeds cell turnover; keeping skin clear, smooth, with that Clinique glow. Now the driest and most delicate skins can reap the advantages of twice-a-day exfoliation.?
And the bottle markets the fact that it?s a gentle exfoliating lotion for very dry, delicate skins. It de-flakes and smoothes skin. It also says it helps moisturizers work better.
Like all other Clinique products it?s allergy tested and 100% Fragrance Free.
To use, just apply it onto a cotton ball, as you would any other toner, and sweep it over your face and throat area. Be sure to avoid the eye area though.
Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion comes only in a 6.7 oz size bottle. All the other types of Clarifying Lotions also come in a larger 13.5-oz bottle. The cost is $10.50 whether you buy it at the Clinique counter at your local department store, or whether you buy it online at www.clinique.com or www.gloss.com.
Water purified, butylene glycol, biosaccharide gum-1, cyclodextrin, salicylic acid, millet plant glycoprotein extract, aloe, arginine, peg-10 soya sterol, ceteth-20, dimethicone, ceteth-20, kimethicone, ceteth-2, dimethicone copolyol, hexadecanol, methylparaben, d&c green no. 5, d&c yellow no.10
I know you readers must think I?m crazy to dedicate a review to another writer, but honestly, I have such strong feelings of gratitude that I just can?t help myself.
I won?t even consider switching from this toner. No way. No how.
This is the Holy Grail of facial toners. It helps unclog my pores with the small amount (I believe it?s .5%...but don?t quote me on it) of salicylic acid. It also doesn?t leave my face tight or burned feeling. It is in fact very mild just as the name says.
However, I don?t think Clinique promotes this Clarifying Lotion. As a matter of fact, if you actually go to the counter and ask for it by name, the counter girl might even ask ?Are you sure??
Many people want to over do it with their toner to get that squeaky clean feel to their skin. I did! For many years I used an alcohol-based toner. But that?s not always the best for your skin. It was causing my skin to dry out even more than it already is. It was not helping my acne problem. And it even left my skin red and itchy. But to me, that meant it was clean.
Kimm and Julia swore by this Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion. They told me I had to try it! So after waiting for a Clinique Gift With Purchase week, I went ahead and tried it. And even if it didn?t work, it was only $10.50, which I felt was a reasonable price.
Once you get past the odd texture and the fact it?s not stripping your face, it feels really good. The Lotion kind of rests on your skin as it?s being absorbed.
I saw instant results the first week I tried Mild Clarifying Lotion. Then I got the whammy. The salicylic acid was unclogging all those pores in the form of pimples. So I had a decent break out after about three weeks of use. Once that was over, I?ve had 75% less clogged pores and 50% less pimples than before I was using Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion. Not to mention I?ve had a 75% reduction in flaky skin also. But I don?t think I can contribute all of that to Clinique. I also changed cleansers and moisturizers.
If you have dry skin (I only have dry skin, so I can?t recommend this either way for oily skin. However, I do know Juls and Kimm have combo skin and swear by it also) Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion would be worth a ten dollar bill to try it out. If you have flaky skin or clogged pores it would be worth your money also to try it. I?m telling you, I?ll never go back to alcohol based toners...ever!