I have been using this product for a very long time, but I don't use it as directed.
I have insanely sensitive rosacea skin with mild seb derm and need something to remove loose flakes of skin. I use this every other day, gently sweeping it across my face and up my neck with a cotton pad. Then I rinse it off with cool water and moisturize. I get a lot of the flakes off my skin this way (a lot more than I do using a cotton pad dampened with water alone) and the lotion is on my skin so briefly I experience no irritation, whereas the lotion tears my skin apart if I don't rinse it off. (Btw, yes, I have tried their Mild Clarifying Lotion and it makes my skin very red).
I use Finacea at night and together, these two products help reduce flakiness for me. It isn't perfect, but my skin is much smoother with the Clinique than without it.
I LOVE this toner. When I don't use it, I notice the difference within days. This helps keep my skin plumped and exfoliated so all my other products work better. It's refreshing, and it's the best thing for stopping breakouts before they start. I don't care what anybody says, this helps my skin. The proof is in the pudding. I've had dermatologists say I have some of the best skin they've ever seen, and people are continually shocked when they learn my age. I'm almost 49 and I still get carded, so as far as I'm concerned for 35+ years Clinique's been great for me.
The price isn't bad, it's about $25 where I am in Columbia, SC and the bottle is huge. I reckon it will lasts at LEAST 6 months. On top of that, I made sure *like always* to buy my Clinique products when their seasonal make-up bag sale is going on. In my area, if you buy $27 worth of Clinique products then you will receive a FREE make-up bag full of high quality goodies courtesy of Clinique, you can't beat that. It is different in all areas, so make sure to call your local retailer for information.
I use this product every morning and every night. Every night I use it I wake up the next morning with my skin more glowing than ever. I know that people claim that many products are miracle workers, but this is my true miracle worker. I am a recent college graduate making decent income, and I decided that it is time to solve my skin problems once and for all. Starting in high school, blackheads were a HUGE problem for me. You can't really see them, but when I am up close in the mirror I can see them on my cheeks, chin, etc. Now at age 24, the blackheads still persist. This product is zapping my skin care problems more and more each and every day. My skin still isn't 100% clear, but I certainly do not expect over night results for a problem that has lasted for years.
Anyway, initially the product forced me to break out a little, which was expected. It is an exfoliator, so it is forcing all of this gunk to rise to the surface. If you can get past the initial breakout, your skin will be glowing just like mine. I am so happy with my skin now!
Now, of course, I want to state the obvious. Don't expect this product to be a miracle worker if you aren't doing other things in addition to using this product. It is SOOOO important that you make sure that you are drinking plenty of water each and every day. I notice my skin looks BLAH when I am dehydrated, and if you aren't drinking plenty of water, don't expect this product *or any other product for that matter* to work miracles.
Just as a reminder, this product is meant for my skin type, combination-oily. If you talk with a Clinique specialist, they will assess your skin type and give you skin-care products accordingly. Don't do this on your own, these women (and perhaps some men) are here to help you! This is now my go-to product. I love it! :) Can't wait to try more skin care products from this line. My skin is glowing, and it's hard to believe that it's mine! I feel beautiful :) *I've been using this product for about a month by the way*
I wish I would have started using this stuff years ago!! After trying nearly every drugstore product designed for oily skin I decided to spend a few extra bucks and try Clinique. I've been using the clarifying lotion for almost two weeks and the results are fantastic. It REALLY helps remove that layer of dead skin, dirt, and oil that cleansing alone leaves behind. After using, my moisturizer actually seeps deep into my skin and doesn't just sit on top of my face. Love love love it. My make up goes on smoother, my pores look smaller, skin tone is more even, and my face is less oily. All around GREAT results so far. At $13 for 6.7 oz, I feel like it's worth every penny. I'll definitely be buying the bigger bottle when I run out!
I had nice skin all my life then I started getting acne shockingly late last year - I tried almost everything and nothing seemed to work (even medication). My mum has amazing skin and has used Clinique all her life so I decided to bite bullet and spent a few hundred on all Clinique products. My skin is completely clear (TWO WEEKS AFTER PURCHASING) and surprisingly with my ultra-sensitive skin, I haven't had one ounce of irritation and this stuff is amazing. I can now finally use all my expensive makeup and have it looking amazing on my skin. I definitely recommend. Use it properly though! Read the instructions!
Also, just adding! - This is meant as a cleanser, not a toner! Your skin will dry out too much if used as a toner.
Not crazy about this toner. It smells and feels like alcohol, and I think it was too drying for my skin. After using it, my face felt sticky/tacky. Didn't do anything for my blackheads, either. This didn't do any overt damage to my skin, but for the price I wasn't satisfied. Still looking...
I gone through 3 bottle of this toner, and I do like it very much, however it is proving to be too much on my skin. After three days my face is red and my cheeks look like they have broken capillaries, so this is no longer part of skincare routine. If you have very thick skin and want a good exfoliating treatment, you may like this.
Before I bought this,I have searched many toners for combination skin. I decided to bought this because I've heard a lot of good comments for this. Then before a week ended of using it,I broke out so badly,and tiny bumps all over my face. I hate it..and I hate it more because it is too expensive for my lifestyle and its not worth it! very disapointed..
I have the clinique 3 step program, but this is the only thing i use religiously out of the program. I have really bad blackheads all over my nose area and cheeks and chin. I had used this product a couple months ago, and noticed that all of my blackheads were completely gone. I stopped using it, and they came back. I hadnt realized that THIS product was removing my blackheads, but i use this 1x daily and my nose is completely free from blackheads and feels so smooth.
Favorite toner ever. I like this toner because it doesn't burn and it doesn't leave any kind of film or stickiness on my skin. It also makes it feel really soft. Best of all it removes any dirt or makeup my cleanser left behind in my pores. I've been repurchasing this product for over two years.