Love, love, love this toner. Brightens my skin and helps with overall smoothness and clarity.
Also found fewer hormonal breakouts since I've been using this and if I do get a pimple/bump it doesn't seem to last as long.
Not horrendously priced. Definitely worth trying.
I'm so pleased with this product! I've got sensitive skin and suffer from redness across my cheeks! If my skin does not like something ill break out into a red blotchy mess! However since using this product my skin is much brighter. It's taken away a lot of my redness across my cheeks and I haven't reacted to it. I'm really pleased! I use it as directed twice a week and a little goes a long way.
I love using this product, but I don't really know why. It is often decribed as an instant pick-me-up for your skin, but I can't really tell the difference to be honest.
That being said, it does feel nice. I use it every now and then after cleansing my face at the end the day and it jsut feels good. I particularly like the 'balmy' feeling. It definately does not feel drying. I have not noticed any exfoliating though.
Anyway, I'm sure it does something, if not- it's just very nice to end a cleansing routine with.
For someone with ultra-dry, ultra-sensitive, eczema and acne prone skin (thanks Accutane!) acid toners are generally off the cards. I haven't been able to use Alpha-H Liquid Gold (and certainly not a scrub) in a very long time due to the irritation. My skin was super flaky and in desperate need for exfoliation, and I heard this was a nice and gentle version of my favourite acid toners. And it's a LIFESAVER!
I can use this every single morning and have been for about a month now. No irritation or dry, tight sensation, only hydration. I took a couple of days 'off' just in case, but all I noticed was my skin getting a little worse! Clearly it was working. Breakouts have diminished (although that is probably the Accutane doing its thing), my old acne scars are fading and the general smoothness and feel of my skin has vastly improved. I used to hate feeling my face due to the rough, sensitive, painful texture. This toner cured that.
I really like the smell and texture, and the alcohol and fragrance contained hasn't been an issue for me. I'm also less than a quarter of the way through my 125ml bottle and it's been a month, even though I've been applying with cotton pads.
If you are on Accutane or have otherwise very dry and sensitive skin, you really, really need this or a similarly gentle acid toner. Don't use harsher toners or scrubs, I beg of you. This is the ANSWER. Amen.
I use it twice a week I tried two days in a road and burnt my skin, so I guess I should follow the usage recommendation, I don't need a deep exfoliant after using this toner regularly, I use it only at night only after cleansing my face.
I bought this last year at Shoppers. After over 5 months of using this almost daily and seeing no results in terms of exfoliation meaning what I was used to with any other mild AHA's such as an evening of skin tone, smoother skin - I would not repurchase or use ever again. It just felt like applying very perfumed water, and nothing else. I decided to test the pH at work and it was about 4.2 which is a bit high and likely explains why nothing happened.
Another oddity, with alcohol listed as the 2nd ingredient it does not smell of alcohol - only fragrance. Clarins would not reply with exact information regarding %'s of acids but you can tell this contains a low amount of AHA (I'm guessing 2-3% or less glycolic, unsure about the tartaric acid) and BHA (probably less than 1% salicylic acid) when compared to other products for example: St Ives exfoliating pads with AHA, which list water first and then glycolic acid second and only contain 5% glycolic acid while Clarins lists all acids after many other ingredients. I've used cleansers with AHA's or BHA's that I left on my face for a minute or so, with better results.
It also contains some irritating ingredients (alcohol as mentioned, along with different extracts, lots of fragrance ingredients, geraniol, limonene and citronellol). So even if the % of acids is low there are all these irritating ingredients that make it a poor choice for sensitive skin, such as mine. Not everyone will have a problem with these ingredients but really in addition to that, the low acid %'s makes it even more of a "why bother?" type of product for me. This year I started using Alpha Hydrox (available in gels, lotions, creams etc) which is 10% AHA, fragrance-free, at a pH of 4 and within 2 days saw a big difference in my skin - smooth, glowy and less clogged pores. For BHA I use Dermarest BHA gel or my HG - PC's 2% BHA Liquid - wouldn't be without it! All of these products combined cost less than one bottle of the Clarins and have made a HUGE difference in my skin. I like some other Clarins products, but this is oddly too mild in the acid department and too heavy in the irritating ingredients department. I feel it's an over-hyped product when there are so many better-formulated and effective options for less or equal pricing. This one does look pretty on my dresser though.
Bottom line: If you've ever used AHA's - you will likely not see any/extremely minimal "exfoliating" results with this, and those with sensitive skin should look for a more skin-friendly formula. If anything you may see some improvement in softness and hydration due to the inclusion of AHA's (but that's possible with any AHA product).
*an excerpt regarding pH: "AHAs work best at concentrations of 5% to 10% with a pH of 3 to 4, and their effectiveness diminishes as you go above a pH of 4.5. BHA works best at concentrations of between 1% and 2%, and at an optimal pH of 3, diminishing in effectiveness as you go past a pH of 4. Both AHAs and BHA lose their effectiveness as a product’s pH goes up or the concentration of the ingredient goes down. (Sources: Dermatologic Surgery, February 2005, pages 149–154; and Cosmetic Dermatology, October 2001, pages 15–18.)" Dr. Mara - Health Tips
or see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed for various full articles.
*There is some research showing efficacy of BHA's at higher pH's but considering the amount of BHA in this formula is so low, it won't make a difference either way.
i also bought this after buying into the caroline hirons hype (thank god i did , skin has never looked better). I have been using this every night as my toner. My skin definitely feels smoother and softer and looks more glowy. It also hasnt irritated my skin which using alpha hydroxy acid products regurlarly has done in the past. Will repurchase this
I decided to try this after watching Caroline Hiron's video with Pixiwoo. My skin was looking rather than dull even though I was an everyday Tazorac user. Within a few days of using the toner (marketed as a "peel" in the US) I could notice a difference in the appearance of my skin. It looked brighter almost whiter and a nice pinkish glow dveloped around the cheeks. The texture itself looks a lot smoother and it's softer to the touch. It's only been three weeks and I'm extremely happy with the results.
I got a sample of this product after reading Caroline Hirons' post(s) and have mixed feelings about it.
-1- As the name tells you, it is definitely gentle, but I think a little bit too gentle. Although the packaging says to use it once or twice a week, I have sensitive skin and have been able to use it literally every single day for the past two weeks without burning/redness. My skin appears to blush a bit right after application, but MD Forte III cleanser, to give you an example, feels stronger than this. Yesterday, I actually applied it twice (needing a touch up because the weather was hot), and had no issues from stinging/burning. I wish they would create a stronger version of this product and sell it alongside this one or just reformulate the existing one.
-2- It definitely gives you a slight glow, which is perhaps due to the slightly dewy finish of the formula when it dries. However, part of me thinks it is either breaking me out (my skin is very acne prone) or just not improving my acne much. To be fair, I very few blackheads as of this writing (a good thing), but I am still getting a fair amount of other types of blemishes.
-3- I was put off by the price initially, but I can tell you the 10ml sample has lasted me two weeks with daily use, applying just with my finger tips -- not a cotton swatch. With the latter method, you will use it up much, much faster, but applying it by fingers and using it every day, I would think the full-size bottle could last you six months.
In all, I do believe this is a good product and worth trying out, but I can't see myself purchasing it.
Thank you for reading! =)
I was loving this for the first few weeks of use. But i started to notice more acne break outs and clogged pores. I was very disappointed to discover this was the cause. I ended up returning it today. I suspect the amount of alcohol it contains was a major factor. I probably should of known better but thought that the glycerin in it might counteract the alcohol but obviously it didn't so back it went.