Clarins Exfoliating Toner

Here in all its glory is the most searched for item on this blog. There were over 100 searches for it in December alone so I thought I’d best get to reviewing it.

This is automatically in my Top 10 Toners.

A few things to say up front: it does contain alcohol – which I am always asked about – but it counteracts it nicely with glycerin. If I hadn’t seen the inci list I wouldn’t have known there was alcohol present. There is absolutely NO feeling of dryness after use.

It also contains glycolic, salicylic and tartaric acid – in much smaller amounts than P50 and Pixi Glow Tonic – there is only the teeniest sting on open skin (after extractions) so this in essence is a lovely toner that will really gently exfoliate the surface of the skin without really over-working it and thus the danger of thinning it out..however, it isn’t the gentlest with the hindsight of longevity. I would absolutely keep this as one of your go-to exfoliating toners, but it’s not suitable for 2 x day every day. Mix it up. Alternate with other exfoliating toners.

You’ll find that the bigger beauty houses steer away from using products that are too active – and always, always, protect themselves with very safe usage directions. It’s not their fault – they answer to lawyers and shareholders and have to avoid any costly lawsuits.

So this says to use 1 or 2 times a week and to avoid the eyes. I purposely used it across my eyelids and undereyes (as I always do with toner) and this is absolutely fine. On me. I’m not suggesting you pour it all over your face – just giving you reassurance that for my eyes – which are actually quite sensitive – this was fine.

It also has the must-have legal requirement labelling about sunburn and AHA usage – saying to avoid the sun for a week after use. This is bog standard EU inci legislation that has to be applied to anything containing AHA’s. 

Ridiculous when you consider that glycolic acid is the only one of the AHA’s that actually makes you sun sensitive. Do read the packaging but don’t be put off.

So yes, protect your skin and patch test on a Clarins counter if you are concerned, but this is a beautiful, softening, exfoliating, brightening, hydrating toner that should be in everyone’s arsenal. 

Available from Clarins.co.uk priced £24.50.

* press sample

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