Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Clarins Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream VS Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream


Just over a year ago I wrote this post about the genius idea that Clarins had to discontinue my beloved Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream and replace it with update it with the new Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream. Any beauty fan will know the horrible feeling when something you love using is being discontinued. Annoyance followed by stock-piling of said product usually ensues. In this case Clarins assured those of us that loved the original cleanser that the new one would be the same with the added benefits of being anti-pollution. My first thought was, admittedly, 'Well of COURSE it's anti-pollution, it's a frigging cleanser DUH?!'.

Now it's not that I hate the new version, as you can see I gave it a good go. It's just not the same. Excluding the fact that they got rid of the lovely tub (I know some of you prefer the more hygienic tube, but whatevs), for me, it's just not as good at removing all of my makeup, the original gets rid of all my eye makeup, the new one leaves residue.
It is however, perfectly acceptable as a skin cleanser (second cleanse) and that is what I use it for. If push came to shove, I would stick to the original Alpine Herbs or Gentian versions.

*sad face*



Clarins cleansers can be found here: www.clarins.co.uk

27 comments:

  1. There is nothing worse than something being discontinued, except for when they say the new one is better, and it just isn't. I never got to try the original, but I think I would prefer the tube. Dang it Clarins

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  2. So sad If something is updated that was perfectly fine before.

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    1. i get the need to modernise but you know... LEAVE THIS ALONE! LOL

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  3. Just ordered the new version today. I haven't tried the old one and I just need it for the second cleanse so I really hope I like it :)

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  4. I hate it when my favourite product is discontinued, I feel your pain! Love your blog btw x


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  5. They've done this with the Ren acid toner as well. Now it's smaller and dried my skin horribly - I'm still trying to get rid of all the flaking and dryness it left on my usually oily skin!

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  6. Hmmm....I am thinking if I would try it out or not. Got to read more reviews about it.

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  7. This is like REN. They changed their clarifying toner and now it's nowhere near as good 😞 x

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  8. Perioral Dermatitis around my mouth & nose is the BANE of my life!
    'Wash your face just with water' .....Really?? Is this realistic & acceptable for months on end Caroline?
    I mean to be told to walk around with NO makeup on for months while having red bumps/dry flakes, and not being allowed to use cleansers, serums, or creams!
    There has got to be better advice out there .....
    Please help Caroline, I don't know who else to turn to :-((

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    1. i had a terrible, and really terrible, case of perioral dermatitis nearly a year ago. but my dermatologist understood that i could not walk around without makeup and also gave me a cream. i work in pr it wasn't really possible to go around bare skin. and btw for me the only solution was antibiotics. the PD was spreading fast under both my nostris and under my mounth. btw 2: not to apply makeup or cream is really not a treatment of this type of dermatisis.

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    2. Thank you for your understanding & sympathy on this.
      This is about the practicality of modern day living & working, and not about vanity.

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  9. I love this cleanser, it's only the second cream cleanser I've ever bought after the Clinique TTDO balm. That one is a go-to always but THIS is so nice. It smells great and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. Having said that, I never tried the old one because I have combo/oily skin and was told that it wasn't for me. Also, I don't have many staple products so I don't know the pain of them being discontinued. But if anyone DARED to discontinue the P50 or my trusty Advanced Night Repair, I would lose it.

    As a side note: Ms Hirons, you SAVED my face. *bows down* I haven't looked this good since I was 14 (am 30 now) because of years of crappy dermatologists and all the wrong oil free, harsh products I used. It took 2 years and LOTS of research to get here but mostly, it was your blog. People don't take you seriously unless you have severe acne (I did get spots and those cystic buggers on a regular basis though) and they think you're vain as hell. Now they comment on how great my skin looks and it's the BEST feeling to not worry anymore. Thank you.

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  10. Hey caroline! Which is better for oily-acne scar skin, the fish oil or evening primrose oil?

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    1. Fish oils definitely. Evening Primrose Oil and Starflower Oil make a great addition too as they really help to plump up the skin, but they also help to assuage the old sore boobs/mood swing thing we tend to get just before our period. I also take Imedeen which is a bit costly (About £60 from Boots Chemists for a 2-3 month sample) they contain a marine complex along with vitamin C and I definitely find that they noticeably improve my skin. There's a White and grey box for under 35s and a Yellow and White one for more mature skin, so select what's more appropriate. AND even better is actually getting good oily fish into your diet regularly. I eat poached salmon fillets 2-3 times a week, mackerel once a week and tuna once a fortnight. Oh and lots of fresh fruit and veg. Steamed broccoli, green beans, asparagus, carrots & cauliflower. Apples always in the house to eat and one of those M&S prepared mixed fruit boxes about 3-4 times a week. A small bag of mixed nuts eaten over two days helps with the selenium, zinc and protein for the vegetarians among us. And drink lots and lots of water!! It all really does help. And it's great to know that you're attacking your problem with a two-pronged set of tactics. Both from within and from the outside. Start the day with a cup of hot water and lemon to gently wake your metabolism with a nice, clean, refreshing mug of the stuff and if you can handle the taste move on to a nettle tea later in the morning, which helps with your digestive tract giving you a better chance of absorbing all the bioavailable nutrients you're trying to get out of your diet. Once I hit 30 I decided that it was time to start taking this skincare and general health thing seriously, so embarked upon a regime of supplements, lots of fish, lots of water, lots of fruit & veg, some nuts and the morning water/tea thing. Add to that the recent overhaul of my skincare products and I'm seeing real results that cannot be put down to any one thing, but more as a comprehensive multi-layer strategy that when done together, increases the overall output of each element, exponentially. Rarely is the solution anything exciting or glamorous or anything we haven't seen before. Improvements in diet, cutting back on sugar which contributes to ageing, dehydration, irritability, weight gain, and will cause flare ups in those with rosacea, psoriasis and eczema among other skin complaints. A low GI diet is recommended for people with the above conditions as well as PCOS because sugar affects the testosterone and oestrogen levels. Sometimes you have to work your way through a list of foods that trigger a skin reaction in you. Strawberries are often recommended as a food to avoid for those with rosacea as despite their low GI, they often cause flare ups in sufferers. Basic improvements in skin care can be gained from simply aiming for a cleaner eating regime, hydration, nutritional supplements and a using good/suitable products. But to tackle actual problems you need to work towards finding solutions specific to your issue by talking with a doctor and a respected nutritionist who specialises in using a tailored diet to reduce flare ups of your particular disorder. Eat for your skin type, avoid your triggers, supplement with good quality vit/minerals and through trial and error, have on hand the topical applications you need for when you do get attacks, but for all the rest, follow LadyHirons advice on how to cleanse/tone/serum/oil/moisturise, the best way for you with the best most suitable products you can afford/obtain. Yes it can be a bit of an uphill struggle to work out the path best for you, but you will get there in the end through trial and error, dedication and determination and the will to find your own personal solution. Keep the faith; keep fighting the good fight! Good luck x

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  11. Hi Caroline, I was wondering if you have heard of the Hayflick limit, which states that there is a maximum number of times a cell can divide before it dies. Reason being, retinol, aha and bha along with other exfoliants cause the skin to reach this limit faster by making the skin cells divide sooner than normal. In other words, they could provide better and younger skin short-term but cause premature ageing long-term. I personally use the clarins exfoliating toner still, but I will do so with great caution. So, I was wondering if you could look into this theory, and if you have any thoughts on it.

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  12. Hi Caroline, I was wondering if you have heard of the Hayflick limit. It states that there is a maximum number of times a cell can divide before it dies. For example, think how elderly people have very thin, delicate skin which is easily wrinkled and damaged. My concern is that retinol, aha and bha along with other exfoliants increase cell division, causing the cell to reach its limits faster. I personally use the clarins exfoliating toner (which I love) but since reading about this, I've become very cautious.
    Please look into it, as I'd very much like to hear your thoughts as to whether or not this is an issue.

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  13. One of my favourite cleansers ever!!! Why, oh, why, Clarins???
    I've still got 3/4 of a tub left, but what will I do when it's finished, as I know that the one place where I managed to find it has run out...???

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  14. i've always wanted to try Clarins cleansers they sound lovely.

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  15. I am in the US and find it difficult to ever catch one of your clinics because of time difference, but I could really use some advice on my routine. I am a 22 year old male with combo-dry skin thats prone to breakouts. My current routine is working quite well, but I have a couple questions. Routine as follows:

    AM
    -Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser
    -Ren Clarifying Toner
    -Caudalie Polyphenol Serum
    -Jack Black Double Duty Moisturizer

    PM/Alternating
    MWF
    -Ole Pure Truth Cleansing Gelee
    -Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel (Changed my skin)
    -Ren Omega Serum Oil
    -Origins Make a Difference Plus Oil-Free
    OTHER NIGHTS
    -Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser
    -Ren Clarifying Toner
    -Ren Omega Serum Oil
    -Origins Make a Difference Plus Oil-Free

    TREATMENTS
    Origins Clear Improvement Mask (1-2 times weekly)

    I really enjoy using the Anthony Cleanser and also I feel the Ren toner keeps my skin clear; however, is the combination over-exfoliating? Also, I feel the combination of oil and moisturizer is unnecessary, good nighttime moisturizer recommendation?

    Really would appreciate any advice, thanks!

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  17. Hey Caroline!

    I was just wondering if you would do a cheat sheet for ingredients? I was thinking something like "ingredients to stay away from," "great ingredients," "ingredients that need to be in the first 10 or else you are wasting your time."
    I ask this because, sometimes, I pick up a product and think "would Caroline tell me this is great or to put it down RIGHT NOW?" Please consider :)

    Much love,
    Julia

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  18. Completely agree with everything you said above! Yes, it's more hygienic..but I miss the tub :( *Very Extra Sad Face
    And the anti-pollution is well...a little bit b-shit if you ask me :/

    Ps. You're amazing!

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  19. It makes me sad to see that you promote products that test on animals.

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    1. It makes me sad that you don't get your facts right before commenting so I guess we're even eh?

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  20. I have used the Extra Comfort Cleaning Cream for a decade. I will try the new product but do you think they will bring back the Extra Comfort Cleaning Cream?

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