My love for this toner will be coined by the saying that you always want what you don't have. Once you obtain it, though, you love it even more. For further explanation, I shall inform you that the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner is not part of the Clarins US line (Clarins, sort yourselves out), but thanks to the good ol' worldwide web, us Americans can get our hands on some fantastic, gentle exfoliating, Hirons approved beauty booty.
Although the package explains that this should be used about twice weekly for a treatment, I like to break the rules. Goody two shoes, don't fret! Caroline states that it is, in fact, perfectly fine for everyday use and to be aware that companies must supply these sorts of directions to save them from lawsuits, etc. As for me, I've been using it twice daily as my toner of choice to 'prep my skin' for the rest of my routine. Containing glycolic, salicylic, and some other acid I've never heard of (the amateur-ness has got to show), it does a fine job at, you guessed it, providing gentle exfoliation.
My skin loves to be exfoliated, so if you're a Clarisonic user, there's no need to ditch it when this parcel arrives. With the extra exfoliating step, my skin has been pretty dreamy. Nevertheless, I have backed off in my use of the electric toothbrush for the face and retrain myself for thrice weekly use. My complexion feels much softer, fresher, smoother, and I've been getting less spots...score! If you've never used an chemical exfoliator before you gotta! For dry skin, it means sloughing off the patches. For oily gals, it will help normalize. For acne prone, it's going to help unplug any little, under the skin bumps and lumps and reveal a much better texture. It's not nearly as potent as Alpha H Liquid Gold ( which I still use as a treatment about two times a week), but it will create a more subtle difference on your way to looking more fabulous.
Although it contains alcohol, there's no need to fret, as it's counteracted with glycerin, similarly, making it hydrating. I don't find that it makes any large differences in terms of hydrating my skin, but it certainly isn't one bit drying. As for the texture, it's definitely a bit thicker and more lotion-y than other toners I've tried, but it'd also quite satisfying to
slather caress over your face.
Another Hirons approved, ever so pleasing, skincare purchase. Just call me the parrot that follows the Queen's orders. At least I'll have nice skin...