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Sunday, September 1, 2013

REN Clarifying Toning Lotion | Review


Peachy blushes, all things French, coffee, list-making... There's a lengthy list of things that I love. The most recent addition? Exfoliating toners. The topic of praises from Caroline Hirons (aka my skincare montra) and I'm reaping the benefits.

To debrief - exfoliating toners are those that contain chemical, natural enzymes, etc. (no peach kernels here). You know the whole exfoliating acid craze, so, most often, they contain glycolic, salicylic, lactic, and other sorts. Not only do their buffing powers, literally buff to reveal brighter and newer skin underneath, but they also increase cell turnover, and, the key factor, lower your skin's pH. I'll try not to get too chemistry class on you, but the lower your skin's pH, the more bacteria fighting, spot ridding, and better it will look.

Previously, my toner crush was the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Toner, but the fact that it's pretty darn expensive and a pain in the bum to get in the US means that it was time for a breakup. Alas, rather quickly, I've gotten involved with the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion.

If I were to compare it to its Clarins alternate, I'd say that they're very similar. Their effectiveness? Nearly identical. I'd say the way they differ is in the texture. The Clarins is a much more wet, lotion like consistency. It only takes a little bit to wet the cotton pad, and, let alone cover your whole fact. In turn, you may need to wait a while before you carry on with the rest of your routine to give the toner a chance to dry and so your hands won't feel like they're swimming in product. The REN, on the other hand, is a much dryer consistency and I feel like I have to dump a bit more on the cotton pad to paint my visage. Nevertheless, the REN option is definitely better value for money (always what we're looking out for these days) and I find it is a bit more convenient considering you can slap and dash with the rest of your routine.

The Clarifying Toner is part of REN's range for combination skin, but I don't think that this should scare anyone with dry, oily, or (dare I say) mature skin, as I think that it doesn't really matter what kind of skin you have - everyone could use this. If you've got sensitive skin, I think that it would be fine, just use rarely and work your way up to a more regular application.
As for ingredients, you know this is why I loovvveee REN skincare, it consists of lavender and peppermint water, bergamot extract, willow bark extract, lactic acid, lemon and pineapple extracts, and glycolic, lactic, citric, and tartaric acids.
I use this toner day in and day out - night and day, but this may not work for everyone. Just conduct your own little experiment and figure out what works for you. Although I do use it pretty often, I've rid my routine of any other exfoliating treatments, as I find that I don't need them anymore and they, instead, reck havoc on my skin.

So, to generalize, if you haven't tried an exfoliating toner, pick up some samples and get trialling! Then again, you know how qualified I am, so I only speak from personal experience. Regard with caution, but you won't need gloves to apply the acids.

15 comments :

  1. You meant lower ph. Skin ph should be more acidic lower 5. Higher =alkaline is bad

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  2. Sounds lovely, been thinking about investing in the Clarins toner for a while but these seems like a better alternative xx

    Heels Forever

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  3. I have the Clarins toner and really like it but you're right about it being rather pricey! Will definitely be trying this one out next x


    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

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  4. This looks like a lovely toner, I may have to save up for this! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  5. I have the Clarins toner on my to-buy list, but as I love REN and this is similar, I'll have to give this a go :) x

    lamourjosie.com

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  6. It is lovely!
    xo

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  7. Yes--it's a great alternative. You get SO much more for your money and it's (relatively) cheap.
    xo

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  8. Yes, it's far less wallet weeping.
    xo

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  9. Oooo--yes! Thank you. I'm a bit tired....
    xo

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  10. Your blog is design is so lovely! REN is my absolute favourite skincare brand, I am yet to try this toner x

    Abbie | Dainty Little Dreams

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  11. Awww--thanks, lovely! It was a long time in the making, but I think that I'm finally starting to enjoy it.
    xo

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  12. this sounds pretty interesting, the idea of an exfoliating toner. i just bought something similar from the brand Dermaglow (which I'm not sure you get in the USA). i've been leaning towards the REN products lately and have been dabbling w/ samples procured from Sephora. hopefully will find something I love.
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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  13. I know you will--REN is a fantastic brand! Although exfoliating toners (mainly, this one) sound all great and cheery in this post, I think that it's largely based on one's personal skin. If I try to incorporate any other kind of exfoliating treatment whilst doing this, my skin goes MAD. Hope this helps!
    xo

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  14. I've been using the Aveda exfoliating toner which brilliant and good value for money, but this one looks lovely I might have to try it when mine runs out :) xx

    http://yespleasebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Oooo - I wanted to try that after this one. I'm on a mission to try loads of chemical exfoliants of the type. This one is really good value for money, too, but I'm definitely getting the Aveda one next.
    xo

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