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Friday, July 11, 2014

Another Chance


I dawn upon the topic an overzealous amount, but I always look back to my skin last summer when it comes to my skincare routine. I say so sheepishly because it sounds rather egotistical, but my complexion at that time was truly perfection. I remember holding concealer on the tip of my index finger (and that was the only base product) in the mornings and thinking, "Where do I even put this?" Since then, I've certainly gone through some rough patches, but everything is a learning experience. On the whole, I've learned a few things. First, oils and shea butter aren't the only ticket to moisturized skin, and, in fact, my dermis adores the humectant hydrators, specifically glycerin. I've also learned that over-exfoliating my skin will only send it down a rough path. Third, maintaining a solid routine is essential, as you won't see any miracle happen overnight. And last, but not least, simple is better--and is also rather wallet-friendly. So, while I was going through a skin crisis, in a way, I'm actually happy because I now know how to sort my skin.

After much contemplation, I decided to incorporate the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner back into my routine, which I was also using during this time of complexion heaven. Its classification as an exfoliating toner is one that may not suit everyone, especially considering I use it morning and evening, everyday. Nevertheless, using a manual and chemical hybrid twice per week wasn't doing my skin as great a treat as I had wished--mostly because it wasn't getting rid of some awful under-the-skin bumps that plagued my complexion (and, unfortunately, my conscience, too). Since adding in the Clarins toner, most of the peers among the lot have lost their way and have disappeared and I continue to see a difference in my skin's texture week by week. I've also seen a reduction in spot count since adding in this wonder. And my spot ghosts (i.e. scars) have also seen their way out. Another plus? (Yes, there are more.) The high glycerin content makes my skin feel fantastic after smothering this on, transforming it into a plumper version of its normal state. In other words, I couldn't be happier with this new skincare addition, or, shall I say, reunion of an old flame. And, even though I still have more steps in my skincare routine than my friends, I still consider a cleanse, tone, and moisturize rather simple; they're the problem, not me.

19 comments :

  1. I've been using this a lot lately too and I really enjoy it!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  2. I'm not 100% sure about this. I *like* it, but I don't think it's a miracle product like some people say.

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

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  3. This sounds great. I'm a massive fan of Clarins skincare and toners in general. Glad to hear you're seeing some real complexion improvements.

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  4. Ah I loved this post, so lovely to read and well written! This toner sounds incredible - I haven't dabbled in chemical exfoliants yet but have been contemplating the Pixi Tonic for a while... you've got me rethinking everything now! xx

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  5. I bought this while I was in London, and it somehow vanished by the time I got home.


    In the words of doge, all I can think of when I recall all I've missed is "such sad."

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  6. I love exfoliating toners - I don't think I can go back to manual exfoliation now! I'm currently using Pixi Glow mainly because I adore the smell! x

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  7. I have this kind of sitting somewhere in the back of my cabinet - I used to use it all the time, but then I stopped, and I have no idea why.
    I do agree that daily exfoliation like that of the chemical sort contributes to clearer skin, especially when it's used consistently (one of my problems, as well!). I think that I abandoned it for more weekly style treatments like the Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I never thought that it was good to use a lot of different exfoliating products at a time because of the horrible chemical burn stories I've heard.
    I think I might pick this up again sometime soon.
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  8. I absolutely love this toner. I tend to use it every other night but sometimes when I have newer scarring, I will apply it to the area every single night. Maybe it seems a little excessive but it doesn't irritate my skin and does a great job. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  9. I love the Clarins toner but I only use it once or twice a week. I couldn't agree more though, a solid routine is the only way my skin behaves.

    Nikki x

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  10. Everybody is different. Hopefully, one day, there will be one product that will be a wonder treatment for everyone. x

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  11. This is the only product I've tried from Clarins, but I really should get into them more. x

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  12. I've heard the Pixi Glow Tonic is a winner in the books as well; it's just such a pain to get a hold of over here. x

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  13. That's so strange! Hopefully it shows up. x

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  14. Ah, don't taunt me with the Pixi Glow Tonic! x

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  15. This is the only Clarins product I've tried, but I have to agree. x

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  16. Over-exfoliation is definitely something to watch out for. My skin is so sensitive, I can only use this and no other exfoliants or my skin goes mad. Best of luck when you dig this out. x

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  17. Interesting; sometimes I really think less is more. x

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