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.