Friday, 17 April 2015

Review: Clinique Clarifying Lotion Type 2

I have already reviewed Clinique's Clarifying Lotion Type 1, the second step of their 3 Step Skincare System for Very Dry to Dry skin. I was given a free sample of the Type 2 variation after I thought the Type 1 was not effective enough for my skin so I will review and compare the two. However, this will have some copied & pasted info from my last review since much of the information is the same for this product.

Brand: Clinique
Name: Clarifying Lotion Type 2 for Dry to Dry Combination Skin
Price: £16.50 for 200ml or £26 for 400ml
Where to buy: Clinique counters worldwide, Clinique online (UK and US site), Boots

This Clarifying Lotion is a chemical exfoliator, except Clinique likes to use the term 'liquid exfoliator' so they don't scare off customers not used to the term. It contains salicylic acid as a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) to unclog pores and sweep away dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and witch hazel for a slight tingling effect. Types 3 and 4 contain menthol as well, for a really 'clean' feel. I'd also like to note at this point that my skin is used to chemical exfoliators, I use an AHA serum every night.
Clinique has a very clinical and scientific brand image, as you can tell by the name. The Clarifying Lotion bottle is clear to show the colour of the lotion, which is different for each type (green #1 for very dry to dry skin, purple #2 for dry combination, pink #3 for oily combination and blue #4 for very oily skin.) However, the colour of the lotion isn't natural, it's added colouring. The Clinique logo and large 'C' is in metallic silver on the full sized product, and black on the deluxe sample packaging.

I heard from a colleague when I worked on a beauty counter that if you leave the Clarifying Lotion in direct sunlight, it turns a weird yellow colour and people return them. If that's the case, they should really make the bottle dark or the opaque colour of the lotion, I don't think people are bothered about seeing the lotion through the bottle. The bottle is pretty boring but I guess it looks sophisticated if you care about brands and high end skincare.
Clinique's recommended method of application is applying this twice a day, morning and night, after cleansing with the Liquid Facial Soap. Soak a cotton ball in the lotion, and sweep the surface of the skin lightly, going in upward motions, avoiding the eye and lip area. Don't rub or go over the same area twice.

However, my way of using this is by soaking a cotton pad with the lotion. Clinique recommend cotton balls rather than pads because pads soak up and apply too much of the lotion, so it could cause a higher level of exfoliation than necessary, thus potentially causing irritation. However, I noted that my skin is used to chemical exfoliation.  I did not notice much extra softness or exfoliation from the Type 1 of this Clarifying Lotion so this is why I am trying the Type 2. I have noticed an extra softness in my skin as well as less dry or dead skin flakes so I think this is the right Type for me. I can tell it is exfoliating my skin chemically, it's not too strong or overly abrasive and my skin has maintained the level of softness and exfoliation since using it continuously. I also noticed that the amount of spots/pimples I got was reduced after using this product. I don't get many spots at all anyway, maybe one a month or less, but even that was reduced. Now I only get a spot every couple of months, and when using the Clarifying Lotion, it's gone in a day or so. I'm sure this is because the BHA unclogs the pores, so it has definitely made a difference in that aspect.
This Clarifying Lotion has a very strong alcohol smell, it's quite pungent. I was a little shocked when I first used it. It contains denatured alcohol so that it evaporates on your skin quickly. If your skin is sensitive to alcohol, Clinique also make an 'Extra Mild Clarifying Lotion' that doesn't contain any alcohol.
This Clarifying Lotion is more suited to my skin type, especially because I am used to chemical exfoliation. My face feels continuously soft and exfoliated with no dry or dead skin flakes. I get even less spots than usual because the BHA unclogs my pores so I believe it's useful for me to have a BHA product in my daily skincare regime. However , I found a cheaper Korean alternative after using this so I don't think I'd recommend this product to people because I like the Korean alternative more and it's cheaper. However, it is harder to buy and you have to wait for delivery so the Clinique one is more widely available worldwide. This product is good for people starting out with chemical exfoliation. 4 out of 5 stars for me, merely because I found a cheaper Korean alternative.

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