You guys know of my love for my Cane & Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads, which are filled with Glycolic Acid, so it probably comes as no surprise that I have dabbled in a few other chemical exfoliates. Since my skin is sensitive and dry, I find that chemical exfoliates are a lot more gentle on my skin than physical ones (you know, the ones with the little gritty bits that scrub your skin?) I have a few more that I am also trying out, including the infamous Alpha-H and the Pixi Glow Tonic, but since those are harder to get in the States I picked up one that’s readily available – the Clarins Bright Plus Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel.
This one has Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), and it works as a very gentle exfoliate. I find this much more gentle than the Cane & Austin pads, so I don’t mind using this liberally – twice a day if I feel up for it. I apply it after cleansing and before serum/moisturizer, as you do with all toner/exfoliates.
This one in particular is meant to eliminate dead skin cells to reveal luminous, bright skin with a soft, rosy glow. It is also said to help tighten pores, and to leave your skin smoother than before. It has “tamarind, white nettle, and mimosa tenuiflora extracts, which help your skin naturally exfoliate while surrounding it in gentle, soothing freshness.”
My thoughts? I think it’s a very nice, soothing product, but it’s a bit too gentle for me. I like a bit of a “kick” or a “sting”, so this product doesn’t give me the same satisfaction as the Cane & Austin pads. That being said, I am very happy to have this for nights where I don’t want to bother my skin too much – I just want to cleanse and go to bed. It refreshes my skin without irritating my skin in the slightest. I could also see this being quite enjoyable when I’m not feeling that well and therefore don’t want stingy things on my face. This would definitely be a great "starter" toner, for people who want to start with the chemical toners but are a bit wary of them. Oh, and don't let the word "peel" in the name scare you - this is VERY gentle.
In a medicine cabinet full of skincare goodies, this one is labeled my “gentle chemical toner”, otherwise known as my “toner for when I can’t be bothered to treat my skin”. And by treat I mean, “get in there and rough it up a bit”… not “treat” as in “apply a luxury product” – this product is still quite luxurious. I recommend.
P.S. It does worry me a bit that "alcohol" is it's second ingredient... although it is followed up with glycerin in third place, which counters that nicely. But still.
Also, I think this is the same toner as the "Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner"... not sure if it's a repackage or if that's the British version since I read about it over on Caroline Hirons blog. But the ingredients look the same, and Caroline loves it, which makes me feel much better about it having alcohol so high up on the ingredient list.
Water, Alcohol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Glycolic Acid, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Tartaric Acid, Cellulose Gum, Arginine, Tamarindus Indica Extract, Disodium EDTA, Salicylic Acid, Lamium Album Flower Extract, Fragrance, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal