http://www.liberty.co.uk / £49 – 150ml
While browising dangerously at a Clarins counter and ahhhing at the Lotus Oil (another love of mine) I spotted the words exfoliator and brightener – oh dear – cue lots of bag searching for purse and hey presto!, one card and “I’ll have two please!”. Clarins Gentle Exfoliating and Brightening Toner, works very like the P50, though not as strong and this lotion does contain alcohol, though the Glycerin is a good dilutant.
Its purpose is to lift impurities from the skin that make the face dull, thereby leaving skin brighter and smoother.
MY FEELINGS: This certainly helps to keep my skin clear and bright, it has no sting and smells ok, as long as it does its job I’m not fussed about packaging or smell (well, within reason). It’s certainly not as strong as P50 and when my skin occasionally is very bad I have to fall back on the P50 or Pixi Glow, but this Clarins product has generally kept my skin stable, clear and brighter.
I use this lotion every other day, though it does recommend only 1 – 2 times a week, I would advise going by your instinct, you know how your skin feels and reacts, I can see my skin needs something regularly to keep it clear and balanced.
INGREDIANTS: Tamarind helps the exfoliation process and White Nettle works as an instrigent to tighten pores. Also contained is an alpha hydroxy acid, which can make the skin sensitive to sun, I always use a separate spf product but you can use products with spf contained but protection may not be as high.
PURCHASE & PRICE: from a Clarins counter where great advice is always given or http://www.boots.com
£25.00 / 125ml
Next please, oh yes, there’s more! Onwards in my search for exfolation wonderment I read the blog of the marvellous Caroline Hiron’s, check out http://www.beautymouth.com, a marvellous expert in the industry who seriously knows her stuff and seems to be as obsessive as the rest of us. Her love of P50 and finding dupes led me to Pixi Glow Tonic, they of gorgeous pretty palettes and packaging who also do a marvellous skin care range though sadly not available online!!!!!! and often out of stock, so buy two or even three.
The Pixi skintreats Glow Tonic is on the same level as the P50 just about, without alcohol or oil, this is packed full of everything needed to loosen and rid the face of those pesky skin cells that hang on for dear life the older you get.
MY FEELINGS: Firstly the price makes my feelings very strong about this, it is £16 for 250ml, for those at the back can the rest of you shout that to them please? It does and works in almost the same way as P50 which is £49 for 150ml, you see where i’m going with this???? I bought two and still it didn’t cost what one of the P50 did. So the price is excellent, the packaging simple and I like the pump dispenser it came with, though it had leaked slightly during its journey to me.
This works and boy does it work, it smells lovely, and says “boo” in the face of my naughty adult acne should it dare to appear. Of course being so good, this stuff is hard to get hold of, I emailed the store and it was about three weeks before stock came in, order two at a time, you’ll be sorry if you don’t.
INGREDIENTS: The important Glycolic acid which though the smallest in the AHA family is the only one that can cause the skin to be sensitive to the sun, so remember your spf, It also aids with reducing pigmentation. Ginseng is a natural ingredient to supply oxygen to the skins cells and horse chestnut a natural stimulant for the skin.
PURCHASE & PRICE: Not available online, sadly, the store are super helpful and always tell you of great offers available when you are mail ordering, ring 020 7287 7211, http://www.pixibeauty.com
£16 – 250ml