Review: Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner

Hey Beauties!

I've had this exfoliating toner for a while, but didn't know how to properly describe it. It's hard for me to write a review of skin care products, because I can only write about how it feels on the skin. The long term benefits are harder to spot, especially because of the so many other products that I use with this one. 

You may have been hearing a lot about the chemical exfoliation. It's supposed to be a lot better than the physical exfoliation. Physical exfoliators are usually those that contain little beads that scrub your skin surface to get rid of the dead cells. Apparently those beads can actually damage your skin surface. That's why it's better to use chemical exfoliators, which remove dead skin cells with the help of acids, therefore chemicals. I decided to also purchase one of these, but because I have a very sensitive skin, I didn't want any harsh reactions. I decided to get the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator, because I have heard a lot of good things about it. The word gentle was the one that drove me to it in the first place.

The packaging is plastic with a screw on top. It's very practical. There's also a little hole through which you can control how much of the product you want. I usually put in on a cotton pad and have never had the problem of too much coming out.

There's 125 ml of product and I bought it for 20.55£, approximately 26€

Here are ingredients for those who are interested.

It's a liquid and it smells really nice. It's sort of a subtle clean a slightly sweet smell. Nothing too strong or too sweet. Just a nice relaxing smell in my opinion. 

It's supposed to be gentle and refreshing exfoliating lotion that lifts impurities that dull the complexion to deliver soft, smooth, brighter-looking skin. It says to use it one to two times a week. It also contains aplha hydroxy acid (AHA), so using a sunscreen after using this, is an essential. Because those acids can increase the possibility of a sunburn. 

I can say that it's definitely a gentle exfoliator. I've heard that exfoliators with harsher acids can tingle on the skin, but this one doesn't do anything at all. No burning, no tingling, no bad irritations. It's definitely a good chemical exfoliator for those with sensitive skin. I could do without the perfume, but that would be asking too much from most skin care companies. Sometimes I get a few red patches and I assume it's the perfume that's the cause. So.. extremely sensitive skins - probably not the best to be used in times of irritated skin.

I can't say if it brightens up the skin. My skin does feels very soft and very smooth. This tells me that it probably does remove the dead sells. The pores are slightly smaller, but the effect doesn't last all day. The skin also feels nourished and not dry at all, after using it. I tend to use it one to two times a week, although I know some people use those every single day. I also feel that it does help a little with the pimples and other impurities. It helps to dry them out faster.

I have to say, it's not something that I would be head over heels. It's a good exfoliator and I like that it makes my skin smooth. I do feel that this is a very good version for me, because it's gentle enough, but it does exfoliate nicely as well. It's definitely on the expensive side, but I only use it two times a week, so this will last me ages. I guess I am just not that excited about it. You can also read what Mateja think about it here. She seems to have seen more benefits with this product.


  1. Fascinirajo me taki izdelki, ampak po sebi vem, da ne bi bla dovolj dosledna pri uporabi.. Potem itak ne bi vidla nekih prednosti in bi bla jezna na sebe, na izdelek:)) Tak da no go :))

    1. Meni pa je težko pisati ocene teh izdelkov, ker jih itak uporabljaš skupaj z drugimi, tako da težko oceniš učinek samo enega izdelka:). Ampak ja vem kako je. Tako jaz začnem z losijoni za telo, pa potem en teden pozabim na njih:).