The current exfoliant under scrutiny in my bathroom is Clarins Exfoliating Refiner, a product that I used to use all the time when I was a student. I’ve fond memories of using this and the smooth skin it reavealed. I’ve been using Peter Thomas Roth’s Unwrinkle Peel Pads as my regular exfoliator of late, so when this was sent to me I thought it would be interesting to compare a glycolic product to a good old fashioned scrub.
When I used this on my face, I found it quite scratchy, despite the beads being quite small. After massaging this product around my face and neck for 30 seconds, this scrub took off the top layer of dead skin cells, no problem. However, there was also no moisturising, no particular softness to the skin, and strangely, no brightness – all properties I prefer in an exfoliant (and that I get with Peter Thomas Roth). I had high hopes for this product, firstly as it seemed to work so well in my youth, and secondly because it’s a Clarins product, and Clarins rarely leaves me very disappointed.
I think this would be a good product for you if you’re after a straight up scrub. Just as some people prefer body scrubs that just scrub with no moisturising imparted, this would be good if you just want to slough off dead skin cells and nothing else.
As for me, I’m happy to keep this around, as it works wonders on the back of my hands and is great for smoothing out any healing pimples (ew!) on my face.
Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Refiner is available from ActiveSkin for AUD $39.36 plus $10 shipping.