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Would I Repurchase? Clinique Anti-blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion

To tone or not to tone? That is the question.

Toner has always been a thing I thought I needed. I guess the "cleanse, tone, moisturise" mantra was firmly embedded when I became conscious of having to take care of my skin. Fun Fact: the first "skin care" product I ever used was Nadinola, as recommended by my guardian. Whaddup Mummy!
I can't remember who recommended the Clinique clarifying lotion to me but I've gone through four bottles of the stuff. The packaging states: "gentle, exfoliating formula clears dead surface cells and reduces excess oil that can lead to breakouts. Unclogs pores". At rest, it's a transparent liquid with an opaque white soluble at the bottom. You have to shake it vigorously before each use to mix the components.
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Before using this clarifying lotion I was a staunch witchhazel girl. (A cheaper alternative by far since the Clinique costs between $32 - $47). I still keep a bottle in the fridge. Old habits die hard. Even sweeter still was when I discovered they now come in cleansing pads. If you travel a lot, those are for you.

But I digress...
Persons with combination/oily skin, like myself, get trapped (dare I say) in just wanting their skin to just feel clean. Sadly, we end up using rather harsh products to achieve this. And this is where the Clinique and I have to break up. MUA Amanda Cummins put me on to Caroline Hirons, a skincare expert, who likened my beloved Clinique toner to nail polish remover! *gasp* She doesn't like witch hazel either.
After reading her blog I got the memo. Toner is supposed to be an additional exfoliating/moisturising step not a strip-all-the-life-from-your-skin process. You can read more on her thoughts about toner here.

So you probably guessed that I will not be repurchasing this product but rather be on the hunt for the perfect toner that balances and hydrates my skin. I recently purchased one from the REN line and of course I'll keep you posted.

Do you use a toner? If yes, which one? 

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