The Clarins Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel is very gentle, but definitely not a peel. The product is marketed as an exfoliating toner. In fact, the product is called Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner for the UK market.
It is made of Made of white dead nettle flower and tamarind fruit extracts. White dead nettle is a flower that is often taken orally to reduce inflammation. Tamarind is a highly acidic fruit. The acidity of the tamarind works to resurface the skin while the white dead nettle flower reduces any potential redness and inflammation.
The product is extremely gentle. So gentle that I questioned whether it had any effect whatsoever. This is a low fanfare product. You don’t realize how effective it is until you stop using it.
For approximately three weeks I wiped the toner over my face and neck upon cleansing followed by serum and/or moisturizer. I didn’t think much of it, but appreciated that it didn’t’ sting, didn’t cause redness, and it didn’t lead to any pimples.
Of course, we all get lazy and elaborate routines fall to pieces once the novelty of a product wears off. After a few days of not using the toner I noticed that my skin, especially the T-Zone and chin area, became noticeably congested. I resumed using it and the congestion went away.
Price: 38.00 USD
Availability/Store: Sephora, department stores such as Nordstrom
Scent: Super mild soap scent
Color/Texture: clear/slight rose colored hue
Size: 4.2 Fluid Ounces/125 ml
Shelf Life: 18 months
Price: 38.00 USD
The Verdict: It might seem pricey for a toner, but it lasts forever. I love this product because it is consistent. No bells, no whistles, no drama, consistent results.