I’ve seen a lot of people recently interested in the Clarins One-Step facial cleansers. Since I obviously own all 3, I thought I’d spend some time talking about how each one has made its way into my life.
First thing first: this isn’t Bioderma. It’s a different product. Same concept, but different. Bioderma was drying my skin out (I noticed small dry patches on my face and finally traced them back to Bioderma). I even have oily skin. What I’d say about it is that if you don’t have sensitive skin, you’ll probably get on well with Bioderma. But, if you want something available in the states that can be just as affective for you, I’d say Clarins is a good place to start.
There are 3 kinds: Orange, Mint & Peach. They all claim to remove your makeup with out having to rinse off, but I don’t use any of them for that.
Orange: Official title is One-Step Facial Cleanser with Orange Extract. This is one that renews radiance and is suitable for all skin types. This is a bi-phase formula so you must shake before use. This one is probably the most effective if you are looking for something to remove makeup. I can put over my eyes without irritation and it removes makeup (including eye makeup) very effectively. I use this at night like a makeup wipe (because all makeup wipes are freaking useless and this will last you longer anyway). It took me awhile to get used to because it almost felt oily at first, but after awhile, it just felt refreshing. The “oil” layer quickly sinks into skin and leaves it nice and smooth. I also use this at night because since it’s the most effective, I can use this to get off the majority of my daily makeup, use a toner and go to bed if I’m feeling lazy. If you don’t wear a lot of makeup, you could probably use this as your cleanser at night.
Mint: This is the Water Purify One-Step Cleanser with Mint. It is meant for combo/oily skin which I have. I use this one in the morning first thing as a replacement for washing my face in the mornings. I find it invigorating and uplifting in the mornings and it’s really affective to cut through any oil on your skin after sleeping and gets off anything “left behind” from the night before (especially if you didn’t do a stellar job of cleansing the night before). I like this one better in mornings than orange because it feels gentle, uplifts and leaves nothing behind… so I don’t have to wait to apply makeup. Most of Clarins products are quite gentle so I’d say unless you have freakishly bad dry skin, you could use this.
Peach: Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser with Peach. This one I have gotten as samples. At first, I didn’t love it. I thought it was silly – didn’t seem to be super effective and really didn’t seem to do much. But I’ve recently started using it again to remove masks, add on as a gentle toner, or in mornings when I feel like the mint might be too harsh (especially now that it’s getting cooler). So, I kind of get it now. If you want to remove eye makeup with it, you’ll have to hold it and swipe many times. I think it’s at its best when used like I’ve listed above. If you have dry skin and are looking for something to cleanse quickly in the morning, I’d suggest peach. After this last sample is out, I will be purchasing it. Because, lets face it, I need 3 one-step cleansers.
Smells: Orange smells like orange, but is the least overpowering scent. It disappears on skin quickly. Peach really does smell like peaches and is probably my favorite scent-wise. Mint smells like – can you guess? Roses! Just kidding, it smells like mint. The smell also disappears quickly after application.
I buy all mine from Macy’s at Greenwood. Because my Clarins lady is freaking ah-mazing. If you’re in the mood to pick up some Clarins products, talk with Rose at the Clarins counter. Call (317) 882-6247. All of the One-Step cleansers are $33. Even with everyday use, it takes me a few months to get through a bottle (probably around 3-4 months). So it’s just under $10/month for a bottle… why do I do that math you ask? For those of you still stuck on makeup wipes, I suggest making a switch. These are much more effective and do a much better job.
As you can see, when applied to a cotton pad, these tern nearly transparent. Orange provides the slightest orange color and mint can almost give a slight green color, but they all apply clear.
Bottom line: Once you find how these fit in your routine (makeup wipe, toner, morning cleanser….) you’ll wonder how you lived without them. They are staples in my collection and I’m working on my 3rd bottle of mint and 2nd bottle of orange… and that rarely happens in my lifetime.