Typically speaking I like a cleansing gel (think Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel) or a good balm cleanser (my love for Emma Hardie's Cleansing Balm knows no bounds) but with the harsh winter weather and my eczema taking its toll on my skin I have been looking out for something a little more moisturising. Enter the new Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream.
If you have tried any Clarins moisturising cream then you will be familiar with what I deem the "Clarins skincare scent" and this cleanser is no different in the fragrance stakes. It has a fresh almost sun cream type scent that is pleasant and shouldn't upset even the most sensitive of skin types. As you can imagine being a cream cleanser Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream has a light cream texture which I would liken to a body lotion in terms of consistency. On the skin it is cooling, refreshing and in my experience soothing and that is all down to the ingredient list.
Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream contains Moringa seed extract to eliminate traces of pollution, detoxify the skin and to protect the skin from the harmful effects of pollution. This is of course part of anti-pollution technology which has been included to protect the skin from polluted environments - city life isn't just hard on the pocket, the skin suffers too. You will be pleased to know that not only does this cleanser protect from pollution but it also removes all traces from the skin too which in turn will prevent the skin from ageing prematurely and of course pores from clogging too. To ensure the cleanser is moisturising, soothing and never harsh Clarins have added Mango butter and Shea butter along with Jojoba oil which is renowned for its nourishing, softening and moisturising qualities. Lastly we have BioEcolia which after a little research I have found out it has been thrown into the mix to boost the natural defence mechanisms of the skin. It can also restores the skin's biological balance which in turn will preserve its youthfulness (texture and tone of the skin).
Ingredients are all fine and dandy but does it work and is it worth investing in?
The answer is yes especially if you like a cream cleanser. I personally like to use this cleanser in the morning as it takes less time and effort to use than an oil not to mention it doesn't leave behind any residue. However that is not to say it is any less proficient in removing make-up in the evening. To use I warm the product up in clean hands, apply to my face and neck - leave for around a minute and then rinse/wipe off using a warm, wet flannel. If you are wearing heavy make-up (Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation I'm looking at you!) I do find that you either have to repeat the cleansing process or use a pre-cleanser before use to really ensure every scrap of make-up is gone. It does state on the tube that Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream can be used on both the face and eyes but in my instance that didn't bode well - my eyes have became really sensitive as of late but I would say that anyone it should do a stellar job of removing most eye make-up. I fear it may struggle somewhat with waterproof mascara however all in all it is a great gentle cleanser that will last a good while too!
Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream £25/200ml via Clarins - link
- This post contains a press sample.