The Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner is a product that I've featured a few times on this blog since first purchase. Fast forward eighteen months: in short, it has become the one skincare product I would (and have) wholeheartedly recommend to others.

(I even traipsed around every Clarins counter in Birmingham to find a sample for a friend...)

Despite the relatively lengthy name, it summarises the product's results pretty succinctly. It contains glycolic, salycilic and tartaric acids; the AHA/BHAs derived from fruit extracts, that together work a treat on exfoliating dead skin, and in small concentrations, are suitable for all skin types. (However as with any product, test with caution on your own skin type.)

After washing my face in the evening, I apply a near 20p sized amount to a cotton pad, sweep all over the face (avoiding close around the eyes, just preference) and décolletage. The toner applies silkily and always feels refreshing. I don't use this every evening, but usually at least twice a week, if not more, depending on my skin.

Come morning, and even if my face is having a breakout, my skin always appears clearer and brighter. Mind you, I do crave a morning cleanse quick to rid the left over residue. But that's just me.

I would perhaps go as far to attribute this toner (combined with 2x cleanse a day and an overall improved diet) as the reason my skin has improved tenfold in the past year. By improved I mean, I still get the odd hormonal breakout as these usually can't be helped, or as a result of indulging in wine/cheese/you know the drill - but a generally clearer complexion.

Clarins have sneakily increased the price, however I purchased my most recent bottle from allbeauty.com, for £6 less than the current RRP.