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Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Isoeugenol, Ci 15985/Yellow 6E.

Winner of multiple skin care and beauty awards

Product Description: “The ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin—Clarins best-selling radiance booster helps eliminate signs of fatigue in a flash! Instantly moisturises, brightens and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed”.

My Experience: This product has been on my radar for a long time. And I’ll admit, albeit sheepishly, that I bought two Clarins products just to get their promotional gift pack, which included a travel size of this balm. Anyway, this is a little tube of wonder and shall remain a permanent fixture in my life. It’s loaded with soothing and nourishing ingredients. My skin drinks it up and within minutes I can see and feel the difference. My pores look smaller, my skin tighter, and the glow is akin to a wilting flower surging to life after a much-needed infusion of water. Skin texture also improves. It’s plumper, more even and makeup glides on butter smooth. As others have said, this isn’t something you use everyday, lest your skin get used to it and fail to noticeably perk up. I’ve been using it once a week, on a day when I want to look particularly fresh and beaming. This isn’t a cheap product, but everyone would benefit from a little slice of radiance to brighten their skin on a lacklustre day. I know I do.

The Skinny: A wondrous balm that tightens and improves the look of your skin while imparting a radiant glow. Pricey but worth it.


UK: £25.20 from

USA: $45 from Sephora

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)


Ingredients: Aqua, isopropyl alcohol, sodium sulfate, zinc oxide, hydrolyzed serum protein, hydrolyzed yeast protein, pyridoxine, niacinamide, panthenol, propylene glycol, allantoin and biotin

Product Description: An overnight treatment that significantly reduces the severity, size and frequency of  breakouts, specifically targeting cystic pimples and large clusters of acne.

My Experience: I never had acne as a teenager, but now I find that it crops up occasionally and when it does, it’s always on my chin. It usually goes away within a couple of weeks, but for some reason it kept flaring up and a month had passed without any change, so I went in search of something to help. I’d heard rave reviews of Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion and was considering purchasing that until I came across the Buffering Lotion, which is designed to target my exact problems: I had a painful, red cystic pimple on the left side of my chin and a small cluster of acne on the right side. This product is full of ingredients that calm, soothe and promote healing as well as reduce redness. You must shake the bottle and apply the lotion to all affected areas with your fingertips. The texture is watery  and white, and I applied a small amount to both areas of my chin. The very next morning I noticed a difference. Both areas were smaller, less red, less painful and had stopped itching. As instructed, I waited a day before using it again, and this morning my cystic pimple is practically gone except for a tiny bump and the cluster of acne has reduced to mere dark flecks. I’m so impressed with this product that I’m kicking myself for not buying it sooner. This is a little miracle worker in a bottle. And considering the tiny amount you need to use, it will last ages so I also think it’s reasonably priced. I’m really, really pleased with this product.

The Skinny: Easy to use and very effective – it’s full of great ingredients and minimizes cystic pimples and clusters of acne while reducing redness, inflammation and helping skin to heal.


UK: £15.50 from

USA: $17 from Mario Badescu

Rating: 5/5