You have probably heard of clarifying shampoo, which is used to eliminate build-up and residue, which is left behind on hair by other styling products. Clarifying products are intended to strip away elements that don’t belong, to provide a deeper sense of clean. When it comes to skin care, clarifying lotion can work in much the same way as clarifying shampoo does. Clarifying lotion is intended to remove residues as well as to get rid of natural impurities such as dirt, oils, and dead skin. Skin toner is another common name for clarifying lotion and is available in many different formulas.
There are several different varieties of clarifying lotion available, each suited to specific skin types, such as normal, oily, dry, or combination skin. Skin toners are often used to cleanse skin and then tighten up the pores. This process can help avoid excess dirt from being collected in pores, potentially leading to fewer breakouts for those with blemish-prone skin. Smaller pores make skin appear smoother as well.
Some types of clarifying lotion are more of an “all in one” product that is designed to cleanse, gently exfoliate, tone, and moisturize, all at the same time. This type may be favorable to those who prefer to purchase fewer products and who like a quicker skin care regimen with fewer steps. Many brands, however, choose to market a separate clarifying lotion, for use with other separate skin care products in their line. Clarifying lotion can also work in other ways, such as a finishing product or a skin freshener.
A finishing product is generally used after all the other steps in a skin care treatment routine have been completed. Such a skin care routine may consist of using a cleanser and a daily exfoliant before using toner or clarifying lotion. A finishing product may or may not contain moisturizer.
Choosing the best clarifying lotion depends in large part upon your type of skin. If your skin is very sensitive, you will most likely want to find a mild formula that does not contain a lot of alcohol, as this can dry and irritate the skin. There are also formulas made with ingredients such as Aloe Vera and other natural ingredients. These may be less astringent and many have a nice fragrance. As always when choosing skin care products, read labels carefully to avoid ingredients that could be harmful or cause allergic reaction.