Starting with a SNAP SHOT OF THE PRODUCT:
HERE IS WHAT THE WEBSITE STATES:
–Whether clogged with debris, enlarged by oiliness or weakened by time, all pores can be noticeably smaller.
-Clinique’s pore minimizing team helps shrink the look of pores.
-Instantly refines skin texture.
-So you can watch the pore go small, smaller smallest.
HERE IS WHAT THE PACKAGE STATES :
WHY I CHOSE THIS PRODUCT:
I am a person who has a super oily skin plagued with acne (blackheads and whiteheads). Combine that with the heat, humidity and pollution of Delhi…..you have an infallible recipe for disaster.
As expected I have large pores on my face (cheek area) and wanted a remedy for that.
DURATION OF MY USAGE :
Five months approx. I had to discontinue it after I started using topical retinoids to control my comedones which made my skin ultra sensitive.
METHOD OF USAGE :
(The product comes with a package insert that details the usage method. I discarded that long time back and what I am stating now is the way I used the product)
-Wet your face, take a small amount of product on your finger and gently massage on to your face for a few minutes. The cream heats up on contact with water. Rinse off or rub off with a tissue. Not to be used in the eye area.
MY EXPERIENCE :
-The first time I used it, it freaked me out because it felt like my face was on fire!! I have a sensitive skin and that may account for the ‘fire’. I immediately rinsed it off. A search on the internet revealed that I am not the only one and the way to get around this is to first wet the cream on your hand and then apply to the face. This formula worked for me. By using it in this manner, the fire was extinguished and all that was left behind was a feeling of pleasant warmth 😛
-From the first use on immediatly, I did notice my skin smoother to look and to feel. It felt really good.
-Pore size decreased significantly in a span of 2weeks.
-On online research, I found that some use it as a way to keep blackheads and white heads at bay and it has worked very well for them. As for me, I did notice less comedones for the first few days only. I soon had to shift to topical retinoids for the same and thus had to discontinue this wonderful product as my skin had become all the more sensitive.
Sorry, but I lost the invoice and do not remember the exact amount, but it was in the range of INR 1500 to 2000.
Lives up to its claims of decreasing the pore size and immediate refinement of skin texture.
-Price may be a prohibitive factor for some , but in my opinion, it is worth the price.
-People with sensitive skin may have issues with it as the heat that comes out on contact with water may be unbearable.
-Not to be used when you are using any regime/product that involves skin peeling like retinoids, AHA’s, chemical peelings etc…
-It is a chore to squeeze out the product from the tube. The product is almost semi-solid and one has to squeeze real hard to get anything out. See the pic below; I have squeezed out a good 1cm of the cream out of the tube and instead of collapsing like a normal cream should, it is sticking out with no signs of bending. To get this thing out of the tube……did I mention how hard it is?
–It does not spread easy. Be prepared to lose a few dollops of the costly cream in the sink in the initial stages of usage ,while you are attempting to spread the cream on your face!
WOULD I BUY IT AGAIN :
Yes, but only when I am not using any other product that has peeling agent in it. I think if you are using any peeling product, it is best to avoid this.