Am I the only one who thinks that “Bright Plus HP” sounds like something you’d collect in an old role-playing video game? I honestly have no idea what HP means in Clarins land, but to me it means I’m absorbing health points. I wish I could find out what it references on their website, but I don’t see any indication. Anyhow, Bright Plus HP is a line of products by Clarins that helps to bring out radiance and improve skin tone. The Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel is a clear liquid that you apply on your face with a cotton pad after cleansing and leave on overnight once or twice a week. It’s an exfoliating lotion that removes old skin cells and boosts cell turnover for a brighter, younger looking complexion.
Update: Sometime in 2014/2015 Clarins discontinued the Renewing Brightening Peel and introduced the Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, which boasts very similar ingredients (a combination of glycolic, salicylic and tartaric acids as well as tamarind and white nettle) and is similarly intended to be used once or twice a week. I don’t have the ingredients list for the toner and so cannot confirm that they it is the same product, but the two products are certainly close.
I started using this about 4 months ago. I’d mentioned to the sales associate that I was trying to back away from manual exfoliators a bit because I’d realized they weren’t helping me out in the same way they used to, and that I was starting to feel like frequent use of them was turning out to be too rough on my skin. She assured me that this product was super gentle on her very sensitive skin, but effectively helps out with cell turnover and overall dullness.
I think she was right about how gentle it is. I might feel a teeny weeny bit of tingling after having it on for a few minutes, but it goes away and I hardly notice it throughout the rest of the night (except if I accidentally touch my face). I don’t feel any irritation or experience any redness when I wash it off the next morning. My skin basically just feels softer, and after a couple of weeks I could see that it was helping my complexion out.
The Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel is a clear, lightweight lotion with AHA that exfoliates evenly and on a much finer scale than a manual exfoliator. The sales associate I spoke with actually said that the word “peel” was sort of a mistranslation and was at the very least a bit deceptive, as this really isn’t a real peel product and nothing will peel off of your face as a result of using it. As with any product that includes AHA, this will increase your sensitivity to the sun a bit, so the bottle does strongly suggest wearing sunscreen or protective clothing after using this. I used SPF 15-30 throughout the summer regardless of whether I had just used this product or not, and never really notice a difference in my sensitivity on the days after I used this.
Reading through other online reviews of this, there seems to be a little bit of confusion over how to apply this. I use it as the sales associate described: I cleanse, tone, and then apply the brightening peel. I leave it on, do not follow with a moisturizer, and wash it off in the morning.
I think that this is a pretty great product, and really isn’t that expensive in comparison to other similar overnight exfoliators (mostly offered by high-end companies). I’ve been loyally using it once (maaaybe twice) a week since I purchased it, taking it with me on vacations and everything. I feel like the bottle will last me for a very long time because a little goes a long way, and I’m not halfway through mine after 4 months.
The Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel is available at Clarins and the 4.2 fl. oz. bottle costs $38. Have you tried this one out? I’d love to hear what you think!