Just to clarify…

Just to clarify…

You’ve heard the term…but what does ‘clarify’ mean when you’re buying products for your hair and skin – and why should you choose products that do it? 

Clarify is a great word. In non-beauty language, it means to make things clear…and in beauty terms, it has a similar meaning. Clarifying products certainly clear things up: they help to slough away dead skin, clean out pores, balance the pH of the skin after cleansing and reduce excess oil.

Clarifying shampoos perform a similar function – but they also help to lift away mineral deposits from hard water, and remove chlorine and other chemicals that stick to your hair after you’ve been swimming (if you’ve got a summer holiday planned, read on…)

Clarifying products for skin and hair work a lot like an exfoliator, but without any abrasion.

Now you know what it means, choose a product that’ll work its clarifying ‘magic’ on your skin and hair:

Dermalogica Powerbright TRx Treatment Kit – this skin-brightening trio features all three PowerBright TRx treatment formulas. Its benefits include helping to minimise brown spots and discoloration while protecting against future pigmentation issues, and it helps to clarify uneven skin tone. The kit contains handy 10ml travel sizes of C12 Pure Bight Serum, Pure Light SPF50 and Pure Night.

Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo – clarifying shampoos are great for hair that’s burdened by build-up: Moroccanoil’s Clarifying Shampoo cleanses the hair and scalp thoroughly, while helping to restore moisture balance. Formulated with essential oils, it’s designed to clear your hair of product build-up, chlorine and environmental impurities.

Medik8 Clarifying Foam – designed for blemish-prone skin, this clarifying cleanser is purifying and antibacterial, unclogging the pores and lightly exfoliating the skin, without drying or causing irritation. A gentle cleansing action ensures your skin’s natural protective oils are left balanced, and the bacteria that causes blemishes is reduced. Soothing and calming problematic skin, salicylic acid and tea tree oil prevent future breakouts and skin tone and texture is greatly improved over time.

Decleor Clay and Herbal Cleansing Mask– a clarifying clay mask, this product provides a fresh, cleansed and clear complexion. Enriched with a cocktail of fruit and plant extracts it creates a double effect, purifying and softening. Dissolving all impurities and helping to cleanse the skin without dehydrating, its natural absorbent power refines skin texture and clears the complexion, leaving skin clean, soft and wonderfully refreshed.

Pureology Purify Shampoo – a detoxifying treatment shampoo, essential for maintaining colour-treated hair, this extra-gentle formula clarifies and tackles build-up without stripping the hair. It naturally removes odour, colour-dulling residue and the build-up caused by chlorine, hard water minerals and styling products.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel– Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel contains natural fruit enzymes of exfoliating papaya and calming pineapple to smooth and clarify the complexion. A rinse-off exfoliating cream, it smoothes, conditions and repairs with nourishing milk protein, antioxidant rich vitamin E and marine algae to moisturise, repair and protect your skin. A lovely, clarifying product for sensitive or mature complexions.

Redken Scalp Relief Dandruff Control Shampoo – if dandruff is a problem, a clarifying product can help to treat and soothe your scalp. Redken’s Scalp Relief Dandruff Control Shampoo cleanses, clarifies and relieves your scalp, leaving hair shiny, light and airy. Formulated with Redken’s breakthrough delivery system, the Interbond Scalp System, key ingredients break apart upon application and bind to the scalp and hair for targeted results. It fights and controls the flaking, itching and irritation associated with dandruff, as well as purifying, moisturising and hydrating a dry scalp, leaving it calm, clarified and relieved.