$$$ Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer ($36.50 for 1 ounce) contains what Clinique refers to as "an advanced cocktail of exfoliants," but the only ingredient that has substantiated research behind it to support that claim is salicylic acid. Although present in this silky-smooth lotion at approximately 1%, the pH of 5 reduces its ability to exfoliate the skin. Clinique has taken a cue from parent company Estee Lauder and included acetyl glucosamine, which they believe is an effective non-acid exfoliating agent. However, there is still no substantiated research proving this ingredient's effectiveness as an alternative to AHA or BHA exfoliants. It does have excellent water-binding properties for skin, and complements the other skin-beneficial ingredients in this product quite well. Although this product won't "renew" skin, it is an outstanding, well-packaged, lightweight moisturizer that contains several antioxidants, vitamins, cell-communicating ingredients, and anti-irritants. It is fragrance-free and best suited to those with normal to oily skin. Fans of Estee Lauder's Idealist ($46.50 for 1 ounce) take note: Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer is incredibly similar right down to its light texture and silky finish.
Source: Paula Begoun