17 Jun 2012

Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Wash Mask Review

The mask/wash can be used in 2 complementary ways:

1.      As a wash: used daily, it effectively removes dirt, oil and impurities and helps reduce and prevent spots.
2.      As a mask: the soft clay based formula absorbs excess oil and unclogs pores to purify skin deep down.


Ingredients:
Aqua, Glycerin, Kaolin, Bentonite, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cl 77891, Trideceth-9, Salicylic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Sodium Chloride, Menthol, PEG-5 Ethylhexanoate, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Lactate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Coconut Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Propylparaben, Benzalkonium Chloride Ethylparaben, Parfum

Thoughts:
After pre-cleansing, I apply a thin layer on my face. With this product a little goes a long way, so you don’t need to get too excited and apply loads. It’s not like the more you apply, the more it cleanses so there’s no point.

Upon application you get a tingling feeling which doesn’t feel unbearable or horrid. After washing this product off, you can still feel the tingling feeling for the first 30 seconds. I prefer to use this as a mask, because I like the product to penetrate deep into my skin and work its magic.

Product Claims: ‘helps to remove impurities and clear spots for doubly clear skin’

I have had spots whilst using this product, and I don’t think this product helped them, to be honest. I don’t think it’s this scrub causing me to break out though. But what I can honestly say is that after application, my face feels clean and soft afterwards.
Avoid contact with eyes. I actually had some of this in my eye, and it doesn't feel too great.

Application method:
 I pre-cleanse before application. To pre-cleanse, I either wash my face with warm water, or use facial wipes, before using this product. When applying, I wet my face beforehand, massage into my skin for 30-40 seconds. When washing, I rinse off with warm water, and splash with cold water, to seal in my pores.
 My final thoughts on this product: You must pre-cleanse before applying, as using this product on its own, will not remove all traces of make-up.

For optimal results: Use as mask, and leave on for 30-40 mins.

Price-£3.50 at Amazon including delivery or £3.99 at Superdrug/ Boots (in-store). I bought this product at Superdrug, when it was part of a 2 for £4.99 offer, which is very good value for money. I would not recommend spending more than £5 on this product.
Smell-(5/5) I don’t know how to describe the smell of this product. It smells quite minty (that’s down to the Bentonite). It smells absolutely amazing though. The smell is to die for.
Texture: Creamy texture. If you use it a mask, and the product hardens, your face will feel a bit tight. The product applies easily, but doesn’t wash off as easily.
Consistency: (1/5) Toothpaste like. Due to its consistency, it can be a tad hard to remove all traces. Removing the product from my hairline can be a bit of a chore; hence the trusty flannel comes in handy here.

Overall rating: (3/5)

Would I repurchase? Nope.

 This is currently part of my skincare regime now, and I use it once a day at night. I use its sister Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub in the mornings. However, once it finishes, I won't be repurchasing. I know it's worked wonders for others,  (FYI it's now my mother's staple product) however it didn't do the same for me :(
I’ve heard this works a treat with the following products: Clinique Exfoliating Scrub, Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, the Clarasonic and Nivea Soft Moisturizer. If you have any tips and tricks, you'd like to share that maximise the effectiveness of this product, then please share below. As always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo