Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer
The big sell with this lightweight, silky moisturizer is it won't clog your pores. That claim isn't one you can bank on because there's no definitive or agreed-upon list outlining which ingredients definitely clog pores and which don't. But even if such an agreed-upon list existed, many of us have used products claiming not to clog our pores, yet we got clogged pores anyway. Part of that is physiology and excess oil production, part of it is the products we're using. One lightweight product may be fine, but add in other products and you can get clogged pores. That's a big part of why shopping for products with the "won't clog pores" claim isn't as helpful as it may seem.
Getting back to this moisturizer, although it's very light and would feel good on combination to oily skin experiencing minor dryness, its formula is stunningly basic and far from what a state-of-the-art moisturizer should be. Antioxidants are in very short supply (fragrance gets more prominence, yet fragrance isn't skin care), repairing ingredients are lacking, and this doesn't contain anything to reduce red marks from past breakouts or do much to encourage healing of inflamed skin. In short, this isn't among the best lightweight moisturizers.
Last, the cucumber and mango extracts are barely present, and likely used in amounts too small to truly benefit skin.
- Lightweight, silky texture hydrates minor dryness.
- Contains more fragrance than state-of-the-art ingredients.
- An overall lackluster formula that hydrates skin but offers few other benefits.
- The artificial dyes this contains aren't the best ingredients for skin.
This ultra-lightweight, non-greasy facial moisturizer wakes you up and leaves skin feeling immediately replenished. It's formulated with water, not oil, and contains a unique blend of cucumber and green mango extract so your skin is left feeling clean and refreshed.
Clean & Clear At-A-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive; an excellent 10% benzoyl peroxide product; some very good cleansers.
Weaknesses: The majority of products contain irritating fragrant extracts, alcohol, menthol, menthyl lactate, or other problematic ingredients; below-average moisturizers; poor options for those struggling with breakouts or blackheads (at least if your goal is assembling a helpful skin-care routine using only Clean & Clear's products).
The name of this Johnson & Johnson-owned brand clearly communicates what it attempts to provide, and may seem to be a beacon of hope for consumers struggling with acne. The products are heavily marketed toward teens, with commercials and print ads featuring attractive young models with nary a blemish in sight, presumably because these fresh-faced teens adhere to a routine consisting of these attractively packaged products.
Although there are some great, inexpensive cleansers available, blemishes have nothing to do with how clean your skin is; the two issues are completely unrelated. The other failing is that unlike sister company Neutrogena (also owned by J&J), almost all of Clean & Clear's anti-acne products contain irritating ingredients that won't improve skin problems and end up making matters worse. Even a couple of the pH-correct BHA options are marred by troublesome ingredients that only make blemished skin more inflamed and impede the healing process. Moreover, the issue of sun protection is inadequately addressed, with the only option failing to provide sun protection without added irritants. What kind of message is that for teens trying to put together an effective skin-care routine? Clean skin is attainable from these products, but the company's road to "beautifully clear" skin has too many speed bumps to make this a one-stop destination for the blemish-prone.
For more information about Clean & Clear, call (877) 754-6411 or visit www.cleanandclear.com.
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