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Aveeno

Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial

5.00 fl. oz. for $ 6.99
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Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial claims to "reveal brighter and rejuvenated skin in just 1 minute," but turns out to be positively disappointing.

Dispensed via a squeeze tube, the texture feels akin to a rich conditioner mixed with mini scrub particles. You're instructed to gently massage it into skin (avoiding the eye area) and leave it on for 60 seconds.

Aveeno alleges the soy and lemon peel extract "work with the steam of the shower to deeply but gently exfoliate away all traces of dirt, oil and dead skin, transforming dull, tired-looking skin."

We first have to point out that lemon peel extract isn't an ingredient you want to see in your skincare products due to its potential to irritate skin, and it isn't effective as an exfoliant either. It's being used in very minor concentration here, but it's joined by potentially sensitizing fragrance and slightly abrasive scrub particles which ups the overall irritation risk to skin. (See More Info to learn how that damages skin in the long run.)

As for this concoction's ability to brighten skin, don't count it. An exfoliating scrub can brighten skin to some extent by removing dead skin cells but only when it's gentle. In this case, the skin-aggravating nature of the formula is more dulling than brightening.

While this scrub cleanser does contain glycolic acid (AHA) it isn't effective when rinsed down the drain and needs more than 60 seconds to absorb and have benefit. (Glycolic acid works beautifully to gently exfoliate skin when used in a leave-on product, however.)

In a nutshell, Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial turns out to be a potentially irritating cleansing cream with somewhat gritty scrub particles. It leaves skin cleansed but it won't have a brightening effect and in fact, it's more likely to increase irritation if used as part of your daily routine.

See our Best Skin-Lightening Products and Best Cleansers for far better options.

Pros:
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and clean.
Cons:
  • Contains ingredients know to be sensitizing.
  • Slightly abrasive scrub particles can cause mirco-tears in skin.
  • Lemon peel and soy can't exfoliate skin.
More Info:Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these types of skin-aggravating ingredients is a major way we unknowingly do our skin a disservice!

Sensitizing ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems that include redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increases in oil production, clogged pores, and contribute to making signs of aging worse.

Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating skincare products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin without any volatility, including those present in natural fragrant ingredients.

A surprising fact: Even though you might not see the negative influence of using products that contain sensitizing ingredients, skin the damage will still be taking place. It doesn't need to be evident on the surface! Research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering the impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.

For this reason, it's best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that can be sensitizing on skin. There are many products that contain effective ingredients that are also completely non-irritating so there's no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.

References for this information:

Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28-36.

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379-385

Journal of Clinical Dermatology, November 2014, online access

Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257-262

Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191-202

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789-798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser reveals healthy, glowing skin. This oil-free facial treatment works with the steam of your shower to deeply but gently exfoliate all traces of dirt, oil, and dead skin.

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Cellulose, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Steareth-21, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Kaolin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xathan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract.

Aveeno At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers and sunscreen products; fantastic Skin Relief Healing Ointment and soothing bath wash products; a handful of well-formulated baby-care products.

Weaknesses: Well-intentioned but ineffective anti-acne products; reliance on a single showcased ingredient (typically soy) that makes their anti-aging products less enticing than the competition; ineffective products to address hyperpigmentation; formulas packaged in a jar wont remain stable.

Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).

Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnsonowned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.

Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skinjust not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.

The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!

For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.

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