Monday, October 26, 2015

Clean & Clear Fresh and Clean Routine

Recently Crowdsocial put out a campaign with Clean & Clear for influencers to test out some of their skincare lines. The choices to target problem areas are: acne prone, oily, large pores, or help stay fresh & clean. Since I don't really have any of those problems I chose fresh & clean which is for those who don’t have a particular skin issue, but want to keep their face feeling fresh and clean. The products I received are for a three step skincare to keep you looking fresh. See how it went below:

Step 1: Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser

This cleanser is formulated with Vitamin C and Ginseng. There is a light citrusy scent that is very refreshing. There are suppose to be "bursting beads" but I didn't feel any when I used it. It starts off as a gel but quickly turns into a light lather.

I think this cleanser is very deep cleaning as I can feel the tingle around my pores and my forehead. It's a bit too strong for my liking and usually foaming cleansers are more drying. Also since I wear makeup more regularly now, I prefer a cleanser that can take off my makeup as well as gets rid of dirt so I can just have one step in cleansing.

Step 2: Clean & Clear Essentials Deep Cleaning Astringent

I've been loving using a toner after cleansing and an astringent is similar but is usually alcohol based. Read about the difference between toner and astringents. There's a nice light scent but since alcohol is the first ingredient I would not recommend this for dry skin. The salicylic content in this is 2% which would be great for fighting break outs.

Step 3: Clean & Clear Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer

This moisturizer combines oil-free moisture with a proven acne-fighting ingredient, salicylic acid (.5%). The consistency of this moisturizer is very light and has a fresh scent.

However, this BURNS when I put it on! Imagine having a windburn, and then putting moisturizer on. That's how it felt on the top of my cheeks and on my forehead. Also, it's definitely not enough moisture for my dry skin and I felt the need to layer another moisturizer on top. I'm guessing the burn is from the salicylic acid and the ingredient list is very chemical based.

Overall this line is not for me. When I read fresh & clean, I thought it would be a very gentle, basic skincare routine. However, I find the ingredients too harsh and not appropriate for dry skin. I cannot tell how it is with fighting pimples but it is definitely targeted towards a younger audience. This could be good for an oily skin teenager (boy or girl) but not that good for those who wear makeup, have sensitive skin, or have dry skin.

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