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 the Clean & Clear fresh and 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 the Clean & Clear Fresh and Clean 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.