When I was invited to review two of Neutrogena’s new Deep Clean Foaming Washes, I had to think twice. I have been avoiding new facial products lately after months of facial skin dryness, redness, itching and outbreaks, but I decided to read up on Neutrogena’s brand history before I completely struck it off.
Neutrogena is the #1 dermatologist-recommended skincare brand, and offers some of the world’s most loved beauty and skin care lines with products being marketed in over 70 countries world wide. With over 60 years of experience in skin care, it is no wonder that Neutrogena is a much trusted brand. With much faith that Neutrogena’s products are safe for my sensitive skin, I decided to give it a go!
This week, Neutrogena introduced two new additions to it’s “Deep Clean” range of products.
The Deep Clean Hydrating Foaming Cleanser and Deep Clean Brightening Foaming Cleanser.
The Hydrating Foaming Cleanser provides effective cleaning (99% impurity removal) and hydration that leaves the face looking clean and supple. This happens because of use of special water mineral complex. Water mineral complex consists of the combination of Copper Gluconate; Magnesium Aspartate; Zinc Gluconate and Water all of which are known to improve skin hydration.
The Brightening Foaming Cleanser provides effective cleaning (99% impurity removal) that leaves the face looking clean and bright. This happens because of the use of mulberry extract and a whitening vitamin complex. Whitening complex in this context consists of AA2G (Ascorbyl Glucoside) & Mulberry Extract – Ascorbyl Glucoside that helps inhibit the enzyme tyrosinase, responsible for melanin production. Mulberries are known to contain Ascorbic Acid and Niacin. Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) is a tyrosinase inhibitor that is known to brighten skin. Niacin (Vitamin B) is known to inhibit melansome transfer and also brighten skin.
I’ve been using the cleansers for a couple of days, alternating between the Brightening and Hydrating Cleansers morning and night. My skin usually reacts adversely to whitening or brightening products in general, but not with this. So far there has been no sign of redness, irritation or dryness whatsoever.
Now don’t be mistaken by the term “foaming cleanser”. It’s not the light fluffy marshmallow-like foam you would get from a pump bottle, but rather a rich, thick and creamy lather that feels absolutely luxurious! After washing off the cleanser, my face feels squeaky clean but not in the least uncomfortable, tight or dry. A little goes a long way with this cleanser, all you need is a small pea-sized dollop and you’ll get a good amount of foam, it’s almost like having a cream mask on!
So which cleanser do I like more?
I don’t think I’ve used them both long enough to make a favourable decision, they both have their benefits which is why I have been alternating them. In the morning, the hydrating cleanser gives my skin a moisture boost, a very welcome start especially if you spend all night in an air-conditioned room. The fresh scent also somewhat awakens your senses! Another thing that makes this great as a morning cleanser is it’s oil-controlling properties. Who wouldn’t want to have clean, fresh skin all day? Your makeup will stay put for longer too.
The brightening cleanser makes a good night cleanser as it removes all the dirt, excess oil and skin dulling residue from makeup, sun block and BB cream, leaving your skin fair and radiant. Compared to the hydrating cleanser, this one has a more fruity, sweet scent. The scents of both can be a little overpowering if you’re not a fan of scented cleansers, but it’s pretty okay once you get used to it. I’ll definitely continue using them to see if I can notice an obvious difference.
I’m happy to have found a sensitive skin friendly brand!
The cleansers retail at $11.50 and are available at Guardian, Watsons, NTUC, leading pharmacies and supermarkets.