Thursday, 11 July 2013
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Scrub
In the never ending quest to find the holy grail of face scrubs, I came across Phat Cupcake's post on London Beauty Queen's blog about Neutrogena's Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Scrub. At a very reasonable £4.49, I figured I could afford to test it out as most recently I've been using a mixture of Clinique products and a purse friendly alternative was on the cards for the long term.
Neutrogena has been one of those brands that I've bought on and off since my school years but never stayed truly faithful to. I'm constantly substituting products in and out to shake up my routine and the last product I recall of theirs in rotation was the Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub, which smelt heavenly but didn't buff my skin liked I hoped it would. I associate Neutrogena with Clean & Clear and other brands targeted at the acne-prone teenager looking for a boost in confidence. I've learnt never to judge a book by its cover and, with the claims of mattified skin and tightened pores, its time to flip my opinion on its head!
Starting with a wet face, massage a 20p sized amount onto the skin, really working it into any problems areas. For me this is around my nose, my chin and all along my forehead as these are the areas I get a lot of stubborn dry skin. The scent is unusual when in contact with the skin, the mixture of tangerine and lime smells nicer in the tube which is a real shame. There just isn't that gratification I felt from the Pink Grapefruit version, which I was always afraid I'd end up ingesting as it smelt good enough to eat! I can get past the scent however, when I give the scrub an extra hand with one of my natural sea sponges to rinse off any residue as you can feel a slight tingling sensation which I assume to be the pores closing up.
I find I go a little red after working this in, but nothing that a few minutes of letting it breathe won't resolve. This is probably due to my technique more than the scrub itself, as I get so paranoid that I won't shift those last few dead skin cells that tend to make my makeup look patchy and caked on. As for shine reduction? I have to say that there was a massive improvement in this department. I have odd skin, really dry in places and then slightly oily in my t-zone but normal pretty much everywhere else. I've been using this scrub before my usual toning and moisturising to set me up for a touch of concealer with a light coating of mascara. It's really uplifting to wear less makeup and have my skin care work its magic!
Do you use any Neutrogena products?