Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Neutrogena Naturals Cream Cleanser Review




Chances are we’ve all dealt with acne at some point in our live. Chances are also that those who struggle with acne have searched for a product that will blow our minds and keep the acne off of our faces. 

Today, I’m sharing with you a new product from Neutrogena (the naturals line). This product is called the “Acne Cream Cleanser.” There are several new products in this line, however; I am just going to be talking specifically about the Acne Cream Cleanser.

In the past, I have tried Neutrogena face products in my teen years. They didn’t work that well for me then. If you’ve read any of my skincare reviews, you know that most products geared toward acne never quite blow my mind. I didn’t mind this Netrogena cleanser much and it is very affordable (priced at $7.99 at your local Walmart). It might be a little more pricey if you purchase it from a drugstore. 

This product’s main ingredient towards fighting and preventing acne is salicylic acid. The description claims that it powerfully penetrates down into pores to treat breakouts and help prevent new ones from forming.
The formula is quite creamy, and it is 93% naturally derived. The product claims to lather to gently cleanse and remove pore-clogging oil, dirt and impurities. 

One of the most amazing things about this product is that it is NOT tested on animals. Also, it is fortified with an acne-fighting bionutrient for clear, healthy looking skin.  It does not contain any harsh chemicals, sulfates, parabans, and the like. 

One of the things that I did not like about this product was the fact that it was so creamy. It didn’t lather at all. For me, that is a weird thing, for you, you may not mind. Don’t get me wrong, the product cleansed my skin absolutely fine, I just wish that it lathered. It does not have any microbeads in it, so it will not work as an exfoliant either. For that reason, I choose not to use this product after removing my makeup at the end of the day. After removing makeup, I like to wash my face with a scrub that has microbeads in it to ensure that I have successfully removed all makeup. With this particular Neutrogena cleanser, I liked to use it more in the morning. 

The scent is a little citrusy but has an undertone of a medicine-ish smell, if that makes sense. I like to use this product in the morning for two reasons. One, because I am not removing any makeup in the morning (obviously), so I don’t need a cleanser with microbeads. And two, the scent of the product kind of provides for a “wake me up.”

As far as the potential to help treat and prevent acne, I did find that this worked towards keeping my skin clear and preventing any future acne breakouts, but it did not work so fast nor great in clearing up the breakouts that I had already had. I wouldn’t say this product is bad, but I would use it in conjunction with a cream/serum specifically geared towards acne-prone skin for the best prevention method. 

Overall, I like this product. I would consider repurchasing this product when I run out of it because I like products like this as a light cleanser in the morning before I apply makeup and get ready for the day. It didn’t work wonders for me with regards to my acne, although that is not to say that this product wouldn’t work great for someone who just has an occasional breakout. Please keep in mind when reading this review that I have oily/combination skin, which is extremely sensitive and acne-prone.

New Burt's Bees Products!




Depending on where you live, the seasons can be pretty harsh. I’ve found that Burt’s Bees are usually some of my favorite products to keep my skin hydrated and prepped for the harsher weather. I’m going to be sharing some products from the Burt’s Bees line with you today which can keep you hydrated no matter what season you’re in.

The first product is the Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream. This product retails for $13.00 on http://burtsbees.com. It is 99% natural. It contains Baobab Oil to help moisturize, Watermelon Seed Oil to nourish and natural fruit acid complex to gently exfoliate. This product claims to provide all-day moisturization  for extremely dry skin and also claims that it will not leave behind any greasy residue. It also contains pumpkin seed oil and green tea extract. 

My thoughts on this product are that it is probably one of the most hydrating hand creams I have ever used. I really do enjoy it, however; I found that it did leave my hands feeling a little greasier than I would like. After a few minutes, the greasiness subsides and seems to “soak” into your skin.  I don’t necessarily know that it provides all-day moisturization to an area that is consistently being cleansed throughout the day, such as your hands. However, it will keep your hands moisturized until you wash them. For me, I do not mind to reapply hand cream after I wash my hands. (This product has a light and pleasant scent to it).

The next product is the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion. This product retails for $18.00 on http://burtsbees.com and is 99% natural as well. This product is infused with Clary Sage, and claims to be a fast-absorbing day lotion to leave dry skin feeling soft and supple while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It provides intense hydration and has enhanced priobiotic technology, crafted by dermatologists. This product also claims to be non-greasy.

For reference, my personal skin type is oily/combination. I was surprised at how thick this cream was for being a day cream. (However, please note the product has a pump dispenser which is an awesome feature!) I personally cannot wear creams that thick throughout the day, especially when I plan to wear makeup over top of the day cream. This product did cause my makeup to become much oilier faster than it normally would had I chose not to use a day cream or a lighter day cream. This product, unfortunately, broke my skin out (which it is also important to note that I have extremely sensitive and acne-prone skin). I think this product would be more suitable for someone who has dry skin, rather than oily skin. I cannot comment on the claim that it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles because I have not used the product long enough to notice any effects of that nature. However, this product claims to provide hydration and it definitely does. This does not leave your skin feeling oily afterwards and really sets into the skin quickly. 

The next product is the Burt’s Bees Ultra Moisturizing Lip Treatment, which retails for $5.00 on http://burtsbees.com. This product is 100% natural. It contains Kokum Butter, and is fragrance free, as well as hypoallergenic. It comes with a twist-off cap and the product is dispensed through the slanted top as you squeeze the tube. 

It does provide a lot of moisture, and a slight glossiness to the lips, however the moisture disappears after the product wears off, as with most other chapsticks/lip balms. I find this to happen to me personally no matter what lip products I use to keep my lips hydrated so for you, this may work differently. I do like the way this feels on the lips however and I can imagine that it would be lovely to use throughout the colder winter months to keep your lips baby smooth and soft. I always have loved Burt’s Bees lip products because of the moisture that they provide. I do not mind reapplying these products even if they wear off frequently on me. This product is worth every penny of its price tag!

The last product is the Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Body Lotion, which is priced at $10.00 at http://burtsbees.com. This product is 99% natural. This product contains Baobab Oil, as does the hand cream, along with pumpkin seed oil and green tea extract. It claims to also be non-greasy and claims to provide all-day moisture. 

I absolutely love this body lotion. I especially love applying it after shaving my legs because it puts the moisture back into the skin, even after such a sensitive thing as shaving. It did not cause any sort of irritation or additional redness. The scent is light and in fact very similar to the hand cream. The consistency is also the same as the hand cream and, in my opinion, these products are basically exactly the same. I don’t think that you would necessarily need to purchase both of them unless you absolutely wanted to. I also let my fiancĂ© use some of this lotion. He has extremely dry skin and he also notes that it provides moisture all day long. 

Overall, I’m impressed as I usually am with most of Burt’s Bees products. I’m disappointed that the day cream broke me out because I really wanted to fall in love with it. However, just because that product did not work for me does not mean it would not work for someone else. Like I said, if you have oily skin, I would steer away from the day cream, but if you have dry skin, I think you will most likely fall in love with it. 

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