Skincare products from the Johnson & Johnson’s Clean & Clear line are not new to my routine but this is the first time I’d include four products from the same product line in my routine. All of the products I use from the Clean & Clear line are labelled “OIL FREE” which assures me that they MAY not contain comedogenic ingredients.
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1. Cleanse, 2. Tone, 3. Treat and 4. Moisturize. 5. Apply sunscreen (when out in the sun).
I also try to Exfoliate and Mask twice a week. I use Clean & Clear for the “cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize” steps.
1. Advantage Clear and Soothe Foaming Wash
This product claims to ‘remove dirt, oil and impurities that can lead to spots’ and ‘helps fight and reduce spots but also soothes the skin’. I got this product because of the spot-fighting claims and also because it contains salicylic acid.
I recognised ingredients like cocamidopropyl betaine, salicyclic acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice power (the ’natural aloe vera’), lactic and citric acid. None of them ticked off my senses and I didn’t experience any side effects.
The first thing I loved about the cleanser was its fruity smell, which is either the citric acid or the fragrance. I was uneasy about the fragrance because I’ve heard of irritation as side effects but it was the last on the list and that eased me. It’s also definitely the mild cleanser it claims to be. It felt gentle, non-drying and does its job as a cleanser. I used this product mostly in the mornings and sometimes at night, after a long day.
2. Morning Energy Skin Energising Daily Facial Scrub
I got this product in a rush and I didn’t really examine the ingredients, I was sold by its claims of gentle exfoliation using ‘bursting beads’ and also ‘awakens your senses with its citrus fragrance’.
I discovered soon after purchase that it contained Sodium Laureth Sulfate (similar: Sodium Lauryl Sulphate). A lot of articles classify this ingredient as a NO in skincare but companies keep featuring it in their cleansers and scrubs. However, I found some articles that claim it’s not as bad as it’s portrayed to be. I also recently learnt from @skinchemy on Instagram that it’s a great surfactant and not as terrible as it’s portrayed. All in all, I’ll probably steer clear of it if I can.
“Skincare is not a one-size-fits-all” –@skinchemy
Other notable ingredients were Jojoba esters, Lauryl Glucoside, Propylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide and Citric Acid. It also has Citrus Tangerina extract which is responsible for its sweet smell.
Its claim about awakening senses seemed to be true as my eyes always felt more awake in the morning. It also leaves some kind of tingly smell which disappears afterwards. It’s labelled as a ‘daily scrub’ and I tried to use it daily for the first week. However, I knew better about the effects of daily physical exfoliation and reduced it to 2-3 times per week. I’m not certain of its effectiveness as I still got some white and blackheads but it might be worth a try.
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3. Deep Action Cream Wash
This was purchased by my sister on my behalf and it claims to “cleanse deep down to the pores to remove layers of oil, dirt and makeup” and also to “help prevent spots and breakouts”.
I recognized ingredients like cetyl alcohol, salicylic acid, xanthan gum, limonene, etc. It also has parfum, which wasn’t last on the list so this made me wary.
I don’t know if daily use would help but I’m not certain of its “spots and breakouts prevention” claims. I found out wipes might not be a good way of removing makeup so I decided to use this product for removing makeup. It does a great job of this and I was able to deduce this by the little-no stain on my cotton pads when ‘toning’. It doesn’t leave my skin dry either but I was still wary of it being better for dry skin types.
4. Dual Action Moisturiser
This has been my holy grail for hydration since I started facial care. It claims to ‘moisturise and help prevent spots and blemishes’. This is the only product that’s fragrance-free amongst all four and it contains some nice ingredients too.
Notable ingredients are propylene glycol, Dimethicone, salicyclic acid, cetyl and stearyl alcohols (these are fatty alcohols and not the harmful kinds). It also contains (methyl, ethyl and propyl)paraben which may have some controversy around it. However, they are last on the ingredients list and that assures me they’re of safe quantities.
My first tube really brought out results because my skin was not hydrated at all and I was able to see its effects on my skin. A well-hydrated skin exudes some kind of glow and I was really happy about that. I doubt it does a good job of spot prevention but maybe it doesn’t work on acne spots. I plan to try out something new but this definitely does its job as a moisturiser and I recommend trying it out. Have you used any of these products before? Do you plan on purchasing any? Did you find this Clean & Clear products review insightful and/or helpful? Let me know it all in the comments!
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