Neutrogena is one of my fave drugstore brands.
But, I had no access to it in Italy. Well, that’s not entirely true. Its famous hand cream is available there, but that’s it. So, I’m really having fun exploring this brand now I’m in London. But, not every product is worth testing. Every brand has its fair share of duds, after all.
So, what’s worth picking up and what’s best left on the shelf? Read on to find out the best and worst product Neutrogena has to offer:
Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF30 ($9.49)
This is a great sunscreen that provides adequate protection from both UVA and UVB rays. It’s also very lightweight, so it will sink into the skin quickly (if only all sunscreens did that!). That’s because the sunscreen agents it uses are all synthetic, so it isn’t the best choice for sensitive skin. But, those of you with oily skin will love it. Just, don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t just for the beach. Sunscreen is something you should use EVERY day. Available at Walgreens.
Fast Absorbing Hand Cream Norwegian Formula Complete Comfort ($5.99)
This cream has achieved cult status for a reason: it works. It contains glycerin to attract moisture from the environment into the skin, and silicones and petrolatum to lock them in. No, those aren’t bad for the skin. They help keep it hydrated and prevent dryness and flakiness, even in winter. Plus, the hand cream isn’t greasy, which is so important. None of us wants to leave greasy fingerprints on everything we touch! Available at Ulta.
Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($10.00)
This is one of my fave cleansers for oily skin. It’s cheap. It removes all impurities, including makeup, quickly and effortlessly. It doesn’t irritate skin. Basically, it does everything it’s supposed to do. Available at Amazon.
Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Night ($15.49)
This is one of the most affordable retinol moisturizers you can find. And you want to find a good retinol product because it can boost collagen production and accellerate cellular turnover, two things that reduce wrinkles. It also contains a generous amount of green tea, an antioxidant with soothing, anti-aging, and photoprotective properties. If you’re on a budget, it’s the retinol treatment to get. Available at Amazon.
Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Creamy Formula ($8.99)
I love me a good creamy cleanser, and this one is very gentle on the skin. So gentle even those of you who have sensitive skin can use. Of course, that also means it won’t remove waterproof makeup. But, it takes everything else off, so it’s good enough, isn’t it? Available at Amazon.
The Just Nice
Natural Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer ($13.99)
This is a good moisturizer for normal and dry skin. It contains Plukenetia volubis, a plant oil from Peru that is rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin E. If it doesn’t get a higher rating, it’s only because I’d have loved to see more antioxidants. Available at Amazon.
Pore Refining Daily Cleanser ($7.49)
This cleanser contains the exfoliants salicylic acid and glycolic acid, so it should be good at getting rid of dead skin cells and other crap that clogs and stretches the pores, right? Problem is, those acids need to stay on the skin to work. If you put them in a cleanser, they’ll just end up down the drain when you rinse your face! Apart from that, the cleanser does a good job at removing dirt from the face without irritating it, and that’s all that cleansers are supposed to do, really. Available at Amazon.
SkinClearing Complexion Perfection Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment ($9.99)
This is a tinted moisturizer with salicylic acid, so it should help with excess oil and acne. But, it doesn’t. The amount of salicylic acid is too low and the product’s ph too high for it to function as an exfoliant. But, hey, the sheer coverage and matte finish can make pores look smaller, so it’s not all bad, is it? Available at Ulta.
Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask ($6.99)
Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that causes acne (P. acnes). Kaolin and bentonite clay absorb excess oil. But, they can all be drying. Add menthol, which is a known irritant, and you’ve got a powerful cocktail that’s more likely to harm, than help, your skin. Ouch!
Pore Refining Toner ($7.49)
Alcohol, witch hazel, eucalyptus, peppermint… this toner contains only a bunch of ingredients, but half of them are irritating! Alcohol is particularly bad because it dries out skin, and you know what skin does when it gets too dry? Produces too much oil. No, thanks!
Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Spot Gel ($7.99)
This is another product that contains salicylic acid, an exfoliant that can get inside the pores, freeing them of all the gunk that’s causing breakouts. Unfortunately, the gel’s ph is too high for salicylic acid to be able to exfoliate skin as it should. That’s not even the worst part. The gel also contains alcohol, witch hazel (which is often distilled in alcohol), and cinnamon, all of which are known irritants, too. What is it with Neutrogena and its annoying habit to group so many irritants together?!
What do you think of Neutrogena? And have you tried any of these products, too?