CLEAN AND CLEAR FACE WASH:
Clean and Clear is an international brand by Johnson’s and Johnson’s and the Clean and Clear range of products are available throughout the world. Clean and Clear products were a regular in my closet until a few years ago when I had bouts of acne. But, somewhere down the line, for reasons I do not remember, I abandoned them. Clean and Clear face wash and moisturizer caught my attention in the CSD canteen, where I had gone to fetch groceries. I was standing there for billing and a group of trainee pilot cadets swarmed over the Clean and Clear counter and almost emptied the entire rack. I was kind of surprised and amused thinking about how much metrosexualism has crept in today’s male species. Not that I am against well-groomed guys, but guys with threaded eyebrows are a sore to my eyes. I couldn’t resist not picking this up, and within a moment, the duo (the face wash and moisturizer I mean, not the pilot cadets), found its way into my cart.
CLEAN AND CLEAR RANGE:
Clean & Clear is a line of dermatology products owned by Johnson & Johnson. The brand was originally developed by Revlon as a line of sensitive skin personal care items in 1957. The “Clean and Clear” name was based on products that contained no fragrance or dyes, and left no residue after rinsing. The original line featured shampoos, conditioners and facial skincare products. In 1991, Revlon sold Clean and Clear to Johnson and Johnson. In 1994, Clean and Clear adopted its current slogan, “Clean and Clear and Under Control”. Johnson and Johnson repositioned Clean & Clear within the market, focusing on acne; the products are similar to their Neutrogena line, but less expensive. Their primary focus is on skincare of young women but has extended their range to include products treating a wider range of conditions, recently launching a line of products “SOFT” focused on facial moisturizing. Clean & Clear is currently available in 46 countries. Source: Wikipedia.
CLEAN AND CLEAR FOAMING FACIAL WASH:
WHAT’S THERE ON THE LABEL:
Mild oil-free formula works in two days to give you Clean and Clear skin.
- Removes oil, dirt, and other impurities.
- Has a special ingredient, which prevents pimples, leaving your skin refreshed and clear without overdrying.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Wet face. Work facial wash into lather and gently massage onto face. Rinse well. For best results, use as often as required along with 100% oil-free Clean and Clear skin balancing moisturizer.
Triclosan, Lauryl Phosphate, Glycerin.
Rs. 38 for 50 mL (I got it for around Rs. 28 I think).
MY EXPERIENCE WITH CLEAN AND CLEAR OIL-FREE FACIAL WASH:
This is the best face wash that I have ever used. I am absolutely in love with this one coz it delivers what it claims. This 50 ml transparent bottle contains medium-consistency amber-colored face wash which is dispensed through a flip-flop top with very very mild fragrance that disappears when you work it on to your face. A very little amount is required to lather the entire face and boy oh boy!, the face is squeaky and I mean absolutely “squeaky” clean after pat drying. I was 100% sure that the face wash had cleared up even the tiniest speck of dirt and impurity from my face coz my face was really feeling fresh. There is one more area in which this face scores over the other ones available in the market and that is it does not form the much-hated oily cast that many of the routine ones leave behind. The sensation of having washed my face with Rin soap or powder detergent is also not there.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT CLEAN AND CLEAR OIL-FREE FACIAL WASH:
- It has a very mild fragrance and the amber-color face wash is quite appealing to the eye.
- It wiped off all dirt and grime from my face and my face felt so fresh.
- There is no oily cast left behind after the wash.
- Just a tiny amount is required to work up a lather, you do not need dollops of it.
- The price is apt for the amount.
- There is no dryness usually associated with such oil-free face washes.
- No oily cast formation.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE ABOUT CLEAN AND CLEAR OIL-FREE FACE WASH:
The flip-flop cap is a little bit difficult to maneuver and throw open. If you have long well-maintained or brittle nails, you have to be careful while opening the cap. Other than this, I cannot think of any negatives in this one.
CLEAN AND CLEAR SKIN BALANCING MOISTURIZER OIL-FREE LOTION:
People like me with oily skins are very wary of using moisturizers and there are not many brands coming out with moisturizers that cater to oily skins. I have used the Garnier moisturizer and it made my skin grimy and dull, Lakme did not work for me either, and so did a host of other moisturizers. I picked up this moisturizer along with the Clean and Clear facial wash and the flip-side of the facial wash mentioned that it was best to follow it up with the Clean and Clear moisturizer.
PRICE: Rs. 80 for 100 mL.
WHAT THE LABEL CLAIMS:
The 100% oil free formulation balances skin moisture and soothes dry areas.
HOW TO USE:
Massage into face and neck.
LIST OF INGREDIENTS:
Water, propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Staryl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol Isostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicyclic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH CLEAN AND CLEAR MOISTURIZER:
This is a water-based moisturizer and true to its oil-free claim, it is non-greasy and gets absorbed into the skin like magic. Since I had used this moisturizer after the Clean and Clear face wash, there were no dry areas as such on my skin. However, with certain other face washes, which parch up the skin, this moisturizer may not work that well to combat dryness. So, it is best to team up both the products together for a grime-free, oil-free, well moisturized skin. Also, this moisturizer feels pretty light underneath the foundation. One more brownie point for the reason that it does not break me out at all. I am using it as a staple and there are no zits whatsoever.
Also, I would like to point out here that Clean and Clear have come up with two distinct ranges, “Clean and Clear Oil Control Range” and “Clean and Clear Acne Clearing Range.” Those who have overactive sebum and acne-prone skin can try these two ranges for oil control and acne control.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE ABOUT CLEAN AND CLEAR MOISUTRIZER:
There are no major minuses about this moisturizer that I can point out, although, I doubt whether the moisturizing effect is on the meager side. I need to team it up with my usual day cream and loose powder to brighten up my face.
HIMALAYA HERBALS PURIFYING NEEM FACE WASH FOR ALL SKIN TYPES WITH NEEM AND TURMERIC:
WHAT THE LABEL SAYS:
Soap-free herbal formulation that gently removes impurities and prevents pimples. Enriched with Neem, well known for its anti-bacterial property that kills problem-causing bacteria, and Turmeric, which effectively controls acne and pimples. Use regularly for clear, soft, and pimple-free skin.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Moisten face, apply a small quantity of Purifying Neem Face Wash and gently work up lather with a circular motion. Wash off and pat dry. Use twice daily. Followup with Himalaya Herbals Face Moisutrizing Lotion.
Use Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack once a week to rejuvenate and revitalize your facial skin.
LIST OF INGREDIENTS:
Each gram contains: Ext Nimba 50 mg, Haridra 5 mg.
PRICE: Rs. 65 for 100 g.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH HIMALAYA HERBALS PURIFYING FACE WASH:
This particular face wash with Neem and Turmeric is meant for all skin types, but especially so for oily skin because it claims to prevent pimples and that is not only the sole reason that I bought this one. I am a sucker for bright colors and this bright green face wash with a slight tinge of yellow drew me to it and you have to smell it to believe it, it smells so light and scenty, it is not akin to usual ayurvedic products, somewhat different, but very pleasant. But, the thing with this face wash is that it does not lather too much and more than a walnut size is required to work on the face and neck area. Also, there is this slippery kind of cast left behind that makes me wanna rinse my face again and again. Also notable is the fact that after pat drying, a slight yellowish tinge covers the face which catches light and gives the appearance of brightness to the face. The company must have added this color to show the “turmeric effect.” Those, who want their faces washes just to clean their face and do nothing else, would be averse to this yellow tinge. Personally, I liked it.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT HIMALAYA HERBALS PURIFYING FACE WASH:
- The lovely bright green color.
- The mild but lovely fragrance.
- I kind of like the yellow tinge that it imparts to my skin.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE ABOUT HIMALAYA HERBALS PURIFYING FACE WASH:
- Although I like the lovely color of the face wash, the fragrance, and the smell, I do not like the oily cast that it leaves behind. It takes many splashes of water to take that off.
- The yellow tinge due to the turmeric might not work for some people.
- I am not sure whether the face was able to draw out all impurities from the skin coz I was busy trying to get that slippery feeling off my face and eventually had to use Clean and Clear face wash to do that.
Summing it up, Clean and Clear products are here to stay with me and contrary to what I thought, those cadet pilots were just a set of enlightened guys, who wanted clean and clear skin and that’s it.