Gels/Soaps -Neutrogena -Body Clear Body Wash

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Only a few body products I use help keep my chest and back free from acne and this is one of them. I don't tend to experience body acne during winter, it's more a 'summer' thing for me, coupled with trips to the gym and insufficient showers straight after (forgetting to use a cleanser!). Now when I hit the gym I keep a bottle of Clear body wash in my locker. It's a gentle non-drying SLS-free formula and comes in a 8.5 fl oz bottle which lasts me roughly 2-3 months at a time. It's perfumed and smells quite fresh and citrusy, though I'm not overly averse to perfume in bodycare (it's skincare where I try to avoid it). When I first started using this I would notice over the course of 1 week any bumps on my upper body would subside and the area would gradually clear out. In between bottles though, if I happened to run out they would slowly re-appear. I now try to make sure I have a spare in my closet or at least an alternative soap or wash that contains Salicylic acid (as this has) or Sulfur - both of which help take care of my body acne issues. A good value and effective product which I would recommend to anyone with mild acne on their body.

Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Gels/Soaps -Neutrogena -Body Clear Body Wash

on 2/21/2019 2:39:00 AM

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I use this body wash everyday on my chest, arms, back, shoulders and face. Reading some of negative reviews prompts me to say that you must use this consistently to see results. The most shocking discovery is how well it works on my face. Over time it has exfoliated my face and significantly reduced the appearance of clogged pores. As I’ve aged, my pores are larger and my skin tends to look congested but since using this as a face wash, my pores stay clear and even look to be tighter. I user a good moisturizer daily which prevents this from drying me out. Again, I use this daily and I’ve seen good results.


Lip Gloss -Neutrogena -Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine

on 2/17/2019 8:43:00 PM

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This gloss is my HG lip product after only a few days. I have rose, coral, raspberry and mulberry. My lips are EXTREMELY dry and can’t handle anything but pure buttery moisture or they will shrivel beyond recognition. This product DOES something! Not only are the colors gorgeous, the formula thick, glossy/dewey, and fairly long lasting, but MY LIPS FEEL AMAZING. I even notice how great my lips feel when I haven’t been wearing it. They just feel plumper and moistured. TWO shades are MLBB. VIVA these lipglosses!

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Hair Treatments -Neutrogena -Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask

on 2/16/2019 7:37:00 PM

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I don’t know if they reformulated this based on past hair reviews, but this stuff impressed me so much I’m hopping on to rate it after my second use.

Normally, I need to test things out for a while before I even post an opinion. However, the day after using this there was a super bad rainstorm so humidity was high. Humidity poofs out my hair like crazy, but it didn’t happen this time!!! The only thing different with my hair routine was using this product. I have used other hair masks in the past and I didn’t see a huge difference in my hair (even on rainy days) so the fact I actually noticed something after first use is crazy to me.

I am excited to keep using it and if for whatever reason it becomes a disappoint I’ll be sure to hop on again for an update! Just as a reference I do have fine, wavy hair. Not sure how this would do on super thick or curly, but fingers crossed it’s a good experience for you too!

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Moisturizers -Neutrogena -Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream

on 2/14/2019 11:34:00 AM

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I purchased this to help clear up my congested skin from 5 weeks of traveling overseas. I have a history of reacting to most acids, such as salicylic, glycolic, aha, vitamin C, and hoped that retinal in lower percentage could be the HG formulation for me. My skin is combination sensitive and I have a long history of hydrocortisone cream use when needed. The hydrocortisone use may be at the root of my skin acid reactions.

I started off using it very sparingly all over my face one evening. Then sparingly again the next evening in just the problem areas. And the next. Well, no go -- I reacted in hives. I may try using it just once a week in problem areas (nose, chin, jawline) to see how that goes. But, I honestly don't have high hopes, and may end up ditching it.


Foundations -Neutrogena -Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint

on 2/13/2019 12:44:00 PM

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This is my favorite foundation so far, in the winter at least. I have dry skin in the winter months and it moisturizes beautifully and makes my skin look smooth. Classic ivory matches me SO perfectly--way better than most foundations I have found-- and does not oxidize at all. The coverage is light, which is what I like because it feels like I have nothing on but still hides any redness. The only drawback is the packaging...it doesn't feel like there is much in the bottle at all and the applicator (a wand that dips into the bottle) is hard to use and unsanitary.

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Moisturizers -Neutrogena -Oil-Free Moisture - Combination Skin

on 2/13/2019 9:37:00 AM

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I actually really enjoyed this product. I don’t think it broke me out, but I’d have to repurchase to see. It isn’t my holy grail moisturizer, but it does the job. I also really like that sunblock is built in.

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Moisturizers -Neutrogena -Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Extra Dry Skin

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I bought this moisturiser as I have dehydrated skin, and I liked the fact it contained Hyaluronic Acid! My skin doesn’t react well with creams etc as they don’t seem to absorb into my skin properly, this moisturiser absorbs extremely well and leaves a complete matte finish. I was liking this moisturiser at first but I started to get pimples in random places on my face, which is uncommon for me! Unfortunately I had to discountinue use because of this. I wouldn’t repurchase.

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Cleansers -Neutrogena -Ultra Light Cleansing Oil

on 2/11/2019 3:42:00 PM

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I really like this cleansing oil. It's available at the drugstore and a good value. It lasts a long time because I found that two pumps removed my make up pretty well, and it rinses off cleanly with no residue. It has a candy/apple-y smell, which might be off-putting to some but I like it. My only con is that it doesn't clean off mascara completely -- I usually had to follow with a wipe or separate eye make up remover. But that's not a big deal. I will definitely repurchase!

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Sunscreen -Neutrogena -Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55

on 2/10/2019 3:44:00 AM

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- Note: SPF 55 and SPF 30 result in similar reactions on my skin, these reviews are for both. I imagine the company has changed/tweaked the formulations over the years so I'm posting all reviews here -

Late 2018 and onto Jan 2019...
Jeez, I have had a love/hate relationship with this stuff over the past years (since 2014). I STILL can't get this near my undereyes/lids and have to use a separate mineral sunscreen for that, which I've gotten used to. I only use this chemical sunscreen because it's fast (mostly I use this when rushed). Mineral sunscreens are gentle, and less reactive with my skin, but it takes a lot of work (and powder) to mask the ghostly white caste they leave. I had an upped amount of (closed comedone, with the occasional zit) breakouts while using the SPF 55 of this sunscreen, so I switched to the SPF 30. The SPF 30 had a better finish but I did notice a correlation between its use and a larger number of smaller closed comedones (vs the medium size ones this seems to produce, but fewer...ugh). Also noticed some sun damage, for the first time in years, with the SPF 30. I have tried other chemical sunscreens like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch (shiny, burns like hellfire), La Roche (too pricey, burns), Banana Boat Sheer (sparkly/shiny/overfragranced) and two different Walgreens spfs (greasy, staining, disgusting). So.... while I search for a better chemical sunscreen it's back to the spf 55 version of this. I have been washing it off as soon as the sun goes down and using an aha/bha (both from the Ordinary) to ward off closed comedone breakouts.
*As of 2/2019, Beautypedia (which I only sort of trust), gave this a 1 of 5 rating (!). They wrote "..the company added two fragrant plant extracts (cinnamon and cedar bark) that are known irritants." Their website doesn't date reviews, so it's hard to tell when this change happened. I cross checked this with Neutrogena's website and indeed, those two ingredients are in the current version. I doubt that's what causes my particular reaction, only because I've been using this for 5 years.

Mid-Late 2018: I have been keeping a skin care diary for a few months and every time I get a breakout of closed comedones it correlates to this. It's too bad, because the spf 30 version of this sunscreen has had the best finish (very little white cast, fairly low on greasiness) of all the broad spectrum sunscreens i have tried.

Early 2018: I realized I was making a mistake by buying and using the SPF 55 version of this for my particular skin type over the past year (pretty sure all the reviews below were for that, or perhaps a mixture of the two). The spf 55 caused a lot of clogging and some breakouts and stinging. After switching to the SPF 30 version, I noticed a sharp decrease in stinging and skin greasiness.

According to skincancer.org, spf 30 sunscreen blocks an estimated 97 percent of uvb rays, while with sunscreen "above SPF 50 (which blocks an estimated 98 percent of UVB rays), the increase in UVB protection is minimal." According to Web MD: "SPF is not a consumer-friendly number," says Florida dermatologist James M. Spencer, MD. "It is logical for someone to think that an SPF of 30 is twice as good as an SPF of 15 and so on. But that is not how it works." "According to Spencer, an SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays."

Summer 2017:
I'd been really taking care of my skin for a few months (cleansing/treating daily) and wearing all-mineral sunscreen all the while (Neutrogena Clear and Pure baby, which is an awful, greasy white mess, but gentle). Anyway, I was getting tired of taking so much time blending in my sunscreen and trying to cover the white cast, so I switched back to this for my face and neck (my eyes can't handle this stuff so that's the only place I used the mineral spf instead). In short order, I got clogged pores, blackheads, bumps, and (new this time around) tiny white pimples. The only good thing about this stuff is that it's pretty easy/fast to rub in the white cast. Also, it's still a little greasy but now that I use face powder, it's less of a problem.

Update 1 (winter): Now that the weather has cooled off, i haven't had any issues with this product getting greasy. i still like how liquidy/fluid it is- it applies quickly and easily. They've either changed the formula or i've gotten used to the scent. Can't give it a top rating because it burns my eyes and eyelids a little.

Original review, 2014:
I bought this to use on my face and so far I kind of hate it.
Pros:
- Formula feels light coming out of the tube (it's a liquidy lotion)
- Does not leave a noticeable white cast (it is very slight, and the least obvious of the three subscreens i bought this season)

Cons:
- Smells like alcohol
- Leaves me with uncomfortable, low-level burning sensation, as if I've applied rubbing alcohol to my face and eyelids
- Dries shiny on skin
- Gets very greasy. An hour after applying and matte-ing down the shiny finish, I had an oil slick all over my face. It was in moderate weather, and I usually have combo (not excessively oily) skin
- Rubs off easily (see above)

Active Ingredients (all chemical sunscreens):
Avobenzone (2.5%),
Homosalate (5%),
Octisalate (4%),
Octocrylene (3%),
Oxybenzone (4%)

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Moisturizers -Neutrogena -Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Extra Dry Skin

on 2/9/2019 7:57:00 PM

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What is up with this moisturizer? Not only should it not be called a moisturizer, I have no idea why it has an "extra dry skin" label on it--it barely moisturizes. First of all, this product comes in a heavy jar--not convenient, and not very sanitary. The texture is kind of like mayonnaise, but it has a synthetic floral smell (what are they trying to cover up??). This product does sink into the skin quickly, but a few minutes after putting on the lotion, it feels like you didn't put anything on--skin is still dry and flaky, and the redness & itchiness I'm trying to combat from winter weather here were still in full effect. Also, despite the product leaving a dry touch to my skin, as soon as your face gets moist from say, sweat at the gym or a rainy day, the layer of gel is activated and becomes sticky and slimy until it dries again. This product also makes my eyes burn (even though I didn't put it close to my eyes), seemed to cause redness where I used it, and gave me some pimples. Alas, my search for a moisturizer for sensitive, combo skin continues.

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Moisturizers -Neutrogena -Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Intensive Night Cream

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I used to use this many years ago, but the ingredients were different then. (I don't know why I stopped; I think because I like to try new stuff now & then, but never found anything comparable to it)

For one thing, it had way more retinol, as it was listed 4th or 5th in the list. AND after using it for a few months, I did see my lines and wrinkles become less noticeable! My skin tingled a bit when I used it, and at first I used it every other night because it was so strong.

Now the product has been watered down a lot, with retinol listed LAST. I know when that happens, it means the amount of the ingredient is miniscule and not enough to be effective. And I've found this to be true. It's still a decent moisturizer, with other beneficial ingredients, but what made it special isn't the case now. I thought the price was reasonable for the amount of retinol it had in the past.

I haven't found anything comparable to the OLD formula, whether in their Ageless Intensives line or another brand like RoC. (I think that's the name) No drug store brand has enough retinol in any of their moisturizers, but they can legally say "retinol" on the packaging no matter how tiny the amount is. Neutrogena has other lines, but all of the products I looked at had retinol listed last.

I like the tube packaging as opposed to a jar or pump. But after I use it up, I'll be searching yet again for a good night cream with enough retinol to do something!

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Treatments (Face) -Neutrogena -Rapid Clear Pads

on 2/9/2019 7:41:00 AM

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Used to use Stridex alcohol-free pads in the red tub after cleansing. Even though I have acne-prone, congested, oily skin those stripped and dried out my skin a lot. I switched to these after changing my cleansers and lotions to Neutrogena as well (I think since products are formulated to work together, why not?) and it works to reduce my overall facial redness and acne marks/size without causing any sensitivity. These do have alcohol in them so I'm surprised that these were a lot more gentle on my skin than the Stridex.

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Scrubs -Neutrogena -Oil-Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub

on 2/9/2019 7:36:00 AM

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Needed some mild exfoliation for my acne-prone, hypersensitive, congested, oily skin. I used the Pink Grapefruit one first thinking that it was the same product with just a different color. That one made my face bright as a tomato and hot to the touch! After letting my skin heal from the damage I got this one and have been good ever since. I do use this every night only in the shower as I need it to rid my face of the days grime but in the morning when I've just been sleeping I use the gentle, cream wash version of this.

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Cleansers -Neutrogena -Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser

on 2/9/2019 7:29:00 AM

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I have used the orange, gel version of this face wash before and despite having super oily, congested skin it dried out my skin to an irritating, sensitive point. I got this cream wash hoping it would remove my excess oils without hurting my skin. I would say that this fits the bill pretty well. This also prevents white heads for the whole day when I wash with it in the morning. I wouldn't recommend using this alone as I believe in a 3 step system for acne but as a stand alone product this is amazing.

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