PROS: Contains AHAs and BHAs, feels cooling on the skin, large volume of product, great cream exfoliant
CONS: can irritate very sensitive skin if left on too long
This is a HG product for me. Ever since I got obsessed with skincare in middle school, I've scoured the internet for products that are equally as cheap as they are effective. This product here is honestly golden. However, its status lies not in its intended use.
Essentially, I've got the laziest skin on the planet, so exfoliation is something I cannot afford to skip. My philosophy on skincare is that it should be as simple and gentle as possible because in treating the skin effectively but non-abrasively, it can better balance and repair itself. Obviously, there is a bit of a contradiction here between exfoliation- which we generally think of as those little scratchy beads and harsh scrubs- and my philosophy. Chemical exfoliation is the answer. This process uses weak acids to slowly "eat away" the dead surface of the skin, leaving the face thoroughly refreshed but in a very gentle manner. The best ingredients for this are alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids.
Guess what product contains these? :)
To use, I wet my face with hot water to open my pores, then I work in a small amount of this product and rinse. Next, I apply a thick, even layer over my face (avoiding the eyes and mouth), and allow it to sit for a 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off. It keeps my skin lively and fresh. Apply sunscreen before going outside or do this at night as AHAs and BHAs increase your sensitivity to the sun.
In conclusion, this product is an integral part of my makeup routine. It's the only drugstore product I've found to contain the AHAs and BHAs I need to keep my skin happy. Way to go, Neutrogena.