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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: Neutrogena Deep Clean Hydrating Cleanser and Brightening Foaming Cleanser

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When we think of drugstore beauty brands, some might scoff at the efficacy and quality compared to its higher-end, beauty counterparts. Before I even began my blogger journey, one of the first few cleansers I tried for my break-out prone adolescent complexion years ago was Neutrogena. Being a poorer student with limited spending, Neutrogena did not disappoint with its affordable pricing and cleaning prowess where other brands left my skin feeling dry and taut.

Oil-free, Dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic are just some of the words that ladies who have sensitive skin like me look out for. Like its previous cleansers, these two new Deep Clean Brightening and Hydrating foaming cleansers also carries the same properties, and promises to eliminate 99% impurities from deep within to leave skin brighter and more hydrated.

The Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening cleanser here is a pink-tinged tube packaging. Containing Vitamin complex and mulberry extracts, which is known for it anti-ageing properties, it also contains antioxidants to boost repairs of free radicals and packs twice the power of brightening! 

The ingredients list as follows:

Morus Alba Root extract that is found in the ingredients list originates from the Morus Alba tree (otherwise known as white mulberry) and tends to be used extensively for medicinal purposes. The rich anti-oxidant content helps to preventing fine lines formations and slow down aging process. It is valued for its whitening properties, eliminating impurities and smoothing rough skin. This also helps to reduce melanin production in skin as a reaction to UV exposure, thus lightening dark spots on the skin.

Plus, it also contains Camellia Sinensis leaf extract (or better known as Green Tea), which is prized for polyphenols, which helps to prevent premature ageing and protect skin against UV damage. The polyphenol EGCG, is even speculated by researchers to reactivate dying skin cells! When squeezed, the brightening foam cleanser appears in a pearly pinkish cream-like consistency, and spreads on easily onto face. I've really fallen in love over the Mulberry fruity scent ever since I used their Mulberry gel previously.


Next, we have the Neutrogena Deep Clean Hydrating Foaming Cleanser, which is in the same tube packaging but differentiated with its blue tinge in the packaging. It uses a unique formula with water mineral complex to provide up to 2 times the hydration for skin!

Ingredients list as follows below. Containing the unique water mineral complex that consists of a medley of hydrating agents such as Copper Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate and Magnesium Aspartate to name a few, which are known for boosting skin's hydration levels.

It also contains Tocopheryl acetate(a form of vitamin E). A natural conditioning agent and antioxidant, it helps decrease appearance of free radicals and damage caused by UV rays, especially reducing transepidermal water loss (caused by air-conditioning, sweating etc). The cleanser's consistency was a pearly light shimmery blue in colour and a really refreshing and ocean-like scent. 


So which one do I like better?

 Its a tough choice, both are similar in cleansing power and consistency. Dispense about 10c size amount (little goes a long way!) and it lathers into a rich foam easily.  Personally, I like to wet my face with warm water to stimulate pores to open for a thorough wash, before massaging it into the crevices of my face with in a circular motion. After leaving it on for about 3 minutes or so, I then rinse off with cold water to close pores and get that refreshing feeling.

Both cleansers are great and gentle on skin, and but I must say in terms of my personal preference, I liked the Brightening cleanser more as I feel with continued usage my blemish scars appear to diminish and lighten slightly. Plus, I'm a bit more partial to that lovely Mulberry scent! It leaves my skin feeling soft and feeling squeaky clean without that overly-tight, waxy after-feeling. For an combination-oily prone skin type such as mine, coupled with a daily layers of makeup, this is one cleanser to consider for a thorough cleanse inside out.

Of course, its expected of this trusted skincare name with over 60 years of skincare experience under its belt, with its humble roots beginning since the time of its founder Dr Edmond Fromont's first creation: a mild, translucent soap that washed off easily, leaving no traces of soapy residue. Fun fact: it even holds a record of 11 minutes for skin to return to its normal pH level after wash, which is only 1 minute more than washing with plain water! 

 And although we need to
put our best face forward to face the world, and love dabbling into all things makeup, I must stress the importance of the true foundation of beauty: clean skin. For without it, you'd spend a whole lot more on concealing flaws with cosmetics rather than nipping those pesky facial problems in the bud. Neutrogena is proof that great skincare needs not cost a bomb, with the new Deep Clean range!

The Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening and Hydrating foaming cleanser is currently available at Guardian, Watsons, NTUC, leading pharmacies and supermarkets at a retail price of $11.50 each

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Facebook page to stay updated on their latest product launches and great giveaways!

Thank you Neutrogena Singapore!


  1. good to know that it works for u. i am currently using the Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening cleanser for the first time!


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