Monday, 6 February 2012
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Exfoliating Cleanser Review
I suppose I should start by saying that, overall, I have generally clear skin that is normal/dry. The only problematic areas that I have are blocked pores on my nose and chin, and this has been the case since I was about fifteen years old. Over the years I have tried various methods and beauty products to try and win the battle against the horrible blackheads, but they just don't seem to want to budge!! Products in the good old days such as Oxy 10 and Clearasil teemed with facial saunas (a posh way of referring to holding your face above a bowl of boiling hot water with a towel over your head to keep the steam in) helped a little, but never seemed to have an obvious, and more importantly long-lasting, effect.
In the years since, I have used a wide variety of products such as the tea tree face sauna, witchazel, Clinique 7 day scrub, Aapri, Clinique three step skincare... The list is endless!!
Recently, I have become somewhat of a Youtube addict, and a few of my favourite beauty gurus have been raving about Aveeno skincare products - 'great products with a great price' - and so when I came across the Positively Radiant Daily Exfoliating Cleanser recently in Boots priced at £5.99 for 150ml, I decided to give it a go in the hope that I too would achieve the same great results for a minimal cost.
The Positively Radiant Daily Exfoliating Cleanser contains "skin-brightening naturally active Soy and smooth microbeads that gently exfoliate whilst cleansing. Skin is left feeling soft, smooth and even. Will not clog pores. Suitable for sensitive skin"
The Aveeno daily exfoliating cleanser contains very small particles that are hardly noticable when your massaging the product onto damp facial skin. This initially led me to believe that the product wasn't really having any effect (as I am used to using much more abrasive exfoliating scrubs), but once rinsed off with warm water my skin was immediately clearer - the blackheads weren't eliminated, but they were much less visible.
As the product is described as "Gentle enough for everyday use", I decided to encorporate it into my morning daily skincare routine. On day two of use my skin still had a much clearer appearance than it had before I started using the product, but it had also started to feel tight and drier than it had the day before. Immediately after washing, my skin was red and this took a little while to subside. The area around my nose and the corners of my mouth were very dry and the skin was visibly flaking. I have to say that I was a little disappointed in this, as the product is described as being suitable for sensitive skin and gentle enough for daily use, which was obviously not the case for me.
In summary, the product has a subtle medicated scent to it that is not necessarily the nicest smell ever, but it is not a horrible, overpowering, make-you-cough-until-you-vomit smell either. For me, it didn't do exactly what it claimed as it was not suitable for daily use as it dried my skin out too much, and didn't leave it soft, smooth and even as promised (even when followed by a good hydrating moisturiser). I personally wouldn't rush out to purchase this product again, but I wouldn't advise anyone not to go and buy it as for the price I don't feel that I have wasted my money, and I will probably just resort to using it two or three times a week instead.
Posted by Beau Flutterby at 14:25