Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Wash & Mask – a totally unbiased review

I recently got to try Clearisil Daily Clear Vitamins and Extracts Wash and Mask (which is one heck of a name!) – and I really liked it. But you might be wondering how I can know it was a totally unbiased review….because I actually had no idea what the product was that I was using. Read on for the whole story.

One of the (many) perks of my job is that every day exciting packages plop through the door – yesterday’s though was more exciting than most. In it was a pump dispenser containing green sludge – and as you can see in the picture – attached was a most intriguing label.

The deal is this. It’s a skin wash – but that’s all I know about it. I’ve got no idea who’s launching the range, how pricey (or otherwise) it is or even whether it’s made from frog entrails – please don’t let it be made with frog entrails. I’m to try it for the next few weeks and report back to the company how I get on. Then at the end of Feb we journos find out who’s launching the range – and come March the 1st I can tell you.

This is genius – not least as I love a mystery, but also the only New Year’s Resolution I have made is to actually remove my make up at night. Yes, my name is Helen and I am an in make-up sleeper. Honestly, I really don’t deserve the skin I have, but as it’s looking a bit dull and grey for me at the moment I wanted to see what it would look like if I actually treated it properly for a change – so as well as drinking my six glasses of water a day and taking my fish oils (if you want skin that glows these are must do’s – they really, really make a difference), I’m intending to cleanse twice daily and moisturise. As with all my NYR’s though, the cleansing thing has not become a habit, so, not having learned any lessons from Alice in Wonderland as a child I immediately started slapping the mystery product on my skin.

Okay, so this wasn’t as completely daft as it sounds as I did know the PR company who had sent it to me – but as for who made it, what the active ingredients were, whether it had any potential for stimulating the growth of a second head, no idea, nada – the whole point was that us beauty/health journos would use the product for two weeks then report back as to how we found it, then they’d tell us all who made it.

A Few Weeks Later

I kept using the wash  and actually found it really nice to use. Unlike much of the skincare I try it didn’t bring me out in spots and it left my forehead really nice and glowy – like I’d had a bit too much botox but with more movement. It felt a little bit tight afterwards, but nothing a quick dash of serum wouldn’t cure. The only thing I didn’t like was the fact that I couldn’t use it to remove mascara as well.

Fast forward to a few weeks later when myself and a heap of other beauty journos are invited to a swanky basement bar in London for the big reveal – and I must admit I actually let out a big squeal when they told us what the product was.

You see the company behind my mystery wash was Clearasil. That’s right, the spot zapping people; the people behind that blue smelly stuff that used to strip three layers of skin off your face when you had young, oily, teen skin. Upon finding out I was shocked to have any skin left after using one of their products for two weeks as I’m 20+years over target market and have seriously dry skin. I said as much to their brand guy who told me that this was one of the points of the range, they’re actually also now trying to also deal with skin, be it younger or older, which needs a little more care alongside its cleansing.

Turns out the product I’d tried was called Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Wash & Mask and its active ingredients were not frog entrails as I feared, but helpful things like salicylic acid, avocado and vitamin E – no wonder it left me spot free and glowing.  There’s another three products in the range including cleansing wipes, a scrub and PerfectaWash a slightly stronger cleanser packaged in specially designed pump that dispenses exactly the right amount of product to do the job without drying your skin.

So, that’s it. And, now the secret is out, you’ll find it all in Superdrug and Boots priced from £4.99 this thing on? Talk to me, it's lonely down here

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