“ Brand: Avon / Type: Cleanser / Oil free: yes / What it does: Cleanses / Product line: Avon Clearskin „
This facial wash has been around for years. I remember using it way before I discovered Lush.
The facial wash comes presented in a tube with a screw on lid. The smell of the facial wash is quite fresh and pleasant. It reminds me of winter but that's because I used to use it in the winter! The facial wash is a light green colour with small blue beads. Once the facial wash has "hit" the water the beads disappear, leaving a rich foam for you to wash your face with. You only need a small amount of this as it foams up quickly and too much of the foam is a little overpowering. It starts to go up your nose if you use too much!
The facial wash produces a gorgeous thick lather that is really creamy and luxurious. The facial wash is easy to rinse off and once rinsed off your face feels really clean and fresh. I still had to use my acne cream with this as it wasn't powerful enough to banish my spots completely. However it did work on blackheads and it removed my make-up too.
The facial wash is gentle enough to be used daily. It doesn't dry out the skin and it is suitable for use on sensitive skin. It's not the most natural of cleansers but it's cheap and it lasts ages. I used to pay £1.25 for it but I recall only buying it when it was on offer. Avon are still selling it so it's worth a try.
Beats blackheads, needs extra work on spots and acne.
While not having particularly troublesome skin, every now and then I do need to use something a little more efferctive than ordinary soap and water. For that purpose, and due to my mother being an Avon rep, I seem to have used the Avon Clearskin range quite frequently. Perhaps I do it a diservice because in hindsight i've used it repeatedly because it does work.
I usually use the 125ml tubes which retail for around the £2.00 mark but this can vary with special offers that are regularly on. The picture above shows it in a clear tube but this has recently been changed and repackaged coming now in a white tube and a new branding. It's still the same clear gel inside which contains the tiny microbeads that help clean and reinvigorate your skin.
The cleanser itself is made up of ingredients including salicylic acid and other exclusive ingredients.
Usage is easy as with most skinwashes, you just wet your face with warm water, apply the wash to your face and massage into your skin for about 30 seconds. Once your happy that the relevant areas have been cleansed just rinse, making sure you remove all the cleanser and microbeads. Thsi may take a little longer, but nothing too strenuous. Afterwards your face will be noticeably cleaner, the drier skinned amongst you may wish to apply moisturiser afterwards.
Scent wise it is neutral and not too overpowering, and it leaves you clean and fresh without being too harsh on your skin. I've used it regularly without any problems. It suggests it can be used on all skin types and purchasing is simple either via a rep (hello mum!!) or the internet. Either way it's a lot cheaper than most of it's big name competitors and from past experience does a better job.
I am not an Avon clearskin virgin and have been using their products for a number of years now to combat breakouts and blemishes as well as other skin defects such as oiliness. My skin isn't too bad luckily (I am a teenager) and I only suffer from spots occasionally. However I always play it safe and keep a hoard of products handy in case of a disaster (you know the mornings, waking up and just knowing - it's a horrible feeling). So how dies the Avon clearskin Duel Action Cleaner with Microbeads fare?
+ Reasonably cheap - £4 for a 125ml bottle, but Avon do hold regular deals such as 3 for £5 in which you can get some absolute bargins
+ Avon also do not charge postage and packing, knocking a few extra pounds off
+ Avin is a well known, well trusted, reputable brand
+ This cleanser is very good for reducing oiliness and breakouts
+ Contains microbeads
- Not the best on the market
- Can dry out skin
When it arrives, a white box is presented to you with the Avon brand name and the cleanser name underneath. Inside, the bottle is transparent with a blue lid and clear writing on the front. On the back, the writing does get very small since the instructions are translated into do many different languages. After whipping out my magnifying glass I can reveal that to use the cleanser, Avon recommend that you should: "gently massage onto moistened skin for 30 seconds then rinse with warm water".
When you sqeeze the tube, a small amount of a clear, gel like substance lies on your fingertips. I find that a good amount to apply is a pea sized amount to your cheek bones, nose, upper lip, chin and forehead. Unfortunately you are never guaranteed a microbesd with each squeeze. The microbeads are something that I had not previously come across before buying this cleanser and are small blue balls that can be crushed andblend with the cleanser. Sometimes I get a bead with each squeeze, sometimes none, sometimes three. I am definately getting more towards the end if the tube than I was when I first started using it.
I find that this cleaner does help to reduce spot size after a few days but I wouldn't recommend using it every day ad I gave found that it has a tendancy to make your skin quite dry (always mousturize afterwards as well). It is the price that makes it so attractive for me and this tube has lasted me ages (a third left after nearly a year of using it about twice a week). The packaging also isn't gender specific which is useful as well. Overall a good product, not the best but definately very good for it's price range - outstanding when on offer.
Luckily i am very fortunate that i do not suffer with bad skin, even as a teenager i only had the odd outbreak of spots, usually at 'that time of the month', but still i do keep a tube or bottle of something designed to help clearup spotty outbreaks.
I have tried several brands and usually find that they are much too harsh and dry my skin out, or are just too weak not to be of any help at all.
it wasnt until my son hit his teenager years that i found the Avon range of clearskin products, there is a whole range from scrubs to prevent spots ( which this review is about, i will get back to it in just a sec) , treatment to clear up spots and even an oil absorbing moisturiser.
The dual action cleanser comes under the first category, preventing spots in the first place. The week before 'that time' i use this cleanser everyday, and it really does help to prevent the outbreak. The gel cleanser contains 'microbeads' little beads of something ( not quite sure what) that very gently exfoliate your skin, it is much less harsh than a standard scrub, it foams up nicely and washes off easily with warm water, and the bonus for me is that it doesnt reek of spot treatment, it has a very very slight medicated smell to it, but mostly just smells clean and fresh.
I like the feeling of a freshly washed face, it is much more satisfying than using cleanser and toner, and that is exactly the result i get when using this, my skin feels clean, it looks much more radiant afterwards and doesnt dry my skin at all, im not sure if it would if i used it all the time as my skin isnt usually oily hence i only use this for just over a week every month.
my son also uses this as its not girly, he uses it just a couple of times a week, and 'touch wood' is not suffering too badly with the old problem of teenage spots.
Price and packaging..........
A clear plastic tube with blue screw on cap.
The tube holds 125 mls of gel and costs £4 at full price, but bulk buy when its on special offer and you could get it for half price or on a 3 for £5 deal.
The Avon Clearskin Dual Action Cleanser with Microbeads is not my personal favourite facial product from Avon. I first purchased this to trial believing it would be more of a scrub and was disappointed to realise that the microbeads are little more than bursts of colour in the tube.
I did find that my skin was very clean after use and that this was easy to work into a lather, but it did not remove any dead skin which is what I had hoped a product with this kind of name would do. In fairness to Avon, they do advertise another product in this range as being a facial scrub specifically so perhaps I should have read the descriptions a little more carefully before ordering this particular one.
Another drawback is that this is an upright tube with the lid at the bottom, and the lid is screw cap. So you have to try to balance a blob of this face wash in your hand while simultaneously trying to screw the cap back on which is no easy feat.
On the plus side, this will remove all traces of make-up without any trouble at all. In fact I took to using this as a cleanser after I was disappointed with its lack of scrub properties. It removes all traces of dirt in fact so if you do not have a dry skin problem and are only looking to remove dirt and make-up then this may be a product for you.
Usually this costs £4 per 125ml tube but it is on offer in brochure 14 at 3 tubes for £5. So if you want a facial wash that will remove make-up and dirt and are not bothered by dry skin then this could be a bargain buy for you.
Oil free cleanser unclogs pores, while gently removing dirt, oil and makeup / Micro-beads slowly dissolve as you cleanse /