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So, I used to use facial scrubs, but haven't done for a few years. I noticed recently that my skin was starting to look dull and tired so thought I'd try a facial scrub again.
I have seen Clean & Clear advertised lots before, so thought that it would be a fairly safe bet. I was also tempted by the appearance of the product - a bright orange gel that is visible through a clear tube. I really liked that you could see the exfoliants in the scrub. The price was another selling point for me, as it was only £3.99, which I thought was pretty reasonable.
This is the wording that is used to advertise the product:
We know it can be really hard to wake up in the morning. Late nights, early mornings, stress and lack of sleep can make your skin dull and tired looking.
'Introducing Morning Energy, the first skincare range with gentle bursting beads that make washing so much fun! Great smelling citrus fragrances & natural ingredients instantly wake up your senses & invigorate your skin, helping you look your best for the day ahead!
With bursting beads and refreshing fragrance that awakens your senses.'
Sounds great, doesn't it?! So I made the purchase. I am now a week or so in to using this product every morning, and I have mixed feelings on it.
It has a really lovely, citrussy scent to it which I do enjoy smelling every morning. Then the good points seem to end and it goes downhill from here. it's great that it has a flip-top lid as this is much easier to open with wet hands than a screw top. However, the hole for the scrib to come out is a bit too big and you quite often end up with a lot more than you need. This means that I often find myself wasting the product and washing it down the sink as it has come out too fast.
The advertising claims that it has bursting beads. Well, you can see these beads in the tube, so they are there! I was really looking forward to having these orangey beads bursting on my face, but...no such luck. I put the scrub all over my face and just could not get them to burst, which is really frustrating. You can feel the scrub exfoliating your face a bit. It is very gentle, which is good as it means that it can be used every morning, but means that you don't really feel that it's working that well.
I find that I have to wear a hairband (sweatband type) to cover over my hairline, as the scrub easily gets into your hair and doesn't seem to come out that easily.
Overall, the product is ok. It smells nice and does make my face feel nice after using it (albeit a little dry). However, I would prefer something with beads that do actually burst and something that would exfoliate a bit more. On re-reading the advertising after using the product, you can't help but think it's talking about a different product. I wouldn't hurry to recommend this product to anyone.
Please note: the product name has changed slightly and you will now see this called Morning Energy Skin Energising Daily Facial Scrub.
I prefer to buy toiletries and beauty products from companies that don't have a reputation for using ingredients tested on animals and that use as many natural products as possible which have been fairly sourced but I suffer from a nut allergy which means I have to be extra careful in what I buy. Facial scrubs are one of the products I find difficult to buy from my favoured brands because they often contain ground nut shells as the scrubbing grains and my allergy is so severe that it is triggered by any contact with the skin, not just when I eat nuts; the use of almond oil is also problematic and this ingredients is frequently used in products of this kind.
As a result I tend to buy facial scrubs from the more mainstream brands but I'm not loyal to any one brand and I'll usually buy based on promotions, unless I find something I really like in which case I'll stick with it for a while. It seems that recently there has been a flurry of new products in this area and the fruity gel cleansers have caught my eye because of their bright colours which give the impression of vitality and freshness.
I'd been using another scrub from the Johnsons Clean and Clear range but wanted to change because I found the scent too masculine and because the scrubbing grains were too fine and I didn't feel that they were having much effect on my skin.
I bought the Johnsons Clean and Clear Morning Energy Scrub in February when my skin was dull and in need of revitalising. The packaging notes say that the scrub contains Vitamin C, ginseng and bursting beads that are supposed to burst with energy and vitamins, and help nourish the skin.
I'll be honest and admit that I did flip open a tube of this in Boots to feel the texture of the scrub; I didn't want to be disappointed like I was with the other Clean and Clear product. I couldn't really feel the bursting beads though they are visible, but I could feel little scrubbing grains among the gel and they certainly felt like they'd be more effective than those in the other scrub.
The scrub comes in a tube with a flat topped flip lid which is easy to use with wet hands. Unfortunately the gel is not as thick as you might expect and care has to be taken not to dispense more of the scrub than required; there is no need to squeeze the tube as the gel runs too quickly and freely.
The scrub does have an orangey smell but it's more synthetic than I'd expected. It's not an unpleasant smell but it certainly isn't zingy or zesty. This product sits on my bathroom window sill which may be the reason why the gel gets quite cool so I put some on the finger tips of one hand and rub gently with the other to warm it a little before applying it to my face.
The pearls do not burst and, believe me, I have tried; this may be because they are too small as they are certainly smaller than the pearls in other face washes. I always like the sensation of those pearls bursting so it was disappointing to find that they don't in this case. I do like the scrubbing grains and find that my skin does feel smoother and renewed after rinsing. I use this product daily (and it is gentle enough to do that) and I have seen some improvement in my skin since using it; the problem I have is that it's not that enjoyable to use. My skin doesn't have that dull appearance, though that could simply be due to having been outdoors in the fresh air a lot more after the winter. It doess make my skin feel a little tight after use but I always use a moisturiser anyway which counters this.
This scrub is distinctly average. It's not rubbish but it's no miracle product. The price is about average but it would go further if it was easier to control dispensing. I have to refute the claims about energising; it cleanses and refreshes but to say it's energising is a claim too far.
Clean and Clear Morning Energy Energising Daily Facial Scrub is available priced £3.99 at Boots but is currently part of a Summer 3-for2 mix and match promotion.
I have listed the ingredients below for readers for whom those things really matter:
Aqya, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyethylene, Lauryl Glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Zingiber Officinale Extract, Panax Ginseng Extract, Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Lactose, Cera Microcristallina, Talc, Polysorbate 20, Titanium Diozide, Mica, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Triethyl Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Methylparaben, Parfum, CI 19140, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 73360
I first bought Clean & Clear: Morning Energy after wanting to try a new scrub after another one I tried did nothing for my skin and didn't do anything to fix the look of it. I've seen Clean & Clear in loads of adverts so thought it would be a pretty good product, however I've been really disappointed with this scrub.
I bought this product from Superdrug when they were on sale for £2 as I thought this was a pretty reasonable price for a scrub. However, after checking it appears the off sale price for this product is £4, this is way too much for what the product actually does and there are so many similar priced products that do much better than this one.
It comes in a tube that is slightly see through with an orange tint. It also has the flip top lid, which while is better than the screw on lids, it's not as good as using pumps. It stands on the lid, so it's pretty easy to get the product to come out of the bottle, in fact sometimes it comes out way too quickly.
The facial scrub itself is pretty thick, however it also has a really runny texture and falls out the tube really quickly. This is what I didn't like about it, as I don't like wasting product and felt that too much came out for me to use on my face and half of what came out had to be washed off my hands. However, I suppose a benefit of this is that the product does come quickly out the bottle unlike others you always have to bang on the end just to get something to come out.
The scrub does feel nice when it is on your skin though, and it does feel like it's doing something due to the little beads they include in the scrub but not that much. It's quite thick, and this is okay at some points, but I prefer them to be a bit thinner and not as cloggy feeling. The one thing I liked about the scrub itself had to be the smell though, I'm a big fan of citrusy smelling things and this one had a strong and refreshing smell. It really woke me up in the morning by the nice smell.
It rinses off really easily, however if it gets stuck in your hair it can be a bit of a problem because of the thickness of the scrub. It's supposed to make your skin brighter and invigorated all day, however my skin felt pretty normal and only slightly exfoliated.
Overall, I would not recommend this product as there are so many better quality and value products out there that do better than this scrub. It didn't do much for my skin and the only good point I can really say about it is that it smelt nice.
I bought this along with the matching face wash just because I saw them in Morrisons for £2.44 each which seemed like a good price. I don't normally use Clean & Clear products because of bad experiences with their spot treatment products years ago, but this particular product range is not aimed at spot-prone skin and claims to be gentle enough to use every day, so I thought I'd give it a go.
It comes in a partially see-through orange tube just like the above photo. It has a flip-top lid which makes it much easier to use than screw on lids. It also stands on the lid which means it's always ready to use and you don't need to spend ages squeezing it to try get it to come out, even when you get near the end of the tube.
The scrub has a fairly runny gel kind of texture with both little grains and slightly bigger beads in it. It has a fresh citrus scent which is ok but it is also quite chemically. The packaging doesn't seem so great once you start using it because the combination of the runny consistency of the scrub, the large hole it comes out of and the fact that it stands on it's lid means that it can be difficult to get out just what you want because it comes out of the tube very fast.
The scrub feels cooling when I apply it to my skin and only a small amount of the gel gives a good amount of soft lather to work with so you don't need to use much at a time. I was a bit disappointed when I first used it as it doesn't feel very exfoliating while.I'm using it and I also don't notice the bursting beads that are in the scrub.
It rinsed off easily but just like with the face wash you do need to be careful around your hairline as the beads cling on for dear life if they get in your hair. After rinsing it off my skin feels quite dry and tight and pretty uncomfortable. It does feel a bit smoother but not to any great extent so I don't think it's worth drying my skin out for.
I can't say I've noticed any energising effects from using it, and I'm getting through a lot more moisturiser than before I started using this so even though it's cheap I don't think it's good value at all. I wouldn't recommend this one.