Hi there! I bought lots of Superdrug own brand products recently – with all those half price offers and triple points I couldn’t resist.
One of the products I’m currently using is Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful AHA / BHA Exfoliating Cream Cleanser which claims to target skin ageing and problem skin.
Superdrug says… (and I’m almost quoting from the back of the tube) apply this cream cleanser to a cotton wool pad and (gently) wipe it across the face – avoiding the delicate eye area – until all (unspecified) residue has been removed.
Superdrug also recommends that this cleanser be used alongside other products from the Clearly Youthful range.
Unfortunately Superdrug doesn’t mention whether the cream cleanser is supposed to be left on the skin to work its magic overnight – or whether it’s OK (or even recommended) to wash it off or to use a toner. The thing is that there’s no toner in the Clearly Youthful range – otherwise it would have been a no-brainer!
I know not everyone likes to tone or moisturise after cleansing. But I always tone and moisturise after I’ve removed my make-up, no matter whether I use a face wash or a cleansing milk. Now, if you just thought “so use a toner”, I hear you! However, I’m still wondering whether I’m missing out on some of the benefits this product promises because I still have no idea what the manufacturer of this cream cleanser would recommend…
Anyway, now let me tell you about my experience with this cream cleanser. The first thing I noticed was the product’s smell. It’s strong, it’s unpleasant and it reminds me of a mix of stale beer and overly ripe fruit. Apparently this is what the sum of all the ingredients smells like.
When I used this cleanser on my face, I felt a tingling sensation. I didn’t notice any redness or any other unpleasant reaction. But I knew that I really couldn’t let this product get anywhere near my eyes. And whilst this cream cleanser did a good job removing most of my make-up, I was a little annoyed that I had to use another product to remove my eye make-up. And I need to mention the smell again – wow, it really lingered!
I’ve been using this cream cleanser several times now. And I tried different ways to make it work for me. But I’m not really happy with it. As I don’t want to be wasteful, I’ll continue to use it. However, I’ll limit the use of this cream cleanser to make-up free days (= when I don’t leave the house) like homeworking days and the odd Saturday or Sunday. And when I use this cleanser, I use it as a mask in the morning – this way I get to wash it off in the shower half an hour later.
Since I’m using this cream cleanser a few times per week only, I can’t comment on whether it really delivers on its ‘anti-ageing’ and ‘clear skin’ promises. I have to admit that my skin looks a lot better (brighter, clearer, more even) than it did four weeks ago, and I’ve only had two tiny spots in these four weeks. But I don’t think my on/off use of this cream cleanser is anything more than a minor contributing factor. I think Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant products deserve the credit!
I know I won’t be repurchasing this cream cleanser. But I acknowledge that it seems to work well for some people – all the reviews on Superdrug’s web site are very favourable. So if you’d like to try Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful AHA / BHA Exfoliating Cream Cleanser, you can pick up a 150ml tube for £3.69. I paid £1.79 only (half price offer), so keep your eyes peeled for promotions to get the best deal.
Thanks for reading! Have a good day! 🙂