Product Disovery Friday: Neaclear Plus Liquid Oxygen Hydrating Gentle Facial Cleanser

It has been a while since my last Product Disovery Friday review, hasn’t it? Last entry dated months ago in 2011! I just lost momentum with the whole thing, but here we are, so I think we can safely say that it’s back.

The cleanser. Yes — here are some facts taken from Neaclear’s product marketing blurb (and bastardized by me):

1. The cleanser contains Oxygenated Purified Water “to oxygenates your skin as it deep-cleanses”. It “eliminates the effects of indoor and outdoor pollutants that weaken the skin’s defense”.

2. It also contains Vitamins A & D, Vitamins C & E, and Aloe Vera to “replenish nutrients which are lost to the harsh and sometimes toxic conditions we expose our skin to everyday”, “protect the cellular membrane from free radical scavenge” and “soothe your skin”, respectively.

3. Its formulation is pH balanced, non-comedogenic, soap-free, and oil-free that “will actually improve skin hydration by 35%”.

4. Neaclear is “strongly recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists”.

That all sounds very impressive but I can’t help but notice a lot of very dubious claims. Oil-free? I guess the jojoba oil and sweet almond oil in its ingredient list don’t count then!

One thing I don’t get is oxygen-peddling beauty products — and the cosumers that buy into them. Oxygen is a gas and it is impossible to put it into a cleanser (or serum), keep in there and have it released on direct skin contact. Even if it did, it will not do anything — unless you’re a frog — as your skin cannot take oxygen in from the outside. It doesn’t work this way. Lastly, oxygen in the skin is mostly determine by your age and health. There is no evidence to support claims concerning pollutants decrease  skin’s oxygen levels.

Nevermind, let’s just put it to the test!

Good lather. No comparable to the lather Japanese cleansing foams give but still quite decent. Lather is lightly massaged over my face, including the eye area (yes, against caution), for the recommended one minute. Actually, a tad longer. It feels slightly mint-y but it doesn’t bug my eyes as long as I keep them closed.

[Rinse off.]

The cleanser works nicely to remove my BB cream — the only product I had on. My skin feels quite clean and without the tight sensation common with foaming cleansers. My slightly dry skin does not feel more moisturized but it hasn’t worsened either. Aside from clean skin, I see absolutely no improvements after use — not so surprising seeing that ingredients get rinse off almost immediately.

Its ridiculous marketing aside, I do think the cleanser is quite good. I don’t expect a cleanser to do anything more than cleanse the skin, and this does excellent job at that without adding additional stress.

Retails for US$74.75 at physician’s office.

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