Product Review: Clarity by Superdrug
Friday, August 8, 2008
Here's another thing I've picked up while on my little European Adventure. This little wonder comes from Superdrug, the English drugstore. If you go to their website, there isn't even a good tagline for this product, in fact, not even a product description!
This is too bad, because I have to say that this is definitely one of the best products I have ever come across. Did I also mention it was pretty darn cheap, with the affordable price of less than 2 Pounds a bottle (that's around $4-5 in USD).
First let's start off with the ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Kaolin, Bentonite, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Trideceth-9, Parfum*, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzophenone-4, Postassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde**, 2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Cl 42051, Cl 60730.
*you know I don't like artificial fragrances! **this ingredient is a naturally derived aroma agent from chamomile, with possible allergenic properties in high doses. Overall though, a pretty safe ingredient as far as "aroma" agents go.
So as far as the ingredients go, of course there are a few I could do without. You know my usual rant about artificial fragrances! Overall, however, the ingredients selected in this product is why I LOVED this product. Let's talk about it!
This product combines Kaolin Clay, Bentonite Clay, and Salicyclic Acid. Making this a super product for improving complexion (not to mention an excellent adjuvant to acne care and oily skin). I can go on and on about the wonders of natural Kaolin Clay (click here for a post about Kaolin) as well as Bentonite. And Salicyclic Acid is a well proven anti-acne ingredient as well (and has anti-inflammatory properties as well). I have to give kudos for someone who actually decided to put these products together to create a face wash. It is pretty rare to see these clays in a wash, but they make all the difference, in fact, I do believe there will be notible differences in the skin's appearance with the use of this product.
Now before you think this product is all peaches & cream, not so fast. It says it's a face wash, and it certainly does clean the face, but you won't get that "sudsy" effect from this product at all. However, with all the clay ingredients, it's pretty hard to create a "sudsy" product, by you really don't have to. This is only an aesthetic issue. It certainly works great as a mask and dries up just like a mask would.
In my opinion, it is very nice to see a product like this, and hopefully other companies will follow suit. I believe this should be a must-have product in everyone's shower line up.
I'd suggest leaving the mask on for a few minutes if possible before washing it off.