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Neutrogena Face Scrub And Lotion

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Neutrogena’s  “Razor Defense” line, especially their “Daily Scrub,” has been a favorite “drug store” brand of mine for a long time.  So when they changed the line-up a bit I was a little concerned.  I’ve used the updated Face Scrub and the new Face Lotion enough to form some impressions.

Updated Neutrogena “Razor Defense” Face Scrub

The original Razor Defense Daily Face Scrub was similar to other “scrubby” products in that there was a “sandy” consistancy that would exfoliate the skin while cleansing it.  But it differed from other scrubs in that there was much less (and finer) “grit” in the product, allowing it to be used more often.  Since it was first introduced some other less gritty products have appeared as well, including products from Pacific Shaving, Dermalogica, and Bee Bald.
The new Neutrogena Men Razor Defense Face Scrub does not say “daily” anymore but it still contains that more modest amount grit, though the size of the grit may be ever-so-slightly larger (at least it feels that way to me).  But I’m pleased to say that the new version performs just as well as the old version for me.  It gently exfoliates in a modest manner while cleaning well and not drying out my skin at all.  It remains on my short list of products I like to prep with.
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Polyethylene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Soybean (Glycine Soja) Seed Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Microcrystalline Wax, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance

Neutrogena Triple Protect Face Lotion With Sunscreen

The Face Lotion is a new product for me to try.  It has some nice properties to it (like Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera) and the added benefit of having SPF 20 sunscreen protection.  It is not heavy or greasy on the skin, absorbs pretty quickly, and seems to moisturize well.  The SPF level is probably too low to rely on if you’re going to be outside all day but it should be adequate for lower levels of exposure.
Ingredients: Water, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG 7 Olivate, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Soybean Seed Extract (glycine soja), Witch Hazel Distillate (hamamelis virginiana), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Propylene Glycol, Chitosan Lactate, Laureth 7, Menthyl Lactate, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Butylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Farnesol, Bisabolol, Disodium EDTA, Polymethylmethacrylate, Polyacrylamide, Fragrance
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3 thoughts on “Neutrogena Face Scrub And Lotion”

  1. I started to use Neutrogena’s acne kit but it dried out my skin. It takes a lot to do that because I have VERY oily skin. I switched to the Citrus Clear Sensitive line of products – and it made my skin smooth and look very good, without drying it out. Plus the Citrus Clear products smell sooooooo much better. . .

  2. The one ingredient that I have been told avoid (by my vegetarian “fair trade” promoting daughter) is methylparaben. I don’t know what it is, or why it’s bad for you, or if it really is bad for you. Many products are marketed as “paraben-free” so my daughter must not be alone in her disdain for it.

  3. Alright, so I’ve picked up some of these bottles and put them back down after reading the ingredients list. Since I started traditional shaving (thanks in part to your videos) I have really been avoiding the 15+ letter chemicals in some of these commercial brands, opting instead for the vast amount of products by companies geared towards traditional shavers. You know, with maybe 3-8 ingredients, predominantly aloe and witch hazel.
    So I know that brands like neutrogena and the like are dermatologist recommended and have a wide appeal, but that chemical list seems… well, like something I shouldn’t be putting on my face. Especially with something like TOBS skin food out there, or … well I could go on and on, as you know. I’m glad I got rid of the can of chemical goo, but I feel like these seem to be in the same boat… Am I overworried?

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