I was recently sent some new products from the Neutrogena Naturals line to try out. It’s based around the idea of pure, natural skincare with no chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, or phlalates. This isn’t a new idea for skincare, but it’s definitely a welcome addition to the usual drugstore skincare lineup. Here are my initial thoughts on four of the products and some things I wish I’d seen. Let me know what you think!
Fresh Cleansing+ Makeup Remover
I had a little trouble with this product because I honestly couldn’t tell what it was for. I couldn’t find any product directions, so I made an educated guess that it was a milky makeup remover with cleansing properties. After pumping the product onto a cotton pad, I realized it was actually a gentle foaming facial soap. Oops!
Once I figured out what I was dealing with, the product was nice to use. My skin felt very clean but not completely stripped of oils, similar to how it feels when I use my favorite cleanser. Like all the products, it had a fruity botanical scent that was noticeable but seemed to fade after rinsing.
Purifying Pore Scrub
I was a little wary to try this out because most scrubs have been overly abrasive on delicate facial skin. Fortunately Neutrogena agreed, and their Purifying Pore Scrub was both gentle and effective as an exfoliant. The ‘scrubby bits’ were micro-sized and the base was extremely gentle thanks to the inclusion of coconut-based soap ingredients and jojoba oil. Once again, my skin felt clean and smooth without being stripped of natural oils. I use retinol on a regular basis so I would only use this once or twice a week, but it is definitely gentle enough to use more often if you need more exfoliation.
Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream
If you have dry skin that’s lacking in oil (as opposed to dehydrated skin that lacks water), this is definitely the product for you. I think there is a huge lack of rich moisturizing products in the drugstore and I was pleased to test this one out. Although it feels thick when first applied, the cream (boosted by Inca inchi oil and olive oil) sinks in over time and makes your skin feel amazing in the morning. I didn’t experience any issues with breakouts or clogged pores, however I did alternate with a lighter moisturizer since my skin isn’t dry.
This is a somewhat less rich version of the night cream that would be more appropriate for normal skin, but still too heavy for oily skin. It also has basically the same ingredients as the night cream, so honestly I felt like the range could do without one or the other.
Overall Thoughts & Suggestions
I think Neutrogena has created something great with the Naturals line. It’s an affordable option for those who prefer naturally-derived ingredients, and a great alternative to certain high-end brands (I’m thinking of one that rhymes with Schmorigins).
As far as improvements, I have a few product additions I would like to see. I think an actual makeup remover would be very welcome, as well as a light moisturizer appropriate for more oily skintypes. I’d also love to see a day-oriented moisturizer with decent SPF (at least 30!). What would you like to see?
Neutrogena® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer is a daily lotion that replenishes essential skin nutrients while providing continuous moisture throughout the day for healthier, younger-looking skin. It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.
Neutrogena® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream replenishes essential skin nutrients and is fortified with vitamins B, C, E and anti-oxidant omega bionutrients. This nourishing cream is clinically proven to boost skin’s defense against dullness and roughness, leaving it naturally radiant, healthier and younger looking today and in the future. It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.