12.31.2014
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Aveeno
Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser
Rating
6.7 fl. oz. for $6.99
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This is a standard, but very good water-soluble cleanser suitable for all skin types. In terms of brightening or increasing skin's radiance, this does about as good a job as any other cleanser we recommend; the soy ingredients aren't in contact with the skin long enough to have any impact on brown spots or an uneven skin tone. (Soy is best for skin when formulated in leave-on products.)

Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser rinses without a hint of residue, has a mild foaming action, and removes all but the most stubborn makeup. It does contain fragrance, but only a small amount.

Pros:
  • Water-soluble formula rinses cleanly.
  • Mild foaming action won't leave skin tight or dry.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Soy ingredients aren't in contact with skin long enough to improve brown spots or an uneven skin tone.
Claims
This brightening cleanser, with moisture-rich ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex, helps improve skin tone, texture and clarity to reveal brighter, more radiant skin.
Ingredients
Water, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Soyamidopropyl Betaine, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Polyethylene Glycol 25 Soy Sterol, Glycine Soja Protein (Soybean), Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Ethanol, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth 10 Hydroxypropyl Dimonium Chloride, Mica, Sodium Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide, Polymethylmethacrylate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-10, PEG-14M, Quaternium-15, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance
Brand Overview

Aveeno At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers and sunscreen products; fantastic Skin Relief Healing Ointment and soothing bath wash products; a handful of well-formulated baby-care products.

Weaknesses: Well-intentioned but ineffective anti-acne products; reliance on a single showcased ingredient (typically soy) that makes their anti-aging products less enticing than the competition; ineffective products to address hyperpigmentation; formulas packaged in a jar won’t remain stable.

Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).

Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnsonowned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.

Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skin—just not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.

The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!

For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Poor!

Disliked so much didn't finish bottle. Felt like it didn't do anything as far as taking off make-up. Hated it!

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