11.20.2013
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Morning Glow Moisturizer SPF 15, Oil-Free
4 fl. oz. for $6.79
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Expert Reviews
Last Updated:11.20.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Morning Glow Moisturizer SPF 15, Oil-Free contains a form of menthol that can cause skin to tingle (not glow) with irritation, and that is unquestionably a problem. Without it, this in-part avobenzone sunscreen would have been highly recommended as a basic, lightweight, affordable sunscreen for normal to slightly oily skin.

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Claims

A light, oil-free moisturizer that hydrates skin and contains tiny light reflectors to leave skin looking naturally brighter.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone (3.06%), Octinoxate (7.43%), Octisalate (2%), Other: Benzalkonium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylparaben, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Carbomer, Grapefruit Fruit Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Glycerin, Isobutylparaben, Menthyl Lactate, Methylparaben, Mica, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Propylparaben, Silica, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Cornstarch, Ginger Root Extract

Brand Overview

Clean & Clear At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; an excellent 10% benzoyl peroxide product; some very good cleansers.

Weaknesses: The majority of products contain irritating fragrant extracts, alcohol, menthol, menthyl lactate, or other problematic ingredients; below-average moisturizers; poor options for those struggling with breakouts or blackheads (at least if your goal is assembling a helpful skin-care routine using only Clean & Clear's products).

The name of this Johnson & Johnson–owned brand clearly communicates what it attempts to provide, and may seem to be a beacon of hope for consumers struggling with acne. The products are heavily marketed toward teens, with commercials and print ads featuring attractive young models with nary a blemish in sight, presumably because these fresh-faced teens adhere to a routine consisting of these attractively packaged products.

Although there are some great, inexpensive cleansers available, blemishes have nothing to do with how clean your skin is; the two issues are completely unrelated. The other failing is that unlike sister company Neutrogena (also owned by J&J), almost all of Clean & Clear's anti-acne products contain irritating ingredients that won't improve skin problems and end up making matters worse. Even a couple of the pH-correct BHA options are marred by troublesome ingredients that only make blemished skin more inflamed and impede the healing process. Moreover, the issue of sun protection is inadequately addressed, with the only option failing to provide sun protection without added irritants. What kind of message is that for teens trying to put together an effective skin-care routine? Clean skin is attainable from these products, but the company's road to "beautifully clear" skin has too many speed bumps to make this a one-stop destination for the blemish-prone.

For more information about Clean & Clear, call (877) 754-6411 or visit www.cleanandclear.com.

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Clean & Clear At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; an excellent 10% benzoyl peroxide product; some very good cleansers.

Weaknesses: The majority of products contain irritating fragrant extracts, alcohol, menthol, menthyl lactate, or other problematic ingredients; below-average moisturizers; poor options for those struggling with breakouts or blackheads (at least if your goal is assembling a helpful skin-care routine using only Clean & Clear's products).

The name of this Johnson & Johnson–owned brand clearly communicates what it attempts to provide, and may seem to be a beacon of hope for consumers struggling with acne. The products are heavily marketed toward teens, with commercials and print ads featuring attractive young models with nary a blemish in sight, presumably because these fresh-faced teens adhere to a routine consisting of these attractively packaged products.

Although there are some great, inexpensive cleansers available, blemishes have nothing to do with how clean your skin is; the two issues are completely unrelated. The other failing is that unlike sister company Neutrogena (also owned by J&J), almost all of Clean & Clear's anti-acne products contain irritating ingredients that won't improve skin problems and end up making matters worse. Even a couple of the pH-correct BHA options are marred by troublesome ingredients that only make blemished skin more inflamed and impede the healing process. Moreover, the issue of sun protection is inadequately addressed, with the only option failing to provide sun protection without added irritants. What kind of message is that for teens trying to put together an effective skin-care routine? Clean skin is attainable from these products, but the company's road to "beautifully clear" skin has too many speed bumps to make this a one-stop destination for the blemish-prone.

For more information about Clean & Clear, call (877) 754-6411 or visit www.cleanandclear.com.