Friday, November 15, 2013

Murad Clarifying Cleanser

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $26 for 6.75 ounces

THE SKINNY: Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser really is for people who battle breakouts. You can tell after one use, too, because it has that astringent sensation — cooling, tingling, almost like peppermint on your face.

I have another purpose. I use it after a hard workout because it really does strip all the grime, sweat and oil out of my pores and leave my face feeling super clean. I also use it sparingly, only after a really intense workout because anti-breakout cleansers are designed for the young and can be rather harsh on a 40-something’s skin. (I always follow with a good moisturizer that will balance out the cleanser’s effect on my skin.)

This product, because of the cool, peppermint-like sting, can be hard on my eyes, too. That’s another reason to use it sparingly.

According to Murad, this cleanser removes irritating surface bacteria that can lead to breakouts.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Murad has a line of clarifying products, including a moisturizer and a toner.

-- Tested by Shay