Sunday, 17 September 2017

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask

Thanks to Neutrogena, I have been able to test out their new Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask*  (RRP $79.99) over the past month. Light therapy is often used to treat acne but is typically done in clinics by dermatologists making it less accessible, more expensive and less convenient for the average person to do. This product uses the same kind of technology used by professionals, but at a lower level so that mild to moderate acne sufferers can take advantage of light therapy at home, easily and without the expense of seeing a dermatologist. 

The product is super simple and easy to use. The first thing you want to do is cleanse your skin and dry your face. Don't apply anything else to your skin after cleansing. I have been using the Neutrogena Deep Clean Micellar Gel to Foam cleanser for dry skin. You may have seen me post about it on Instagram - there are two formulas, one for dry skin and one for normal to oily skin. They are 2-in-1 formulas that remove makeup and cleanse your skin. 

After you have cleansed and dried your skin, you are ready to use the mask! As you can see below, the mask uses red and blue light which disrupts the acne cycle, to result in a clearer complexion. 

There is a cord that comes out of the mask, which you plug into the activator (the object that looks like a remote!). To activate the mask you need to hold down the button on the activator. The activator has a counter on it which shows you how many uses you have left. Each activator gives you 30 uses. Once you have used up your 30 uses, you can purchase a new activator (RRP $39.99). The actual mask doesn't need to be replaced. TIP: make sure you only push the button on the activator down when you are ready to use the mask - once you have activated the mask, you can't pause it, you have to use it immediately - and you don't want to accidentally waste one of your uses!

Now all you need to do is chill out for 10 minutes while your skin is treated! 

It's a good look don't you think? WARNING: you may scare your cat like I did. 

After your 10-minute treatment is up, the mask will turn off by itself, so you don't need to worry about timing the treatment. Last but not least, finish up by using your usual skincare products. Lately, I have been trying out the Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturiser - it's still early days, but I'm liking it!

So, now you know what it's all about and how it works, how did I find it? I get mild acne, but my main skin concern is little bumps and texture, with occasional breakouts. I've been using the mask every night over the last few weeks, and I have noticed a difference in the amount of texture on my skin. Actually, after only a few uses I was noticing less texture and smoother skin. I have also found that I have had less of my usual random occasional breakouts, and when I do get them, they clear up faster - and they're not leaving scars, because they clear up before it gets to the stage where I feel the need to pick at them (TMI, but hey, we all do it). 

The main thing that I love about this mask, is the fact that you don't need to change any of your current skin care routine, to be able to use it and reap the benefits. It's not like using an acne cream, where it dries out your skin and you need a heavier moisturiser or a whole new system where you have to use coordinating products, it can just be easily slipped into your current skin care routine. 

Another thing I like is how it doesn't have any negative side effects. When I had worse acne, I tried acne creams that worked, but even though I was happy that the acne was gone, my skin still looked like crap because it would actually be flaking off because the cream would dry it out that badly.

So, what do you think? Does this product sound like it's for you? 

Note: Please make sure you always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. 

*PR sample

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