Beauty Board Tests face washes
If you're never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We'll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you.
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Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel Cleanser for Normal/Oily skin
Available at doctors' offices, including Dr. William Mack, Dr. Neil Fenske, Dr. Adam Scheiner and Dr. Seth Forman. For a complete list of physicians, go to obagi.com. Prices range from $35 to $45 for 6.7 ounces
"A gel-based cleanser that removes impurities, oil, and makeup to leave even the oiliest skin clean and fresh."
Cloe says: I have combination oily skin that's sensitive and prone to breakouts and hyperpigmentation. In the warmer months, my skin gets so oily, you could fry eggs on it. Marcia Duley, a wonderful aesthetician at Dr. William Mack's office, recommended this cleanser to me. This gel-based wash gives me a wonderful lather, removes even the most stubborn makeup, and leaves my skin feeling super clean without drying it out. And since you only need a drop of gel, it lasts quite a while. I liked the product so much I began using the entire Nu-Derm system, and my skin glows. My pores are smaller, my skin is clearer and more even, and I hardly ever get a breakout. It's become my go-to cleanser. You can find this product for less online, but because it's physician grade, it's recommended you see your skin care specialist before using. I'm sure glad I did.
Cloe Cabrera, 45, is Entertainment reporter for The Tampa Tribune, News Channel 8 and TBO.com.
DERMAdoctor Litmus Test Glycolic Acid Facial Cleansing Gel
Available at www.dermadoctor.com, Ulta, Nordstrom; $25 for 8 ounces
"Exfoliates and promotes cellular turnover, which helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles."
Michelle says: Generally, any product with the word "acid" in it isn't going to get within 10 feet of my face. And this particular gel had such a long name, it sounded like a scary science project. But Beauty Board trouper that I am, I offered up my haggard facial skin as a testing site. And I am most grateful that I did. Apply a small amount of the gel (dispensed in a convenient pump) with a little water to your dry, clean face, massage into a foamy cream, then rinse and pat dry. Voila! This fragrance-free treatment left my skin positively glowing, refreshed and smooth to the touch. Heed the warning to limit your sun exposure while using this gel; for a precautionary measure, apply a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen daily so you don't irritate your newly exfoliated face. Otherwise, you could end up with nasty sunburn. This gel is now a permanent member of my anti-aging arsenal, though I sure wish they would come up with a less intimidating name.
Michelle Bearden, 56, covers faith and values for The Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV and TBO.com
Rodial A-List Cleanser
Available online at amazon.com and drugstore.com; $57 for 3.4 ounces
"Rodial's A-List cleanser is a revolutionary formula that gently melts away makeup and cleanses the skin while helping reduce hyperpigmentation and age spots."
Kim says: It's no secret that I'm a sucker for pretty packaging, and this facial cleanser lives up to its price ($57!) in that department. The shiny pump dispenser has earned a prime spot on my vanity top, while most everything else is tucked away underneath. This balm feels luxe, too -- creamy, with a great lather that rinses off easily. Despite lots of yummy ingredients (water lily, vitamin C, pomegranate, and almond, jojoba and wheat germ oils) it's pretty much scent-free, which I prefer. But does it work? I'm not sure it does more to blast away age spots than any other product, but it does seem to brighten the skin. And I've had fewer breakouts since I've started using it.
Kim Franke-Folstad, 53, is the editor of 4you.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Available at us.lizearle.com; $24.50 for 3.3 ounces
"A rich, concentrated cream that gently removes daily grime and make-up … to leave skin clear, smooth and exceptionally clean."
Wendy says: The Liz Earle company says it makes only one cleanser because this one is the ultimate. And I can see why. This product line was new to me, but I'm a big fan of the cleanse and polish. And so are lots of beauty blog reviewers. The cleanser contains rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus essential oil, so it has a nice fragrance, and it doesn't contain mineral oil. It's creamy and thoroughly cleanses. And it comes with two muslin cloths, which should be rinsed in warm water and used to wipe off the cream. The maker recommends splashing the face with cool water and applying the company's skin tonic afterward. I used this during the drier winter months, and it left my skin clean and moisturized. Some of the online reviewers said it helped acne-prone skin. This is a quality product that's not cost-prohibitive.
Wendy M. Whitt, 45, is the Tribune's Metro editor.