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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Brighter is Better | Neutrogena Bright Boost

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I am dull. No, not that way. My skin; it has a tendency to get a little lackluster and dull if I don't do the work to keep it looking its best. As such, I've come to love brightening products. You make a brightening claim and you've piqued my interest. I know I'm not alone on that front, and luckily for us Neutrogena has our backs (fronts, if you're being technical...) with their Bright Boost range. Plus, everything is pink, so you know it looks pretty nice all lined up on your skincare shelf. Not a necessary component to skincare, but a nice bonus.

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The range isn't home to a true cleanser, but does otherwise provide you with a full routine starting with an exfoliating component. With a dual-action formula (it provides both chemical and physical exfoliation) the Neutrogena Bright Boost Resurfacing Micro Polish works with glycolic and mandelic alpha hydroxy acids, and naturally derived 'skin smoothers' to brighten and smooth skin. I tend to shy away from chemical exfoliants now, but I do like that this is very gentle. The particles within it (whatever they are, I tried to decipher based on the ingredients but didn't come to any specific answer) are very fine and don't feel harsh on skin. The creamy formula is easy to wash away, and leaves skin feeling instantly smooth and refreshed. In some of the brand info, it calls this a cleanser, but in others states it can be used 1-3 times a week. A bit confusing, so I like to use this after my usual cleansing product.

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The star ingredient in the Bright Boost range is Neoglucosamine, an accelerated brightening complex powered by amino sugar, AHAs, and PHAs (poly hydroxy acids) which work to do a bit of everything needed for brighter skin: resurface, improve tone and texture, and reduce dullness. The Neutrogena Bright Boost Gel Cream is more than just a moisturizer, as it works to brighten and boost surface sell renewal with each use. The texture is light and easily absorbed by skin, but quite hydrating. Having drier skin I tend to reach for richer formulas, but when I was testing this during the warmer summer moths, this was able to provide ample hydration. That said, drier types may want to reserve this as a day cream and swtich in something heavier in the pm.

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Of course, if you're not applying spf, why are you even bothering with skincare? This range has you fully covered with the Neutrogena Bright Boost Moisturizer SPF 50 that is a great little two in one combo that hydrates with a lightweight, easy wearing formula, with the added protection of spf 50. It features moringa seed extract, vitamin c and e, and the accelerated brightening complex shared by all the products in this range. The cream feels great when first applied, and wears well under makeup, but I did find that throughout the day it did develop that heavy 'sunscreen feel' (you know the one.) 

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I know, you would have expected the Neutrogena Bright Boost Illuminating Serum to come right after the scrub, but I decided to save it for last. Why? Because it ended up being my favourite product of this range. While the packaging leaves a little to be desired (the serum is too thick for the dropper) I found it to be the product that produced the most visible results. That, and I was able to easily slip it into my current skincare routine. Like the rest of the range, it features the accelerated brightening complex, but it also features naturally derived turmeric extract to gently exfoliate and resurface for that brightened, smoothed, luminous effect. The serum has a light, cream-serum texture that easily applies to skin with a hydrating feel. It works well when layered with other products outside of this range and did give my skin a visibly brightened boost. Since I initially started testing this range, the serum is the lone empty, which kind of says it all. 

Overall, I'm pretty happy with this range. It offers decent actives that will truly give you the results claimed, and it's pretty easy on the budget. If you only grab one product of the range, I highly recommend the serum. I do wish they'd change the packaging though, I ended up just pouring it into my hand- the dropper is pretty much useless. What do you think? Tried this range, or want to? Are you a fan of brightening products?

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