Neutrogena Refreshingly Clear Facial Wash Review

Today I’m going to review the Neutrogena Refreshingly Clear Facial Wash. I have been using the product for over 4 weeks now and thought it is the perfect time to tell you whether it is any good.

The Product

IngredientsAqua, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum, Cl 16035, CL 60725

The Neutrogena Refreshingly Clear Facial Wash comes in 200ml which I bought from Boots. At the time of writing this review it retails at £5.25.

In terms of the texture, I would describe it as a little ‘runny’. As far as how it spreads… no issues here. Even though it is more on the ‘watery’ side it covers the skin well and you definitely can feel it absorb. The colour is obviously a light pink and the smell is really nice which I will get to later.

Interestingly it does have grit. Upon first glance you may not think so, however when you start lathering it up you can definitely feel it.  

Reading closely at the product description, it mentions that the cleanser contains pink grapefruit and vitamin c for a clearer radiant complexion. Whether it stands up to this claim or not we’ll find out. 


Smell – If you’ve been following me then you will know that I have a liking for products that smell nice, and this product is one of them. I would describe the smell as exactly how it is described – refreshing pink grapefruit. The fragrance has a mild and fruity zest to it and it reminds of early spring.

Skin Tone – The product contains vitamin c which is known to help brighten the skin. I did notice my skin tone becoming a little more even and bright. However, it wasn’t a drastic difference but more of a subtle change. The difference was more noticeable immediately after using the product but lessened towards the end of the day. 

Gentle – The face wash was gentle and I didn’t feel it was over exfoliating the skin even though it had grit. It cleaned the skin well and when you touched your face, the skin felt soft and refreshed. It also washed off very easily and absorbed the moisturiser cream nicely.  

Make-Up Remover – The facial wash did a good job at removing the make-up off my face. To be honest, I tend not to wear heavy make-up in the first place. The Neutrogena Refreshingly Clear Facial Wash did remove the make-up but I did have to apply twice until all the foundation was completely gone. After that, it did give a clean feel to my skin.


Dry Skin – I would describe my skin as ‘normal to combination’. After using the facial wash I did notice that it dried the skin around my mouth area – I tend to have have this problem with many products. As for the rest of my face I didn’t notice any drying. Therefore, I think those with dry skin may experience this effect more and this product may not be suitable for them. However, if you have oily skin then you shouldn’t have any issues.

Texture – I paid £5.25 for the facial wash and hoped it would last me a while. However I have already used around 10% and I just use it once a day. The main reason for this is that the texture is very light and runny. This means I am having to use a lot more of the product than some of the other cleansers. So if you do decide to rebuy the product then you will be buying it more often.

Blemishes – The facial wash claims to tackle blemishes on the skin, it doesn’t really live up to this. I did develop some blemishes on my forehead and have been using this product for over 4 weeks. The blemishes are still there.


I don’t think I’ll be buying the Neutrogena Refreshingly Clear Facial Wash again. Firstly it’s the price. £5.25 is a little costly for 200ml of product. Along with that, it’s not going to last you very long. Also, it did nothing to remove the blemishes. On the plus side, it did brighten the skin a little and does clean the skin well. 

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