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Neutrogena Wave review

Doing Drugstore: Neutrogena Wave Power Cleanser

Last week I told you a bit about the new Neutrogena Wave power cleanser ($13.99), a handheld vibrating cleanser. The kit comes with 14 single-dose cleansing pads, the Wave unit itself, and a postcard for an online coupon.

The Wave is designed well; it's easy to grip in hands, even when a little bit of water splashes on it. Its attachment head has tiny Velcro-like grippers that securely hold the cleansing pads. To find out how well it works,

For an inexpensive gizmo, this cleans pretty well. My face feels soft after using it, and it refreshed my skin without drying it out. The menthol in the cleansing pads makes skin feel tingly, and the salicylic acid should help keep pimples at bay.

But as some of you have pointed out, a one-use cleansing pad is pretty wasteful. YumSugar caught me washing my face in the loo, and when I showed her the pads, she mentioned that she didn't like the scent. I agree; it's a little too sharply soapy. And if you have easily irritated skin, watch out: Sodium laureth sulfate is the second ingredient, so don't use this if you have sensitive skin.

So, should you buy it? It depends. It's not a dud product, but it's not an absolute must-buy, either. Personally, I have a feeling the novelty would wear off quickly, and I'd be back to washing with a cloth before long. But your mileage may vary.

(For what it's worth, the more prurient-minded among you may notice that this is a handheld, buzzing, vibrating gadget. So, you know, it might be something to look into if you're going home for the holidays and you need to pack a discreet stress-relieving product. What? I'm just sayin'.)

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