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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'.)

Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Anon 66, if anything causes a rash, stop using it. One thing to keep in mind with the Wave or any other gadget for the face: Be gentle. You don't need to press hard, and doing so can irritate your skin. A light touch is all you need.
AbigailSwPeaLily AbigailSwPeaLily 9 years
wimpy if doesn't revolve at all.
lingdoll lingdoll 9 years
Hah! I love a product that multi-tasks :)
lalala6495 lalala6495 9 years
Thanks-I was going to buy this but I have sensitive skin-good to know that this would not help my skin as much as it would harm it :-)
cajuntwinsmom cajuntwinsmom 9 years
i like the concept, but I would like one that you could use your preferred cleanser with.
Detonation Detonation 9 years
It freaking sucks mann
xxangelobello xxangelobello 9 years
LOL that was funny what you said at the end!
tattooed_fairy tattooed_fairy 9 years
Lol!! Can't get in the U.K.... ~At least not yet anyway.... I'm on it as soon as it arrives, all thanks to the last comment i might add... :P
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
I disagree completely! This is a MUST-BUY! I have terrible skin, and very sensitive skin which is extremely prone to breakouts, but I have been using this EVERY DAY for the last month (at least) and I have really noticed the difference! My skin is clearer, softer, and so beautiful! Take my word for it, BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!!!
Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
Thanks for the review, Bella! I wanted to buy it until now because I have a very sensitive skin. I should stick to the product recommended by my dermatology..
eatbreathedance eatbreathedance 9 years
I bought this today for $11.99 at Target and tried it when I got home. I'm half and half on how I like it. My face is SUPER soft after using it and I like the tingley, refreshed feeling I have after, but tingley doesn't mean clean. I'm not so sure it does much for break outs. It's more just like face soap on the pads instead of acne cleanser. I'll keep using it, but I don't think I'll invest in the refill when I run out of pads. We'll see...
diorbaby diorbaby 9 years
Thanks for the review!!!! Still not sure if its worth it or not....
emg2114 emg2114 9 years
Love to hear your honest opinion. Thank you! I've got terribly sensitive skin, especially in the winter. SO, this is definitely not a product for me. Your vibrating comment made me laugh... you think like my friends=)
Cassiel Cassiel 9 years
I'm sorry but where are all you people from? i'm from amsterdam, holland, and we've had vibrators here forever that look like anything BUT vibrators, but don't look ANYTHING like your little neutrogena face cleanser bwa hahahahahhaaaaa. I don't know whether to laugh at your innocence(?) or whether to cry because i guess i'm already jaded to these things......??????? :(
ericahex ericahex 9 years
I just use the home microdermabrasion tool - vibrates, gently cleans off dead skin, but the pads aren't just for one use. When I don't use the microdermabrasion cream (which shouldn't be used more then twice a week I think) I can just use whatever cleanser I like.
red4bonez red4bonez 9 years
hahah product that is two in one ;-) hahah niiceeee i was wondering if it would screw a little with my skin since it is very sensitive and i have to use extra gentle cleansers. Most of the deep cleaning products make me break out or over dry my skin.
bbvFAN112 bbvFAN112 9 years
MY face is super soft is what im trying to say and thats a big diffrece because anything i ever use to use made my skin really dry or it made it brakeout!! But i love useing it and the best part of my day is when i do use it LOL!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!
bbvFAN112 bbvFAN112 9 years
LOVE THIS THING!!! just make sure NOT to scrub to hard because I made that mistake and my face was all red!
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