I’m not sure I’ve ever featured Mary Kay, which is crazy as it’s the sort of brand I think you and I would really like; it’s attractively packaged, innovative and generally pretty interesting, so I’ve no idea why it’s eluded a blog feature for so long. Today that all changes as I wanted to share with you a look a the new Mary Kay Clear Proof skincare range. I haven’t tried it – I’ve literally only just received it – as at the moment I get so few spots (woo!) that I would struggle to give it a fair review, but at the same time, I’m always eager to share any skincare ranges for adult skin, especially if they appear to be sensibly formulated.
The Mary Kay Clear Proof range contains five products, thus creating a full skincare routine. The Clear Proof Clarifying Cleanser for Acne-Prone Skin (£15.50) is a lightweight, gently foaming cleanser with 2% salicylic acid for a very mild exfoliation. Salicylic acid is a BHA that penetrates beyond the surface to unclog blocked pores, so it’s the perfect ingredient for a range of spot-fighting products and I’m glad to see it feature keenly in this range. The Clear Proof Oil-Free Moisturiser for Acne Prone Skin (£17) promises to be lightweight, fast-absorbing and great for balancing skin whilst providing much-needed hydration.
The Clear Proof Pore-Purifying Serum for Acne-Prone Skin (£18.50) is a mix of soothing botanicals alongside 2% salicylic acid – 2% doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is at the higher end of typical, over-the-counter strengths so whilst it certainly won’t give skin a deep exfoliation (thankfully – you don’t need that on a daily basis!) it will work at clearing the pores and hopefully reducing spots. There’s also a spot treatment, in the form of the Clear Proof Spot Solution for Acne-Prone Skin (£13.50), which again relies on 2% SA and promises to leave no residue. Finally, there’s a Clear Proof Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask (£18.50), which to be honest, is the only product that doesn’t sound great to me, thanks to the addition of rosemary and peppermint which provide fragrance, something completely unnecessary (and possibly aggravating) for acne-prone skin. All-in-all this sounds like a very exciting routine – I love, love, love the fact that it’s so big on salicylic acid as this really is a wonder ingredient for anyone who’s spot-prone, so a routine that utilises its benefits alongside anti-inflammatory ingredients sounds like a winner to me. Find the full routine here – link.