Saturday, 19 April 2014

Beauty Box 5 April Review: 24Clearit Introductory System

I saw this box sticking out of my mailbox a mile away. I was pretty amazed that they managed to fit it in there, to be honest. Behold! The 24Clearit system, provided as an option for Beauty Box 5 subscribers as an alternative to the April box.

I've decided to try a new format for reviews. Now, for each product I'll add "Beneficial Ingredients of Note" for some good ingredients that stand out to me, such as aloe juice, vitamin C, and the like. I'll also add "Detrimental Ingredients of Note" for those that I think are not good for the skin, such as fragrance, lemon essential oil, or drying alcohols. This way I can talk more about the product and less about what ingredients it does and doesn't have!

Box Overview 
Price: $12/month, $30/quarter, $99/year (shipping free)
Ships to: Lower 48 United States and Canada
What's inside: 4-5 samples of make-up & beauty products, nail products, skin care, hair care, fragrance, and so on.

24Clearit guides & order brochure. The Quick Start Guide is laminated!
24Clearit is a 3 step system that includes an exfoliating cleanser, toner, AM clarifying treatment, and PM recovery treatment. As an extra, they also included an advanced treatment mask. The foundations of 24Clearit's acne treatment are:
  1. Micronized benzoyl peroxide: you've probably used or heard of BP before. It's a peeling agent used for its antimicrobial qualities. Micronized BP simply means the particles are smaller, which possibly makes it more effective and less prone to bacterial resistance. There are some concerns about carcinogenicity, as it produces free radicals. The biggest side effect to BP is dryness, which tends to go away once the body begins to tolerate it.
  2. Salicylic acid: a beta-hydroxy acid and a chemical exfoliant, SA is also highly used to treat blemishes -- at least in the United States. I've had the hardest time trying to find SA products in Canada! SA is safe at low levels of application (2% or less). Side effects include dryness and redness.
  3. Botanicals and anti-oxidants: while these don't fight acne, they're good to have in order to minimize redness/dryness and to keep the skin healthy from free radicals, respectively. 
Let's dive in!

Active Exfoliating Cleaner 120mL/4.0fl oz
Beneficial ingredients of note: Benzoyl peroxide 2.5%
Detrimental ingredients of note: None
This cleaner has very, very small granules, which I prefer because it's less likely to scratch my skin too much. It smells sort of like generic "chemicals". That's the price you pay for no added fragrance! It'll be washed off, anyway.

Essential Clearing Toner 120mL/4.0fl oz
Beneficial ingredients of note: Salicylic acid 2.0%, Aloe juice
Detrimental ingredients of note: Alcohol denat., fragrance
I don't really understand why this toner has both a drying alcohol and fragrance in it when the rest of the system won't touch it. I won't be trying this because I know it will dry my face out way too much, and because I have a lovely fragrance and alcohol free witch hazel toner that I enjoy (or alternatively, I use diluted apple cider vinegar). I'm not sure what I can do with this, unfortunately!

AM Clarifying Treatment 30mL/1.0fl oz
Beneficial ingredients of note: Benzoyl peroxide 2.5%, lemon beebrush (antioxidant)
Detrimental ingredients of note: None

PM Recovery Treatment 30mL/1.0fl oz
Beneficial ingredients of note: Benzoyl peroxide 3.0%, lemon beebrush (antioxidant)
Detrimental ingredients of note: None

There are a few differences between the ingredients of these two treatments, and I'm not well versed on them to tell you what they do. Supposedly, the AM treatment gives your skin "the protection and healing it craves during the daytime", while the PM treatment "provides a more intensive blemish blast" due to the extra BP and is "designed to help support your body's natural recovery process as your sleep". A load of crock? Who knows. At the very least, we know it has BP in it to fight acne. These both have a very faint, plain lotion smell. 

Advanced Treatment Mask 30mL/1.0fl oz || Estimated value: $8 ($6 preferred) 
Beneficial ingredients of note: Sulfur 6%, kaolin clay
Detrimental Ingredients of note: None
Sulfur is a peeling agent, drying the skin and helping to get rid of sebum, dirt, and so on. 6% sulfur sounds like a whole lot, but it's probably because it's in a mask form instead of a leave on treatment. With masks, it's important to wash them off as soon as they begin to dry, because otherwise you're drying your skin too much, and your skin will be dehydrated. This mask is a creamy white and spreads fairly easily. I found it very easy to wash off.  

The total 24Clearit introductory system comes at a regular price of $60 (preferred $40). With the mask bonus, I got a value of $68 (preferred $46) for the cost of $10 for my quarterly subscription! Thank you, Beauty Box 5, for allowing me to try this out at a fantastic value! Because of this great offer, I've decided to extend my BB5 subscription for another 3 months.

I've been using the system for almost a week now and I have definitely seen a reduction in small pimples here and there. I don't have bad acne by any means, but using the cleanser at least once a day, and using the AM and PM treatments every day as spot treatments on my T-zone have really cleared up the tiny little trouble spots I have. I've had no redness or drying issues, because I do use toner beforehand and follow up with lots of moisturizer).

Do I recommend the 24Clearit system? Yes. A huge yes! As long as you listen to your skin (using only as much product as needed but still on a semi-regular basis) and make sure to moisturize very well, there is little reason to believe that 24Clearit won't help if you have acne issues. I highly recommend the cleanser, mask, and AM treatment. The PM treatment may be too drying for some. I do not recommend the toner. Overall, it's a great system and should be fantastic for those with sensitivities to artificial colours or fragrances.

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