Brand Spotlight / Superdrug Clearly Youthful

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Superdrug Clearly Youthful Range
Ever since Superdrug announced that all of their own brand products were going to be Leaping Bunny certified, I have been dying to try basically everything that they sell. One of the ranges that caught my eye was their Clearly Youthful range, which is designed for aging and problem skin. Now, you might be thinking: girl, your skin is fine and you aren’t that old, and I agree, but what attracted me to this line of products is that they contain a lot of ingredients such as salicylic acid and AHA/BHA that are usually found in higher end skin saviours. Having been using a high end BHA exfoliator for quite a while now and not really being blown away by that particular one, I wanted to see if these super affordable options would present a better alternative.

I’ve seen some reviews say that they weren’t impressed by the packaging and that it was one of their least favourite things about this range, and I really don’t get it! Maybe it’s just the minimalist in me, but the pastel colours and very simple logos really appeal to me and were what first made me look at them when browsing the Superdrug website.

Superdrug Clearly Youthful AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cream Cleanser
The first product that I picked up was the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cream Cleanser. This is described as having a rich but gentle formula that removes residual makeup and impurities and leaves skin clearer, softer and brighter. I’m starting to run out of my usual cream cleanser, so I thought this might be a nice alternative with some added oomph to keep my pores clear.

The packaging is a very simple tube, and costs a mere £3.69 for 150ml. It recommends using a cotton pad to apply a small amount of this to the face (avoiding the eye area) and to then repeatedly wipe it away until all of the product is gone, but I prefer to massage it into my face with my fingers and then wash it away with some warm water and pat dry. I’ve been using this in place of my morning cleanser for a couple of months now and I’ve been pretty impressed with it. I just use gentler, cream cleansers in the morning to wash away any oils that accumulated overnight, rather than doing a proper morning cleansing ritual, and this does the job of cleaning my skin up and does seem to have a pore cleansing and tightening effect that other higher end BHA/AHA products promise but haven’t always delivered on for me.

Perhaps the only downside to this is that it does smell a bit cheap and chemically; it reminds me of some of the cheap, old school beauty products my mum used to use in the early nineties. That aside, I’m happy to keep using this baby.

Superdrug Clearly Youthful Hydrating Day Serum
The next product I’ve been trying out as part of my day time skincare routine is the Hydrating Booster Serum. This is a creamy serum that comes in a plastic bottle with a pump, and is £4.89 for 50ml. Among other things, this contains salicylic and hyaluronic acid and is designed to provide deep hydration, fight blemishes, excess oils and help to tighten pores and fine lines. It also promises to help mattify the skin and control oil and sebum production throughout the day, so is supposedly great for staying glowy without looking like an oil slick at the end of the day.

Paired with the other products this, again, seems to be helping my skin. It doesn’t quite do all of the miracles it boasts – apparently I’m supposed to look brighter and more radiant as soon as I slap it on, which I can’t say I do – but it has helped to keep my skin hydrated and under control throughout the day. Over the past few months I’ve been battling with my skin type changing from combination to dry, and this has helped me to strike a great balance between being moisturised but not so moisturised that I end up too oily combined with my other hydrating products. I use a face oil and/or shea butter as well as using this serum, so I haven’t noticed any mattifying effects (and wouldn’t want any as I prefer a dewy finish these days) but my face does seem to produce a little less oil while staying bright and hydrated, and my base makeup seems to move around a little less since I’ve started using this.

Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum
Next up is the Resurfacing Night Serum. This is another one that claims to be both anti-blemish, youth-boosting, and anti-shine, but this serum is particularly designed to nourish, replenish and refine your skin’s texture while you sleep. As incredibly affordable as the other products, this is also £4.89 for 50ml and comes in a bottle with a handy dropper. Compared to the day serum, this has a much looser, more viscous consistency that’s almost a cross between a cream and an oil and, well, I’ll be totally honest and say it totally looks like semen.

The instructions say to use two to three drops onto the back of your hand, then to massage it into the skin in circular motions using your fingertips until full absorbed. I’ve been using this every night, followed by a moisturiser, for a few weeks as part of my new skincare regime and I’ve noticed quite a big difference. My skin looks not only hydrated, but glowing and plump when I wake up in the morning, and my blackheads and pores – although not gone by any means – have been much more manageable and under my control.

Superdrug Clearly Youthful Retexturising Glycolic Peel Off Mask
The last product I’ve been using is the Retexturising Glycolic Peel Off Mask. This is a mask for using once or twice a week, and promises to clarify and purify the skin for a more radiant complexion. It’s a very unusual mask compared to others that I’ve tried in the past – the texture is quite sticky and you need to use quite a lot of product to create a thick enough layer to actually peel off. After leaving it on for ten to fifteen minutes until it’s no longer tacky, you’re then supposed to be able to peel it off your face but I often find I can only peel off pieces and then have to rub or wash off the rest, which is a bit of a pain.

This is probably the only one of the range that I’ve tried that I’ve not really thought ‘oh wow I need to repurchase this’. It does seem to leave my skin feeling that little bit brighter and more refreshed, but I haven’t noticed as much of a difference using this as I have with the cleanser and serums. Plus, the faff of applying it and taking it off again means that although it’s an okay mask to use, I tend to reach for one of my others instead just because they’re easier to deal with.

This is another one that’s affordable at £4.89 for 50ml, but I’m doubtful that it will last me nearly as long as the serums just because I seem to have to use quite a lot of it to layer it on thick enough to peel off again!

I really, really like most of these products. I’ve been using the cleanser for the longest, followed by the night serum, and these two in particular are the stars of the show for me, though I’ve enjoyed and been seeing a positive difference from the day serum too. After trying these out, I don’t think I’m going to bother repurchasing my high end chemical exfoliater because, well, these are about a fifth of the price and have been doing a much better job. The only one that I’m on the fence about and probably won’t be running off to buy again is the glycolic peel, but I’m going to reserve some of my judgement until I’ve at least finished the bottle and then see what I think then.

One possible negative that you may want to be aware of when purchasing these for yourself is that because all of them contain acids including lactic acid, if you don’t already then you’ll need to wear SPF the day of and after use as this can heighten your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Given that these are supposed to be anti-aging products, you don’t want to defeat the point by letting the sun damage and age your skin after using them!

Superdrug Clearly Youthful Cruelty Free & Vegan
As well as these four items there are a few others available (a blemish gel, a 3-in-1 cleanser/scrub/mask and an SPF15 daytime moisturiser) on Superdrug’s website and in store that I haven’t tried but are on my list to pick up some time in the near future. All of the products in the Clearly Youthful range are certified by Cruelty Free International and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, so it’s probably safe to say they tick all the boxes for me. If you’re like me and have been looking into some products for tightening pores, helping to handle blackheads and just generally boosting your skin’s radiance, definitely give this range a try before you go investing your money in something more expensive!

Have you tried any of Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful products?


  1. These look great! I'm soon to run out of the Body Shop's Vitamin E range and I'm looking for a new range to try afterwards so I'll no doubt give these a go!
    And YES serums always seem to look like semen.... lush!

    Rebecca Claire,

    ps. update on #blogggersagainstfascism soon!

    1. Yay! And I can't say I've ever noticed it before but I think it's because I used aloe-based ones that were more jelly-like, but the likeness of that night serum to it is just uncanny...

      Thanks for reading - can't wait to see the other #bloggersagainstfascism responses!

  2. Ahh, I can't wait to try some of these, good old Superdrug! Great review, thanks for sharing xx

    1. Thanks so much and thanks for reading!

  3. Your blog photos are wicked! :)

  4. I love Superdrug's own brand stuff but I've not tried this range before, it sounds lovely! I'm definitely with you on the packaging - I love the minimalism and the pastel colours too :) xx


    1. If you try it out, I hope you like it! I got most of mine on half off offers and I think there was a buy one get one half price recently too... gotta love Superdrug discounts! I know! Don't get how anyone would dislike it.

  5. I agree with you re: the packaging. I like the simplicity and pastel colours :)

  6. I'm so glad to read this post, I recently purchased the cleanser and exfoliator after getting to my wits end with my skin. I'm also impressed with it! I just want to buy the serums now.

  7. The packaging is so beautiful! I usually use clean&clear products but I'm definitely going to give some of these a try :) xx


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