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Nelsons Pure & Clear Nourishing Moisturizer


Updated July 31, 2011

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Nelsons Pure and Clear Nourishing Moisturizer:

A light moisturizer made especially for blemish-prone skin. This moisturizer can be used on its own, or as part of Nelsons Pure and Clear 4-step acne treatment system.

Active Ingredients:

Arnica, calendula, hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort)

Other Ingredients:

Shea butter, tea tree oil, lavender oil, grapefruit peel oil, aloe vera leaf extract


About $13 for 4.2 fl. oz.

Where You Can Buy:

Whole Foods Markets and other retailers, and online at Nelsons Natural World (manufacturer’s website)


  • Absorbs quickly
  • Very light, slightly citrusy scent
  • Non-oily feel


  • May not be moisturizing enough for some skin types
  • Doesn't contain SPF

Nelsons Pure & Clear Nourishing Moisturizer Review:

I'll admit, I'm picky about moisturizers (as are most people with acne, I'm sure.) Finding one that moisturizes without being greasy, and that doesn't clog pores and make breakouts worse, can be a tough find.

But I had high hopes for Nelsons Pure & Clear Nourishing Moisturizer. I liked the bottle right off. Two pumps dispensed the perfect amount of moisturizer for me. Using just this amount, the moisturizer will last a long time.

The smell was nice and light, with a hint of citrus and something more herbaceous. It wasn't overpowering, and I think even the guys would be happy with it.

The moisturizer disappeared into my skin quickly... maybe a little too quickly. I was disappointed; it wasn't quite moisturizing enough. My face still felt too dry afterward. For more oily skin types, it may be a better fit.

What I did like was the non-greasy feel. The moisturizer was so light and didn't leave that heavy, oily film that so many others can.

The ingredients piqued my interest too. Many of the herbs included have been purported to soothe skin irritations. Even if they don't do anything special, calendula, lavender and arnica certainly sound lovely.

Like all the products in Nelsons Pure & Clear acne skin-care line, this moisturizer contains no artificial fragrance or colorants and is not tested on animals. It is also free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate and PEGs.

It doesn't contain sunscreen, either. If you want your daily SPF, you'll need a separate facial sunscreen applied over the top.

All in all, this is a very nice moisturizer, one that oily-skinned folks will be pleased with.

Nourishing Moisturizer is step 3 in Nelsons Pure & Clear 4 Step acne care system.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.

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