Ever since I discovered moisturizers, I've been searching for one that is not only suitable for my skin type, but really does the job well.
From low budget to extra expensive, there a tons of brands you can choose from and it is, sometimes, a matter of personal preference.
Now, I am not really into high end skincare - to me, it means spending a ridiculous amount of money on something fancy and shiny that gets used up fast, but with the same benefits as something less expensive.
Bearing all this in mind, before going out to buy a new moisturizer, I spend a lot of time researching it. The ingredients list is very important to me so, if I read about a product on the internet and the ingredients are not listed, I tend to move on to another product. I can't stand having to spend more than 5 minutes in front of a shelf, reading the ingredients on the packaging and trying to decide whether they would be good or bad for my skin. And I feel particularly irritated when I am asked by a sales person if they can be of any assistance, especially if I don't ask for it ( don't you? ).
Gifts from friends and family do include skincare from time to time, mostly on the budget side, but I am happy to get them nevertheless. And these are the only exceptions to my rule, but that does not mean I don't test drive them for a while before giving them the thumbs up or throwing them out.
I spent a lot of time researching the Clinique skincare products: browsing their page, reading reviews on all kinds of websites, analyzing their ingredients lists. So two products caught my eye: the
Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer serum ( which I received a sample of when I was shopping for skincare ) and the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract/Extrait D’Orge, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Caffeine, Triethelose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Polysilicone-11, Silica, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Oleth-10, Lactobacillus Ferment, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Disdoium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Yellow 5, Red 4, Yellow 6
As you can see, Dimethicone is second on the list - which may mean there's a lot of it. So, if you are allergic to this ingredient, skip this moisturizer.
Next, lots of antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients - I love the plant extracts and I find it funny to see there is cucumber in it as well. Cucumber has been used by my grandma for years!
Of course, there are various ingredients that are supposed to help prevent an allergic reaction to everything else, some ingredients that are classified as fragrances ( no, not the type that irritates your skin ), two preservatives and some ingredients that add a bit of color.
It is oil free, which is great for my already oily skin.
What it does:
Beside what Clinique claim it does - which I never read before buying a product - this is a good moisturizer.
And that is all it does: moisturizes the skin "on the verge of perfection".
I haven't head any allergic reactions to it - no flare-ups, no breakouts, no extra oiliness on my T zone. It has been a year since I started using it and it really did help keep my breakouts in check.
I love the fact that it is not a heavy cream. It feels soft, gets absorbed quickly and my face doesn't feel sticky at all.
Overall: a good investment and I do plan to get the full size bottle next - and test it on family members as well. :-D
Have you tried any of the products from Clinique's three-step?