7.19.2012

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator Review

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

Although I love Clinique, I'm not a huge fan of their recently-released Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator ($37).

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator is a decent product, but it is not the type of heavy-duty moisturizer that the name suggests. Instead of a rich, luxurious texture, Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator has an oil-free, gel-creme formula that feels light on the skin. While the amount of moisture it provides is adequate for my oily complexion, I don't think this product would be effective for someone combating serious dryness.

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator contains some great ingredients such as antioxidants to keep your skin bright and healthy, linoleic acid to repair skin cells, and sodium hyaluronate to maintain the skin's function. Unfortunately, these wonderful ingredients are wasted.

No matter how great the ingredients are, Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator has one fatal flaw: jar packaging. Exposure to light and air degrades the efficacy of antioxidants and other valuable ingredients, so any benefits offered by this product will diminish over time. I personally take a long time to use up a moisturizer, so this thing would be nearly worthless by the time I finished with it! It is so frustrating when skin care companies put otherwise decent products in jar packaging. Clinique is usually pretty good about using pumps and squeeze tubes to effectively preserve ingredients (see Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel), so I don't know why they dropped the ball on this one.

If Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator were packaged in a pump, I would feel comfortable recommending it for people with slightly dry to slightly oily skin. But as it stands, you should consider saving your money for a moisturizer that won't lose its benefits over time.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Squalane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Caffeine, Whey Protein\Lactis Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Cholesterol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Petrolatum, PEG-150, Sucrose, Pyridoxine Dipalmitate, Linoleic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Polysilicone-11, Propylene Carbonate, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, PEG-8, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol


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