I am an oily, blemish prone skin kind of person. At the same time I have trouble with dehydrated and flaky skin due to the acne fighting products that I use. I’m guessing I’m not alone in this issue. The dilemma that I end up with is that I want to wear moisturizer during the day to help with the flakiness, but because of my oily disposition I can’t stand how greasy my skin feels with moisturizer on. Even most lightweight moisturizers have me looking shiny by midday despite the fact that I powder. So I’ve been on the hunt for a moisturizer that feels truly weightless and I think I’ve found one. *Double doors swing open* Enter Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.
It provides light moisturization throughout the day without feeling like you have anything on your skin. You apply it and within seconds it dries down to a matte smooth finish. I was genuinely wowed in that respect. It has a lovely fresh, slightly herbal scent that I don’t find at all irritating for my sensitive skin. Granted I don’t actually think that this moisturizer is “dramatically different” in terms of its moisturizing ability, but I find it does a fine job to tide me over until the evening when I break out a thicker, richer moisturizer. Plus, if my skin is feeling particularly parched in a certain patch and the Clinique moisturizing gel isn’t enough, I can just throw some of my trusty old LRP Cicaplast Baume on top. Being able to wear a moisturizer during the daytime and not feeling like a grease ball after a couple of hours is a new and exciting experience for me.
In terms of price, I’m impressed. I bought the smaller size (which is still fairly large at 1.7oz) this time for $18 Canadian, but I think next time around I’ll go for the large, 4.2oz size, which is even better value at $32. The large comes with a handy pump too. Pumps: a lazy man’s best friend. Overall, I think Clinique did a fantastic job with this moisturizer. I wouldn’t recommend it for dry skin types, but for us oily people, it’s a little slice of heaven.