Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Best Moisturiser Ever!


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My skin is very awkward, to say the least: Dry, sensitive, spot-prone with a few oily parts thrown in there for good measure. I've had eczema since I was a baby and it still flares up and causes me problems as an 18-year old. Not many of you will know this but I actually couldn't wear makeup for many of my teenage years because my skin was so allergic to it. I am still quite allergic to makeup - my skin feels slightly itchy when I apply foundation and concealer, and you'll often see me touching my face over on Snapchat {@clionahill} because of it. The eczema completely dries out my skin and although I have combination skin, it definitely leans more on the dry side. As you can imagine it's hard to find skincare products to suit all my skins needs, but good news for all you ladies who have similar skin to mine, here's one that ticks all the boxes.


I was a little apprehensive about buying the Clinique Moisture Surge as it retails at €45! I could never justify spending that kind of money on one skincare product. However, when I received a €25 gift voucher for Christmas I decided to put it towards the moisturiser and that way it felt like I only paid €20 for it ;-)


Scent & Ingredients:

The product is 100% fragrance-free and to me it smells very fresh - Often when products are fragrance-free I find that they have a strong clinical smell but this just smells of nothing, really. 

I researched endlessly and re-read the ingredients on the tub 100 times to double check that it didn't contain hyaluronic acid. I just couldn't believe that a product that doesn't contain hyaluronic acid could be that hydrating. But, it's probably due to the combination of hydrating ingredients such as Aloe, Glycerin, Birch Bark Extract and Green tea. Glycerin is thought to provide a protective barrier which helps prevent moisture loss as well as Aloe which also provides many skin nourishing properties. This concoction is certainly working for me! 


Texture/ Consistency:

This lightweight gel is very cooling on the skin. If you read my review of the Origins Ginzing moisturiser then you'll know that I always gravitate towards these types consistencies as they soothe my skin if it's feeling a little irritated after a day of wearing makeup. 

The consistency isn't very thick which I like because sometimes I find that moisturisers feel too heavy and it's like they're clogging up my pores. It doesn't leave any greasy residue whatsoever and my skin soaks it up within a second.


Results:

At the start of the year, I strayed away from my beloved cleanser Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish {review} and I learned my lesson! I was kindly gifted with dry, flaky, irritated skin from this new cleanser that I tried. It was so dry that even my tinted moisturiser was enhancing my flaky skin and was showing up patchy! After 2.5 weeks of using this moisturiser day and night, the dry flaky patches disappeared and my foundation never looked better. 

My skin has also felt a lot plumper and more hydrated. I always get dehydrated lines on my forehead but whilst I was using this they had reduced also. Normally, I need to exfoliate three times a week because all of my foundations usually just cling to the dry patches and it looks awful- However, whilst I was using this I only needed to exfoliate once a week which was much better for my sensitive skin.



Is it worth the pennies?

I'm a little conflicted about this because on one hand I do feel that it's the best moisturiser I've ever tried but on the other hand, it is very expensive. I'm currently saving up my Boots points to buy another one because I can't live without it but at the same time I just don't have the funds to fork out for one product! 

Personally, I'll just stick to mixing a bit of hydrating oil into the Origins Ginzing moisturiser until I get a gift card or save up my Boots points :-)


What's your favourite moisturiser?

Love,
Cliona xx


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