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Clinique Moisture Surge Extra Thirsty Skin Relief
Member Name: koshkha
Clinique Moisture Surge Extra Thirsty Skin Relief
Advantages: Fast acting, refreshing and effective
Disadvantages: Expensive - but a little goes a long way.
I've never been a very girlie girl. I'm rarely caught in a skirt and I can't be bothered with make up and fussing about with my hair. However one thing I've always been very good about is looking after my skin. I can't claim any inherited wisdom, any grandmotherly advice or any shared experiences of dabbing Oil of Ulay on my face whilst sitting on my mother's knee since I come from a family of women who never really bothered. I think the time and cost has paid off because at a time when everything else is heading south, my face is doing pretty well. I have the benefit of a sister two years younger than me who never took care of her skin and it's gratifying to do an "I've got less wrinkles than you" check each time we meet up.
I'm not generally very brand loyal and I have tried many different brands and manufacturers over the years. I'm rarely disciplined enough to follow any kind of regime so I tend not to notice whether something is working (or not) unless it's a real stand-out product. I actually think that when it comes to moisturisers the most important thing is to use 'something' rather than nothing. Even a cheap supermarket moisturiser will be better than ignoring your skin and hoping for the best. However, I spend a lot of time in airports and when I'm bored or tired, I am susceptible to loitering in the duty free shops. Consequently I have a perfume collection to be proud (or ashamed - depending on attitude) and a lot of Clinique products.
When faced with lots of fluff and fancy, there's something very reassuring about the clean, minimalist lines of the Clinique range. I'm attracted more to functionality than fluff so Clinique looks right to me. Did you know - maybe this has been written a zillion times before - that Clinique used to be known as 'Linique' in Germany because local legislation meant it was illegal to give a product a name that implied clinical efficacy? There you go, that's my irrelevant fact for the day. On to the product.
I have quite dry skin - not to the degree that it's flaky or scaly or anything yukky, but it can get a bit dull and tight if it's not well moisturised. One of my favourite Clinique products for when my skin needs a treat is Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. It's a light, gentle gel product that really does feel as if it lives up to its claims by quenching the needs of thirsty skin. Too many cosmetic companies seem to think that dry skin needs heavy greasy creams so it's nice to get something that's both light and effectiveIt's presented in a transparent jar with a silver lid and the lines are clean and fuss-free. I believe it's also available in a tube format (either in gift packs or magazine promotion products) but I find all the Clinique tubes frustrating because I can never get the last few drops out so given the option, I'd go jar every time. With the jar I can usually get several more applications out of what looks to the untrained eye like an empty jar. If you are determined, there's always a tiny bit in the corner.
The product is a light, soft pink gel. You need a very small dab because it glides on and spreads very thinly. A little goes a long way and at 30 quid a jar, it needs to. I'd liken the feel to being a like an aloe vera gel but without the slight tightening feeling that goes with aloe vera. It has a gentle slightly cooling impact when it first hits your skin, feels ever so slightly sticky for the first minute or two and after three or four the surface of your skin is dry enough to apply other products on top. Moisture Surge smooths on, sinks in and leaves my skin feeling softer and slightly velvety all day long. If there is a scent, I can't pick up much other than a general aura of 'smells clean' if you know what I mean. Clinique claim you can use the product under or over makeup but since I don't wear make up I can't confirm that though all my instincts say it's just plain daft to put it on top. It can also be used as a moisture mask if you slap it on thick - but that's an expensive habit to develop.
I've probably been through more jars of this than any other Clinique product so it's fair to say that it's a favourite. On a trip to the US 3 years ago I found a Clinique outlet shop where this was costing well under half the UK price so I stocked up with so much that I'm still going strong. From that you can tell two things - that I bought a lot and that I am too mean to use it all the time.
I tend to keep this as a travel moisturiser, one I use to combat the drying conditions of airline travel or hotel air conditioning and to give my skin a boost if I've had too much sun. Since the standard jar is only 50 ml, there's no risk of getting it confiscated in the airport. The great benefit over more conventional moisturisers is that it's not at all greasy. I may not care much how I look on a flight but I don't particularly want to look like I've been basted and particularly in warm weather nobody wants to shine. I don't use it all the time because I don't tend to see it as a stand alone product - rather I used it as a for an occasional treat. In the summer months I prefer a product with sun protection (which this doesn't have) during the day time and a dab of this to keep up the hydration. Often I apply it under a facial sun block to prevent my skin feeling too dry. The fast absorption of the gel means I don't have to wait long between applying Moisture Surge and then popping sun block on top. Multi-stage processes don't work for me unless they are really quick - the moment I step away from the bathroom mirror, I'm unlikely to remember to go back for stage two.
Clinique Moisture Surge works for me. No product works for everyone so if you can't afford to make a mistake, try to get yourself a sampler size. There should be lots knocking around on eBay after this was a gift with purchase on a recent magazine promotion. Watch out also for Duty Free combo-offers which generally combine this with the Moisture Surge Face Spray (which I just don't get at all) and a moisturising eye cream. Typically you can get the three for the normal price of just the main product.
Summary: I love it and I keep buying and using it.