I've gone through my fair share of different face moisturisers.
From drugstore brands like Nivea and Sukin, to slightly more expensive, but still accessible brands like Aesop and Dermalogica. Thanks to my mum's collection, I've also sampled Shiseido and Estee Lauder moisturisers too.
I have normal skin that's on the dry side. My skin doesn't feel dry to touch but there's always a noticeable lack of lasting moisture when I use moisturisers. If you regularly moisturise your hands after washing or your body after showering (which everyone should), then you probably know what I mean: your skin isn't actually dry to the touch, but it feels dry to you if you don't moisturise. (Also, my hot showers really don't help with the dryness issue but I really can't resist and yes, I will continue to have hot showers even when it's 39 degrees.)
I started using Aveeno lotion, which worked pretty well. It was a lightweight lotion that kept my skin moisturised all day but unfortunately left a slightly sticky residue that bothered me—even though it was invisible to the eye.
So, there I was, with 5 partially-used moisturisers, that I would pick and choose between daily.
Then one day, I receive an unexpected package from Clinique with 3 of their moisturisers. There was no obligation to post (this post isn't sponsored) so I took my sweet, sweet time testing them all in my daily routine before I decided whether I wanted to post about the results.
FYI, that was about 6 months ago. It's taken me that long to do this. Hmm, probably need to work on that <insert thinking emoji>.
Anyway, out of the three, I am head over heels in love, and lust also because it's so damn gorgeous, with their Moisture Surge moisturiser.
The texture is somewhere between that of a cream and a gel and oh my lord, it is the best. It is so refreshing to put this on every morning—the gel-like texture feels like you're applying a face mask. But then you rub it all in, and your skin feels amazing. Soft and plump, without any residue at all.
Retailing for $60, it's not exactly cheap, so I suspect I'll still 'shop around' and try other moisturisers before crawling back to this one.
is it Cruelty free?
Clinique is not completely cruelty-free as their products are sold in China where it animal testing is compulsory. It makes me feel a little better that the specific product I'm using hasn't been tested on animals, though some would argue that I'm still supporting a business that still endorses it indirectly (they're not wrong).
But I have a less strict, and probably less popular, worldview. In my opinion, as long as people are aware and mindful of the products they use with the intention of minimising their impact on the environment, then that still makes a world of difference. It doesn't only have to be 'all or nothing' - a little change can go a long way. E.g. you don't have to be a vegan to save the world. Just don't have meat with EVERY single dish and you're already reducing your impact.
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