I’ve never jumped on the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion bandwagon – and NOT just because my skin isn’t SO dry to need something so heavy duty.
I just think it’s boring. Take a look at the INCI list: it looks like something that came out of a 60s lab. Revolutionary at the time. Nothing special now.
So when I heard that Clinique was giving it a makeover, I thought “About time!”. And then I saw what they did with it…
Turns out, the new Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus ain’t that different from the original…
For the series “the more things change, the more they stay the same”…
Clinique just added a bunch of humectants (moisture magnets that steal water from the air) and changed the preservative system. Out are parabens and in are Trisodium EDTA and Phenoxyethanol.
Did Clinique make the right call here? Let’s investigate:
Key Ingredients In Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus
Now that skin has way more moisture than before, it becomes softer to the touch, plumps up fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller and makes on a dewy glow.
Yep, urea as that thing that’s in your pee. Ewww!
Don’t panic. There’s no pee in Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus. You can make urea in a lab these days (who said that was a BAD thing?!).
So what does pee – ermmm, I meant urea – does for your skin? Urea is a moisture magnet on steroids (like glycerin but way better). Here are all its superpowers:
- Humectant: urea has a high water content itself plus it absorb lots more from the air, making it super hydrating
- Exfoliant: it weakens the glue between dead cells so they slough off sooner
- Soothing: it has anti-itching and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritations and redness
- Anti-fungal: it inhibits the growth of malassezia, the fungus that’s involved in fungal acne, psoriasis, eczema etc…
In other words, urea is super hydrating, soothing and helps you treat all kinds of skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
Yep, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus has one more moisture magnet: sodium hyaluronate.
Sodium hyaluronate is a form of hyaluronic acid that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water! Can you image how much moisture your skin is getting?! Mind blown.
All this extra moisture is going to make your skin softer, plumper and dewier than ever before.
All this extra moisture is good BUT it can’t fight dry skin alone.
Here’s the deal: skin is dry because moisture evaporates through its DAMAGED protective barrier. You can add all the water you want to your skin but if you don’t fix the cracks in that barrier, it’s gonna do NOTHING for you.
That’s where mineral oil comes in. It forms a barrier on the skin that keeps water in.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus could have used ceramides or any other natural components of your skin’s protective barrier instead than something with such a bad rep. But hey, I guess mineral oil was cheaper.
While we’re on the subject, let’s debunk a couple of myths:
- Mineral oil isn’t comedogenic: if you use products with comedogenic ingredients before putting it on, it’ll trap them into the skin and lead to breakouts. But alone, it won’t give you any pimples.
- Mineral oil isn’t carcinogenic: yes, it may be derived from oil but it undergoes a strict purifying process before it’s added to your lotions and potions.
Related: Is Mineral Oil Bad For Skin?
You know what else won’t kill you? Parabens. I could write a long blog post about why they’ve been unfairly maligned and to show you the science that PROVES they’re safe.
Are you back? Good. So now you know that parabens are the safest and gentlest preservatives around. They protect your lotions and potions both from bacteria, yeast and fungi and don’t irritate skin.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion got rid of them and switched to Phenoxyethanol and Trisodium EDTA. Too bad they AREN’T as effective.
Phenoxyethanol kills gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria but struggles to get rid of fungi. Trisodium EDTA prevents the product from going bad by binding itself to metals that are harmful to it.
Oh well, at least the bottle makes it difficult for bacteria and other nasties to find their way inside anyway…
What Else Is Here?
Clinique promises you that Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus strengthens your skin’s protective barrier so moisture stays in. On this, it delivers 100%.
If you’re just looking for a basic moisturiser that well… deeply moisturises skin and keeps it soft and smooth even in the coldest of weather, this is it.
If you’re new to retinol and your skin’s flaking like crazy, again this moisturiser can help. It counteracts the dryness from retinol so your skin can tolerate it better.
So what’s my problem with this? It’s 2014, ladies. ANY moisturiser nowadays does that. These days, I expect a few antioxidants to fight wrinkles too. Where the heck are those?!
Not here, I tell you.
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The Bottom Line
If you have dry skin and are looking for a basic moisturizer to keep it soft and hydrated for hours, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus does the job splendidly. But don’t expect more than that.
Have you tried Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus? Share your thoughts below.
Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil, Urea, Lanolin Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 33.
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