Can I tell you a secret?
I’ve never jumped on the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion bandwagon – and NOT just because my skin isn’t SO dry to need something so heavy duty.
I just think it’s boring. You see, I’m a weirdo who likes to dissect skincare labels. And this one looked like something that came out of a 60s lab. Revolutionary at the time. Nothing special now.
So when I heard that Clinique wanted to give 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?
There’s a reason you see glycerin in 99% of skincare products out there. It’s a wonderful humectant that attracts water from the environment into the skin. This reduces water loss, increases the skin’s moisture levels and strengthens its natural barrier. A great first step towards more hydration.
Yep, urea as that thing that’s in your pee. Ewww! But worry not. No pee was used here. You can make this stuff in a lab these days (who said that was a BAD thing?!).
Urea does the same thing as glycerin: it binds water to the skin so it stays hydrated for hours.
This is a form of hyaluronic acid, my fave humectant ever. It can hold 1000 times its weight in water! Can you image how much moisture your skin is getting?! Mind blown.
Plus, unlike most humectants, sodium hyaluronate works well in both low and high humidity conditions. Win win.
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 could have used ceramides or any other natural components of your skin’s protective barrier instead than something so maligned. 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.
Phenoxyethanol and Trisodium EDTA 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 Moisturising Lotion Plus strengthens your skin’s protective barrier so moisture stays in. On this, they deliver 100%. If that’s what you’re looking for from a moisturiser, you’ll love this.
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 will do the job very well. Just don’t expect more than that.
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