Is Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion Targeted To The Wrong Skin Type?

by Gio

dr dennis gross hyaluronic marine oil free moisture cushion

Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion has all the right gimmicks:

  • A cool, bluish tint that makes it stand out from the crowd
  • An innovative “water-break” texture that lets the cream turn into a gel when you slather it on
  • An exotic name that evokes some anti-aging gem fished out of the sea

But when put to the test, can it really turn dull, dehydrated and dry skin into a plump, dewy and hydrated complexion like it promises? Or are the gimmicks all it’s got?

Let’s take a look at the evidence:

Hyaluronic Acid

Technically, Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion doesn’t contain hyaluronic acid. It has sodium hyaluronate, a derivative.

But, they do the same thing: attract moisture from the environment into the skin. Sodium hyaluronate does it so well, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water.

All that moisture is good news for your skin: it makes it softer and smoother, plumps it up and brightens it from within.

Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine


I’ve got good and bad news for you.

Good news first: this moisturiser has its fair share of antioxidants, including Vitamin E and watermelon extract.

Bad news: they won’t be stable forever. It’s an open secret that antioxidants lose a bit of their effectiveness every time they’re exposed to light and air (read: every time you open the jar).

That’s a deal breaker for a lot of people (me included). But if you like its texture and hydrating power and don’t want to give up on it, use it quickly and close that lid tight super fast.

This isn’t a moisturiser you can forget in a drawer for months or leave open while you apply it. Got it?


Me loves some dimethicone:

  • It gives good slip to a cream so that it glides on the skin smoothly
  • It fills in fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller (but the effect is only temporary 🙁 )
  • It makes skin velvety soft to the touch

The best part? They don’t suffocate skin. Silicones have a weird molecular structure that’s made of wide molecules with big, gaping holes between them.

This allows them to create a protective barrier on the skin that still lets perspiration out and actives in.

Related: Are Silicones In Skincare Good Or Bad?

Citrus Oils

Just a quick note if you have sensitive skin: this moisturiser has citrus oils, some of the most irritating ingredients used in skincare.

I know it sucks. Lemon and orange smell so good (although this cream has a very mild scent so you won’t exactly smell like lemon cake….).

My skin doesn’t get irritated easily so this moisturiser didn’t bother it but if your skin’s very sensitive, better be safe than sorry.

Related: 7 Natural Ingredients That Can Irritate Your Skin

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion claims to be a godsend for dry skin but, in my experience, it works best for oily skin. Huh?

Well, for once it’s oil-free. If there’s a skin type that doesn’t need more oil is oily skin.

Then, there’s the texture: it’s so refreshing, lightweight and absolutely non-sticky. It delivers a lot of moisture to the skin BUT not enough for dry/dehydrated skin.

My skin has gotten drier since I moved to London but it still gets a little oilier on the t-zone. Granted, even that isn’t as oily as it used to be but I still get a little excess shine there.

This moisturiser worked wonders on my t-zone but, on the coldest days of the year, it left my dry cheeks crying for moisture. On some mornings, my skin felt so tight, I had to apply an extra dose of cream to keep it happy.

I also stopped using it at night when I realised I’d often wake up with slightly dry skin. Instead, I put it on in the morning after a hyaluronic acid serum. This combo definitely works best for dry skin.

My oilier patches couldn’t be happier with or without the hyaluronic acid serum. The cream made them softer and smoother and had a lovely glow.

If you have oily skin and are willing to use it quickly/supplement with a separate antioxidant serum, you’ll like this. But if your skin is dehydrated, a hyaluronic acid serum followed by a facial oil would work better.

Available at: $60.00/£50.50 at Nordstrom and SpaceNK

What are your thoughts on Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion? Share them in the comments below.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octadecene, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caulerpa Lentillifera Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Phospholipids, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Collagen Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isododecane, Disodium EDTA-Copper, Ceteareth-20, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sorbitan Oleate, Linalool, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citronellal, Hydroxycitronellal, Citral, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.