Say Bye Bye To Dry, Flaky Skin With Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream

by Gio

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It’s so rare to find a moisturizer that does what it says on the tin. These days, they’re all competing for attention by making the most outlandish claims.

Like, our cream can detoxify skin (nope, my kidneys do that, thank you very much). Or it can activate this or that gene (hope not, cos that may cause cancer, and who wants that?!). Or contains maximum concentrations of key actives which upregulate epidermal growth factors for fibroblast development (what the heck does that even mean?!).

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream keeps it simple. It claims to provide a “concentrated immediate & long-term hydration for a radiantly refreshed complexion.” And it delivers exactly that.

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A Godsend For Dry Skin

The cream is very heavy-duty. It has one of the thickest textures I’ve ever come across. That’s great news for dry skin. Not so much for oily skin. Mine is combination, so I experienced what it does to both skin types.

As I said, it does wonders for dry skin. I recently overdid the retinol on my undereye area. My skin always tolerates retinol well, so thought I could risk it and reduce those wrinkles there a bit faster. Bad idea. I was left with dry, flaky patches that hurt if I only gently touched them. Ouch!

Benefit Total Moisture Face Cream came to the rescue. Within four days, my dry patches disappeared. My skin was as good as new. Soft. Smooth. Well-hydrated and moisturized.

Oily Skin, Beware!

My oily t-zone was less pleased. While on my dry areas, the cream quickly absorbed, on my oily bits it stayed on the surface for ages, making it greasy and oily. Yuck. It didn’t make me breakout, but that’s probably because I stopped using it there after a few days.

I may be a dedicated beauty blogger and all that, but there really is no point in keep using on oily skin a cream that’s clearly not formulated for it. It can only end badly.

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What’s In it?

So, what is this formulated with? Mainly hydrogenated lanolin, squalene, and glycerin. The first is an emollient that moisturizes skin and leaves it soft and smooth. The second a natural component of the skin that has moisturizing, antioxidant, and immune-stimulating properties.

The third, glycerin, is a humectant. It works by attracting water from the environment into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated.

What’s not in it is just as important. Antioxidants, those friends that help keep our skin looking younger for longer, are almost nowhere in sight. I don’t like that at all. It’s true I use an antioxidant serum anyway, but in this day and age, antioxidants should be added everywhere. Why so many brands think they’re optional is beyond me.

Cute, But Crappy, Packaging

I only tried a sample, so there’s only so little I can say on the packaging. But I’ll say this. It’s as cute as hell (Benefit packaging always is), but so bad for that little amount of antioxidants (mainly vitamin e) that managed to find its way into the jar.

Antioxidants degrade quickly when exposed to light and air, which means the little anti-aging properties the cream has will be long gone by the time you hit the bottom of the jar. 🙁

Should You Buy Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream?

If you have dry skin that desperately needs moisture, Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream is hard to beat. It quenches its thirst and keeps it well-moisturized for hours.

But, if you’re concerned about anti-aging, you’d have to splurge on an antioxidant serum too. Personally, I recommend you do so anyway, because serums contain a higher, more concentrated dose of antioxidants, so they work better and faster.

But if you’re on a budget, or don’t want to use too many skincare products, then it makes sense to buy a moisturizer chock-full of antioxidants. This ain’t it. All you can expect from it is hydration. A LOT of it.

Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hydrogenated Lanolin, Squalane, Glycerin, Methyl Trimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-8, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Ceteth-20, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Betaine, Decyloxazolidinone, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Steareth-25, Mango Seed Butter, Steareth-21. Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Xylitylglucoside, Ajuga Turkestanica Extract, Sorbitol, Anhydroxylitol, Sodium Hydroxide, Algin, Xylitol, Cellulose Gum, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Polyvinyl Alcohol, BHT


Pros: Very moisturizing, keeps very dry skin soft and smooth for hours; Helped heal my dry, flaky patches.

Cons: Not suitable for oily skin; Formula lacks antioxidants; Jar packaging is cute, but not practical.

Summary: Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream is a heavy-duty moisturizer that does exactly what it says on the tin: it hydrates even the driest of skin, leaving it soft and smooth for hours. But don’t expect anything more than that. And it’s too rich for other skin types too.

Price & Availability: £29.50 at Sephora.

Rating: 3.5/5

Present from my friend Annette. Affiliate links.

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Kelly B. October 7, 2015 - 7:59 pm

I definitely need to pick up a pot of this! I swear, the weather around me got super cold in 24 hours and my skin went from oily to dry just as quick 😀

Gio October 8, 2015 - 9:06 pm

Kelly, this’ll get back to normal just as quickly, I’m sure. 🙂

Janessa October 9, 2015 - 1:01 am

The packaging is so cute, but I agree, it sucks.
I don’t ever expect anti-aging or antioxidant benefits from jar packaging. I just get those from serums. 😀

Gio October 9, 2015 - 6:25 am

Janessa, it’s a shame brands still use jar packaging, isn’t it? Bottles and tubes are so much better.

Cheryl October 12, 2015 - 8:02 am

Great review! Some beauty claims are hilarious ey! Yet still so ‘puffery’ that they aren’t a medicine – there’s some art in treading that line 😉

Gio October 13, 2015 - 9:44 am

Cheryl, it’s incredible what they can get away with it, just by wording something “right”, isn’t it?


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