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No More Dry Spells With Clinique’s Moisture Surge Collection


As if my skin isn’t dry enough during spring and summer, come wintertime, it is positively dessicated. Between the dry winter air outside and the scratchy throat-inducing heat emanated by indoor radiators, keeping my skin moisturized is a Napoleonic battle. Not only is parched skin itchy, achy and uncomfortable, but it means a duller overall tone, more noticeable fine lines, and a rougher overall texture. Bottom line: your skin needs fluids to look its best. Selecting the right moisturizer for the winter months, however, can be tricky — after all, if your home’s heating system is rather potent and you apply an overly thick, balmy cream, you’re bound to feel like a giant ball of Crisco (not sexy!). Buy you also don’t want a lightweight moisturizer that won’t fully penetrate the skin since it will feel about as satisfactory as  drinking a pee wee cup of water after a three-mile run.

Enter Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, a blush pink gel cream that’s lighter in texture than a soufflé, a cup of Jell-O, or even your typical aloe vera gel. The gel cream goes on really smooth and doesn’t feel the least bit sticky, plus it’s absorbed within 5 minutes or less, leaving no balmy or greasy residue. Best of all, as soon as your skin absorbs it, you can sense an immediate improvement in your skin’s texture — it feels softer, more supple, and way more comfortable, like an instant boost. Now, I’ve tried a gazillion moisturizers but few have the ability to deliver instant results (despite what their labels might say) — this one, however, definitely does.

One application promises to provide a solid 24 hours of moisture (think of it as an IV drip that’s constantly infusing hydrating nutrients into the dermis). That being said, as someone with particularly dehydrated skin, I’d advise using the Moisture Surge Cream twice daily (morning and night, after cleansing).

Also, keep in mind that this product is designed for those of us who struggle with dry skin — if you also have other skin concerns (premature signs of aging, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, etc.), you may want to integrate products that address those woes into your skincare routine, complementing your Moisture Surge use.

Another benefit: the Moisture Surge cream can be used on cuticles (I have really dry skin around my fingers, so I’ve been dabbing it along the sides of my nails as well), and it can be used on hair to tame fly-aways or smooth frizzy ends. I’ve even used it as  leave-in conditioner!

Some experts also recommend patting a bit of the Moisture Surge Cream above makeup when you need a quick pick-me-up. For this purpose, however, I’d be more keen on using the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief, a portable spritzer that features soothing aloe vera, Centella asiatica (which works as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial),yeast extract (which works as a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin), glycerin, and other skin-quenching and calming ingredients.

Clinique never disappoints when it comes to skincare, and the Moisture Surge line is no exception — it’s officially been inducted into my personal hall-of-fame (along with the genius Even Better, Comfort On Call, and Youth Surge lines).


Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, $34, and Clinique Moisture Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief, $20. Available at Clinique.com


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