Rated 4.41 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Instant improvement for my dry, flaky skin
I'm 31 years old and pretty good about taking care of my skin. I see a dermatologist, get facials and abide by a daily skincare routine: gentle cleansers, daily moisturizer with broad spectrum 30 SPF, a vitamin c serum, dermatologist- prescribed retinal and a night cream. However, I do have the bad habit of taking hot showers. As a result I have very dry, flaky skin.
I was using IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream hoping it would improve my dry skin, but my skin was still flaky and difficult to apply make-up to. I tried a lot of products trying to improve the dryness of my skin- even slathering my face in Aquaphor. However, this product has provided me with the quickest turn-around. My skin is no longer uncomfortably dry. I have a little bit of flakiness still, but I've only used this product three times, so I hope to see continued improvement. I definitely recommend.
Please take note- this particular product is fragrance free, but other products in the Hydro Boost line are not. If you have sensitive, dry skin, I recommend sticking to the non-comedogenic, fragrance- free formulas. I checked all the ingredients in this product using the Paula's Choice ingredient guide and all of them rated "good" to "best" with the exception of the very last ingredient (the ingredient with the smallest amount) sodium hydroxide. This ingredient rated average and is used as a pH stabilizer, so I'm not too concerned about it.
Most Helpful Critical Review Too Silicone-y, Get the Water-Gel one
Normally I use the water gel version of this and I adore it. A family member accidentally picked this one up for me since the packaging is identical other than tiny writing on the box, and I've had very dry/flakey patches on my skin for once in my life because of a vitamin D deficiency so I thought I'd try it. It doesn't moisturize at all, it just sits on my skin. The point of moisturizer is to absorb and help my skin have moisture, not have an awkward sticky layer that makes me feel uncomfortable and like everything is getting stuck to my face. Maybe some people prefer that because it can kind flakey patches, but I personally expect my moisturizer to actually do something and improve my skin and not just sit on top my skin to fake having moisture. I used very little, about half the product I would get from dabbing the tip of my finger into it, and it still never absorbed.
Try the water gel version. This gel cream is uncomfortable and doesn't even feel moisturizing at all either. Seems like they took the water gel and just added more silicone to make it seem more moisturizing of a texture.
Reviewed by 629 customers Eh Wouldn't use again
Ch88 from Indiana
It was very moisturizing (especially during the winter) but I noticed that I was consistently breaking out when I was using it. I wanted to like this product and kept using it for months but it just wasn't the right fit for my skin type
Wonderful especially for skin with rosacea
islandgirl from fishers in
I recently discovered I have rosacea. My dermatologist advised me to use skin products that do not contain any alcohol or fragrance. After doing some research I found this one and LOVE it!!! I have been using this along with the few products the dermatologist gave me. I use AM and PM.
I've had way better cheaper....
Daniellej from AR
Put on with fingers, used a silacone blender, a BB to apply and never melt like it was absorbing.
Move over moisture surge!
Mallo from Nashville
I've been buying Clinique moisture site for years until this was recommended by a dermatologist. Completely Unscented, thicker consistency, and a fraction of the price of moisture surge. New fav!
SaraB from texas
I wanted to review this earlier but wanted to finish my first jar before doing that. this is a great moisturizer. you need to apply this when your face is damp. my skin looks fresh but since I have combination skin, and I live in a high humidity location, this does make my skin a bit oily. I suffer from adult acne but this did not cause any flare-ups. I did buy the fragrance free jar. the only reason why I will not be purchasing this again is because this does not help with dark spots. but as far as the moisturizing factor goes, it does what it says. I highly recommended if you have dry skin.
⚠️NOT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN ⚠️
Lemongello from CA
I have had this product for a while I have sensitive commbo skin and it is light but VERY IRRITATING this burns my bumps on my cheeks like a lot so if you have sensitive skin DONTTTTTT BUY THISSSS
Wow! It's great
renae from new york
I bought this about a month ago, my skin was super dry and flaky and i had never seen it get so bad. My acne was coming back and I couldn't put makeup on without it peeling right off. I got this and i'm 2 days my skin was looking better than it was before it was even dry! I do have combination skin, so in the summer if you're anything like me, I'd switch to the one that isn't for super dry-skin because it may be a little oily. But when applicating, it makes your skin so soft and it's so lightweight! buy it NOW!
Not Right for My Skin
Stephanie from Boston, MA
I was really excited to try this gel, but two days in it has caused a HUGE flare up in perioral dermatitis for me. If you are prone to eczema, dermatitis, or have skin that is irritated by fragrance this is probably not the best moisturizer for you.
I LOVE THIS
Anaa from Niles, Illinois
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! It's the best moisturizer I've ever used!
I really like this product
Lynnie from Virginia
Use this after cleaning my face
Not good for oily skin
Beth from Pennsylvania
This stuff did not absorb well and just sat on top of my skin, leaving my skin looking and feeling greasy. I used it as hand cream until it was gone and switched back to my beloved Clinique Dramatically Different Gel.
Definitely will buy again!!
Cathy from Clermont,Ga
Love that it soaks right in,and so soft and smooth.
Too Greasy to Moisturize
Jay from Salt Lake City, Utah
I just moved to a very dry/high pollution climate, so I wanted to love this. I find that gel cleansers dry me out compared to cream cleansers, so I should have known this gel-heavy moisturizer would do the same. When I applied while my face was slightly damp/after cleanser, it absorbed well but wasn't really moisturizing. When I applied a bit later, it was too greasy/wouldn't absorb. Might be better for someone with a simple skin routine or who lives somewhere with more humidity.
REALLY helped my combo skin
Al the Raccoon from MN
I don't write reviews often, but I was pretty blown away by this product. I normally use Clinique moisturizing gel to help out my sensitive combination skin, but I would still get shiny patches by lunchtime. Since I didn't want to waste my Clinique stuff while holed up in quarantine, I remembered I had a jar of this stuff that my dermatologist recommended to me. I almost bought the water gel one, because the "extra-dry skin" label on the gel-cream jar made me nervous. But then I remembered that scented products make my skin freak out (th water gel has a strong detergent scent), so I went with the gel cream. I couldn't be happier! Even my mom commented that my face looks less shiny, which means it's doing its job. I still break out occasionally, but it's just because of my adult acne, and not because of the product. I can't believe it! My face doesn't have oily patches anymore! This is proof that super-expensive moisturizers, while sometimes great, aren't always the answer. I'll continue to use my Clinique stuff at night, but I'm gonna keep buying this. I'm so happy with it!
Elizabeth from Lexington
This is exactly like the original but it doesn't have fragrance, dyes, etc. It is very moisturizing and light weight on the skin. I totally recommend!!
Sarah from Louisiana
I love it! just the right weight for my skin, absorbs well and no heavy fragrance. recommend for the price.
Not adequate by itself for very dry skin
Kate from New York, NY
The feel and application of the product are great, but the moisturizing power just isn't there. A bit of a let down. I went through the product in two weeks, so I feel like you really don't get a lot in the bottle and at nearly this price in the drugstore I would expect it to last longer.
my skin got drier
jade from washington
had high hopes for this product because of the great reviews, but it just made my skin even more dry then it already is. :(((
Keep coming back
AshleyV from Wisconsin
I have very dry skin and I just keep going back to this moisturizer! It is so hydrating and idk why I even try anything else!
Apply over damp skin!
rachel from los angeles, ca
I have oily skin but my skin was getting dry from using a prescription topical for my acne. I started using this over damp skin and applying another moisturizer on top has saved my skin. You have to use a thicker moisturizer on top of this to seal the moisture in. If you don't it will just dry out your skin.
BEST FACE MOISTURIZER!
Sam from MA
I love ❤️ this moisturizer for my face! I use it in the morning after I wash my face and then at night as well. I love there is no scent. Feels so cool when you put it on. My face looks calm and clear. WILL DEFINITELY BUY AGAIN AND AGAIN!
Lisa from NJ
It takes forever to dry, and not only that, it clogged up my pores and made my face break out really bad. I've never really had this kind of problem before with a product. Maybe it works well with others but definitely not for me
More dry than if I hadn't used it
Bri from RI
I had high hopes for this stuff. I'd been using kiehl's and was just looking for something a little cheaper, but this product makes my skin feel and look even more dry than if I hadn't put moisturizer on at all. I tend to have dry skin, but I've never had a problem with a moisturizer like I have with this one. Definitely wish I'd just put the money for this toward another better one.
First time with any product like this.
Doni from Asheville, NC
I'm typically greasy / oily, but do to the winter weather and some health issues, my skin has become unbearably dry, flaky and itchy. I've never encountered this before and decided to pick up some moisturizer to try and deal with it. I didn't do a ton of research, just went to the store and looked around. This caught my eye and I decided to give it a shot. This stuff is amazing. Within 2 days of using it, my face is soft, skin is no longer flaking of my face. I can wear my foundation again. No itchiness. So glad I purchased it. I'm not having any stickiness / tackiness that was mentioned. Just very soft and soothing. Isn't greasy either. The only downside I can really talk about is personal opinion: it says that it's fragrance free, and while that is true, it has a slight chlorine smell to me. It isn't unpleasant enough for me to stop using it. Overall, I'm very pleased with what it's done for my skin.
Ash from Houston TX
No parabens! Also, I used this for 2 days and it completely hydrated my dry spots... the same ones that my $65 Tatcha moisturizer did nothing for! This will be my new go-to.