Is St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer Really As Good As Dr Oz Claims?

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Just because a doctor recommends something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good. A few years ago, Dr Oz urged his viewers to put away their expensive and fancy creams and buy St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer instead. Now, I agree with him that a lot of these fancy moisturizers are poorly formulated and way too overpriced, but I wouldn’t suggest the St Ives moisturizer as an alternative. Why? Its formula is SO dated.

What St Ives Says

This moisturizer, with collagen elastin proteins, hydrates for visibly softer, smoother skin.

Ingredient Analysis

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Mineral Oil

Mineral oil has gained a bad reputation because it is derived from oil. But cosmetic grade mineral oil, the only type allowed to be used in cosmetics, has been highly purified. All the nasty stuff has been taken out of it, making it safe for use.

Mineral oil is an occlusive skin conditioning agent. It works by creating a barrier that prevents water loss, thus helping skin stay hydrated. Because of this, it is a great choice for dry skin.

Although mineral oil, on its own, isn’t comedogenic, it can cause breakouts when used with pore-clogging ingredients. That’s because it traps them beneath the barrier it creates. So, if you use it with other non-comedogenic products, you shouldn’t experience any side effects.


Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol is another ingredient with an undeserved bad rep. It is true that, at 100% concentrations, it is an anti-freeze, but of course, no one puts that much into a cream! In cosmetics, where it is used in minuscule amounts, it is used as a humectant, which means it can attract water from the environment into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated. Propylene Glycol can also help other ingredients better penetrate into the superficial layers of the skin, although mineral oil may actually block that from happening.


Collagen and elastin

Collagen and elastin work together to keep skin elastic and smooth, but, when used in a lotion, they don’t have any anti-aging properties. That’s because their molecules are too big to penetrate the skin, so they just rest on its surface and hydrate it. That’s it.

Final considerations on the formula

Is St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer a good moisturizer? Yep. Problem is, moisturizing skin is all it does. The formula doesn’t contain antioxidants, nicinamide, retinoids, sunscreen agents, or ahas, all ingredients proven to help skin remain healthy and look younger for longer. Twenty years ago, this may have been a decent formula, but in 2014, a cream should do more than just hydrate skin, even at this low price point. And the jar packaging? I usually don’t like it because it doesn’t keep light-sensitive ingredients effective for long, but there’s nothing in here that can go bad when exposed to light and air.

Full ingredient list

Water (Aqua, Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum, Huile Minerale), Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Geraniol


St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer is available at amazon and walgreens. A 10 oz jar costs only $5.44.

The Bottom Line

St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer is a very basic moisturizer. It will hydrate your skin, but don’t expect anything more. That’s why I recommend this cream only to acne-free teenagers who have great skin to begin with,and aren’t yet interested in anti-aging creams, and only have a small budget to satisfy their skincare needs.

Have you tried St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer? If so, what do you think of it?

5 Things I Learned About Skincare

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I cringe when I remember the damage I inflicted on my skin as a teenager. Harsh toners, no sunscreen, moisturizers too rich for my skin type that made me break out horribly. Eventually, I learned how to take care of it, but it wasn’t until I started blogging that my knowledge about all things skincare expanded immensely. Here’s what I learned along the way:

1. It’s the dose that makes the poison (or the elixir)

It’s not just about what ingredients are in a product, but in what concentrations too. So many skincare products contain plants extracts or vitamins that are supposed to be beneficial for the skin, but, in the minuscule concentrations they’re used, are pretty much useless. On the other hand, ingredients that are dangerous at high doses are perfectly safe when used in minuscule amounts. 100% Propylene Glycol is an antifreeze that can be very irritating, but in cosmetics, where it serves as a humectant and penetration enhancer, it is used in such tiny doses to be harmless. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that does wonders for the skin, but if you ingest too much, it could kill you. Nothing is either bad or good. It just depends on the dose.

2. Packaging matters

I have always been a sucker for pretty packaging. When I was younger, I often impulse bought something because it looked so good on the shelf. These days, packaging is still one of the main deciding factors when I purchase something. But now, rather than to aesthetic, I’m drawn to functionality. A lot of the best beneficial skincare ingredients, such as retinoids, antioxidants, and sunscreen actives, lose a bit of their effectiveness whenever they are exposed to light and air. So, they must be packaged in air-tight and opaque tubes and bottles. Otherwise, you’re just throwing your money away.

3. Stick with the purpose products are formulated for

Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. If I don’t like a face moisturizer, I will use it on my body. But I would never do the opposite. Why? Because body care products tend to have heavier consistencies that moisturize the thicker skin of our bodies well, but could easily cause havoc on our faces. And using anything on your skin that hasn’t been formulated for it is a no-no. Dishwashing liquids may contain the same cleansing agents as those in your shampoo or body wash, but the concentrations are higher and harsher, and could seriously dry and irritate your skin. Milk Of Magnesia can seem a godsend for oily skin, but its ph is way too high and could cause all kinds of troubles. Yes, there are times when a brand just packages the same formula in different bottles and charges you double for it (for instance, a lot, but by no means all, eye creams are just facial moisturizer in tinier but more expensive jars), but often, there is a very good reason why a product is labelled for a certain use, so stick with it.

4. Skin is more useful than we think

Our society puts a lot of emphasis on the way we look, so it’s easy to believe the only purpose of our skin is to look good. But skin does a lot more than that. Its main job is to keep stuff OUT of the body, and it is incredible good at that. Think about what happens (or better, doesn’t happen) when you have a shower or a bath. Your body doesn’t soak up all the water, does it? Yet, there are people who would have us believe that everything we put on our skin penetrates it. On the contrary, very few substances are able to get through it. Most stay on the surface or, if they manage to get through, only remain in the superficial layers of the skin, never reaching the blood stream. And why should cosmetic ingredients be able to penetrate so deep into the body, anyway? Their purpose is to beautify and take care of the skin, so they’d need to stay in the zone to do their job properly.

5. You don’t need that many skincare products

Cleanser, toner, facial moisturizer, eye cream, serum, mask, exfoliant, sunscreen… There are so many skincare products we’re told we need, but that’s not true. What your skin needs depends on its problems and concerns. At 31, my skin is pretty good, just a bit oily on the t-zone. My main concern, now, is anti-aging. So, in the morning, I use a cleanser, a serum with antioxidants, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen. At night, a cleanser, a serum with retoinds, and an antioxidants-rich moisturizer. A few times a week, I exfoliate, and whenever I feel like it, or my skin needs an emergency pick-me-up, a mask too. Toner? I don’t need it. Eye cream? Nothing can cure my genetic dark circles so I just apply my fragrance-free facial moisturizer on the eye area. Works just fine. Only if the skin around your eyes is different from the skin of the rest of your face, or has a particular concern, should you invest in a separate eye cream.

Rather than purchasing any type of product out there, figure out what problems your skin has, what ingredients can solve it, and choose products accordingly. Only cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliant, and sunscreen are an absolute must for everyone. If you need more (such as anti-acne, anti-aging, or anti-hyperpigemntation products), add more. But don’t buy a toner, or something else, because you think your skincare routine will be incomplete without it, or you may be throwing money away on stuff that does nothing for your skin.

What have you learned about skincare?

Are You Reducing The Effectiveness Of Your Sunscreen?

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We can spend hours looking for the right sunscreen that won’t feel too greasy or leave a white cast on our skin. We read the labels carefully to make sure it provides broad-spectrum protection. And, often, in the summer, we opt for products with high SPF numbers that promise to keep our skin protected for hours.

But it doesn’t matter how good the sunscreen we bought is if you we don’t apply it properly. If you think you can just pour out a bit of product, slather it on your face, and go about your day without reapplying it, think again. Sunscreen application has its own rules and, if you break them, you’re seriously reducing the effectiveness of your SPF.

Here are a few tips to avoid that:

1. Apply sunscreen first, get dressed later

Sunscreens should be applied at least 20 minutes before going out. So, why not apply it right after your shower? By applying sunscreen while naked, you won’t miss any spots, not even those hard-to-reach-and-easy-to-forget-about ones such as your feet and the back of your neck. We also tend to apply less sunscreen on the areas around sleeves etc for fear of staining our clothes. By applying sunscreen before getting dressed, your clothes won’t hinder you.

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2. The proper order

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide create a shield on the skin that reflects sun rays away from it. These can be applied at anytime. All other sunscreen agents, such as Avobenzone and Octocrylene, for instance, need to bind with the skin in order to provide sun protection. Therefore, they should be applied first, before moisturizer and makeup.

3. Apply the proper amount

I know, I know. A lot of sunscreens are pasty, thick, and leave a white residue behind. But that’s not an excuse to apply a thin layer and expect it to protect you for hours. In fact, that won’t offer much protection at all. Instead, shop around until you find a sunscreen that fits all your requirements and apply the proper amount. That’s a shot glass for the whole body and a 1/2 of teaspoon for the face and neck. If you use a zinc oxide-based sunscreen, you can use a bit less. But in no case a thin layer is enough. Ever.

4. Follow instructions

Let’s face it. Often, the directions printed on the back of beauty products are odd and absurd. Use the shampoo only with its matching conditioner? Apply the cream with a weird massaging technique that’s supposes to help the ingredients penetrate better into the skin? Usually, this stuff is there to make you think these products do something their competition doesn’t and nothing more. But, other times, the instructions are actually very helpful and should be followed to a T. Otherwise, you’ll just compromisethe effectiveness of the products. That’s the case with sunscreen. Always apply the recommended amount printed on the label, and reapply every couple of hours, and always after swimming, sweating, and towel-drying.


5. Don’t rub it in!

If you’re vigorously rubbing sunscreen into your skin, stop! A 2006 study has shown that sunscreen works better when it is applied as a thin film than when it is rubbed into the skin. Now, thin film doesn’t mean that you can apply less than the recommended amount. That is NEVER a good idea. Instead, it means that after you’ve covered all areas, you should feel a thin film on the skin.

6. Don’t dilute it!

Some people like to mix their sunscreen with their moisturizer to create a 2 in 1 product that does it all. In reality, rather than protecting your skin, you are damaging it. By mixing the two together, you’re diluting your sunscreen. That means that you’ll have to apply more to have the level of protection stated on the bottle! And no one does that. Not to mention that your moisturizer may contain some ingredients that can compromise the effectiveness of the sunscreen. So, just use two separate products. Better be safe than sorry.

7. Don’t use sunscreen with insect repellant

Mosquitoes must be, by far, the worst thing about summer. But covering yourself in insect repellant while at the beach (or whenever you’re wearing sunscreen for that matter) is not a good idea. A 2000 study has shown that, while the effectiveness of the insect repellant isn’t diminished when used with sunscreen, the active ingredient used in insect repellant, N,N -diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (diethyltoluamide; deet), can reduce by 33.3% the effectiveness of sunscreen. This happens even if you layer the products one after the other. Therefore, use them together only if absolutely necessary.

Are you inadvertently reducing the effectiveness of your sunscreen?

Pack Smart: Skincare Tips For Travelling

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Summer is almost here, and that means that a lot of us are already starting to plan much-needed vacations. After choosing our destination, the first question, obviously, is: what to bring? As tempting as taking all our beloved skincare products with us is, there are just so many restrictions and limitations on what you can bring in your luggage these days to make that impossible.

Even if you’re not travelling by plane, you may not want to bring too much. Skincare products can be heavy, and you don’t want to carry full-size ones around if you know you’ll only use tiny amounts of each one during your trip. So, you’ll have to pack smart. Here’s how:

1. Figure out what you need

Some of us use lots of products both in our day and night time skincare routines. But, especially on shorter trips, there’s no need to bring them all with you. Just pack the essentials. Mine are a cleanser, a moisturizing sunscreen, a lip balm, a night cream, and a body lotion. If you have dry skin, you’ll want to add a moisturizer to the list.

You should also bring any prescription products or specific treatments for any particular skincare needs you may have. For instance, if you have oily, acne-prone skin, you should carry your BHA exfoliant with you. But things like toners, masks, scrubs, and serums, can be left at home. Most hotels provide shampoos and body washes, so there’s no need to bring those too.

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2. Choose the right products

Once you’ve figured out what products you need on the trip, make sure they are suitable both for your skin type and the climate of your destination. If you’re going somewhere hot and humid, choose a lighter moisturizer than that you normally use. If you have oily skin, you may not need one at all. On the other hand, if the climate is dry and cold, bring a heavier moisturizer. If you’re going on holiday to a tropical destination, instead, bring a sunscreen with a very high SPF.

3. Substitute liquids with solids

With all the airport restrictions on liquids, it’s best to opt for solid products or wipes whenever possible. Instead than your cleanser or makeup remover, for instance, consider bringing cleansing wipes. Although I dislike using bar soaps on the face, Dove makes a gentle one that’s a great substitute, when travelling, for gel or liquid cleansers. If you must take your shampoo or body wash with you, why not choose one in bar form? Visit a Lush store and you’ll find a lot of cute, and effective, solid bath and body care products that are airplane-friendly.

4. Opt for multitasking products

When possible, opt for multitasking products. Unless your skin is very dry, choose a moisturizing sunscreen so that you can leave your moisturizer at home (BB and CC Creams aren’t substitutes for sunscreen, doesn’t matter what the labels say). Need to shave your legs? Use your hair conditioner. If you really must bring your shampoo and body wash, and hate those in solid form, opt for a 2 in 1 product that can be used to wash your whole body, from head to foot.

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5. Go mini

A lot of airlines have restrictions not just on what you can carry in your carry-on bag, but also on how much your suitcase can weight. To avoid problems at the airport, like having your expensive Chanel moisturizer confiscated because it is too big, or be forced to pay a fine because your bag exceeds weight limitations, leave your full-size products at home. First of all, check out what the rules are on what you’re allowed to bring with you. Every country has its own, so it’s wise to check them before packing. As a general rule, though, any product in your carry-on bag can’t exceed 100ml, and all of them together must fit into a quart-size zip lock bag.

So, figure out how much of each product you’ll need (for 3 days, 9ml of moisturizer would usually do, for instance) and pour the amount in a small jar or bottle (remember that sunscreen and anything with antioxidants must be packed in an air-tight, opaque container).  You can buy empty jars at most beauty stores, but if you’re not a fan of decanting, you can ask for samples of your favourite skincare products to a SA or your dermatologist. Some brands also offer sample travel-kits of their most popular products. Or, you can bring those sample sachets you’ve found in your magazines with you. Just check the ingredients first to make sure they don’t contain anything that would irritate your skin or cause breakouts.

How do you pack your skincare products when you travel?

How To Create The Best Skincare Routine For Your Skin

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Who doesn’t want gorgeous skin? That’s something every woman (and man) struggles to achieve, but there are just so many different types of products on the market that choosing the right ones for you can be really confusing. Do you really need them all? And once you’ve got everything you need, when should you use them?

Fret not! With these tips, you will be able to create a skincare routine targeted to your own needs. Here’s how:

Know your skin type

Before you go shopping, it’s essential that you know what type of skin you have. Skin types include normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. Your skin may also be two of these things at once. For instance, it can be both oily, prone to break-outs, and sensitive. Knowing your skin type will help you choose the best products to target its concerns. Sure, there are many products that claim to work for all skin types, but that’s rarely true. If you have dry skin, for example, a moisturizer designed for all skin types may not be rich and moisturizing enough for you.

Once you’ve figured out your skin type, you’re ready to hit the stores. Here’s what you need:

Basic skincare routine


1. Cleanser: a gentle but effective cleanser, such as Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, removes all traces of dirt and impurities from the skin, leaving it clean and soft, and ready to receive the benefits from the skincare products you’re gonna apply next, which will now be able to penetrate skin more easily.

2. Sunscreen: the sun’s rays, some of which can penetrate through clouds and be reflected on snow, cause premature wrinkles, sun spots and other signs of aging. Sunscreen is therefore the best anti-aging weapon in your arsenal. But make sure it contains broad-spectrum protection! Not every sunscreen does. If you use a physical sunscreen (one that contains only Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide), such as Sunumbra Sunkids SPF 40, you can apply it after moisturizer. Otherwise, slather it on before you apply anything else.

3. Exfoliant: exfoliants remove the dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface, revealing the brighter and smoother new skin underneath. If you use the Liz Earle cleanser with the washcloth, you may skip this step. Otherwise, if you have dry, normal or combination skin, opt for a gentle Glycolic Acid exfoliant. Those with oily, acne-prone skin will instead benefits from an exfoliant with Salicylic Acid, which has the ability to get inside the pores, removing all the gunk that accumulates in them. My favourite exfoliants are from Paula’s Choice.

4. Moisturizer: a moisturizer prevents skin from becoming dry, rough, and even cracked. They contain ingredients such as humectants that attract water from the environment into the skin, and occlusive emollients, like mineral oil, that creates a protective barrier that prevents water loss. This helps skin remain supple, hydrated, and younger-looking. If you have oily skin, opt for a very lightweight formula. Drier skin types will instead benefit from richer formulas (although they too can use something lighter in summer).


A nighttime routine is very similar to a daytime one, with the exclusion of sunscreen, of course. If your skin is very sensitive and can take only a little exfoliation at a time, you may skip the exfoliant too. But you will still need to use a cleanser to remove all the gunk that’s accumulated on your skin during the day, and a moisturizer to keep it soft and smooth during the night too.

Advanced skincare routine

When you’re young, a basic skincare routine is usually enough. But as you get older, and your skin starts showing signs of aging, you may need specific products to keep your skin healthy and younger-looking for longer. And, of course, you can develop skin conditions, such as acne, at any age. Here’s what you should use to target all these concerns:

Acne treatment: use a product with Benzoyl Peroxide, an ingredient that can kill the acne-causing bacteria and reduce redness. If that doesn’t work, you may need a stronger treatment that requires a prescription. In this case, consult your dermatologist.

Anti-aging treatment: moisturizers and serums chock full of antioxidants and retinoids can protect skin from environmental and sun damage, boost collagen production and reduce redness. The result is smoother, brighter skin that stays looking younger for longer. There’s not an ideal age to start using anti-aging creams, but don’t leave it till it is too late. With the exception of retinoids (which, however, work very slowly), anti-aging products can only prevent wrinkles, not eliminate those you already have.

Skin lightening treatment: these treatments can, by reducing the overproduction of melanin (the skin pigment that causes skin to darken), treat brown spots, sun spots, or any other type of discolouration.

All these treatments, unless differently specified by your doctor or directions on the packaging, should be used both in the morning and at night, before your moisturizer. The only exception is retinoids. Because they make skin more sensitive to the sun, it is recommended to use them at night only.


Toner: the jury’s still out there on whether you need to use a toner. I believe that alcohol-based toners can do more harm that good, as they tend to dry the skin too much, which then compensate by producing even more oil. Toners with moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients, on the other hand, have some benefits for the skin. Personally, I prefer to invest my money in a well-formulated mosturizer filled with antioxidants, but if you’d like the extra boost a toner can provide, and don’t mind forking out the money for it, go ahead and use it.

Eye cream: this is another controversial product not every expert believes is necessary. Why? Because the ingredients that moisturize your skin, protect it from the sun, boost collagen production etc are the same in all types of skincare products, including both face and eye creams. That’s why I believe that, if the skin of your eye area is just as dry (or oily, or normal, etc), as that of the rest of your face, you can just keep using your usual face moisturizer. You’ll get the same benefits and save money. If however, the skin of the eye area has different needs, or if your face moisturizer contains fragrance, alcohol, or other irritating ingredients, then it’d be best to use a separate product.

Scrubs: some people dislike AHA or BHA exfoliants, preferring to stick to physical scrubs that remove dead skin cells with the help of little beads, grounded walnut shells, or sugar. These can’t be used daily. The frequency of use depends on how much exfoliation your skin can take. If you have dry skin once a week may be enough, whether those with oily skin may need to exfoliate three or four times a week.

Masks: there are all kinds of masks available. Some have anti-aging benefits, some help absorb excess oil (although none can remove toxins from the skin), while others simply moisturize skin. Masks should be used once or twice a week, or, if you have great skin, just on special occasions. It just depends on whether your skin needs the extra help or not.

Is your skincare routine basic, or do you use any special products to target particular needs?

Is Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus Worth The Hype?

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus

Despite its cult status and army of loyal followers, I never cared much for Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. Why? Its formula was very basic and boring. It just featured a bunch of moisturizing ingredients, like Mineral Oil, preservatives and colorants. That was it. It may have been a good formula in the ’60s, when it was created, but since then things have changed a lot.

Most moisturizers today contain antioxidants, retinoids, sunscreen agents and other goodies for your skin, so a cream that only moisturizes it doesn’t cut it anymore. So, when Clinique decided to reformulate it, I thought, “It was about time!”. But my excitement instantly died the moment I saw the new formula, which is now called Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus.

What Clinique says

Dermatologist-developed formula combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger, longer. Helps strengthen skin’s own moisture barrier by 54%, so more moisture stays in.


Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil, Urea, Lanolin Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 33.


The most important changes in the formula are the inclusion of three humectants – Glycerin, Urea, and Sodium Hyaluronate -, and a new preservative system (parabens were replaced by Trisodium EDTA and Phenoxyethanol). Let’s take a look at these ingredients, shall we?

glycerin molecular structure


Glycerin is one of the most common ingredients used in skincare products. It’s a humectant that has the ability to attract water from the environment into the skin. This reduces water loss, increases the skin’s moisture levels and strengthens its natural barrier.

Urea molecular structure


Urea, like we all know, is a component of urine. Ew! But, luckily, the type used in cosmetics is synthetically made in a lab, so don’t worry . You’re not putting pee on your face. But what does it do? Like Glycerin, it binds water to the skin, reducing water loss, and helping skin stay hydrated.

hyaluronic acid molecular structure

Sodium Hyaluronate

Sodium Hyaluronate, aka Hylauronic Acid, has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water! It reduces water loss and increases the skin’s moisture levels, but also has moderate antioxidant activity. Plus, unlike most humectants, it works well in both low and high humidity conditions. That’s why this is considered the best humectant on the market. However, its molecules are too big to penetrate skin. It stays on the surface, keeping skin hydrated and nothing more.

Mineral Oil

Mineral Oil is one of the most maligned and misunderstood ingredients in cosmetics. It is derived from petroleum, but that doesn’t automatically make it bad. Cosmetic grade mineral oil undergoes a refining process that eliminates all the toxins and bad stuff from it, making it safe to use. That means that not only it doesn’t cause cancer, but it is not even comedogenic. Not on its own at least.

Mineral oil is one of the most moisturizing ingredients available. It reduces water loss by forming a protective barrier on the skin that prevents it from evaporating. However, this barrier also traps other ingredients underneath it. If these other ingredients are comedogenic, breakouts can occur. Mineral oil is bad only for people who suffer from acne, but then this lotion is not designed for them.

Phenoxyethanol molecular structure


Despite being among the most effective and gentlest preservatives available, the undeserved bad reputation parabens have been gaining has caused more and more companies to ditch them in favour of less-studied and less-effective alternatives. Here, their place has been taken by Phenoxyethanol and Trisodium EDTA.

Phenoxyethanol is effective against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, while Trisodium EDTA prevents the product from going bad by binding itself to metals that are harmful to it. It’s difficult to say whether they protect from as many bacteria, yeast and fungi as parabens, but at least the opaque, airtight bottle prevents the formula from being contaminated, so the risk of something nasty growing in it is very small anyway.

Final considerations on the formula

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus was created to help dry skin stay hydrated and look plumper. That’s exactly what it does and extremely well too. The formula is certainly very hydrating and can help prevent dryness. However, I’m very disappointed that Clinique didn’t take this opportunity to add some antioxidants or sunscreen agents to the formula. In 2014 (or 2013, when it was reformulated), and especially at this price point, a moisturizer should do more than simply keeping skin hydrated. It should also help skin fight premature aging and give it some protection from the sun and this one doesn’t.


Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus is available at amazon, boots and sephora. A 4.oz bottle retails at $26.00.

The Bottom Line

If you have dry skin and are looking for a basic moisturizer that will keep your skin soft, smooth and hydrated for hours, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus will do the job very well. However, you shouldn’t expect anything more than that. If you also want to keep premature aging at bay, you’ll have to use a different serum or cream.

Have you tried Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus? If so, how does it work for you?