This Moisturizer Single-Handedly Saved My Dry Winter Skin

Updated 11/26/19

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One of my favorite hobbies—besides answering your most burning interior design questions, of course—is testing out different skincare products. For years, I would use an infinite rotation of lotions and potions—and record all my feedback in a handy spreadsheet. 

But when I discovered Clinique’s Moisture Surge—and saw how it single-handedly saved my skin—I drastically changed my skincare game. I still love to test out different serums, masks, and cleansers; however Clinique’s product is the only moisturizer I want to use. Period.

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Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator $40
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About two years ago, my normal skin took a 180 and became unbearably dry. I’m talking to the point where I had to stop myself from scratching my face every five minutes. When all of my typical remedies—drinking more water, slathering on serums, and loading up on coconut oil—failed to get my skin back to its nourished norm, I called in some reinforcements (a.k.a. my girlfriends). 

When two of my friends spoke highly of Clinique’s Moisture Surge, I was cautiously optimistic. I mean, everyone’s skin is different so there was a good chance it wouldn’t be compatible with my oh-so-dry face. But as soon as I slathered Clinique’s Moisture Surge onto my face, I realized it was the miracle product I was looking for. 

About two years ago, my normal skin took a 180 and became unbearably dry. I’m talking to the point where I had to stop myself from scratching my face every five minutes.

With a consistency that’s somewhere between a gel and a cream, Clinique’s formula boats hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, activated aloe water, and a special caffeine-clad Auto-Replenishing Technology that prompts your skin to constantly rehydrate itself. In fact, Clinique even claims it will continue to hydrate your skin for a whopping 72 hours—yes, even after you wash your face.

I know what you’re thinking: “This sounds like a whole bunch of fake news.” But trust me, it lives up to the hype. I noticed a serious difference in my skin a few hours after first applying Moisture Surge. I spent weeks with uncomfortable dry skin, but Clinique’s Moisture Surge got my skin back to normal in a matter of days. 

As the temperature and humidity levels continue to drop, there’s a good chance your skin will become dry. While I can’t guarantee Clinique’s Moisture Surge will work just as well on your skin—I mean, I’m no dermatologist—it’s the one product that I never go anywhere without. Really. Not only do I apply it at the airport’s Duty Free shop before taking flight, but I also add a layer whenever I see an open sample at a department store. I even started pairing Clinique’s Moisture Surge with the line’s corresponding CC cream—and often receive compliments about how glowing my skin looks. 

You can call it magic, but I’ll call it a really, really good purchase.

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