A cult-favorite moisturizer that effectively smoothes and improves the complexion. This third step in Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care System was designed by Clinique's dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for dry-to-combination skin types. The lightweight "moisture drink" slips easily onto the skin and absorbs quickly, leaving skin comfortable, soft, and healthy looking.
I have had an off-and-on relationship with Clinique for a while now. I first walked into a Clinique counter back home in Bangalore because an enthusiastic SA wanted me to try out their 3-step program. He gave me generous samplers of the face wash, lotion, and the moisturizer, and while I didn't really bother getting the face wash, my skin looked good enough for me to return to the counter for full sizes of the other two products. For a while, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel was my go-to moisturizer for the summers, and I had a big bottle of the Clarifying Lotion on my shelf. After a while, though, I moved on to other brands - no particular reason, got tired of the same skincare I guess :P Fast-forward to a month back, I was going through some really skin days, and I found a sampler of the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion lying ignored in one of the GWP bags and decided to give it a try.
Clinique recommends the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion for the type 1 to 2 skin types (dry to normal-combination skins), and I fall into the type 3 (oily-combination, if I remember correctly) category. This winter, though, my skin has been really dry, so I very reluctantly started with DDML as my daily moisturizer. This is a light lotion with no particular fragrance to it (although sometimes I do detect a bit off an oily smell to it - don't know how else to describe it). This lotion is available in a bottle-with-a-pump packaging as well as a tube, but since mine came as part of a sampler kit, this is just a regular bottle - no pump.
The lotion is easy to spread and absorbs easily enough, but this is meant for the drier skin types and does leave a bit of oiliness on my face. I haven't had a single breakout with this moisturizer so far, and I am really impressed. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer contains mineral oil (listed right at the top of the ingredients list), and that is the one main reason why I had never bothered trying it earlier. Either because it is so well made or just that my skin has been dry lately, I found this moisturizer just perfect for me. My skin has been noticeably healthier and moisturized ever since I started using this. I might buy the small tube of this once I run of this sample, but since it's already getting warm here in California, I am quite tempted to just go with the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel which I still feel might be a better option for the summers.
If you have dry skin and/or are just looking for a good basic moisturizer for the winters, you might want to give the Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion a try. It doesn't have any added sun protection factors in it, so you would have to use a sunscreen/sunblock separately over this.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion - Ingredients
|Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion - Ingredients|
List copied from the insert in my GWP kit - please verify/cross-check on actual product packaging
for accurate information.
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