A one-step skincare routine that embodies serum, balancing lotion, and emollient in one jar. This gel, formulated with mineral-rich hot spring water and botanicals, provides all elements of a daily skincare routine with the added function of a moisturizing mask. Featuring emollient capsules that melt instantly into the skin and penetrate the stratum corneum, the lightweight texture provides the perfect base for makeup application. This formula boosts water content for increased moisture to improve skin's surface. It penetrates the deepest layers of skin delivering instant moisture using encapsulated oils from jojoba seed oil, olive squalane, shea butter, and perilla occymoides seed oil.
I have been using the Lush Dream Cream (a body moiturizer that comes in a huge tub) as my face cream/moisturizer for a long, long time. For the past month or two, I used the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, and that worked out okay too. I wanted to look at some other options, though, just to change things up a bit, and I picked up the Koh Gen Do Spa Moisture Gel from Sephora after reading some rave reviews on it. Anything with "Japan" in the descriptions always gets my attention! Anyway, on to the review - this comes packaged in a wide-mouthed plastic tub, and there does seem to be a lot of product in it for the higher pricetag. Also included is a spatula to pick up the product with.
The Koh Gen Do All In One Moisture Spa Gel falls between a gel and a cream in its appearance and texture. It has a barely discernible clean smell. I had great expectations from this gel, but I have to confess, this is the first product I actually returned at Sephora. Yes, I returned a used product to Sephora - you can judge me all you want - but that's a part of their return policy and I did inform that it has been used. I feel guilty enough about it, but I really could not afford to waste $60 on an utterly useless product. The moisturizer feels like smearing congealed rice starch on to the face, leaving my face sticky-tacky and really dull. I could have put up with the stickiness if it did annnnything good for my skin, but this just made it look so dull and dehydrated and caused teeny tiny breakouts/bumps. I rarely write negative reviews on any product, especially since I returned the product and got my money back - and I cannot stress enough that this is absolutely my personal experience and opinion about this moisturizer because there are loads of people who love this - but I would suggest sampling before buying since this is expensive (well, expensive at least for me), and not all stores have generous return policies.