This post in written in collaboration with and is sponsored by Clinique Malaysia
One of the products I first enjoyed using from Clinique was their Moisture Surge Gel Moisturizer back in 2009. Goodness me has it been that long?! But you know what they say about innovation – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! But if you can make it better, then by all means, improve it!
And so on our shelves now in 2018, is the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. This refreshing light gel cream promises to offer up to 72 hour hydration, so your skin feels comfortable and moisturized for longer. This is done using the Activated Aloe Water and caffeine ingredients to stimulate our skin’s water pump, to draw water from deeper layers to saturate our skin. I think of it like a self-watering plant system. As someone who dabbles in a spot of balcony gardening, this is a system I’m trying to rig up for my plants too.
The Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is already now available at counters, but I’ve had this in my hands for just about 2 months now, thanks to Clinique’s sneak preview. In the process, I’ve been experimenting with it, to get the best out of this moisturizer, and realized that there were up to 5 ways I could use it, making it helpful as a multi-tasking moisture tool. I am very big on hydration, as you know, and I’m always trying to find ways to keep my skin hydrated. It is truly one of the best secrets to healthy, glowing skin! You might find it helpful too!
A Hydrating Moisturizer
Using this as a moisturizer would be your first instinct, and if you have oily-combination skin, I think you will like it this way, to help boost and deliver moisture to your skin. For drier skin types like mine, I do find it to be a little insufficient now, as oilier creams help my skin feel more comfortable. But the light gel texture feels comfortable in our heat and humidity, so you can consider using it in the day, if you find the texture of moisturizers too heavy for your skin.
A Hydrating Booster under Moisturizer
Because I found it a little light to use on its own as a moisturizer, I took to using this Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator under moisturizer, as a hydrating booster. I then layer a thin layer of cream over, and it seals in all the lovely hydrating goodness. While the Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate works a little better for this purpose, this product works just as well too, at delivering a little boost of hydration to the skin.
A Hydrating Makeup Primer
This one’s a little stretch, but much to my surprise, it works very well! I apply a thin layer over my moisturizer, and I found that it too seemed to help give my skin a little boost of hydration. But what impressed me further, was how well my base makeup seemed to go on and stay on, making this the best prep for makeup. This, I attribute to the presence of silicones in the product, which is also an ingredient often found in makeup primers. The plus side to using the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator as a makeup primer, is that it also keeps my skin feeling comfortable and hydrated through the day, and that helps makeup stay on better too. Especially helpful for those with slightly drier skin types who may be concerned about how some foundation can accentuate dry, flaky skin. Treat your skin, and your makeup will go on like a dream!
A 5 minute leave on moisture mask
I remembered that back in the day, I would use the Moisture Surge gel cream as an overnight mask. Apply a thicker layer on skin, and go to sleep. You can consider trying this, if you have oily-combination skin. But now I have drier skin, I opt to use it as a quick 5 minute moisture mask instead. I apply a slightly thicker layer on skin, leave it on while I potter about, and then massage it into my skin. It usually has all but absorbed by then, leaving my skin feeling soft, plumped and moisturized. This is especially helpful before a night out, or before you put makeup on, if your skin feels a little lacklustre. If not, just tissue off the excess and massage the rest in. I do this when I need a quick boost, or even in cold hotel rooms, where the air is dry. It helps my skin feel a little more supple, and look better.
A Quick fix treatment for dry, dehydrated skin
This was especially helpful when I had a short little trip to Bangkok at the end of last year. The weather in Bangkok was unnaturally cool and dry, which made for an interesting experience, since I was dressed for heat and humidity! The unusual weather, coupled with the dry, cold hotel room air, left my skin feeling a little parched in places. Dabbing a little Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator on the parts that felt especially tight and uncomfortable, certainly helped. My skin felt soothed and it helped keep dry, flaky patches at bay.
And there you have it! 5 ways I got the new Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator to work for me. A number of the slightly oddball ways I used it surprised me, but hey, it worked! 😀
Is the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator something you’re interested in?
This is a product that I enjoyed using back in the day, with younger skin, but am happy to know I can tweak it a little, so it also works for my *ahem* more matured skin too! 😉 Who else is a fan?
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is available now at all Clinique counters and stores
PRICE: RM174 for 50ml
WHERE TO BUY: Clinique counters and stores
INGREDIENTS: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Trisiloxane, Trehalose, Sucrose, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Caffeine, Sorbitol, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Oleth-10, Sodium Polyasparate, Saccharide Isomerate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Tromethamine, PEG-8, Hexylene Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.
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Oh my I have been dying to try this line out ever since I saw so many bloggers posting it on instagram. 😀 It looks like it will be amazing for my currently oily skin (I feel like my skin can’t decide what it is at the moment and went back to acne-prone, oily, sensitive :'( no thanks to summer weather..). Sadly, I am currently on a no-buy ban (I think I have too many unfinished and unopened skincare and lipsticks, more than any normal person would need lol~~~). Maybe one day I’ll try this out hehe~! Love reading your blog, and now that I’ve started blogging, I actually really respect and admire how you can continuously come up with ideas and contents to write about! (It is not an easy feat, but as long as you continue writing, I shall continue reading <3)
Paris B says
Hey Rosalind, Actually I do think this is good for oily skin, because it isn’t heavy and yet delivers good hydration to the skin. It was perfect for me back in the day when my skin wasn’t so dry as it is today 🙂 But not to worry, by the time your no-buy ends, I’m sure it’ll still be around. Or maybe, because it’s new, you can grab yourself some samples from the store/counter and have a go 😀 Thank you for reading, and congratulations for starting your blogging journey! I hope it will be a fruitful one for you 😀
Great post. Can’t wait to try this. Good price point too. By the way, I love the Moisture Surge Overnight Mask.
Paris B says
Glad you enjoyed this post Nvie, and you are right, in comparison to the many brands of the same category out there, the price point isn’t too bad! I’m intrigued that you liked the MS Overnight Mask. I actually didn’t! Haha! I found it very oily and icky LOL 😀 But hey, one woman’s trash is another’s treasure 😀
Yes, Moisture Surge Overnight Mask is a little sticky but skin feels so good the following morning. I’m not a stomach sleeper, so it doesn’t bother me. ?
I love it when you give us different ways to use a particular product, it justifies our purchases haha. Anyway, how different (or similar) it is to the original Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief?
Paris B says
HAHA! We all need ways to justify our extensive collections! 😀 The difference between this new version and the older one, is that this offers better moisture delivery to your skin. Up to 72 hours, they say, even if you wash your face. I’m not too sure about the latter, but it does seem to work quite well, moisture-wise. But since it replaces the older version, if this is something you’re already using, then it’s a good excuse to continue using it 🙂
My previous experience with gel moisturizers is that they cause my base makeup (primer AND foundation) to pill up. Otherwise this looks really nice and I’d love to try it.
Paris B says
Yikes! Better not try it then haha! But seriously, I think it is sometimes to do with the quality and texture of the gel moisturiser. The thicker they are, the higher the tendency to pill, I find. That said, this is new, so try to grab yourself a sample. Best way to figure out if it’ll work 😉
i’ve been looking for a product that helps my dry dry skin. working in aircond during weekdays and under hot sun during weekend for my son’s football matches.
i’m so glad i found ur article. it’s works very well for my “ehem’ matured skin as well.
Paris B says
Hi there! I’m glad to hear that it’s helped your dry skin 🙂 You can also try the moisture sandwich technique, which might boost your skin hydration more effectively too! Read about it here.