I've Been Using This Same Moisturizer For Over 10 Years

My earliest introduction to skin care came as a result of my mother’s trips to the department store beauty section. She would go every so often to restock her favorite perfume or mascara and always came back home with a goodie bag of the free gifts and samples that came with her purchase. That’s how I was first introduced to the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel as a pre-teen—and the cult-favorite product has been part of my skincare routine for over a decade since. 

That said, I started using the product before I even knew what a skincare routine was. I only knew that I was supposed to wash my face, then moisturizer after, and so I did. With every new skincare product I learn about or try, though, those two simple rules and this Clinique moisturizer are the only things that have remained constant. Now, as a mid-20s writer in the beauty space, I know more about my skin and the science behind it, helping me better understand why I love this product so much.

This moisturizing gel is specifically tailored to combination and oily skin, which I have. The formula is lightweight and oil-free, so I don’t have to worry about it making my T-zone extra shiny, while its star ingredient, hyaluronic acid, locks in enough moisture to address my dry areas. 

My favorite thing about this moisturizer, though, is that after I apply it, my skin feels like my skin. It doesn’t feel sticky, oily, or coated in a thick layer of product. Instead, my face looks and feels plump and refreshed directly upon application, and that feeling always carries into the next morning. 

Another quality I can’t forget to mention about this product is it’s cost-effectiveness. While the $30 price tag doesn’t exactly make it a bargain deal, the amount of time one bottle lasts does. As one of the 2,000 five-star reviewers on Sephora says, “You need very little for the whole face,” so a little goes a long way. Even though I use this product daily, it often lasts me close to a year before I need to refill it. 

Now, I’ll admit I’ve had my moments of infidelity—like when I went on Proactiv’s 3-step routine in middle school or have tried out new products I’ve gotten through work—but I always come back to the Clinique moisturizing gel. No other product I’ve tried has ever come close to the—in my opinion—perfect formula of this one. So at this rate, I fully plan on using this moisturizer for the rest of my life and introducing it to my kids (when/if I have them) as I teach them to wash their faces, then moisturize after.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Sephora

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

After using this product for over 10 years, I have nothing but good things to say about it. The formula is lightweight and soaks in instantly, leaving my skin feeling plump and refreshed. I’ll be taking this moisturizer to my grave.