Clinique Moisture Surge Intense

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cover I’ve toned down on my skincare routine for almost two months now because I’ve experienced intense breakouts, redness, irritation, peeling and all sorts of skincare horror for reasons unclear to me still  — I suspect it’s either hormones or overexfoliation. Prior to the massive breakouts, I’ve been using a retinol product that caused irritation and redness with some minor peeling. The breakouts happened thereafter – and continuously, at that! Huge-ass pimples with a few cystic acne. I was staggered because this hasn’t happened to me in years. I’m thankful that I have (or had huhu) relatively good skin with only minor problems ever since. So call me desperate, distressed, panicky but I was in serious need of a miracle to hopefully get back to the state my skin was in or at least close to it. I even went to a well-known skin care clinic and consulted one of their attending dermatologists to address this issue and I left with two prescribed products that dishearteningly made my skin more irritated (will blog about this soon)!!!

Did Clinique Moisture Surge Intense * pave the path to my skin recovery? Read on.1

I used Clinique’s Three-Step System last year and found it a bit boring because as mentioned, I didn’t really need results then (unlike now!!!). Now would be a great time to use the system to see if it would perform being my skin is all awry but then, I already gave it away. In some sort of miraculous intervention, I was sent this Clinique Moisture Surge Intense to try out (all the way from London! Thank you, Natalie!). Clinique Moisture Surge Intense is basically a moisturizer but to the nth level! It’s a spinoff from its super popular and bestselling sister Clinique Moisture Surge. This is just a, well, more intense, more hydrating, definitively richer version.  2 3The product has a thick cream-gel consistency that seemed alien to me as most moisturizers I’ve tried are either just a cream or purely gel-like. This hybrid was new to me, but definitely interesting. It does not feel as heavy as a thick cream should feel. But it’s not lightweight as gel products either so you get something in between. The product is said to be oil-free and fragrance-free but contains petrolatum (petroleum jelly) so if you’re allergic or react badly to it, this may not be for you. Also, I wish it had been a wee bit fragranced because the strong chemical/rubber smell is off-putting. I strangely don’t have problems with the two above-mentioned items so I proceeded to use the product. 4 copy

‘Breaking Out’ is not just for Oily Skin Types

You would think that because I was breaking out, I should tone down on the moisturizer because it would just make me oilier. Other times, breaking out means your skin is dehydrated and thus, needs a product for hydration. I suggest scrolling through Caroline Hiron’s post on Dry vs Dehydrated skin to learn more about this.


I first tested it during the day, under makeup and sadly, I felt uncomfortable all day. I waited for around 15 mins before applying makeup to give time for the moisturizer to sink in but alas, I felt like it just sat atop my skin without fully absorbing.  I tried again at night after spraying on one of my super saviors, the Avene Thermal Spray – and without big hopes at all, come morning my flaky, peeling dry skin was gone! The redness calmed down too!! And yes, I’m typing this with that many exclamation points because I was overwhelmed at how almost miraculously this worked for me. There were still some flakies and redness but almost 60% diminished. After one whole week of continuously using Clinique Moisture Surge Intense, here are the results. Easy. Hold my hand, together let’s dive into the inner depths of my pores.  beefter copy Granted, there is still some patchy redness all over but the flakiness has thankfully dissipated. A week after, I still continued peeling so I kept on with Clinique Moisture Surge Intense. As of today, I’ve stopped using this every night because I’ve no more flakies, no more redness (yay!). I would definitely recommend this to those who have dehydrated skin. I am pleased to announce that this moisturizer definitely exceeded my expectations! My only gripes with it is its jar packaging – making it unhygienic and constantly exposed to air reducing its potency. I now only use it once or twice a week as a mask for supple, super moist skin the next morning. I don’t use it every night because it is quite rich and I don’t need the added moisture. But it is a great pick-me-upper for a once or twice-a-week treatment!

Share your go-to moisturizers below, please!

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  1. September 4, 2013 / 9:45 am

    I’m thinking of getting one of these..
    But I have very oily skin, will this make it worse? 😐


    • September 4, 2013 / 11:48 am

      Hi Alexandra! I think this would be too much for you. Try the original Moisture Surge version which is OIL-FREE 🙂

  2. September 4, 2013 / 12:16 pm

    I think I’ve tried deluxe samples of this. It was a bit heavy for my skin normally but during the winter in New York it worked very well xx

    • September 5, 2013 / 10:41 pm

      Do tell about that mask — maybe that’s more up my alley when Im done with this tub and find it too rich for our tropical weather here in the PH.

  3. September 4, 2013 / 5:48 pm

    Whoah. That’s amazing. I’ve perpetual acne/redness whathaveyou and I’ve just about tried everything. I’m currently cleansing my skin using 1 acne fighting product at a time since using too many at once is probably aggravating the face-situation.

    • September 5, 2013 / 10:36 pm

      Exactly! When my face is super angry like this, I have to baby it and put one product at a time (2 max!). My two skin saviors for irritation and redness are this and Avene Thermal Spray. As in those lang. No treatments whatsoever because I’m scared they might get angrier and more agit!

  4. September 4, 2013 / 11:06 pm

    WHOA! It looks way less “angry” after one week. I think it’s so cute when we discover miracle cures. There are a lot of skincare items that don’t work so it feels like the end of a long treasure hunt when you find one that does what it’s supposed to, and more.

    • September 5, 2013 / 10:32 pm

      True!! I like discovering miracle cures, too. Esp discovering seemingly underwhelming products that actually work 🙂

  5. September 6, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    I love LOVE this! I have this in my kit and use it on clients with dehydrated/problematic skin!! 🙂

    • September 9, 2013 / 11:19 pm

      Really?! it can work under makeup well for other skin types pala. Feel ko it works like the cult fave Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre 🙂

  6. SFZ
    October 13, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    I had very good skin with no acnes or pimples. But recently had a breakout exactly at the same spot as yours. I dont know what caused it( may be exam stress). though it has reduced a lot but hasnt gone really. Should I use this?
    right now I’m using just a simple face cleanser and Avon moisturizer

    • October 13, 2013 / 11:23 pm

      Hi dear! I cant really recommend anything because it depends on what kind of breakouts youre having. Are they pimples or cystic acne? It also depends if you’re producing too much oil or if you’re dehydrated. Best advice I can give is to try glycolic soap, hydrate with Avene thermal spray and while damp, apply a hydrating gel moisturizer. Maybe your skin just needs some TLC since you underwent stress! If that doesnt work, do consult a derma 🙂 Also, give it time. It took me almost two mos. to completely heal my ravaged skin.

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