When I was growing up, every once in a while, my mom would come back home with an aloe plant leaf from one of my tía’s gardens to use as a hair mask to restore her dehydrated hair. That was the first time I learned about the restorative powers this plant has. But my mom wasn’t the only one using it. In fact, Latinas swear by natural ingredients, and later I discovered that aloe plants were a staple in most of the households I visited growing up in Puerto Rico. Little did I know that it was going to be a part of my daily beauty routine thanks to Clinique Moisture Surge gel cream, one of my favorite moisturizers out there.
Fast-forward to today, I couldn’t be more excited to try the brand’s updated version of this holy grail product, the Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. The new formula caught my attention immediately after I learned that it contained aloe bio-ferment. So I gave it a try, and my dry skin couldn’t thank me more.
Keep scrolling to read my full review of the Clinique Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator below.
The Product: An absorbent, lightweight formula
Before diving into it, let’s talk about the formula. Just like the previous ones, it has a gel-like texture that feels refreshing to the skin. It’s also lightweight, so you don’t need to worry about your skin feeling uncomfortable, but it still gives it 100 hours of hydration. Now let me introduce you to its main ingredients.
- Aloe bio-ferment: Fermentation is a process that harnesses the benefits of ingredients (yes, like kombucha) and breaks them down, so they are better absorbed into your skin. This one is made with lactobacillus, activated aloe water, and responsibly sourced and certified organic aloe extract powder. This exclusive, nutrient-rich ingredient helps skin retain moisture.
- Hyaluronic acid: This moisture-binding ingredient has been the cool kid on the block in beauty products for a long time now because it helps create a “moisture reservoir” for ideal hydration, leaving your skin looking plump.
- Activated aloe water: This ingredient is made by infusing pure water with aloe barbadensis leaf extract and then supercharging it to hold both positive and negative ionic charges, which helps your skin absorb moisture more easily.
About My Skin: Prone to dry patches
I have combination skin, which gets tricky. During winter, my dry patches start showing up more often, but during summer, the oils take over. That’s why I always make sure I’m using a product that's hydrating while providing lightweight moisture in a cooling gel texture. That’s where Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator comes in, providing my skin with the right glow without leaving it feeling greasy.
My Skincare Routine: A mix of products
I’m currently using an acne face wash and a retinoid gel, which makes my skin dry and sometimes irritated. To avoid that, every time I visit my dermatologist, they emphasize that I have to make sure to keep my skin hydrated. Luckily for me, the Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator came to the rescue. Ever since I started incorporating it into my skincare routine, my skin feels soothed with deep hydration and it has recovered its glow.
The Results: Glowing skin
This product makes my skin glow from within. I’ve applied it before my makeup, and it provides the perfect base for my foundation to blend in perfectly without sacrificing its dewy finish. It also absorbs pretty quickly, so I don’t have to wait too long before applying my sunscreen.
The Takeaway: It’s a keeper
If you want to achieve a dewy look without looking oily, the Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is for you. I even recommend putting it in the fridge for extra refreshing benefits during hot, humid days.
Shop Clinique’s Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator here.