nice product but not HG for me! love the feel and how easy it sinks in but sadly no oil control! really hoped my skin would improve using this but it didn't! back to Clinique Moisturizing Gel for me!
I love love love this! It took me years of trials and errors of drugstore moisturizers to find it before I had to throw in the towel and move to the high-end brands of skin care.
My skin is a combination skin with an oily t-zone and normal cheeks. This leaves my skin smooth and hydrated, yet it does not make me break out like many drugstore creams did. First I tried the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream but during the summer this made my skin produce excess oil, so now I just use this during the winter when my skin can get many dry spots.
I take a pea-sized amount on my fingertip and divide it in five spots on my face; cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. I then start at my chin and work in light upward motions before I lightly massage what is left on my fingers, onto my neck.
I love that this does not contain any oils and that it is long lasting. The price is quite steep for this brand here in Norway (590 NOK = approx. 98 USD) but I feel I definitely get my money's worth!
I LOVE the Dermalogica products I have tried so far - Daily Microfoliant, Gentle Cream Exfoliant and Thermafoliant so I thought I'd try one of their moisturisers next as I am on the hunt for my "HG". I have combination skin so thought I should get this as it's decribed as "light" and "oil-free". My fault I guess, but I didn't really look until the ingredients until after purchasing. The 2nd ingredient is Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride which is derived from Coconut Oil and is high on the comedogenic scale: stay away if you are prone to clogged pores or breakouts! Also, there are other irritating ingredients such as lavender so this is not good if you have sensitive skin - I developed small red dots around my fragile eye area. Paula Begoun rates this as POOR by the way says that due to its fatty acid content, caprylic/capric triglyceride may clog pores (judging from the other reviews it seems to confirm this is true). The reason why is there is naturally occurring bacteria in our skin that feed off of oil, breaking the oil down in to smaller pieces called free fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids as found in Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride are great food for this bacteria. Therefore I would stay away from anything that is going to stay on or coat your skin (i.e. not be washed off) that contains this ingredient. Sure enough, as the day wore on my t-zone looked very oily/shiny and my skin in general looked congested, dull and grey-ish with a few small blemishes forming. PLUS, I feel it is overpriced and smells weird (almost mildew-y/rancid) which makes me feel icky putting it on my face! It FEELS icky too. Also because I've tried many other good moisturisers I feel I know how a moisturiser should feel and make your skin look and this just doesn't match up - I don't think moisturisers are Dermalogica's strong point, more the "treatments" and cleansers.
Perfect oil free moisturizer for us 30 something's who aren't quite dried out but also not as oily as we once were. It sinks right in and hydrates well but with no oily aftershock. I just wish they would come out with the same formula but with SPF.
The best moisturiser for me. I have combination skin which gets very oily and also very dry. This moisturiser is perfect for effective moisturisation without that greasy feel. It is not a cream but a lotion. Incredibly soothing. Worth the money definitely.
I have tried tons of Dermalogica products and it didn't really impress me, but this is the only product that I can't live without!
It is very good for my oily/acne-prone skin and it smells amazing. I would diffidently recommend it.
I love this product. Having acne prone skin this moisturiser has been a godsend! I have tried so many moisturisers in an attempt to find one that doesn't cause me to break out. Finally, I have with this moisturiser. My skin has been looking so much better since I switched to this moisturiser (along with other Dermalogica products) This really moisturises without leaving my skin feeling like an oil slick! Fantastic product.
UPDATE 18/9/13: After continued use over 6 months this product actually left my skin feeling irritated and dry. I loved it at first but now having switched to something else my skin has gone back to normal so I definitely know that something in this didn't agree with my skin. It's very lightweight which was great for my oily skin but I found that because my skin was irritated it dried out so this wasn't actually hydrating my skin.
ORIGINIAL REVIEW: When they say light-weight they really do mean that! Active Moist is a white cream moisturiser that would be suited to oily & combination skin. It spreads very easily so you only need the smallest amount. I have oily/acne-prone/sensitive skin but it is also dehydrated and this is my perfect moisturiser for my complicated skin type.
It goes on really lightly leaving my skin feeling hydrated but not greasy at all, its the perfect in between. I have trouble finding moisturisers that don't break me out and this has been the first I've found not to do that which really impressed me.
The packaging is the one bad thing I can say about Active Moist though. It comes in a squeeze tube with a spin-off lid. I don't really like the packaging because I find it wastes a lot of product since its not very firm.
Overall, a great moisturiser for my skin type as its rare to find ones that don't break me out.
I used this product when I was 19-23 years old (I am now 24 and my skin needs something with more moisture) as a moisturiser during the night (I would use Dermalogica's tinted moisturiser during the day).
It is very light-weight and oil-free. It absorbs quickly into the skin and does not leave anything on the surface on the skin. I liked it very much, because it gave my combination skin with oily t-zone the necessary moisture during the night. It gave the dry areas of my face the necessary moisture, without making my oiliness worse. My problems with oily t-zone is not as much as my younger years, and I now use more heavier/creamier moisturiser for the night.
The only thing I did not like about the product was the packaging. Because the product is so light-weight, it kept oozing out in the cap (even though you have not squeezed the tube yet) and making a mess. Especially if I travelled, there would be a lot of product that has oozed from the tube into the cap.
I would still recommend it, but I hope they can come up with a better packaging soon.
I have been using this product twice daily for a month time.
Mostly it does 3 things: hydrating, improving the texture of the skin and also has slightly soothing properties.
The cream leaves semi-mat finish. The consistency is very lightweight; cream is easily applied and quickly absorbed. It is oil-free which is perfect for combination/oily skin types.
I was impressed by ingredient list as it is full of different plant and fruit extracts, such as lavender extract (soothing, anti-inflammation properties), mallow extract, ivy extract, cucumber extract (anti-inflammation and lightening properties, I love it in products for oily skin), sambucus nigra flower extract, arnica montana flower extract (anti-inflammatory effect), parietaria officinalis extract, nasturtium officinale flower/leaf extract (antioxidant), arctium lappa root extract (prevents acne), sage leaf extract (healing properties), lemon fruit extract (antibacterial, good for oily skin), saponaria officinalis extract.
It also contains silk amino acids that have excellent moisturizing properties and give a silky feeling to the product. Glycolipids also help to hold water inside of the skin. As the result, the skin doesn’t lose any moisture.
Closer to the end of the list there is a very good antioxidant- grape seed extract.
It doesn’t have any artificial fragrances and colours.
I believe it is a very good product for warm season for those who have combination/oily skin types.
It would be perfect if it contained SPF and had anti-aging properties as well. And unfortunately if a blemish appears, it doesn’t reduce it as quickly as I would like to. But overall, it does everything “Dermalogica” claims it to do.