Edit: I upped my tretinoin use and THIS lotion is the ONLY MOISTURIZER that doesn’t sting (aside from Vaseline and squalane oil). CeraVe, ordinary natural moisturizing factors, all the ones they recommend, ANYTHING else stings right now. This gets rid of my flakes and soothes my face and makes it look normal. I use AM & PM and also reapply as needed.
DDML+ is a light-textured, basic scent free and yet *very* effective moisturizing daily lotion... definitely for VERY DRY to dry skin! It would leave a greasy mess if you don’t need major moisture! The newer clear DDM jelly is just a watery hydrating serum. It has no occlusive agents to seal anything in and thenceforth needs something over it to prevent evaporation and trans epidermal water loss (TEWL). The gel version for oilier skin, also amazing - that does have silicone to seal in hydration which IMHO makes it much more suitable for normal skin (The jelly is marketed for normal skin; gel for oily. I beg to differ since I’ve done them side by side). The gel is a great moisturizer for warmer months when you’re not super dry; I love the gel for that and mostly loved and used it when I was 35 and under & not using actives in my skincare. This product though, the DDML+, is the most emollient of the 3 (not counting the DDM cream in the jar which is TOO rich for me). It is a perfect super hydrating lotion that isn’t thick. Definitely the most moisturizing I’ve found for such a light consistency. The occlusive ingredients in the lotion+ are mineral oil and petrolatum. Which are the 2 best things for sealing in moisture that you can find, thus preventing TEWL. They are not, contrary to belief, pore-clogging.
DDML+ also has sodium hyaluranate, lanolin alcohol, urea, sunflower seedcake, glycerin (my skin loves all of these). The moisture lasts all day or night. They come in wonderful large sanitary pump bottles.
This has no bells and whistles, no ceramides or anything etc, but I do not care about bells and whistles since I use a million different skincare products in my routine. I appreciate an amazing emollient basic daily lotion that can serve only to moisturize. And this does it well! You’ll need your own customized anti-aging products and spf to fit in there... which is great for me. It can be used between c serum and sunscreen in the morning; also after whatever steps I use at night, whether tretinoin, or an acid, etc. I like the no fragrance aspect: aside from scents being potential irritants, I don’t want something on my face and nose I’ll be smelling all day or night. It never ever stings when I go too hard on exfoliation or retinoids and get sensitive. It makes the skin glowy plump moist and youthful looking. It masks lines. It certainly doesn’t clog or accentuate pores. I think many people would find it too shiny to wear under makeup unless your skin is parched.
I recommend this lotion wholeheartedly, for those not looking to multitask and in search of a generic yet effective moisturizer. For normal to oily skin, choose the gel. This lotion+ makes me shiny in a snap when I don’t need the extra moisture. I do not recommend the jelly for anyone. But if you did buy it to try it like me, use it as you would a hydrating serum, before a proper lotion (like this one I’m reviewing).