This has become my staple night cream for now.
I bought this to replace my Differin Balancing Moisturizer which is WAY too rich for me if Im not paring it with Differing gel & Benzoyl peroxide (In which case I prefer Differin Balancing over Vanicream light because it's more emollient. Then it balances out the drying effects of the actives). It was clogging my pores a little and making me look very oily. Not to mention it made me feel itchy constantly. I usually have problems with vegetable oils making me itchy and the Differin moisturizer has avocado oil in it. If Im using it together with Differin Gel & Benzoyl peroxide I dont experience that issue though.
It makes me sad and happy at the same time that this is a no frills moisturizer. Its basically water, synthetic emollients and an humectant. I apply it on a damp face since all it does is prevent water loss, so I want it to hold the maximum amount of water possible. When it dries I follow up with the rest of my topicals at night, which generally is Benzoyl Peroxide. I also like that its designed for people with sensitive skin in mind.
I tried using this lotion on my body as well after showering (the same as on face, on damp skin) but it didn't work out for me. I don't cover/wash my whole body with soap daily (just once/twice a week). The rest of days I wash the necessary areas and the rest I just flush with water) to prevent dry skin, so I noticed an increase in breakouts. I stopped using it as body lotion and went back to using Aloe Vera for that or nothing at all. Breakouts stopped.
I hesitate to call it an HG because it has no bells and whistles, but I'm definitively calling it a staple because it a good product to fall back on to, doesn't irritate my face or give me breakouts, it's accessible at drugstores, affordable because of the amount you get, and it has a nice hygienic packaging with a pump. Im VERY happy I found it and I give it 5 stars because it does what it promises to do.