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    I've been using Clinique's dramatically different moisturizing lotion...it's alright although wouldn't say fantastic...dun think i will buy again cuz it was like 50 over bucks....

    a dermatologist once told me that no difference one, even the drugstore version like l'oreal (which is much cheaper) is sufficient...but u know, cannot put my face to such a risk :wink: later got lines oredi cannot reverse then how?

    are we getting fleeced by these cosmetic companies????


  • #2
    Try Clinique's moisture surge extra.

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    • #3
      clinique moisture surge light is also good if you have oily skin; i use this for days when i'm outdoors

      derms always say no diff btw drugstore and department lines...but my skin doesn't say so :roll:

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      • #4
        Re: what's a good non-greasy moisturizer?

        Originally posted by "crayon"

        a dermatologist once told me that no difference one, even the drugstore version like l'oreal (which is much cheaper) is sufficient...but u know, cannot put my face to such a risk :wink: later got lines oredi cannot reverse then how?
        Not always true. Many drugstore brands and cosmetic brands are owned by the same company, eg. L'oreal and CLinique are owned by The Evil Empire...oops, I meant, the Estee Lauder group of companies :D ...along with Bobbi Brown, Stila, Clarins, La Mer, MAC. Very few brands are "independent"; the majority of cosmetic brands are owned / have been acquired by some conglomerate or other.

        What happens then is that the research conducted by the different labs for each of the different brands owned by the same parent company, is shared out. Let's say Clinique discovers a groundbreaking new ingredient X that can banish wrinkles. This ingredient will be used in Clinique's products at, let's say 30% potency. Clinique will then release its new miracle product on the market for, let's say, $100.

        However, it will only be a matter of time before this research is also shared amongst the rest of the Lauder group. So, maybe 4-6 months after Clinique has launched (and sold enough) of its miracle product containing Ingredient X, L'oreal will launch a product, also containing Ingredient X...BUT at a diminished potency. So L'oreal's stuff may contain only 10% of Ingredient X. This is because of the target market and the price differentiation required. Obviously L'oreal cannot afford to sell a product with 30% potency of Ingredient X at L'oreal prices.

        Whether or not this 10% of ingredient X in L'oreal is sufficient to produce results that are equal to Clinique's 30% of Ingredient X, depends on Ingredient X itself. Some components will perform similarly, regardless of potency. In fact, a higher potency of certain ingredients may even prove to be counter-beneficial. Other ingredients however, perform better, when they are used in a purer / more potent form.

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        • #5
          i m still in search of a moisturizer preferably something non stick for our humid weather! a fren recc me l'oreal, was sceptical against drugstore brand, tried anyway & my skin's OK with it. or prob it's just the weather, better with not much sun so my skin's behaving really well!

          btw my cheeks are really dehydrated & without moisturizer it wld peel big time & i wld look like a flaky scaly fish LOL! & i hv oily t-zone!

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          • #6
            Re: what's a good non-greasy moisturizer?

            Originally posted by "crayon"

            I've been using Clinique's dramatically different moisturizing lotion...it's alright although wouldn't say fantastic...dun think i will buy again cuz it was like 50 over bucks....
            Actually, just wondering, why do you need a moisturizer? Do you live or travel overseas to temperate climates? Because in Singapore, I don't really feel the need to use a moisturizer. I have normal-sensitive skin with an oily t-zone and cheeks that get dry occasionally, but I don't feel that it particularly needs a moisturizer, and so far so good, my skin isn't dehydrated or anything. If anything, since I chucked all the "rules" out of the window (eg. must cleanse-tone-moisturise etc.), my ski has just gotten better and better. Duh? :wink:

            Anyway I find that for our climate, moisturizer often does more harm than good. And a lot of the products I put on my face daily seem emollient enough to serve as a moisturizer as well - eg, By Terry's colour skin enhancer. At night I don't moisturize either, I just let my skin breathe, and 2 - 3x a week, I use a treatment product. If your skin is so dry after cleansing or toning, you may be using the wrong cleanser. ALso, I read that before you slap on moisturizer after cleansing, you should ideally wait 10 mins for your skin's natural oils to reach the surface again, before deciding whether you actually need moisturizer or not. Most people just cleanse, tone, and moisturize in quick succession, not giving their skin a chance to recover naturally, which only leads to more problems ultimately, eg. excess oil....etc.

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            • #7
              Not sure about the rest but I do feel there is a need for moisturiser. I have combination skin towards oily and I still need a light moisturiser for the day because I am in the office all day long. For night it is a must for me because I sleep in air-con room.

              Fara, is your skin very dry? If not, u can try Avene for the day. I find it very light though so if u have very dry skin, it might not work for u. How about Ayura?? I live Dermalogica's Active Moist too. Fancl's Fennatty range is good too. Very light and not sticky.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by "meow123"


                Fara, is your skin very dry? If not, u can try Avene for the day. I find it very light though so if u have very dry skin, it might not work for u. How about Ayura?? I live Dermalogica's Active Moist too. Fancl's Fennatty range is good too. Very light and not sticky.
                my cheeks can swing from dry to very dry, it's good weather now so it's behaving. the moment i take lesser than 3L of water, my skin starts to dry up & peel. yes i agree i like what fenatty's moisture cream does, light & it moisturize me just enuff. in fact their washing powder is my holy grail, all other cleansers seems to be too high Ph thus makes me over-oily, over drying->dehydration->over secretion of oils & all. anyway been wanting to try avene moisturizer...just waiting for a promo.

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                • #9
                  i think avene instant soothing moisturiser is a good choice.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by "appleger"

                    i think avene instant soothing moisturiser is a good choice.
                    Agree. I used this on the days when I break out (like now) and it doesn't irritate it further.

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                    • #11
                      Re: what's a good non-greasy moisturizer?

                      in my opinion, moisturizer is really crucial even if you have oily skin right here in Singapore - believe me, i always had oily-combi skin and wouldn't use a moisturizer in the day

                      the result was that my skin became *really* dehydrated even tho' it's still combi now (i'm also in aircon places almost all the time at work and hey, i'm aging...) and there were fine lines all over my face (not obvious to the naked eye in normal day light but believe me, they were definitely there under the facialist's light!!!)

                      so for the last 2 months or so, i started using light textured but hydrating stuff for my face even in the day (even Jurlique day care face oil) and i've really noticed a great improvement in my skin's texture and suppleness...

                      last year, i also started making my very acne-prone and oily skin brother use a lightweight gel moisturizer at night (and recently in the day) and his acne has improved coz he stopped drying his entire face out with benzol peroxide and other such stuff

                      so i'll say MOISTURIZE unless you're *dead sure* ( your skin is so good that you don't need it! just remember to choose the right stuff for your face!

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                      • #12
                        Dol, the Cosme Decorte Moisture Liposome is not exactly a moisturiser. More like a lotion that you apply before moisturiser for better absorption. Love this stuff too but have stopped using becos it is so ex....

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                        • #13
                          Like Pan, I don't use a moisturiser... at least at night. Just clean off makeup with Shu's cleansing oil, followed by a quick clean with Cetaphil. That's it. And once a week , just apply Derma-RX Illuminator for more even skin tone.

                          But I do see the need to apply a little moisturiser in the morning before makeup. Mornings tend to be cold and dry, so after a quick cleanse with Cetaphil, I apply some Neutrogena oil-free moisturiser, get dress while waiting for the lotion to sink in, then apply the rest of my makeup.
                          Last edited by xue; 30-01-2004, 04:29 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by "meow123"

                            Joce and Pan are definitely the evil twins!!! :o

                            Sadly, the enhancer doesn't work for me. Very sad... My skin is oiler after using it..glad that it works for u two...
                            I realise that my skin has changed quite a lot these past few years.... from oil slick, to just oily T-zone...now dry cheeks with normal T-zone. I think it's got to do with my working environment. A cleanroom is not exactly the most ideal place for good skin, it's very drying and cold.

                            Anyway, I'm looking for an oil-free non-greasy lotion/cream for night use... not for everyday, maybe just like once a week when my skin feels parched. Pan, Meow? Any recs?

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                            • #15
                              Joce, what's the purpose of the moisturiser that u are looking for.? Something to firm up your skin? Or something just to give u moisture? For really light moisturiser u can't go wrong with Avene but if u are looking for something that can perform better then u wld need something heavier. My personal fave are from Cosme Decorte, Dermalogica (Active Moist) and Kose.

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