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Friday, April 5, 2013

Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream - Dry Skin


I was an on again- off again fan of the original version of Garnier Moisture Rescue (review) but I found it never really gave me quite enough hydration to really combat my dry skin, so it was obvious that I should give the Dry Skin formula a try. Only makes sense, right? Don't you love when things just work out like that? I do. Let's take a look.



 Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream - Dry Skin* 50g $10.99

Garnier Moisture Rescue helps lock in moisture and block out dryness for 24 hours, thanks to four nature-inspired ingredients. Glycerin delivers an extra dose of moisture, fruit water provides essential antioxidants, Vitamin B helps the formula penetrate deeply and Vitamin E soothes and conditions the skin. Garnier’s new dry skin formula delivers:
  • Glycerin for 2X moisture attracting power
  • Fruit Water: naturally-occurring antioxidant Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B: delivers moisture deeper into skin
  • Vitamin E: soothes dry skin itchiness and discomfort

This moisturizer has the same wet feeling gel formula as the original- it's cooling and quite refreshing, especially in warmer months- but with added hydration potential. That was one of the reasons I ended up not loving the original version- I found it just wasn't enough hydration for my skin most of the time.

As I mentioned, this is a wet feeling moisturizer that cools when it comes into contact with your skin. It absorbs a bit slower than other moisturizers, but isn't sticky and leaves skin feeling really smooth and clean. Something about using this makes me feel like my skin is super clean afterwards- I think it's because it feels so wet on. This has a light fruity-fresh scent that I really like, but those with scent sensitivity might not appreciate.

Ingredients 

The downside is that this contains so much alcohol. Alcohol denat isn't an ingredient you really want to see in a moisturizer as it draws moisture from the skin, but in this case, it's obviously added to create the cooling feeling. Somehow, even with the inclusion of alcohol, I do find that this is decent in terms of hydration. I say decent, as it does leave my skin feeling soft and moisturized, but it's been pretty normal lately at not as dry as it usually is, so I can't say if this would prove effective enough on truly dry skin.

Overall, this is an okay moisturizer if you're looking for something light and comfortable for light-moderately dry skin. I don't think that I'd be able to use this for a prolonged period, or at least not without another product, as I know it wouldn't be hydrating enough to combat how dry my skin normally is. It is great for Summer thought- you can't beat the cooling factor and it moisturizes well enough for periodic usage. Have you tried this moisturizer? Thoughts?