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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Review: Garnier Moisture RescueRefreshing Gel- Cream

Yesterday, I reviewed the cleanser from this line (here). Today we have the Refreshing Gel-Cream. I have combination skin that tends to be dry with a few areas that tend to be quite dry so a good moisturizer is a must. I kept getting samples of this in magazines, and after trying it out I thought I should give it a go.

Gel- Creams are usually recommended for those who don't need a strong moisturizer, but I like that they have a light feel on and they don't irritate my skin. Since I am combination, I find that I can only use heavier moisturizers on my dry areas or I end up breaking out, and that just isn't fun.

"Enriched with revitalizing Grape Water Extract, this oil-free formula helps to maintain skin's moisture barrier and protects skin from external aggressors, like the drying effects of the sun and wind." -from box

This moisturizer, while called a gel-cream is much more a gel than a cream. Out of the few gel- creams I've used, this seems to be all gel. The moisturizer light to the touch and has a light fresh scent. The scent isn't harsh, but could be bothersome to some. The moisturizer feels almost like water on the skin and absorbs quite quickly. I can feel the difference it makes on my skin immediately after I apply it. It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized but still clean and fresh. Some heavier moisturizers leave me with an almost dirty feel because they are heavy on the skin, but this moisturizer is actually refreshing and light.

Overall, I am very happy with this moisturizer. I have started using a light night cream with it before bed to deal with my extra dry spots and wish that this had SPF, but for the price of about $15 this is a great alternative to higher end brands and I can see it being something I stick with for a while.

Have you tried this product? What did you think?


  1. I've read gels are better for those oily/combo skin too, but I actually prefer them, they feel nice on and blend easier on my skin. I love love love this moisturizer. Although one of the first ingredients is alcohol, so I am not sure it's good for your skin in the long-run, but aside from that, it's perfect.

  2. wait $15?! I paid $10 at Walmart I think and had a $2 off coupon (

  3. I just fished the box out of my recycling bin, and I can't believe that alcohol is that high in the ingredient list. I love how they hide the ingredients on the bottom of the box, I didn't even see them.

    I (stupidly) bought mine at Shopper's. $16.99 was the full price, but I got mine at 40% off. If it wasn't for the points I don't think I'd keep shopping there, deals seem to be rare.


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