The older we get, the harder it is to hold moisture in the skin. There are plenty of products out on the market that claim to help hydrate the skin, such as the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. This product uses hyaluronic acid and other active ingredients to absorb moisture and allow it to soak in the skin for up to 72 hours after application. In this review, we’ll take a look at the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator to hold their claims up to the test.

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator at a Glance


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Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, 1 Ounce
  • Refreshing gel-creamAuto-Replenishing Technology1 fl oz/30 ml

Texture

The Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is pink in color with a gel-like consistency. It’s thicker, making it easy to scoop up using a finger or spatula. The gel spreads evenly and won’t clump or pill up during application. Despite the thicker consistency, the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator soaks into skin in under a minute so you won’t be left with any greasy residue. The gel is so light that you might forget whether you actually put it on or not.

Fragrance

We along with many other customers that have tried the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator have noted that there’s a distinctly chemical smell from the solution. There are no added fragrances, so it’s likely that the smell comes from the skin care ingredients. The smell can be strong, especially when it is first applied, and can be a bit of a turn off right away. Fortunately, the smell dissipates quickly, so you won’t have to worry about smelling chemicals for the rest of the day.

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Packaging

The Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator comes in a small transparent glass jar with a silver cap. The packaging looks very attractive and can be easily stored in a cabinet or bag without the risk of spillage.

We do have some concerns about the jar packaging. There are two main issues when it comes to jar packaging: oxidation and bacterial contamination.

Oxidation occurs slowly when the product is exposed to the air, which happens every time you open a jar-packaged product. Oxidation can change the chemical composition of a product, which can reduce the potency or even become damaging to the skin.

Products in jar packaging are also susceptible to bacterial contamination, especially if you use your fingers to scoop it out. Even if you thoroughly wash your hands, there is still a possibility of bacteria mixing into your product. Bacteria are typically harmful to the skin, and can cause outbreaks of acne, inflammation, or even serious infection.

Ingredients


Hyaluronic Acid

With a word like ‘acid’ in its name, this ingredient sounds like it will burn into your skin. In fact, hyaluronic acid actually does the opposite! Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate molecule that occurs in our bodies naturally. The body utilizes these molecules to lubricate the connecting tissues in our joints and skin and help retain moisture. The moisture-retaining properties in hyaluronic acid make it one of the most popular skincare ingredients.

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it can attract and store moisture. When used in a skin care product, the hyaluronic acid molecules soak up moisture and allow it to be absorbed into the skin over time. This helps keep skin looking supple while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

Activated Aloe Water

Aloe is well known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, which is why it’s often found in skincare products. Clinique uses a special mixture of aloe and water in the Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator product, which they refer to as activated aloe water. This ingredient was included to hold both positive and negative ionic charges to help lock in moisture. It also has all of the soothing effects of aloe, which makes it great for inflamed or sensitive skin.

Caffeine

Caffeine

When we think of caffeine, we imagine a hot cup of coffee or a sugary carbonated drink. But caffeine does much more that give you an energy boost. You may be surprised to learn that caffeine can actually be used for a variety of other health benefits, including skin care. Caffeine is known to constrict blood vessels, and dermatologists believe that this property can help smooth out wrinkles and diminish cellulite.

green tea

Green Tea

Green tea has been a popular ingredient in skin care products due to its incredible detox and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea has a high concentration of polyphenols known as catechins, which reduce redness, swelling, and irritation.  Green tea also has great antibacterial properties that fight acne and can clear up clogged pores.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle, also known as lady’s thistle, is a bright purple flower that has been known to reduce inflammation and act as a powerful antioxidant. Milk thistle extract is made from the seeds of the milk thistle plant and is added in skin care products to absorb toxins and reduce swelling. This makes it a great ingredient for those who have trouble with acne or eczema.

Sorbitol

Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol that comes from corn or fruit that can act as a humectant when used in skin care products. The sorbitol helps prevent moisture loss by absorbing the water in the air through osmosis and allowing it to soak into the skin. It is also commonly used as a fragrance enhancer to add a lightly sweet smell to products.

Application


One of the best things about the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is the versatility of the product.

Use as Daily Moisturizer

To use the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator as a daily moisturizer, apply it twice a day after thoroughly cleansing your skin. You only need about a pea sized amount to cover the entire surface of your face. For those with very dry skin, we recommend applying another layer of moisturizer to combine with the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator.

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Use as Face Mask

To apply the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator as a facemask, take a small amount of product and apply it evenly on a cleansed face. Leave it on for about 5 minutes to allow the moisture to sink in. Remove any access product with a tissue.

Use as Makeup Primer

To use the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator as a hydrating makeup primer, simply apply a thin layer to a cleansed and moisturized face. The product will create a great base for your makeup that will last throughout the day. You can even use it over your makeup for small touch ups.

Use for Dry Patches

If you get frequent dry patches or have issues with eczema, the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is a great product to carry with you. To alleviate dry patches, dab a small amount of the product and slowly spread it along the problem area. This will soothe the skin and prevent it from flaking or cracking.

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Immediate Results


When we tried the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator on dry patches, we found almost immediate alleviation of dryness. After use as a 5-minute facemask, we noticed that skin was left feeling moist and supple. As a makeup primer, the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator holds make up all day, so we didn’t have to worry about anything smearing off.

Long Term Results


After using the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator as a daily moisturizer for several weeks, we noticed a lot of improvements. Skin was more supple, fine lines and wrinkles were diminished, and there was no patchiness or discoloration. We have no doubt that continued use of this product will result in better moisture retention, especially for those who struggle with dry skin or eczema.

Pros and Cons


Pros

  • Provides Great Moisture.
  • Clears Up Dry Patches.
  • Very Lightweight.
  • Gentle Enough for Every Day.
  • Can Be Used as a Mask.
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    Perfect Makeup Base.
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    Allergen Tested.

Cons

  • Jar Packaging.
  • Potent Medicinal Smell.

The Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator truly lives up to its name. This product offers exceptional moisture without leaving you with a greasy layer of residue.

Anyone with a drying skin condition knows how painful dry patches can be. The Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is a great solution for quickly clearing up those irritating and itchy problem spots. It’s small enough to throw in a bag, so you can take it on the go on a dry chilly day.

This product is so lightweight you’ll probably forget you even have it on. The gel consistency of the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator makes it easy to spread and allows the product to soak into the skin almost instantly.

This product is incredibly gentle, so it can be used every day on every skin type. It has mild, soothing ingredients that will soothe inflammation and leave your skin feeling fresh and clean.

We particularly loved the results when we used the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator as a facemask. Skin was soft yet firm, making it great for a quick moisture boost to start the day.

The Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator creates a protective base on the skin, so makeup can be applied directly on top. This product is great for keeping your makeup flawless on a night out.

All of Clinique’s products go through rigorous allergen testing before they are released. This gives those with sensitive skin peace of mind, as they won’t have to worry about whether or not the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator will cause a reaction.

Jar packaging is very unsanitary, and can cause issues such as oxidation and bacteria contamination. We would have liked to see this product in something a little more protective, such as an air pump.

There are no added fragrances to the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, which leaves the product with a medicinal smell. While the smell isn’t overwhelmingly strong, it may cause issues to those with sensitive noses.

Pricing


The Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is sold on the Clinique online store in four sizes: 15ml, 30ml, 50ml, and 75ml.

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Price

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator 15ml

$12.00

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator 30ml

$19.00

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator 50 ml

 $39.00

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator 75 ml

$52.50

This product can also be found at any store where Clinique products are sold, including SephoraMacy’s, and Nordstrom.

Other Similar Products


The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is part of the Hydro Boost line of products that uses hyaluronic acid to give skin a boost of moisture. This is a simple formula that focuses on providing moisture, without adding any other unnecessary ingredients. It is free of any alcohol ingredients and won’t clog up your pores.

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel can add moisture to the face while also stimulating collagen, reducing wrinkles, and minimizing pores. This product uses natural ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea that help hydrate and detoxify the skin. This is a great option for those who have oily or combination skin types.

Final Verdict on Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator


The Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is a great product for those who suffer from overly dried skin. While we’re not sure if the product works for a whole 72-hours as its name suggests, there’s no denying that it provides you with more than enough moisture to last a full day. We suggest this product for people who are looking for a light moisturizer that they can use every day. We also think this is a great product to use as needed, especially since it’s small enough to fit in any purse or bag.

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