Gel Moisturizers – great for hydration but do they do anything else for the skin?

Summer time is coming and that means lighter weight moisturizers, but they still have to pack a heavy moisturizing punch. I would also like other skin loving ingredients in the mix.

All moisturizers should be upping their game with brands like CeraVe on the market. CeraVe lotions moisturize the skin with some great skin loving ingredients for a great price point.

So should gel moisturizers. The ones I am going to be looking at are from Clinique, Hada Labo, Neutrogena and Belif.

Clinique
Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

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

Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator contains quite a few humectants, as you would expect in a gel moisturizer, it also contains green tea, bark extract (I would assume this is something similar to the product that The Ordinary just came out with), aloe, and caffeine. These ingredients all have some great qualities for use in skin care.

Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator made the Allure’s best of beauty list with good reason. It is light and silky and just sinks into the skin pretty effortlessly. It does have a plumping and a bit of a cooling effect on the skin. It doesn’t have a fragrance. Clinique states that it hydrates for 72 – hours even after you have washed your face.

I haven’t had any trouble with it pilling up on my skin, when I apply my makeup. Nor after applying my serums. This is a beautiful lightweight gel moisturizer, that really does a great job of hydrating the skin. I will probably always have this on hand.

Clinique Moisture Surge is at Ulta for $19.00 for 1oz and you really don’t use that much. I believe it comes in other sizes too, because I have a large one as well.

Hada Labo Tokyo –
Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Hada Labo Tokyo - Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Hada Labo Tokyo –
Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Hada Labo Tokyo is a brand from Japan. It’s website states it is the #1 Japan brand.

Hada Labo Tokyo – Skin Plumping Gel Cream contains a lot of the same moisturizing ingredients as Clinique, except in a different order. It also contains squalane, arginine (anti aging) and hyaluronic acids, that is a few more skin loving ingredients than the other gel moisturizers.

It also contains methylisothiazolineone, which is listed as one of the most irritating skin care ingredients. I haven’t had any issues with skin irritation, but I thought it was worth mentioning, that it does contain an ingredient that has caused skin irritation for many.

The Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel Cream is a bit heavier than the Clinique. It is more of a thicker gel like consistency. It has a slight smell, but I can’t say there is a fragrance. It sinks into the skin but it takes more time. This gel moisturizer leaves the skin a bit more dewy looking at first. The first time, I used this product it was only a sample and I was traveling in the winter. I liked it so much I had to find the full product. The plumping and hydration of the skin was that noticeable.

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream is on Amazon for $19.99 for 1.76 oz.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Water Gel Face Moisturizer

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Water Gel Face Moisturizer

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Water Gel Face Moisturizer

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Water Gel Face Moisturizer has some of the moisturizing ingredients found in the other three (that will be in this post). However, far fewer ingredients than all of the other gel moisturizers. Simple isn’t necessarily bad in skin care, if you have sensitive skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid. It is light weight, sinks into the skin beautifully. This product hydrates like the other gel moisturizers. It doesn’t really have any other skin loving ingredients.

I didn’t have a problem with it pilling up under makeup. It didn’t irritate my skin. The problem I have with this one, is the smell. It is quite overpowering to me. I think it smells like Downey. If you love the smell of Downey and I know a lot of people do. It was just too much fragrance for me, so I won’t be repurchasing this product. If that doesn’t bother you, it is a good gel moisturizer at a good price point and very accessible for purchase at most drugstores.

Target has Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Water Gel Face Moisturizer for $16.99 for 1.7 oz

Belif the true cream – aqua bomb

Belif the true cream - aqua bomb

Belif the true cream – aqua bomb

Belif is a Korean skin care brand.

Belif – The true cream Aqua Bomb, once again, has some of the same moisturizing ingredients found in the others, but what makes it the most different is the amount of apothecary herbs. Also it contains ceramide 3, cholesterol, shea butter and squalane. I don’t know about the apothecary herbs in skin care, but I have read great things. But I haven’t found a lot to back it up, so I can’t say much about the ones found in this gel moisturizer. The ceramide 3, cholesterol, shea butter and squalane are all excellent skin care ingredients.

It does contain fragrance and yes, it is noticeable. It doesn’t seem too be overpowering and you can still smell it for a bit after application. It doesn’t pill up under makeup. Very hydrating and really nice on the skin. I really like it.

Sephora carries Belif the true cream aqua bomb $38.00 for 1.68 oz, really per oz it is just a few more dollars then the Clinique. They also carry it in the small size shown in the picture.

recommendations:

What would be my choice? If price wasn’t a problem, I would get the Belif.

If your skin can get sensitive or acne prone, I would get the Clinique.

The best price point would be the Neutrogena, but I would try to find it in fragrance free. If you can’t then go for one of the other two above.

I do really like the Hada Labo, but because it contains that ingredient and it is a bit more inclusive to the skin (which could lead to acne), I can’t recommend it.

In the winter, I would wear a gel moisturizer under your regular moisturizer.

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