Released in the core Clinique collection as the pink-coral coloured Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate, the new Clinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Activated Water-Gel Concentrate (phew) is what I’d describe as a ‘heavy gel’ for normal/combination skin types. The two are basically identical and fragrance free and although this fits very nicely into the Clinique For Men family, I’d definitely check out other Clinique Moisture Surge products for hydration boosting.
When I started using this, the weather was still very much springtime and it wasn’t enough for my dry-combination skin; it just didn’t give enough to the places that needed it. However, as soon as we’ve hit summer, and especially out of the country in really warm weather this is absolutely perfect and I’ve been using it everyday so far, weather permitting. It hydrates effectively without skin feeling smothered in product or gagging for more hydration.
Inside the gel are bright-blue liquid spheres or ‘liquid sphere technology‘ that are filled with water-binding ingredients and antioxidants that stay fresh, releasing when worked into the skin. These water binding ingredients include Urea, Sucrose and Aloe leaf water.
Urea is an outstanding skincare ingredient, and yes, it is what you’re thinking but I can pretty much guarantee it doesn’t come from where you’re thinking of. It’s naturally found in surface layers of skin and is an incredible humectant and moisturising agent. Eucerin do an amazing Urea hand cream that’s worth a look if you suffer with any eczema or dermatitis. Also, pay no mind to talk of Urea being a formaldehyde releaser; in concentrations found in skincare, you’re safe. You need to drink water to survive but will die drowning in it; it’s the same principle in cosmetic chemical formulations so it helps to look past the hype and skincare myths – sodium hydroxide is another good example of this.
The base is water, butylene glycol, phenyl trimethicone and propanediol. The butylene glycol, common in most skincare, helps the other ingredients mix into the product; the phenyl trimethicone and propandeiol make up the gel base and control thickness etc.
When it boils down to it, the feel and effect are what most often counts and this feels and keeps my skin great in more humid temperatures. If you’re oily this is a must as will whack up your hydration levels in an instant to help reduce excess surface oil.
Clinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Activated Water-Gel Concentrate is £34/50ml available here from John Lewis.
Clinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Activated Water-Gel Concentrate Full Ingredients
Water, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Propanediol, Sucrose, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Algae Extract, Cholesterol, Hydrolyzed Rice Extract, Trehalose, Acetyl Glucosamine, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Sorbitol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyaspartate, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Dextrin Palmitate, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-4, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Green 6.