Review: Clinique Youth Surge SPF 15 Age Decelerating Moisturizer

Age Decelerating Moisturizer

Leveraging Sirtuin technology, Clinique science uses youth-extending agents to create a daily moisturizer with visible effects. Lines and wrinkles seem to evaporate, replaced by plump, vibrant skin alive with collagen and elastin. Skin gains strength over environmental agers. Looks younger, longer.

This winter seems to have done a number on my skin. Between stress of deployment and reintegration, the weather and general illness my skin has become very dry and tired. Not to mention the fact I am quickly approaching my thirties.

Surprisingly we do have a Clinique counter here in South Dakota inside our Herberger's (Never heard of Herberger's? Neither had I until I came here. Its similar to a Dillard's. It smells strange.)

I had talked Nate into trying out their men's line of skin care when he came back from deployment, after spending nearly seven months in the desert his skin definitely needed some TLC. So a couple of weeks ago, we went to the Clinique counter and I picked this up. I was originally going to get this:

I received a sample in the mail when it first debuted a few months ago and enjoyed it, however my local Clinique counter was sold out of it and as my skin was attempting to do a very believable impression of the Crypt Keeper, I didn't want to wait for delivery. (Which for some reason takes forever here in SD)

The girl at the counter attempted to sell me on something else which was made for oily skin, despite me telling her my issue was the exact opposite. She also tried to sell me on some pretty horrible jet black eyeliner. Which if you have ever met me, you know I can't really pull off black eyeliner without looking like a raccoon. Not sure why. You meet some strange people here.

I got the Youth Surge home and started using it (actually, I tried it in the car first. I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to makeup)
. You're supposed to use it after your 3-Step, but I suck at remembering to do that, so I would use it in the mornings and right before bed if I could remember. It worked pretty well, my skin is no longer uncomfortably dry and dull. 

Pros: SPF 15, I will fry in the sun without protection. Blame the Irish blood, but this fair skinned ginger needs lots of sun protection. I also like that it is in a tub and not a squirt bottle. I can use a cosmetics sponge to apply it when needed and don't have to worry about icky dispensers and it makes it easier to travel with. I also like that it is a bit of a thicker cream and not as light as the Dramatically Different Lotion. 

Cons: Some people will be turned off by the scent. While it is technically Fragrance Free, it does have the light scent of sun screen. While I like, but I know a lot of people are turned off by it. 
I can't really comment on its "anti-aging" abilities. I don't have a lot of wrinkles or fine lines so I've not noticed if it will really plump the lines like it claims. It is on the heavier side, so it doesn't make the best under foundation moisturizer. What I usually is apply it when I wake up and if I wear make up that day, I will wait a bit before applying anything. 

Verdict: I like it. And would definitely recommend it to others. However, I'll probably try something else next time that isn't as specifically about anti aging. 

1 comment

  1. I may try this; I'm always looking for something to hydrate my super-dry skin. :)


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