Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

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clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotionAs far as moisturizers go, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion seems controversial to me. I believe it first came out in 1968, and to this day it still sells really well. I hadn’t ever tried it, even though I knew it was really popular, and I’d see it every time I passed the Clinique counter. In Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me, author Paula Begoun doesn’t speak highly of the moisturizer, stating its formula is “dramatically dated”, and it doesn’t contain even a minute amount of today’s state-of-the-art moisturizing ingredients.

Recently, I purchased my fave Clinique Moisture On-line, and got the lotion as a free gift with purchase. It turns out I like it! I still prefer the Moisture On-line, but sometimes use the Lotion at night, since it was free, but it’s also cheaper than the Moisture On-line. It has a nice smooth feeling on my skin. If you check out the reviews of the lotion on, you will see tons of people hate it. I can see why, because I live in the super dry desert of Las Vegas, but my face looks shiny after I apply the moisturizer! That’s quite a feat, since I think this is the only moisturizer I’ve found that actually makes my skin shiny (which is fine with me, cause I like the “dewy” look). I haven’t tried it yet in a humid climate, but I am sure I would look like an oil-slick. On my skin, the lotion works similar to Moisture On-line in that it sort of acts as a barrier, to protect the hydration of my skin, and it prevents it from getting super dried out. I would wear an antioxidant serum under it, if I was using it in the day time, and sunscreen over it.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion contains Mineral Oil, which is also why I say it’s “controversial.” I’ll write more about Mineral Oil later, but as I wrote in my how to prevent Cosmetic Acne post, Mineral Oil doesn’t clog pores. The other ingredients seem cosmetic-acne safe as well. Here’s the complete list of the lotion’s ingredients: Water Purified, Mineral Oil, Sesame Oil, Propylene Glycol, Tea Stearate, Gylceryl Stearate, Lanolin Alcohol, Petrolatum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

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8 Responses to “Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion”

  1. Christine Says:

    Seems like a pretty basic product. Most of the stuff I have has like 50 ingredients. What do you recommend with peptides?

  2. Jeni Says:

    Yeah that’s why I’m surprised the lotion is so popular since it doesn’t contain antioxidants or anything special, and it’s probably greasy on most people. For a product with peptides, I like Olay Regenerist Deep Hydrating Regenerating Cream. It goes on well and doesn’t cause me to breakout, but it’s not that hydrating, so I sometimes put on another moisturizer over it. Coincidently, a few months back, Consumer Reports did a report on skin creams, and this got the best review, since users actually saw some improvement in their fine lines/wrinkles.

  3. cathy Says:

    I recently switched from Olay Total Effects to the old school hydrating beauty fluid which also contains mineral oil. I also considered picking up the Dramatically Different lotion, for fun.

  4. julia Says:

    I am very prone to breakouts and cosmetic acne, and am a skin therapist. i have done lots of research on comedogenic ingredients and not a fan of clinique products. I could go on about mineral oil all night, but will try to keep it short. Cosmetic mineral oil is mildly comedogenic, as it leaves a film on the skin which stops it breathing and excreting properly, this is how it causes congestion on your skin, I personally screen everything for mineral oil and its derivatives, which just to confuse you are called different things, petrolatum, liquidum paraffinum, isoparaffin 9-11. Also the lanolin alcohol is comedogenic. I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole! They only put them in the formulation as they are cheap! but for the customer it isn’t at all beneficial.

  5. CJ Says:

    I disagree with this post, esp the part “Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion contains Mineral Oil, which is also why I say it’s “controversial.” I’ll write more about Mineral Oil later, but as I wrote in my how to prevent Cosmetic Acne post, Mineral Oil doesn’t clog pores.”
    This is completely untrue. As for the other ingredients? Consumers need more awareness! Here is some info about just some of the listed ingredients:
    – Mineral Oil Mix of refined liquid hydrocarbons derived from petroleum. Baby oil coats skin like plastic wrap impeding ability for skin to breathe.

    – Propylene Glycol Surfactant (found in anti-freeze). No difference in PG found in antifreeze and used in personal care products. Breaks down protein and cellular structure. Implicated in brain, liver, kidney abnormalities. Can cause dry skin, rashes and damage to skin surface.

    – Methylparaben and propylparaben – BOTH in this moisturiser! are the most commonly used preservatives. Sometimes the “full house” of parabens is listed as “mixed parabens”. Now found whole in tumours particular breast tumours.

    Simply appalling what they add. And this is just ONE of the THREE step process – imagine what is in the rest!

  6. mia Says:

    I avoid propylene glycol (and the other glycols) like the plague. this stuff is the plumping stuff and the main moistursing agent in skin care. it draws water from deep in the skin to the surface, hence the so-called “plumping” ultimately dehydrating your skin. it is hard to avoid this junk because it is in EVERYTHING (well almost); moisturisers, cleansers, shampoo, conditioner, eye make up remover, soap – you name it. Even the so-called “natural” skin care manufacturers have started using it. I was annoyed and disappoined to see “Lush” have started putting in their soaps and shower gels so….no more Lush for me. I bought an Yves Rocher cleanser online – no ingredients listed and took a gamble cos I used to use their stuff years ago…lo and behold – yep propylene glycol the 2nd biggest ingredient. I plan to return it with a letter telling them what i think of their “natural products”. I am currently scouring the shelves for a cleanser that isnt full of crap..I love Jurlique but it way expensivo! looks like i may have to cave in and buy it…

  7. sally mellor Says:

    I used this product for years but now am concerned about Methylparaben and Propylparaben. I really want to stay away from these. Is there any possibility that Clinique will consider eliminating these controversial ingredients?

  8. Elizabeth Says:

    Here’s the thing about Clinique… All of their products are centered around the “dermatologist’s plan for healthy skin”…and it’s a dull, scientific way to treat your face. The fact is that it’s physically impossible to be allergic to mineral oil or petrolatum. That’s why plastic surgeons love Aquaphor so much. And propylene glycol can be an irritant when mixed with certain ingredients, but it’s also the main ingredient in a lot of eye drops and binds moisture to the skin. Synthetic ingredients are much more consistent, but there aren’t a ton of them out there that occlude the skin and prevent dehydration. DDML isn’t trying to be anything special. It’s supposed to be sold as a spot treatment on any area that’s physically tight and uncomfortable before you apply your anti-aging lotions. What drives me insane is their use of menthol, salicylic acid, alcohol, and witch hazel in all their systems. Can they really not imagine a skin type that doesn’t need these archaic irritants?

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