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January is without a doubt the health kick month of the year. With the holidays behind us, a couple inches more on our hips and a list of new year’s resolutions on our refrigerator door we’re all squeezing ourselves into our slightly too tight* workout gear, ready to hit the gym. I’m telling you, gym owners all over the world are high fiving each other right now! And healthy eating is also part of many people’s resolutions. Full of enthusiasm and good intentions we’re chopping up fruit and veggies like pros, determined to pump our bodies full off good nutrients and vitamins. And this year you can even take it a step further and also boost your skin with the right vitamins and antioxidants. Rodial already launched a superfood skin care line last year, and in 2014 Clinique does more or less the same with the new Clinique Superdefense SPF20 Daily Defense Moisturizer.
According to Clinique the new Clinique Superdefense SPF20 Daily Defense Moisturizer is bursting with skin-loving ingredients that protect, nourish and repair the skin. Barley and wheatgerm extract protect the skin’s moisture barrier and help maintain its moisture balance. Vitamin C and E work as powerful antioxidants that protect the skin against harmful influences. And the broadspectrum SPF20 in the formula protects the skin from sun damage. And last but not least the photosomes in the cream, enzymes from sea kelp, help the skin repair itself.
The Clinique Superdefense SPF20 Daily Defense Moisturizer comes in a pretty green jar. The pale green color is very zen and clean, and it really fits the whole natural & healthy theme of the product. The packaging is – as is always the case with Clinique – very sturdy, sleek and elegant. So it’s definitely nice to look at. It’s not as hygienic and practical as an air and light-tight tube or pump bottle though.
Texture & smell
The Clinique Superdefense SPF20 Daily Defense Moisturizer is intended for combination oily to oily skin*, but you couldn’t really tell that from looking at it because the texture of the cream is rather thick and feels really creamy. It’s definitely a bit too heavy for my overly oily skin. It would be fine for nighttime use though, because then I don’t mind using a slightly richer face cream. I know, the cream isn’t really meant to be used at night, but hey, it’s better to use the product at the wrong time than to not use it at all, right?
* dry skinned gals, do not fear, because there is also a version for very dry to combination dry skin available
And the smell? It’s very subtle, and I neither like nor dislike it. But I’m more than willing to settle for a neutral non-descript smell, because that just means that it’s all natural. Clinique doesn’t add any fragrance to its products, and that’s a great thing if you have sensitive skin.
Like I said, the Clinique Superdefense SPF20 Daily Defense Moisturizer is a little too heavy for my skin type, but despite that I do notice that it really calms down my skin and that it makes my skin look a lot plumper and healthier than my usual Vichy moisturizer does. So I guess I have to choose: I can either keep my skin’s oil production under control but provide it with barely any moisture and virtually no nutrients, or I can overmoisturize my oily skin a bit but also treat it to a wonderful mix of antioxidants and nourishing ingredients. Well damn.
I personally think that the Clinique Superdefense SPF20 Daily Defense Moisturizer is way too good to just shove aside, so I decided to compromise and use the Clinique Superdefense SPF20 Daily Defense Moisturizer as a night cream. I know, some of the ingredients become kind of useless that way – you don’t exactly need SPF20 and sunlight-activated photosomes at night – but luckily the vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients in the cream are useful around the clock. I’ve been using the Clinique Superdefense SPF20 Daily Defense Moisturizer at night for almost two weeks now, and my skin has been thoroughly enjoying it!
The Clinique Superdefense SPF20 Daily Defense Moisturizer has been available since January for approximately 72 CHF. All Clinique products are dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested, and they’re hypoallergenic and 100% fragrance-free.
What are your thoughts on the new Clinique Superdefense SPF20 Daily Defense Moisturizer? Do you ever use daily moisturizer at night?