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An Eco-Friendly, Cooling Moisturizer for Oily/Combi Skin That Soothes And Brightens My Skin? YES, please!

Clear Start Cooling Aqua Product Review

As we are working from home most of the time now, sometimes it’s easy to skip a step or two of our skincare routine – or worse, even forgo it altogether. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. (At least, I know I have!)

And that leads to pimples on our foreheads (from oily bangs), breakouts on our chin (from stress), and even that random pimple on your cheek that keeps resurfacing every few weeks. Or you may be the type who diligently keeps to your skincare regime and STILL get pesky breakouts.

The reason for this may be simpler than you think: your moisturizer might be too rich for your skin, in our hot and humid weather! If only we had a lightweight, cooling moisturizer that works at hydrating our skin AND preventing breakouts...

Enter Dermalogica. This professional-grade skincare brand is so effective that it’s actually used by over 100,000 skin therapists in more than 100 countries! That’s because they don’t believe in “one-size-fits-all” products; they are committed to highly customized solutions catered to your personal lifestyle and needs. In fact, they firmly believe in something called “skin acceptance”. No matter what your skin type is, your skin health matters – and that means creating personalized regimens that work for YOUR specific skin type.

Personally, my skin type is oily-combination, which means I battle an oily T-zone and dry cheeks on a daily basis. And it’s been so difficult to find a sustainable, inexpensive moisturizer that hydrates my skin, yet doesn’t clog my already-huge pores!

Which is why I was so excited when I got Dermalogica’s latest innovation from their Clear Start range: the Cooling Aqua Jelly. When its tagline read, “weightless hydration”, I was a little skeptical. Most of the moisturizers I’ve tried are either too rich and heavy for my pores, or too lightweight to make any difference.

But I was surprised by how truly “weightless” this new Cooling Aqua Jelly moisturiser is! It has a fresh, minty smell, and its water-like texture so lightweight that I can barely feel it after I’ve put it on. It doesn’t leave any shiny residue, and I’ve noticed that my skin still looks well-hydrated after a few hours, WITHOUT any excess oil – thanks to the retinol-like bioflavonoid complex, which helps to reduce excess oil and refine skin. That’s a HUGE win in my book, because I’ve often said that the oil glands in my T-zone are overachievers who work all day and night.

I also love how it contains hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture – it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water! – because as I try to combat the sweltering heat by powering up my air-conditioning, my face feels dried out by the end of the day…with my nose shining away.

Another thing I noticed after using the Cooling Aqua Jelly moisturizer after some time, is that I was experiencing fewer breakouts in my usual problematic areas – Blue Tansy Flower Oil and Blueberry Extract are known to help calm and soothe troubled skin, while flooding it with beneficial antioxidants.

Besides this amazing new addition, the Clear Start series also includes some pretty fantastic skin revitalizers. Their #1 bestseller, the Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, not only contains a natural exfoliant called salicylic acid, but also oleanolic acid, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help to fight breakout-causing bacteria. That’s a one-two punch to your skin problems.

There’s also the Breakout Clearing Booster that helps to spot-treat, and the Micro-Pore Mist which reduces shine and has a pore-tightening effect. 

What’s great about Dermalogica is that it is a cruelty-free, certified vegan skincare brand that’s been around since the 1980s. Dermalogica Clear Start was created by Jane Wurwand (who is also the co-founder of Dermalogica) who was so frustrated by sub-par teenage skincare – filled with harsh, inexpensive ingredients, and artificial fragrances and colours – that she decided to create something better for her then-teenage daughters. With its specially formulated and clinically-proven products that tackle blackheads, oily, and breakout-prone skin, it’s especially great for Gen Z. Their belief is that acne isn’t a “problem” that needs to be “fixed”. It isn’t bad, ugly or a flaw. It just is.

By changing your moisturizer (and other skincare essentials) to one that is more suited for your skin and our harsh tropical climate, you’re on your way to clearer, healthier, hydrated skin. Just remember, skin health is more important than “beauty!” Click here to head over to right now to break up with your breakouts!



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