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L’Oreal Hydra Genius Moisturizer (Review)

L’Oreal Hydra Genius Moisturizer (Review)

The youthful follies of foundation-collecting have given way (ever so slightly) to the adult pastime of skincare. Basically, I’ve discovered that having great skin is better than covering mediocre skin with makeup. Unfortunately, perfect skin (or at least exceptional skin) doesn’t happen without a considerable amount of effort and experimentation.

I’ve noticed a change in my skin over the last six months. I think this mostly has to do with having adult skin, instead of teenager skin. I’ve noticed a few fine lines (gasp) but mostly I’ve noticed that I have fewer actual pimples and more like clogged pores/texture. It’s definitely an improvement overall, because my skin tone is more even, but still leaves a little to be desired.

I’ve never found my perfect moisturizer, so I try lots of different ones. I like the feeling of gel moisturizers like the L’Oreal Hydra Genius moisturizer. I chose the “normal/dry skin” formula. When I lived in the desert, I liked using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturizer, but it wasn’t enough to combat the dry air. However, now that I’m in a more humid environment, gel moisturizers seem okay… when they don’t break me out.

I got little bumps, like little tiny clogged pores, all over my skin using L’Oreal Hydra Genius moisturizer. I’ve had this reaction before, when I used the Garnier Moisture Bomb. I have a friend who really likes the Garner Moisture Bomb, but for me it was skin-irritation-city. I also had a comparable reaction Clinique Fit Foundation, so I decided to do some investigating. I noticed that all of these products had alcohol as one of the first ingredients. I don’t have much of an issue with setting sprays, which usually are alcohol-based, but maybe that’s because there are layers of makeup protecting my skin. I’ve been avoiding alcohol in skincare, especially alcohol denat. (which seems to be a major culprit) and my skin has been doing better.

Have you ever had a bad reaction to a skincare or makeup product? I don’t think this moisturizer is bad, but it certainly wasn’t for me. I do, however, really like the L’Oreal clay masks. I used mine up, but I’m hoping to repurchase them soon.


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  • Ah it’s such a shame this hasn’t worked for you, but I hope you manage to find something that does! Products can be really hit and miss, it all depends on our own skin type. I bought a UD foundation after seeing others rave about it, only to find out I’m allergic xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • It’s always such a bummer when that happens, but c’est la vie I suppose!