Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Combination Skin – Review

What the Product Is:
·   A lightweight dual-action moisturizer that “normalizes” combination skin

What The Product Does:
·  Moisturizes where skin is dry without leaving it oily or shiny: Lightweight, non-greasy formula.. Skin looks and feels softer and smoother.
·  Oil-absorbing Microsponge system controls oil and in the T-zone and wherever skin is oily: . Clinically proven oil-absorbing Microsponge® system controls oil and shine in the T-zone, or wherever skin is oily for a natural, matte finish all day.
·  Non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free

·  Contains no alcohol, oil or fragrance

How and When To Use It:
Smooth one pump on skin evenly daily after cleansing. Works well with or without make-up. For combination skin types.

Water, Cyclomethicone, Cetyl Caprylate, Glycerin, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Lysine Carboxymethyl Cysteinate, Lysine Thiazolidine Carboxylate, Tocopherol,
Silica, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Benzalkonium Chloride

For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. If product gets into eyes, rinse thoroughly with water.
Price: Standard single sized bottle of 118 ml (weird quantity!) sells for Rs. 250
1. I don’t know what this microsponge system is (the lotion is very smooth to touch – I cannot feel any tiny sponges, but I suspect it is  Acrylates Copolymer - ), but it works quite well. I generally need a moisturizer for my dry bits, but that means blotting my nose and forehead throughout the day to get rid of the oil. This really does “normalize” my skin for upto 4 to 5 hours. I thought this was a rather lofty claim, but it actually delivers. 

2. The only moisturizer I know of specially formulated for combination skin

3. Completely non-oily, it is excellent to use as a base under make-up. 

4.  I have not got any pimples in my last 3 weeks of usage so it is really non-comedogenic

5.  The Pump bottle: This deserves a point by itself. Not only is the product sold in a pump bottle which dispenses the correct amount, but the pump even features a swivel lock. Twist the pump top the right and the bottle is locked. So no accidental leaks even if you carry the bottle in your bag. 

6.  There is no fragrance to the product. This is fine with me. And it feels very cool and refreshing on the skin. 
7.  The texture is light. Like a lotion. Absorbs instantly. 

8.  For those who are a little more into ingredient lists like me, this product has Silica. Silica's water bonding qualities attract and hold moisture to the skin and helps damaged skin heal faster. It has been proven in research that lotions containing small quantities of silica greatly enhance the penetration of water, oils, and collagen into the epidermis of aging dehydrated skin. Silica also helps to reduce shine and give oily skin a matt look.

1. The pump is very powerful, it can propel the lotion across the room unless you are careful. I am not joking, this has happened to me twice already. 

2. Skin feels a little dry and stretchy in the initial 10 minutes immediately after application, for some reason. You might be tempted to infact dismiss this product due to that weird dry feeling. But it settles down after 30 minutes and then the skin feels moisturized the entire day – but never oily

3.  No SPF. 

4.  If your dry bits are, well, very dry, you may not find this to be moisturizing enough. & if you have an oil rig on your T zone with production in overdrive – well, then too the mattifying microsponges may fail you. This is truly meant for skin in middle . 

5.  Has Parabens as preservatives – for those of you who are off this ingredient.
1.  I use only one pump in the morning. I find that sufficient. Initially when I was overzealous and used two pumps for 2-3 days in a row, I noticed my skin started to dry out and it also left behind a film.
Will I buy this again: Yes, this is a very good day time moisturizer, it leaves no residue, suits my skin to the T, & also has some mattifying power for about 4-5 hours. After that it is back to the blotting sheets. Or a freah application of the lotion.
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  1. Sounds interesting. I have never tried any of their products yet. I always spot them on the supermarket aisles, but never bothered to research.

    Need to try soon :-)

    Btw, hope your hubby is fine now.

  2. @Poornima:

    hey! Thks so much for your wishes.. Hubby is better, though still at home taking rest.

    I too tried Neutrogena very recently. I bought their lip balm & this lotion and I liked both :D

  3. Hiee...I was thinking of a good moisturizer for my normal skin...I guess will try this...Thanks for passing by.

  4. Hey...I too was wondering y it feels dry foe the first 10 mins....Nice rewiew

  5. Hi Tanvi, nice review! I can visualize the pump spraying all over lol :)

  6. Nice review but I would let it a go. I really don't like any dry feelings on my skin, esp after applying a moisturiser. :P For some reason I have lost faith in Neurtogena , I hope I recover from that phase.

    Hope your hubby is better now.:)

  7. @Anamika: I am not sure how this wld suit normal skin.. it maybe a lil drying or less moisturizing :D

    @Simran: Thks :D..

    @Divs: Thks sweetie.. It was so funny the first time it happened. it went flying across my room and splattered against the wall :D LOL... I have been very careful since then..

    @Rati: No brand can suit us all, if tht did happen, all other brands wld be outta jobs :D..

    It does happen tht at times the prdts frm a particular company just don't get along with our skin. For me it happens with Lotus. No matter wht i use - facewash to sunscreen, nothing suits me.. :D

  8. awesome review. i love neutrogena's wave cleanser. its awesome, you should try it if you haven't yet.

  9. @Shivanixx: Thks :D

    Wht is this wave cleanser? It ain't available here , but I might be able to find it in imported stuff stores.. will chk it out :D

    Thks :D

  10. Hi Tanveer,

    Am currently using this moisturiser and the sunscreen too.. has not broken me out yet:)

    I had another request. Please do a post on ingrown hair.

    hope hubby is doing fine now....:)


  11. Hey Tanveer,

    Nice Post... Need your suggestion.Pls guide me what goes before sunscreen or moisturiser . I use Ponds age miracle day cream but since summer is here and in Nashik its very sunny and I go to work on two wheeler also am in development so have outdoor job. Need to go on higher spf for this season Though the day cream has spf so was thinking maybe I try neutrogena moisuriser or the ponds tinted moisturiser you had earlier posted but am confused what should I appply first.Also if you could recommend some good sunscreen as whatever you have recommended goes perfect for my skin too..

    Happy Women's Day


  12. @Swati: Hey! Glad to know it suits you too :D

    I will do a post on in-grown hair in a few days. :D

    Hubby is fine now.. feeling much better.. Thks for asking :D

  13. @Shweta: Hey! Glad to see u after so many days :D

    The plain untinted moisturiser or the age miracle day cream will go on before the sunscreen. So you apply moisturiser to damp skin, let it sink in and then apply the sunscreen.

    But if you will be using a tinted moisturiser/ foundation/ loose powder - that will go on after the sunscreen.

    Frankly both the Ponds cream and the moisturizer are just SPF 15, which is too low for you as you will be facing the heat at its peak plus you will be outdoors.

    I would suggest Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 50 - this offers both UVA & UVB Protection. It is a little expensive at 150 Rs for a 30 ml bottle, but I personally feel that this would a good option to prevent both tanning & sun burn.

    If you get this I would advise you to apply this sunblock, wait for it to sink in & then the tinted moisturiser.

    or the age miracle day cream first then this suncreen.

    But not both - the day cream and the tinted moisturiser. Tht will just create layers of cream on your face and will cause everything to melt in the hot sun. During summers try not to create layers of creams on your face.

    Do let me know if this helps you.. If you have more doubts let me know :D

  14. Thanks Tanveer,

    Confusion solved...You are truly God sent...bless you...Hope I can be of some help to you some day...

    Thanks again :)

  15. @Shweta: no probs at all sweetie.. I have been through the same confusion as you and am glad to have been of help to u :D

  16. So since I hit puberty, I've always had numerous tiny pimples on my forehead - and its because I also have combination skin! They'd come and go in different areas, but I've always had them there. Nothing else besides Citrus Clear has EVER cleared my skin. I am 100% pimple free. I suppose all of those acne treatments i used previously were irritating my skin further.
    I only use one pump, when I take showers. Furthermore, if I forget to wash my face that day, (I generally only wash my face once a day now) then I STILL don't usually break out, and I wear face makeup as well!


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