Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Parched Skin? Clinique’s Maximum Hydrator to the Rescue!

Clinique Maximum Hydrator ($27.00) is a moisturizer designed as part of their men’s skincare line. Gender aside, this is a fantastic moisturizer, and it’s actually one I’ve repurchased–for myself, not the boyfriend! This is an excellent moisturizer for those with normal to dry skin, because it is incredibly hydrating, and if you have oily skin, it may be too much for you. It is a gel-based formula, though, so it doesn’t feel heavy.

Maximum Hydrator is a multi-purpose product that is supposed to be used both in the morning and the evening. For men, it is touted as a post-shave product to help soften and plump up the skin. Here are the ingredients Clinique wants us to know about:

  • Aloe Leaf Water helps restore optimal moisture levels within skin while soothing dehydrated skin.
  • Moisture-binding polysaccarides (sugars) Trehalose and Sorbitol work along with Sodium Hyaluronate to help skin retain moisture and maintain important natural performances.
  • Palmitoyl Oligopeptide signals skin to stimulate the natural development of collagen.
  • Glycerin, a powerful humectant, helps attract and secure moisture to skin’s surface for immediate comfort.
  • Green Tea Extract and Sea Whip help soothe and protect delicate skin from potential damage from daily irritants.
  • Vitamin E helps fight damage caused by free radicals while Cucumber Extract soothes and de-puffs eye area skin.
  • Caffeine works as an anti-irritant to help soothe and calm easily distressed skin.
  • A blend of 3 different weights of Dimethicone provides improved slip, cushion, and a comfortable end-feel to the product while helping skin retain surface hydration.
  • PhytofixTM , a specially formulated blend of Sunflower Seed Cake, Barley, and Cucumber Fruit Extract, supplies skin with a powerful capacity for barrier repair for improved long-term hydration.

Whether you’re a woman or a man or a woman shopping for your hubby, this is a slam-dunk moisturizing choice. It helped soothe my painfully dry skin from my trip to New York back in February. It was gentle enough not to aggravate my existing breakouts nor cause additional ones. It was hydrating, fragrance-free, and absorbed quickly. You get a good amount for your money, and each jar lasts me about two months if I use it just once a day (I usually use mine at night, though sometimes I use it in the morning, too).

The only downside to this product is that it doesn’t come with any SPF, which is something I think would be a nice addition, because most men in my life aren’t going to be vigilant enough to use a separate moisturizer and SPF–they are too lazy and need an all-in-one kind of product.  The packaging isn’t phenomenal, and I do prefer creams/moisturizers in airless pump containers, but the packaging is simple and no-fuss, so it’s functional.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 9/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: Dry skin? Sensitive skin? Definitely give this a shot–try asking for a sample next time you’re near a Clinique counter. This is one of my favorite moisturizers, and it is one that I’ve gone back to when other moisturizers aren’t working for me. This is a definite must-have for me during the winter, too, when my skin gets quite parched.

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11 thoughts on “Clinique’s Maximum Hydrator for Dry Skin Review

  1. Tre

    Thanks Christine! I’ll definitely have to check this out…my skin gets way dry.

  2. Thanks.
    I have a question; have you used MAC Moisturelush Cream? If so – how does it compare to this?
    I use the MAC one, it’s the only cream so far that is hydrating enough for me, but I’m always in the market for alternatives!

    • Yes, I have. Moisturelush is extremely rich and thick — I find it impractical for daily use, but it is better at night time. I can wear Clinique’s Maximum Hydrator either in the morning or the evening, because it fully absorbs quickly. They both seem to moisturize just as well for me personally!

  3. Mikki

    I’m definitely going to check this out, yes!!

  4. A lot of the men line are dupes from the normal line but much cheaper. The M lotion is the dramatically different lotion, the men scrub is the exfoliating scrub, and so on. Whenever we sell out of certain products at work and we have the men line dupes, we point customers to it.

  5. About clinique’s Maximum Hydrator….You don’t want an Spf in a cream you might want to use at night because the heavy ingredients used for Spf will compromise the absorption. The formula is great the way it is so it’s your option to wear spf or not. This would make a great night cream as well or to wear over an antioxidant cream to seal in moisture.

  6. Leo

    I guess you will not see this message like 2 years later of the start of this discussion, but truth is, i love this product and is the only one that works on my face. I tried other brands but this is the one that keeps my skin moist and good looking.
    On the same side, is there a product you recommend for dark eye circles for men? i hope you have an answer….

    • Honestly, you can use an eye cream that’s marketed towards women – but you could start with Jack Black, Ole Henriksen, or Clinique. Clinique’s All About Eyes gets good reviews.