Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion ($12.99) is a new, SPF 15 moisturizer that launched in a fragrance and fragrance free formula. I really love some of Garnier latest skincare products such as their new Skinactive Miracle Anti-Fatigue Wake Up Hydra Gel Moisturizer, Micellar Water, and even the Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector.
I think Garnier does a good job of keeping up with innovative and unique skincare launches in the drugstore world and some of their products are definitely staples of mine.
But I also think they sometimes get things terribly wrong.
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion sounds like an ideal product for drier skin like my own. This was formulated with Glycerin and acts to help skin to retain moisture and keep it actively hydrated through the day. It creates a protective layer around skin to prevent moisture loss. Pretty cool right? I love the idea of a highly moisturizing and moisture retaining moisturizer as my drier skin needs all the hydration it can get.
I love the idea of Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion but it doesn’t quite work well for my skin type. This comes in a 4 oz staple pump bottle in two different formulas one of which has a bright, fresh fragrance (which I loved) and the other is completely fragrance-free. Hooray to Garnier for formulating this as fragrance-free as many people simply can’t stand fragrance in their skin care for a number of reasons one of which would be irritation. Considering Garnier has a heavy fragrance in most all their skin care products, I do think it is a step in the right direction to create two different formulas for those, like me, that don’t mind it and for those sensitive users who do!
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion sadly, has a rather low SPF 15 which may or may be an issue for most users. Personally, I like a higher SPF when I’m out and about. With an SPF 15, reapplication would be necessary very quickly!
The formula is a milky lotion that an SPF feel and look to it. It’s a fluid that absorbs fairly easily into skin and leaves behind a slight white cast that disappears quickly enough as it sets. It feels refreshing cool and lightweight on the initial application but proves to be a LITTLE TOO hydrating for me. I know right? I thought that nothing could be too hydrating but this formula successfully retains and creates new moisture throughout the day.
The problem with this?
It turns me into a grease ball. Within 2 hours of application my skin literally feels like it is melting off when I use this. It creates a lot of shine and excess oil. Good news? I’m super well hydrated! Bad news? My makeup looks rubbish and I’m shining like a beacon in the night! It’s not a good look in warm weather!
Sadly, Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion doesn’t agree with my skin for some reason or another. I love the idea of this and I think it actually does work well at keeping skin super hydrated but that also causes a host of other issues such as shine, an oily finish, and makeup slips and slides off my face.
Sorry Garnier! I wanted to love this one but no dice.
Available now at drugstores or grab it on sale at Ulta.com.