Moisturizing Gel Review
- Kellett Skincare Moisturizing Gel
What it is: A light gel moisturizer with both acne-fighting and anti-aging benefits. Recommended for night and daytime use for men and women.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Urea, Betaine, Carbomer, Sodium PCA, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolyner, Chlorphenesin, Oleanolic Acid, Capryly Glycol, PED-60 Almond Glycerides, Nordihydroguaieretic Acid, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Potassium Lactate, Polyquaternum-51, Sorbitan Laurate, Trehalose, Hydrolyzed Algin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydrioxide, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract.
Cred: Developed by a doctor—dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett—as a part of her popular Clear adult acne line.
What it claims to do:
- Hydrates and helps improve moisture retention capabilities of the skin for long-lasting soft, smooth skin.
- Helps protect acne prone skin from microbial invasion and the risk of infection.
- Reduce blemishes by calming inflammation, as well as, helps fade post-acne pigmentation over time.
- Anti-aging peptides help firm skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Why I love it: It’s not often (actually, it’s never happened before) that my mother and beau like the same thing.
My 58-year-old mom, who has always ever used richly textured wrinkle creams by Lancôme or Shiseido, likes how using just a pea-sized amount of the Kellett Moisturizing Gel at night makes her skin feel velvety soft in the morning. And the weightless moisture, she says, lasts all day which is what her dry skin needs these days.
The beau likes it because “it gets the job done.” Asked to elaborate, he says it spreads easily (so it’s quick to apply), feels weightless, and never makes his skin feel greasy. I have noticed that since he’s been using it as a post-shave moisturizer, he has had fewer bumps and ingrowns.
That may be attributed to the soothing anti-irritants in this formula. It includes olive leaf extract (an anti-inflammatory) and 10% Canadian Willowherb (shown in vitro studies to inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria). I believe these ingredients have been keeping my own breakouts at bay.
However unlike my mom and beau, I use the Moisturizing Gel as part of the whole Kellett Skincare Clear system, which includes the amazing Acne Clarifying Treatment (this 5% benzoyl peroxide cream is a godsend for surprise blemishes!) and the Polishing Gel Cleanser (another holy grail skincare product! Read my review here.)
The Moisturizing Gel, on its own, works well on my combination skin because it is oil-free, making it non-pore-clogging. And yet this lightweight moisturizer provides enough hydration for the dry patches on my chin and sides of my cheeks. It’s perfect for all seasons. Caveat: When I first used it back in 2010 I found that it did sting a little, and other first-time users too have told me this too. This temporary effect might be due to all the active ingredients packed into it. With consistent use I have found this product has truly changed my skin—keeping it calm when my hormones are out of whack (once a month) and glow-y when the weather is out of whack (in Toronto, that’s also once a month).
I think that the best indicator of a great skincare product is when you go without it for a few weeks. When I ran out of it last year and used whatever moisturizer was at my disposal, I noticed that my skin’s condition did change: it got oilier and drier quicker. Returning to it made it all better within a week of regular use. I highly recommend this moisturizer to anyone who has acne-prone skin (um, like 80% of young people!), combination skin, or leathery skin that still breaks out occasionally. It’s a godsend!
Now if I can only stop the beau from stealing my bottle…