I’ve really liked some Garnier facial cleansers in the past, and I’ve even gotten my brother and my husband hooked on the new Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Intense Cleanse Shampoo—they tell me it ROCKS! But I’m putting it out there into the universe that I have found the most perfect basic daytime moisturizer for my own needs, and it has come from the most unlikely of places when you consider my borderline-obsessive expensive moisturizer history. It’s from Garnier, it’s under $10, and you can buy it at the drugstore (and even some supermarkets). Garnier Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV Lotion SPF 15 is one of three skincare products in their new Moisture Rescue collection. You’ll also find a new facial cleanser and gel-cream moisturizer which I do like—but I have to sing the praises here of what turned out to be the hero product of the three in my opinion.
I have combination skin with that dreaded (and inevitable) t-zone shine. If I use anything even slightly too heavy under my makeup, I’m doomed for sure. But even on the days I’m not wearing foundation, I don’t want my moisturizer to make it look like I lost a fight with a wayward bottle of Crisco in the kitchen. And yes—I have waltzed into the ladies’ room in a public place like I owned the joint, only to shamelessly blot my face with a fresh toilet seat cover. Sometimes I don’t have blotting films on me, and hey—a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? In that case, it’s nice to have a moisturizer that at least doesn’t add to the oil-production madness. And with Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV Lotion, it really isn’t an added issue. While this doesn’t necessarily make my skin “matte”, it doesn’t make my skin look or feel greasy and I find it to absorb pretty easily after it’s been applied. Score one there for Garnier!
As a huge proponent of sunscreen on a daily basis, I also appreciate the added benefit of an SPF 15. In a truly perfect world, I would really love for this to be an SPF 30—but for sitting at my desk and just running around for a little bit in the afternoon, I find the SPF 15 benefit is totally sufficient for protecting my face during short incidental sun exposure. This isn’t something you’re going to wear to the beach or to run a marathon, as it’s definitely not enough protection for doing so. But at the end of the day, only you and your physician can decide what level of sun protection is best for you! If you’re curious about the SPF topic, you might want to check out this info on the Skin Cancer Foundation’s site. Since I’m typically only in the sun for a few minutes here and there during the day on most days, I find this to be adequate protection for myself at this time. Other times, it’s an SPF 30 & up for my pasty self! I’d rather have the 15 over a whopping zero protection, any day. For that, Garnier scores again!
- Ingredients: This product does contain some skin-protecting antioxidants to help combat against environmental aggressors in the form of a combination of vitamin E, with both grape and apple water extracts. The Moisture Rescue lotion is 99.9% oil-free and does contain a noticeable fragrance like most Garnier products. I actually really like this fragrance, it’s a fruity melon-like scent and I don’t think it’s too much.
- Value: This product is excellent on the budget. The bottle is 4.5 ounces with a suggested retail price of $7.99 which would put it at about $1.78 an ounce. I’ve seen it on sale for about $1 less than that lately and as of publishing time, Garnier is also offering a $1 off coupon on their site. If you play your cards (or your coupons) right, it could even wind up at about $1.33 an ounce. I’ve been using mine in the morning consistently for several weeks and I’d say I’ve used a little less than ¼ of the bottle, so I think it’s cost-effective.
If you’re looking for a great basic and inexpensive daytime facial moisturizer that doesn’t load your skin up with excess oil and contains a little bit of sun protection—you may wish to clip your coupon and check this one out! If your skin is especially dry or prefers moisturizers a little on the heavier side, you like a lot of bells & whistles in your products, you prefer fragrance-free products, or if you require a higher level of sun protection for your average daily activities, this one may not be for you.