I am lucky enough to have a normal skin type, which means I can typically use any product without complication. More often than not my face gets oily rather than dry so I opt for products that are oriented towards normal-oily skin. Now, this might sound like I’m bragging but it’s an actual problem for those of us with normal skin because there’s an overwhelming amount of product possibilities. It has caused me to be very particular with cosmetics like my moisturizers; the consistency, scent, texture, and results have to be a certain way for me to enjoy and repeatedly use it. When I was gifted the L’Oreal Hydra Genius moisturizer (meant for oily skin) in February I was highly skeptical. After a rough few weeks of my skin hating it I’ve now grown to love this moisturizer and am contemplating purchasing again as my supply comes to an end.
Ingredients: 782592/20 AQUA/WATER, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL DENAT., DIMETHICONE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, SILANETRIOL, CARBOMER, TRIETHANOLAMINE, DIMETHICONOL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, HYALURONIC ACID, PHYLLOSTACHYS BAMBUSOIDES EXTRACT, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TETRASODIUM EDTA, CITRIC ACID, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1, XANTHAN GUM, PANTHENOL, MENTHOXYPROPANEDIOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE
BUTYLENE GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHEROL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SORBIC ACID, METHYLPARABEN, SODIUM BENZOATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CHLORPHENESIN
CI 42090/BLUE 1, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, F.I.L. #B192827/1
The lightweight gel moisturizer ($15.99 for 3.4 oz.) contains hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate and aloe barbadensis leaf juice to hydrate the skin for an alleged 72-hours. The website claims that the moisturizer meant for oily skin help mattify the skin, which I haven’t noticed at all even on my oily days. Hydra Genius absorbs quickly and is thin enough to layer on my sunscreen and foundation shortly after application. The spreadability is very smooth and doesn’t drag my skin while applying. The scent is one of the first things I noticed. The best way I can describe the smell is “what I imagine skincare in the 90s to smell like” – it’s a very sophisticated scent that isn’t found in cosmetics much anymore but I found it refreshing.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this moisturizer with those who have normal-slightly oily skin, especially for the upcoming summer. If you lean more on the very oily skin side I’d seek something with more oil-controlling ingredients. Ultimately Hydra Genius lives up to its name as one of the more hydrating moisturizers I have tried.
Have you tried Hydra Genius moisturizer? Did it work for your skin type? I’d love to hear everyone else’s review!