How to get the most glow from your moisturiser.

How to get the most glow from your moisturiser.


Moisturiser is the core of our beauty regimes. It’s as essential as that morning glass of water, and it has the potential to make a genuine difference in that coveted healthy glow of our skin. From the ingredients inside it to the way you apply it, here’s everything you need to know to get maximum glow (think radiant, soft, smooth skin) from your daily moisturiser.


Choose your moisturiser wisely.

If you want a healthy, fresh-faced glow, then ample hydration is essential. While most moisturisers will instantly improve the look and feel of your skin, some are more targeted to specific concerns like lines and wrinkles, whereas others are specifically designed for maximum, glow-inducing hydration. Our ultimate glow-to? Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. This bestselling gel-cream moisturiser is packed with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera bio-ferment to deeply hydrate for skin that looks plump and dewy all day long. Learn more about how to choose the best moisturiser for your skin type in the Clinique Moisturiser Guide.


Apply moisturiser to damp skin. 

The way you apply moisturiser can also make a difference to your glow. After cleansing and applying your Clarifying Lotion exfoliating toner, don't pat your face dry. Instead, apply your moisturiser to damp skin, which will help to lock in that hydrating goodness, as per last year's Skin Flooding trend. For an extra hit of hydration, spritz on Moisture Surge™ Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief between steps.


How to store your moisturiser.

Correctly storing your skincare can actually make a difference to its longevity and efficacy. For the sake of your moisturiser's integrity, always ensure to close the lid or cap tightly, and keep it tucked away in a drawer or bathroom cabinet to avoid overexposure to light. Another great option for a lightweight gel moisturiser like Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is to store it in the fridge. That cooled-down gel texture is a great morning pick-me-up and also helps to boost the soothing, refreshing qualities of the formula. It's also our go-to summer moisturiser hack. 


Switch up your moisturiser for day and night.

Do you really need a night cream? It really depends on your skin. Everyones skin is different, however if you're looking to boost your glow, it's a smart idea to introduce a night cream to your regimen. Rest assured, creams aren't a gimmick – there's a difference between night and day skincare formulas. Night creams are typically designed to support the natural cell renewal and repair process that happens overnight – aka your beauty sleep. Alternatively, day creams are usually a little lighter and contain SPF and antioxidants to help protect your skin. If you're looking to restore radiance overnight, our top-rated Turnaround™ Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer is a must try. It gets to work while you sleep to rejuvenate your skin's appearance with salicylic acid whille pumping in hydration to help tone, retexturise and plump the skin. It's the perfect partner to the original Moisture Surge™ or our Moisture Surge™ SPF 25.


Never skip moisturiser – even if you have oily skin.

Whatever your skin type or concerns, we believe there's a great moisturiser out there for everyone. The first step to finding your moisturiser match is identifying your skin type – find out how with our comprehensive Skin Type Guide. The right moisturiser for your skin type will help to balance out your skin and enable it to function properly, without any reactions. Take oily skin as an example: many people think moisturisers will make their skin more greasy, however that's a common misconception. The truth is, while some people do have overactive sebaceous glands, this 'greasiness' actually occurs because the skin produces excess sebum (aka oil) when it's dehydrated. The skin is creating moisture for itself, but overcompensates. The right moisturiser, a water-based formula combining oil-free hydration with oil control, provides lightweight, balancing hydration, preventing the whole dry-skin-to-extra-sebum-to-shiny-skin chain of events. A good one? Dramatically Different™ Moisturizing Gel. All that being said, remember that less is more with moisturiser. Try starting with a 20p-size dollop, and adjust as needed.


Don't neglect the neck.

As the skin on your neck is slightly thinner, and often forgotten when it comes to SPF, it's one of the first places to show signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. You don't necessarily need a separate neck cream, however always remember to extend your moisturiser onto the neck and chest too. If you're looking for a specifically targeted cream for the face, neck and chest, read our neck skincare guide


Add a glow booster. 

For an immediate lit-from-within glow, there are a few ways to supercharge your moisturiser. For a subtle radiance, try our Clinique Consultants' go-to highlighter hack. Scribble  Chubby Stick™ Sculpting Highlight on to the back of your hand, then apply Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator on top, blending well before applying as usual all over the face. For a golden, just-back-from-holiday tint, mix a few drops of our Sun-Kissed Face Gelee bronzing drops with Moisture Surge™. Or combine both for the ultimate golden-hour glow.

Check out the ingredients list. 

While beautiful fragrance has it's place, it should be nowhere near your moisturiser, particularly if you have sensitive skin. So many moisturisers have hidden fragrances and potential allergens, which can disturb your skin barrier and cause reactions and breakouts. With Clinique, you don't have to worry. We are, and always have been, committed to the highest safety standards, with fragrance-free, allergy-tested formulas backed by over 50 years of rigorous testing and pioneering dermatological research. We believe that moisturiser should help your skin be its best self – and skin that's busy defending itself against harsh, unecessary ingredients is simply not at it's strongest. In a beauty world with so many, ever-changing options, don't settle for less.

Need some help creating your ideal skincare routine? Book in for a complimentary Skin School consultation with one of our own experts, where they’ll answer all your skincare questions and prescribe a Clinique skincare routine tailored to your skin type, concerns and goals. 

Shop Clinique moisturisers:

Dramatically Different™ Moisturizing Lotion+, Dermatologist-developed formula that supports a stronger moisture barrier for healthier looking skin.
125ml (With pump)
50ml (bottle)
50ml (Tube)
Updated April 2024