Essential Moisturizer (Made in USA)

Description of the Product:
A lusciously hydrating moisturizer, crafted for everyday use. MDI Complex® and Matrixyl™ will refine texture and smooth fine lines, ensuring that your skin is supple, taught and silky.
           
Effectiveness/Benefits:
Promotes firmness, softness, and elasticity
Promotes moisturisation by attracting and holding water to the skin
Plumps and smoothes the skin
Can be used as a supplemental moisturizer in aggressive resurfacing treatments to prevent dryness
Advanced liposome technology repairs and prevents DNA damage from UV and environmental oxygen radicals

Directions:
Apply using fingertips and gently massage into the skin. Allow moisturizer to penetrate and absorb.

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Hexyl Laurate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Stearic Acid , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Stearate, Soluble Elastin, Isopropyl Isostearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Nylon 12, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol , Caprylyl Glycol , Ethylhexylglycerin , Hexylene Glycol, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate , PEG-100 Stearate, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Sodium PCA, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract , PEG-8, Carbomer, Linoleic Acid , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols , Phospholipids, Plankton Extract , Lecithin , Micrococcus Lysate, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 , Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ubiquinone, Butylene Glycol , Yeast Polysaccharides, Tocopherol , Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid , Citric Acid, Ergothioneine, Centella Asiatica Extract, Darutoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Disodium EDTA

Nokie’s Review:
I used Derma Quest Essential Moisturizer in my skin care routine for 3 months for morning and night and didn’t really notice any skin enhancements. This product is average for me. It’s supposed to be best suited for dry and combination of skin types. However, it left my face oily for my combination of skin. When applying the product, it’s good and hydrating but after a while it leaves my face feeling oily. The texture is creamy. The problem I have with this product is that it clogs my pores!!! I noticed some ingredients like Isopropyl Isostearate, Dimethicone are pore cloggers!!!  After 3 months, my skin did not look any better when I wasn’t using it. I just noticed A LOT more pores and had to do a lot more scrubbing/exfoliating at night to clean it up. It is more for dry skin rather than combination skin because my T-zone was full of oil! Having said that, I don’t think I will repurchase this since it’s overly priced for something that only clogs my pores. 

Nokie’s Rating: 3/5
$$$$ (2oz $73.50 @ dermaquestinc.com)

Pros:
Smooth skin texture
Good for dry skin type
Helps hydrating

Cons:
Expensive
Pore-clogging ingredients

Bottom Line: This product is expensive, it supposed to be good for oily skin but I feel it’s best for dry skin as it is creamy. The ingredients clogged my pores but it does give it moisture as it claims. However, I didn’t feel like it helped firm, soften or give my skin elasticity.