I don’t talk about moisturizers much, do I? I prefer to use up my moisturizers before changing them, that’s why reviews are few and scarce in between… unless I was sent something. Even that, I’d use it for 2 months to test it out, then go back to my old one to use it up, before coming back to the press sample to use it up. It’s a habit, and I think it’s a good habit 🙂 I usually use hydrating moisturizers like Estee Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Cream (which I just realised I haven’t talked about), so I was intrigued by Estee Lauder Advanced Tine Zone Oil Free Moisturizer.
It is said to lift the skin, has anti ageing properties and smooths out fine lines. I don’t have lines on my face, thanks to my skin type, but I do have enlarged pores around my nose area. This is an oil free formula, so I’m not worried about breakouts.
Most of Estee Lauder’s moisturizers are in jars, so I was really happy that this one comes in a bottle with a pump. It’s definitely more hygienic, and I don’t have to dip my fingers in the moisturizer every time. I am so anal that I actually scoop up some moisturizer into a must smaller jar, use that up, and scoop some in again. That way, the mother jar won’t be contaminated that easily. Yes. I know. Ssshhh….whatever it is, keep that thought in your head. So for this one, I don’t have to do that anymore and I’m a happy camper!
I find that this moisturizer keeps my face hydrated without leaving any residue on my face. I apply it all over my face as the last step of my skincare routine, then gently pat it in using my palms. The patting method reduces pulling and tugging on my face, and I find that products do absorb quite well. In the past 2 months, I have been using this but I can’t really tell you if lines are smoothened, since I don’t have any noticeable ones (ahem!). Given my age, it is something to boast about (AHEM!) LOL 😀 Pores are not enlarged, but they are not shrunk either. I give up on them.
I find that this is actually more moisturizing than the Hydrationist moisturizer. I thought that was a little weird. Isn’t a hydrating moisturizer supposed to be more hydrating than an anti ageing moisturizer? My skin does feel more plump, more well rested, and more dewy. The texture of this moisturizer is gel like, and it has a cooling sensation as soon as it is applied. It does not make my face extra greasy during the day, thanks to its oil controlling properties.
Now my two cents on anti ageing products. I do not believe that lines can be smoothened in a short 2 weeks, or 2 months in fact. Lines are a sign of age, and we don’t stop ageing. If we did, we’re either a vampire, or just plain dead. I believe in starting young. Stick to a basic and simple routine of proper cleansing and moisturizing, and in time, when we get older, we hope to look our best at our age. It’s a blessing when people think we’re younger than we really are, but I don’t believe a certain cream will take 5 or 10 years off. I’m a skeptic at that. My fountain of youth is really laughter and happiness. When you’re happy, you look livelier, hence younger. And I digress. Off tangent. Completely.
Anyway, yeah… have you tried this moisturizer or any of the Estee Lauder’s range? This moisturizer works well on my skin. If you have similar skin condition, you should try it 🙂 I now have half a tub left of my Estee Lauder Hydrationist moisturizer (review up soon), and when I’m done, I’m going back to this. I think my skin prefers this. This moisturizer is now available at all Estee Lauder counters near you, selling at RM285.