Skincare Review: Clinique Youth Surge SPF 15

by PJ on Tuesday, April 7, 2009

in -Clinique, skincare, skincare - moisturizing/others

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Launched in March in the UK, Clinique‘s Youth Surge SPF 15 is the brand’s new range of daytime moisturizers. Today I am reviewing the version for combination oily to oily skin.

The main moisturizing ingredients in this product are castor oil (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate), cetyl ethylhexanoate, butylene glycol, glyceryl stearate and glycerin. The anti-UVA/UVB ingredient is titanium dioxide.

It features antioxidants such as polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed) root extract, algae extract, birch bark extract and linoleic acid. It also contains phytosphingosine, which can be a cell-communicating agent. (Please see this post for relevant links.)

The product contains no alcohol, parabens or fragrance.

One ingredient that might cause irritation is coleus barbatus (part of the mint family) extract.

As a moisturizer for combination and oily skin, it has a rich texture and feels quite emollient on the skin. It can initially leave a slight white cast on the skin, which is probably down to titanium dioxide, an active ingredient in this product.

Overall this is a competent facial moisturizer. It doesn’t leave the skin shiny but it can feel slightly filmy for those with oily skin. Even though this product is marketed for those with combination and oily skin, I think it will suit people with normal and slightly dry skin a lot more than those with oily skin. Those who are sensitive to chemical sunscreen ingredients might also want to consider this product as titanium dioxide is less likely to cause skin reaction.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous Thursday, April 9, 2009

any other clinique products that are paraben free


PJ Thursday, April 9, 2009


Thank you for your question.

The only Clinique product I have with me at the moment is Youth Surge SPF 15, so I don’t really know if any other product from Clinique is also paraben-free. I am sorry I can’t be of much help at the moment. But I will keep you posted if I have a chance to look though the products later on.

Many thanks again! :)


mangobobala Friday, April 10, 2009

Oo I recently started using this product because it was a gwp, I like how it plumps my skin :-)


PJ Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hi Mangobobala,

Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! :)


soonmi kim Friday, March 18, 2011

I would like to know tax free price for Clinique,Youth Surge SPF15
that is on sale in the airplane.
That is going to be a proof of somebody’s honesty.
Thank you in advance for your answer.


PJ Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hi Soonmi,

The tax-free price will vary from country to country and from airline to airline. I am sorry I couldn’t be of help, but thank you for your question.


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