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|Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing Face Cream - 2.5 oz (Pack of 3)
updated: 04/21/2014 14:11 UTC
|Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing Face Cream - 2.5 oz
updated: 04/21/2014 14:11 UTC
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I've been using this as a substitute for Olay since they changed the formula.
Complex 15 has a nice runny, fluid consistency and it absorbs very quickly. It doesn't leave a shine and has a pleasant fresh smell. However, it is really not a very effective moisturizer. My skin isn't even very dry, but this cream makes little difference. In addition, the Olay was always good at reducing down redness caused by Benzoyl Peroxide, but this cream has no effect on redness.
It's a pleasant cream to use, but it's not very helpful in tackling dryness and needs to be frequently re-applied. I would definitely avoid if you have very dry skin.
I began using Complex 15 a little over a year ago. My derm recommended it for me when I was on accutane. It worked wonderfully to moisturize my dry skin! It didn't clog my pores and it didn't make me look greasy. However, 2 or so years after accutane, my skin has gotten increasingly dry! Only in the winter months, but God, winter feels so long! With that said, the Complex 15 just doesn't provide me with enough moisture when my skin is very dry. :( A few hours after I put it on, (I put it on at around 8:30 am) it dries out and I'm left with flaky skin again! If one has very dry skin to the point where if they don't use any moisturizer their skin is flaky and sore, I wouldn't recommend this. Or, I'd use something stronger during the day.
Now, Complex 15 is great for when my skin is combo in the spring and fall as well as when I'm oily in the summer. I just wish they had different strengths so those with very dry skin could use this amazing product! Ugh...Nothing can be perfect can it?
Also, there's no SPF included in this. It's so nice to be able to use one product without having to find an spf and a separate moisturizer! But, I've yet to find a good moisturizer like complex 15 with SPF included. If anyone has suggestions, PLEASE let me know by messaging me (kissme)!
Even though it had great absorption and didn't make me feel greasy, that was trumped by the fact that I had to apply 3 or 4 layers before my skin stopped feeling dry. Even then throughout the day, I felt dry again. Especially when using BP, I don't think this is a feasible product. I think it'd be great in the summer time for when I want something light, and not using acne meds that dry out my skin, but in the fall or harsh PA winters, it just didn't work out for me.
I have tried many moisturizers in the past (including DK's) and thought I had a good one (Oil of Olay beauty fluid) until I found Complex 15! I read the reviews on here and decided to try it. I found it at CVS for about $7. Being accustomed to buying Oil of Olay, this is not AT ALL expensive to me. Today, I applied it after washing my face. I skipped the BP for now b/c my skin is SO irritated and red from it. This stuff is amazing! For the first time in a LONG time, I was able to dab on concealer w/o my skin peeling and flaking right off. It is non -greasy and just feels good. It also soaks right in unlike some other moisturizers you have to really rub in. After it was all soaked in, my skin was glowing! I have skin that is extremely dry but also VERY oily and it doesn't look as oily as it normally does after applying moisturizer. An oil blotting sheet took care of it. I'm so glad I found this moisturizer - you've got to try it!
This has been a great product to start with but as I am getting older, I need a moisturizer that will stick with me throughout the day. I do not wear makeup so I do need the protection and I am battling to find the right one without causing my skin to break out.
Great stuff in a pinch!