The first day of the rest of my life ……..

Turning 43 last week found me finally admitting my skin may need a little extra help. Queue The Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser with SPF15 protection.


Day One

Woke this morning after a reasonable good nights sleep and decided toady was the day. The box was sitting on the dressing table, looking pretty with its muted colours and flowers and the iconic silver C glistening in the sunshine. With trepidation and I should point out that this really will be the first time I have ever worn foundation, I studied the box to decided if this was a moisturiser or a foundation. It appears it offers both. A super hydrating, lightweight modern gel-cream that gives any skin type the right amount of coverage to create an even, flawless complexion. Perfect I found myself thinking, I understand moisturiser, appreciate what it can do for my skin and buy into all marketing that tells me I should have been using it pretty much since I was 7.

First application – remember I’m convinced it’s a moisturiser. A good dollop in the end of my fingers, rub hands together and apply over the full face and neck. Yes? No! I now look like my grandmother with heavy cream eyebrows caked in ‘one-colour suits all’ thick foundation. Wash off and 2nd attempt – success.

Was I 43 or 34! 

Late afternoon – so far it feels great. It’s a hot day for a late spring afternoon and although I’m not directly out in the sunshine it’s a fairly warm office and I’m not experiencing any sliding down of the face or wow you look patchy comments from the girls in the office. It still feels light and to be honest I have no idea I have anything on my face apart from a slight mottling I think I can see on my forehead. I also have the added benefit of knowing that when I do go out the SPF 15 gives me protection by using physical and chemical sunscreens that help protect my skin from premature ageing and any harmful effects of the sun. Every little helps at 43!

Day Two 

Completely forgot at 11.30 last night that I had anything on my face and now have an odd coloured flannel!

Very early start this morning, my first meeting was at 7.30am so the application had to be slick and quick! Success, I’ve cracked this application job. Still love the feeling it has on my skin. - Feels fresh, cool and light and doesn’t give a cloggy feel or look and my skin will feel completely hydrated for the whole day. What more could I ask for?

Small crisis last night, I found a very small but definitely visible spot on my forehead. Now for someone that has never suffered I can only at this stage conclude it may the tinted moisturiser or I’m not taking it all off at bedtime? Should I need to use more than 2 makeup remover wipes?!

Day Three, Four and Five

I went to see friends this weekend and received a number of comments on how lovely my skin looked. Proudly announcing I was wearing The Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser with SPF15 protection, I was greeted by the usual divide between the girls with cries of “oh I love Clinique” and “no I’m more of a ……. girl”.

I have to say apart from the growing spot on my forehead I still love it. It’s light and smooth and gives me a model like, even skin tone that god didn’t bless me with and that powder on its own just can’t create.

I should tell you that The Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser is available in six shades for the fairest to medium/deep complexions and retails at around £21.00. I have a few freckles, so opted for the fair to medium shade. This has given me beautifully smooth skin, but still allows my freckles to be seen – a good natural look.

Am I convinced Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser is for me? Well yes I am. I conclude that at 43 I do need a little bit of extra help and I have clearly found the answer to keeping my middle ageing skin moisturised, smooth and with a hint of a tint sun safe as well.

PS- my tip of the day -  

 I found it easier to apply the Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser with a foundation brush. It gives you a really nice even application and stops you over applying. As always with any Clinique product, you’ll feel the maximum benefit if you apply after Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System.