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Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief: ($20 for 4.2 oz)

Positives: This contains high amounts of the humectant and water-binding agent glycerin. There are also moderate to high amounts of the anti-inflammatories, Asiatic pennywort and aloe vera.

There are moderate amounts of two forms of yeast. Whether or not their inclusion is beneficial in skin care, is unknown. Yeasts are known to ferment sugar, which is probably why sucrose and trehalose are present. The fermented product however, is unknown. Yeast is also a good source of beta-glucan, a known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Once again however, it is unknown if beta-glucan is present in this form of yeast. Now, One of the forms present has been lysed, which is why it’s called “lysate.” That just means that the yeast’s internal contents have been extracted from its exterior membrane.

There has been some speculation that these “contents” contain DNA fragments that can repair the DNA in our skin cells since yeast and human DNA function similarly. That’s most likely irrelevant since they cannot reach the nuclei of skin cells. Even if they did, they don’t introduce anything new that the skin doesn’t already have. Furthermore, the cells that they penetrate, if they do at all, are part of the epidermis, which will quickly shed before any physical effects manifest. Ultimately, these yeast extracts serve to condition the skin, which is what components in a good toner should do anyways.

Low amounts of calming caffeine and chamomile are also present. Finally, there is a tiny amount of vitamin E.

Note that the two forms of glycol present in high concentrations serve to enhance penetration, which of course is a very good property.

Neutrals: Nothing.

Negatives: Most Clinique skin care products are irritant free, which is fantastic!

Packaging: This is in a spray bottle, which is definitely preferred over something that you routinely have to unscrew and pour out.

Overall: This is one of the best toners available from department stores and therefore, comes highly recommended for all skin types. Antioxidants would have been appreciated. Oh well.


PS = [[[PIS – 0] x WIC] + [TPS x WPC]] x 100%

PS = [[8/10 x 2/3] + [3/3 x 1/3]] x 100%

PS = [16/30 + 3/9] x 100%

PS = [48/90 + 30/90] x 100%

PS = 78/90 x 100%

PS = .867 x 100%

PS = 86.7%

AS = B

Check the Product Review Rubric for a full explanation on how I rate products.


Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Caffeine, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Sorbitol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

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The Triple Helixian is an unbiased science and research-based site that attempts to clarify and elucidate questions about skin care, while aspiring to be the most thorough and complete source of information.


2 thoughts on “Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief

  1. I love the gel cream already, so I’ll have to check this out sometime. Thanks for the review!

    Posted by Ashley Sarah | November 26, 2011, 9:55 am

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