The last moisturizer I fell in love with was the Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Gel Cream, and that was more than a year ago. It’s been a bunch of mediocre moisturizers since, so I’m glad to have discovered another gem from the Korean brand I Dew Care, the Say You Dew Moisturizing Vitamin C Gel + Cream.
What is it
A dual-layered formula that helps you dew you all day long, with a top gel layer of antioxidant-rich lemon extract and brightening Vitamin C, and a bottom cream layer with banana extract known to prevent moisture loss.
How I use it
As a moisturizer twice a day, followed by sunscreen in the am.
Best suited for
All skin types except super sensitive skin. More mature skin might not find this rich enough.
A bright plastic jar that looks cute and not cheap.
A light citrus scent
True to its name, it’s a gel-cream hybrid that’s refreshing and creamy at the same time. Comes with the gel layer at the top and the cream at the bottom so make sure you mix well!
A glass-like, slightly sticky finish. The stickiness goes away after a while
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So right off the bat that ingredient list is not the most attractive. The star ingredient, vitamin c, doesn’t even appear in the first half of the list! As a matter of fact, a lot of the beneficial ingredients are in the bottom half, and the first half is mostly emollients. But for a moisturizer, is this really a bad thing?
While it’s nice for products to include antioxidants or anti-aging/brightening actives, we need to remember the main function of a moisturizer is to hydrate and prevent further moisture loss, which means there are 3 types of ingredient we should look:
- Humectants to draw moisture in, like glycerin, hyaluronic acic, trehalose, and urea.
- Emollients that smooth the skin and strengthen the barrier, like dimethicone, shea butter, and most plant-based oils.
- Occlusives that form a film on our skin to lock in the moisture, like mineral oil, most waxes, and some of the thicker plant oils.
With that in mind, this I Dew Care moisturizer actually does contain a good mix of all 3 types of ingredients at a reasonable price, so I’ll let the stingy amount of bonus ingredients slide for now.
Very important: this is a duo texture moisturizer, which means the gel and the cream must be properly mixed before applying.
Of course me in my excitement totally did not do that, and applied just the top gel layer the first few days and wondered why it wasn’t moisturizing enough. Oops.
But once I mixed it, the magic happened. The texture became a light cream that moisturized well without feeling oily or heavy on the skin. Most importantly, it gave my skin that glass skin glow that rivaled the Glossier Futuredew! The only downside to this glow is that it went away as soon as I applied sunscreen, but boy did I look dewy af right before bed!
As for long term results, this performed just as well as pricier moisturizers I’ve used. It kept my skin hydrated and I always woke up with soft bright skin the next morning.
For what appears to be a gimmicky product with a meh ingredient list, it’s certainly exceeded my low expectations and proved that first impressions aren’t always correct.
For $29, don't expect this to be a miracle in a jar. But if anti-aging isn't your main concern and you're just looking for a fun and effective moisturizer that gives you a bonus glow, this is it.
Personally I won't repurchase only because I need something richer and more nourishing for my aging skin. But 10 years ago when I was still in my early 20's, this would've been an excellent fit!