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Skinstitut Moisture Defence - Ultra Dry 50ml

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4.5 of 126 reviews

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Most Helpful Positive

Excellent for dry and sensitive skin!
I love Skinstitut products!
My skin is very very sensitive and tends to be dry too. This moisturizer is perfect for me! It protect my skin and leaves it soft and moisturized. I love the smell, it's pleasant and not artificial. Great product!

Most Helpful Criticism

Good for dry skin
This has helped the dry bits on my skin however cause its so moisturizing its always left a few small red spots like my pores cant breathe through it, but i do like it for winter and when my skin does feel really dry, Would use it once a day instead of 2 times a day.
Great size bottle for a great price.
  1. Excellent for dry and sensitive skin!

    I love Skinstitut products!
    My skin is very very sensitive and tends to be dry too. This moisturizer is perfect for me! It protect my skin and leaves it soft and moisturized. I love the smell, it's pleasant and not artificial. Great product!
  2. Holy grail for dry skin

    Love this moisturiser - have always had dry skin (especially in the T zone) and could never find anything that would hydrate my skin. I use this every day and can’t imagine not having it in my regime
  3. Good for dry skin

    This has helped the dry bits on my skin however cause its so moisturizing its always left a few small red spots like my pores cant breathe through it, but i do like it for winter and when my skin does feel really dry, Would use it once a day instead of 2 times a day.
    Great size bottle for a great price.
  4. Good hydration

    I have eczema skin and this is great on my face. It doesnt irritate and it gives good hydration.
  5. Great for dry sensitive skin

    I've been using this for a number of years. Its very hydrating and soaks in nicely without being greasy. I wouldn't recommend this though if you have oily skin, but this is great for very dry skin. I then put a sunscreen on top of this product. Added bonus is buying from adore beauty where its much cheaper than retail. I also have sensitive skin and have never had a reaction with this.
  6. Nourishing Night Cream

    I bought this as part of a pack. Would not normally pick something for Ultra Dry skin. It is really lovely though. It doesn't feel greasy at all more light and nourishing. It smells botanical but not overpowering. Love the simply tube packaging that is easy to deal with.
  7. Dry skin

    Very very hydrating for dry skin in winter months. Would not really recommend to oily skin types as it is likely to get greasy and oily on you
  8. Highly moisturising non greasy

    Great daily moisturiser
    Doesn’t leave any greasy film feel and absorbs quite quickly
    Nice smell and feel
  9. Lovely product

    Great product for drier skin. Team up with the rejuvenate serum and you have a hydrating combination
  10. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing Product.

    I can't believe how clean my face feels. Highly recommended this product in addition to the addition products form the brand.
    You won't be disappointed.
    I really like the instructions this product has on the packaging. The info on the website really assisted with my picking the products that I needed.

    Very happy.
  11. For super dry skin

    I have crazy dry skin and this moisturizer has made my skin so much better. I hardly see my skin flaking now. I sometimes mix my vitamin C serum in it too. Totally recommended
  12. Love it

    I use this moisturiser every night mixed in with retinol. I have seen a improvement in my skin since using this product.
  13. Fixed my dehydrated skin

    I use this morning and night and love it! I’ve bought really expensive products in the past to try and help my dehydrated skin and nothing has worked like this moisturizer. My fav part is that it even has minimized the fine lines on my forehead!! Can’t live without this product!
  14. Extremely hydrating

    So hydrating and nourishing
  15. Hydrating

    Super hydrating all year round !
  16. Perfect for dry skin

    Fixes dry skin spots instantly!!
  17. MOISTURIZING

    Leaves skin feeling so nourished and hydrated
  18. Hydrating but smell not for me

    I purchased this cream after reading the reviews. Whilst it did add moisture to my dry skin, I wouldn't purchase again as I'm not a fan of the smell. The smell isn't terrible but does have an artificial fragrance to it.
  19. Amazing

    Love this cream. My skin is generally very dry. After using this, it feels amazing and I notice a massive improvement.
  20. Love it

    I use this at night, really lovely nourishing moisturiser.
  21. Super hydrating

    Easily absorbed and leaves skin plump and youthful. Great for the winter months when we can get a little dry
  22. Fab every day moisurizer

    I have really enjoyed using this moisturiser, I find it absorbs quickly into my skin without feeling oily or greasy, which is a great thing considering it is for Ultra dry skin. I don't feel as though I usually have dry skin but coming into the cooler months I definitely notice a change in my skin texture. As others have mentioned, the scent is a little off putting. It's not a bad smell, though I think it would be a lot more appealing without that artificial fragrance scent.
  23. Great starter moisturiser

    I have been using this moisturiser for over a year and I think I need something stronger now.

    It is great if you decide to start for a new moisturiser but just like shampoo; I tend to change my skin products regularly as well.
  24. great everyday moisturiser

    i have dry skin, and i needed a moisturiser that would hydrate my skin and help enhance the texture of my skin from all the dryness. this does the job. However, i do feel like i just that extra hydration so i get that plump, hydrated feeling. Which this moisturiser doesn't quite provide. Still a good day time moisturiser to wear under makeup though.
  25. Very hydrating

    I think this moisturiser is worth the money, leaves your skin feeling soft and plump, especially by morning. Just not keen on the smell.
  26. Wonderful product

    I suffer from terribly dry skin especially in the cooler months. Sometimes it will get so bad that it will crack and become rash-like, then leave small scars once healed. I have not even had a hint of that happening since switching to Skinstitut, more so this product. It is so moisturising but sinks into the skin quickly and beautifully.
  27. Perfect for very dry skin

    I have eczema, very dry, sensitive skin. My Clinique moisturiser serves me well during the hot months but outside this weather I need something more to last the day. The Skinstitut moisturiser keeps my skin hydrated from day to night. Its a tad heavy and takes a lil while to absorb but I wouldn't consider this an inconvenience. I find it hard to find products that fit my skin type and offers what I need so I'm very happy with this product. I highly recommend it to anyone with my skin type.
  28. Such a nice product

    This is one of my favourite products from Skinstitut. Before buying, I was worried it might have been too heavy or oily for my skin which is normally quite moist in summer, but it’s great. Soothing feeling when you apply and feels great if you’ve got a bit of sunburn too
  29. Great moisturiser

    I have mature skin and find this a great night time moisturiser.
  30. Great for a rich night cream

    I have normal skin but use this for a rich night cream is great with the skinstitute pure vitamin c
  31. Good for short term use

    I have dry and sensitive skin.. This was great at the start, however after i've used it for a while it started irritating my skin and causing breakouts along the jawline.
  32. Amazing! Loved the formula

    My skin is very oily and I started getting some fine lines and rough skin after I became 18 as I wear makeup on most days. Back then I was using other moisturisers but they never hydrated my skin this well. It's been a year since I have incorporated this into my daily and night time skincare routine and my skin looks healthier than ever. I have had no more fine lines since then and the previous ones seem non-existent. This product also doesn't feel greasy and the consistency is great too. Totally recommend it.
  33. Love it

    I've been hunting for hydrating moisturisers that don't cost a fortune and finally found it. Super hydrating, non-greasy, light cream that is easy to smooth on. My makeup goes on easily after it with no smears. A must buy for dry skin!
  34. Not good for sensitive skin

    I have dry, eczema prone skin. I purchased a line of skinstitut products, and found this moisturiser really disappointing! It is extremely thick so not good for a morning moisturiser, and is heavily fragranced (which anyone with sensitive skin knows is a no-no!). I don't know why they would do this! Otherwise it would have been good as a nightcream. But I didn't find it that hydrating... unfortunately I threw it out.
  35. Awesome Mosturiser

    This is a great moisturiser for my sensitive skin. Only need a tiny amount but makes my face hydrated and soft. Also isn't heavy or oily like a lot of ultra dry moisturisers. I am committed
  36. Better moisturisers around

    I have very dry skin, although this product feels okay I have used much better moisturisers for dry skin
  37. Wouldn’t use anything else

    Love love love this product. I get dry skin and this product keeps it feeling good all day and night long. A lot of products irritate my skin due to the ingredients but I’ve had no issues at all with skinstitute
  38. Skinstitut moisture defence ultra dry

    This is a great moisturiser for dry skin if you don’t want to be left feeling like You have clogged pores or left feeling oily! It does the job! If you have extremely dry skin and are wanting a thick heavy moisturiser then another product would be best suited! It’s great for my skin in winter as im aging and starting to feel the effects of dry skin.
  39. Great for dry skin but may break out skin

    I recently purchased this moisturizer and used it for three days, only using a small amount on my chin, cheeks and nose (dry areas).
    Instantly my skin felt moisturized and less itchy, redness on my cheeks is slowly fading. Yet, I have noticed several Whitehead pimples popping up on my chin area. Like large and pus pimples.
    This may be due to me firstly applying the moisturizer to my chin then spreading it around my face? Or my face just adjusting to the new product.
    I'll continue to use it as I like how it feels on my skin, i like the brand and only products i use plus my skin is less dry. Hopefully, it doesn't continue to break me out.
  40. Amazing! Especially for dry skin!

    I absolutely love this product! It does wonders for my dry skin! I have noticed the texture of my skin improve also! I will puchase again when I run out
  41. For extremely dry skin

    This one is best if your skin is extremely dry rather than just slightly . If it’s only slightly dry use the normal moisturiser over this one
  42. Super Soft

    Although this product initially feels lovely and soft, almost with a slight wet/velvety feel to it, i dont find it has the hydration a person with dry skin would be looking for. It doesnt feel like my skin is drinking water and it certainly didnt make my skin look it either. I found it to just sit alot on the skin and wipe off easy.
    Its an average product but not a bad buy at only $34...you could do worse.
  43. Great for dry skin

    Bought this for my partner who suffers from really dry skin. Since using this his skin has showed a huge difference. Will definitely buy this again for him.
  44. Light, thick, soak in moisturiser

    I was recommended Skinstitut by an online AdoreBeauty consultant for my 50 year old dry, sensitive & red skin.

    This product has fragrance added & at least one ingredient containing alcohol.

    It's a relatively thick cream that soaks in well and sits comfortably on my skin. I'm not sure it's moisturising enough for my skin as it still feels tight around the edges. Perhaps combined with the Repair Balm and used overnight this might produce the "super hydration" promised.
  45. A Great Moisturiser

    This moisturiser proves to be better than expected. I have dry skin around the mouth and the neck, and this cream seems to nourish those areas effectively, making them feel refreshed and protected. The subtle gorgeous scent of this cream is an added bonus. A must-have moisturiser for me.
  46. Super hydrating

    This product is amazing - verrry hydrating without being oily or sticky. It also makes my skin look a lot plumper.

    A little definitely goes a long way with this - you only need a tiny squeeze! I mix the Vitamin C powder in with this product each morning and night, and my skin feels a million bucks!
  47. It is good however..

    I like skinstitut products and bought this one for winter. It was good for hydration without an oily residue, all fine really except, - I wasn’t happy to see that it was not fragrance free. I am mindful about the chemicals going into my body so to see “fragrance” included in the ingredients didn’t make me feel great.
  48. Good but small amount

    I have a lot of the Skinstitut products and most of them are great so I only use this one maybe once a week or fortnight when I feel my skin is getting a little dry. Really lightweight feeling and it does give heaps of hydration and moisture. Great for dry patches.
  49. Smells fresh & extremely moisturising

    I love the cucumber smell of this! It’s such a fresh scent making my face feel so clean after cleansing & moisturising.
    Only a tiny bit is needed & it goes a long way & leaves skin feeling moisturised all night long.
  50. Really hydrates my dry areas

    This is amzing for hydrating my dry areas. It has improved my dry, flaky spots
  51. Great for when skin is really dry

    I used this after spending a few weeks in hospital which made my skin very dry and irritated. It worked great to rehydrate it but it’s too thick to add in my regularly daily routine
  52. Holy grail!

    I love this skincare line and the moisture defence is basically my holy grail. Ideal for skin that is coming out of a harsh and drying winter and needs hydration stat. My skin felt smooth and replenished after just one application.

    TIP: A little goes a long way. Use as the last step in your routine and don't forget the neck and decolletage.
  53. So far so good!

    I’ve been using this cream every night, mainly under my eyes as I have quite dry under eyes - and so far it seems to be doing a great job. I wake up and my skin feels super soft and I’ve even noticed a difference when applying makeup - it’s not as dry! Great purchase :) definitely worth a try!!
  54. Great for dry spots

    This product is great for dry spots but to thick to use on my whole face. I have dry, sensitive that’s also prone to breakouts.
  55. Okay product

    Bought this product to try and found It was an okay product but not my favourite I find it really thick and it takes awhile for it to absorb into my skin
  56. Great for sensitive skin

    This is perfect for sensitive skin, ultra calming and hydrating, and no skin tightness after application. However, my skin is more combination and this can leave me looking a little oily if used during the day.
  57. Fabulous moisturiser

    I love using this moisturiser at night on my slightly dry and slightly aging skin. The scent is wonderful and the product absorbs quickly into my skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. I have been using this product for some time and have been very happy with the look and feel of my skin after using it.
  58. Great for the winter months!

    I have extremely dry and sensitive skin and this product works great in combating these skin concerns. It is quite thick so during winter it works well but during summer I find it's too thick to have over your entire face especially if you're sweating. So on hot days I just apply it to the dry areas; nose, cheeks etc...
  59. Feels amazing

    Such a good moisturiser, love the feeling of it as I rub it into my skin. Leaves skin feeling thoroughly plumped and moisturised. I usually use after my retinol serum and vitamin c powder
  60. Great spot treatment

    I use this for dry / flaky spots on my face. It works great to rehydrate them but by skin is for to sensitive and prone to breakouts to use this on my whole face.
  61. Happy Chappy

    Firstly, I LOVE Skinstitut - my skin is so radiant, I am forever receiving compliments since I’ve starting using their range!

    I used to have fairly oily/breakout prone skin but things changed after taking medication for cystic acne. My skin has since become dry and I was worried if I used a thicker based moisturiser, it would make the acne return. To my surprise- it was the complete opposite! My skin is radiant, dewy and doesn’t feel dry at all. Highly recommended!!
    The only thing I can fault- I wish it came in a larger size as I cleanse and moisturise twice daily.
  62. Great product!

    I love this moisturiser, I have tried the oily skin one & that was great as well but find this one being thick is so much better especially during the winter. It also doesn’t make my skin oily! I love that you don’t need a lot as well.
  63. LOVE THIS!

    I have normal / combination skin. But at night after my cleansing ritual my skin becomes super thirsty! I started using oils and then expensive serums in conjunction with expensive night creams but I still didn’t feel hydrated, I just felt kind of greasy and my skin would breakout in spots. Then I changed to Skinstitut moisture defense - Ultra dry and it works, I don’t need any serums or oils anymore! It’s so hydrating that I feel it works as an anti age cream too (bonus). It absorbs nicely, smells good and I only use a small amount at night after cleansing
  64. Thick and potent - great for under eyes

    This product works well for my super dry and sensitive skin. It is very moisturing and a little goes a long way. I like to focus this product on my under eye area.
  65. Perfect for dry skin!

    I LOVE this moisturiser. I have dry, sensitive skin and my skin just loves getting lathered in this thick moisturiser. Not only is it really affordable compared to other moisturisers I have used in with the same quality, it really hydrates the skin and gives me a beautiful dewy complexion.
  66. Good moisturizer, not for really dry skin though

    I originally used the basic moisturizer in the Skinstitut range but during winter needed something more hydrating so switched to this. It definitely provided more hydration but I still ended up needing a serum as well. I have sensitive skin, prone to breakouts and this hasn’t caused any irritation. My skin has remained clean and clear. Overall I am happy with this moisturizer but I probably will try something else for more hydration.
  67. Amazing moisturiser

    I have eczema and very dry sensitive skin and this cream is amazing. Very thick and does not irritate my skin at all. Highly recommend!
  68. Winter

    I would recommend this for winter. This is very heavy and takes a while to absorb but it's amazing for winter.
  69. Smells nice

    A thick moisturiser that I used for night time, smells great and did moisturise when I needed it to, but it did cause me to break out a little bit, so beware if you are prone to pimples.
  70. Winter Moisturiser for super dry skin

    I love skinstitut products. They form a big part of my skincare regime. I already use the normal skin version of the moisture defence, which I love but wanted something more hydrating. I have combination skin with an oily T zone but dry cheeks and nose (to the extent that my nose peels in winter), This ultra dry version is significantly thicker and heavier than the normal skin version. It does moisturise quite well but I find I get some little pimples here and there. I don't usually suffer from acne.I wish they would make an in-between version for "dry skin". I think I would suit that better. Still I would purchase this product again for the winter months.
  71. It’s okay

    I find this moisturiser quite thick and heavy and I also find I need more than a pea size amount as it doesn’t blend easily. I’ve been adding two drops of the facial oil in to it to make it blend better. My skin does feel moisturised though so it’s doing it’s job!
  72. It’s alright

    I love thick moisturisers and this is that. But nothing else to rave about. Just an average moisturiser. I did notice some pimples coming along whilst using this but I was tying out another product at the same time so I’m not sure which caused them.
  73. Intensely moisturing

    This is a great moisturiser for dry skin, although it's a very thick consistency so I found the best way to use it was to rub it between my fingertips before applying it to my face - that way it went on much smoother.
  74. Not a fan

    It did what it meant to do, moisturize my skin, however it also gave me pimples and clogged pores on my forehead. The smell is overpowering and I really am not a fan.
  75. Heavy on the skin

    As a person with dry skin, I do like this moisturiser, however its not my favourite. I did find it to be a tad on the heavy side and feels slightly uncomfortable on my skin. (It transfers onto my pillow quite easily- it doesn't sink into my skin like other moisturisers do.)
  76. Converted

    As I have gotten older I have noticed my skin has gotten suuuuper dry. This is the only moisturiser that I have found works for my skin. It layers well under makeup and with oils/serum. I am on my second bottle and will continue to use.
  77. Im glad i bought it

    I bought this as I really needed to get some good moisturizer and had seen them else where but they were abit pricy so when I saw them here I bought one along with a few of there other products. Im happy with it , its not greasy and my skin is still soft even by the night.
  78. Great for dry skin

    I’m usually skeptical when it comes to “dry skin” moisturisers and disappointed with the result. That is certainly not the case with this moisturiser!! I’ve found my winter skin solution! Great product!
  79. Favourite Moisturizer Ever

    Best moisturiser I have ever used. Onto my 5th bottle and will continue to buy. I have sensitive skin and this doesn't irritate me at all. Keeps my face moisturised all day long.
  80. Best Mosituriser!

    I have purchased this moisturiser twice now. It is the best product I have used for my dry skin. I have tried a lot too. Its slightly thick but its not oily and sinks into the immediately. Since using my skin no longer feels tight and dry and is soft. I am actually seeing a glow to my skin also. I have found it also preps the skin for make up really well too. This is a great product at a great price and would recommend it to everyone with dry skin!
  81. Great product. I have a sensitive skin and find this product to be gentle. Will definitely be purchasing again.

    I really like this product!. I have sensitive and sometimes a red angry face and find that this product is gentle, leaving my skin soft and well moisturized. I will definitely be purchasing again.
  82. holy grail moisturiser

    I love this moisturiser so much, I have been using for a year now and I have never had any problems. Its so rich yet not oily or greasy. Layers really well over serums and doesn't ball up on your skin. My favourite moisturiser ever.
  83. great for every day

    Been using this for a few months now and have been very happy with it. great for every day use.
  84. Will definitely be repurchasing

    As someone who has always battled with irritable dehydrated skin, this Ultra Dry moisturiser used alongside the Skinstitut Repair Balm is a dream. I have recently started using the Skinstitut range: Gentle Cleanser, Rejuvenate 15 Serum, Ultra Dry and Repair balm and believe its a winning combination for dry skin. If you've always felt like you need to reapply your moisturiser every hour on the hour to maintain a soft, smooth complexion (minus the flakiness) then give this product a go. I have always bounced between different brands and different products in my skincare regime but am finally beginning to see results (healthy, glowy skin) and believe it is because I am sticking to the one range.
  85. Meh

    Like all Skinstitut products, you get what you pay for. It's a notch up from your standard department store or chemist moisturiser, but it definitely doesn't deliver the same results as a high-end product. Good price point for an entry level product.
  86. So nourishing

    This product is great for my sensitive skin and really leaves me feeling hydrated and moisturised. It's so smooth and definitely a new favourite.
  87. Great for the driest of dry skin

    I used the Moisture defence for normal skin before I tried this and I will never look back!
    The normal skin is great but this is unbeatable on my dry, winter skin.
    Although the bottle is small, you only need the smallest amount as it goes a long way.
    Very hydrating and smells divine
  88. Perfect

    I switched from another brand that was double the price and this moisturizer is far superior in quality. My skin feels amazing and looking more radiant.
  89. Very hydrating!

    Although I find it a little bit hard to spread a pea size amount of this moisturiser all over my face, it is definitely hydrating and does the job! I don't believe my face is dry but the moisturiser for normal skin didn't seem to do much for me so I tried this one instead. I love how my skin absorbs it so well and leaves my face feeling hydrated and lovely. It also smells lovely which is a nice added bonus!
  90. Will use this forever

    Every winter my skin goes extremely dry and flakey and this is the first winter it has not happened due to this moisturiser. I've been using it every day for almost a year and cannot fault it in any way. I've used so many different brands, but since I have started using skinstitut, I will never go back.
  91. So far so good

    Have been using this about a week now on 47 yo skin and I love how moisturised my skin feels already. Smells great too
  92. I adore this!

    I have ultra dry skin (duh) and this is the only moisturiser I've found to truly help. My skin just drinks it in immediately like rain in a desert, but at the same time my skin remains hydrated for the day after use. Some moisturisers aimed at dry skin feel so oily and heavy on the skin that I would rather my skin just feel dry, but this one is perfect. And the smell is DIVINE!
  93. Smells so good!

    This has been my most favourite moisturizer by far, it doesn’t dry sticky or feel heavy, although leaving my skin feeling super moisturized. I have combination/dry skin and most moisturizers cause me congestion, it also smells really good too!
  94. Good for my dry and sensitive skin

    I bought this recently and have really enjoyed using it so far. It is not greasy and absorbs quickly. My skin doesn't feel tight after using it or look red. I feel like it is enough moisture, and my skin tends to be quite dry. It is a small bottle but I have literally been using a pea sized amount and that is enough for my whole face.
  95. Not for sensitive skin

    From reading the reviews, I know this product has worked for others with sensitive skin, but my skin reacted quite badly to it. I applied it after cleansing, and it immediately made my skin quite red and even stung a little. This settled down after a few minutes, but my skin was not moisturised. It was like I had used no moisturiser and all, and my skin was still dry and flaky.
    Based on others reviews though I think I was just unlucky and maybe allergic to one of the ingredients!
  96. My super-dry skin loves this!

    I have really dry skin and it’s hard to find a moisturizer that’s up to the task and doesn’t cost a bomb. This one is fantastic. Absorbs well for wear under makeup, too! Love that this brand produces quality skincare at reasonable prices.
  97. Very hydrating

    I love this moisturiser. I have very dry skin that is also quite sensitive. This is perfect to use everyday under my makeup. It is very hydrating but doesn't feel heavy or cause break outs. I would highly recommend!
  98. Hydrating

    Love it for my dry skin, definitely helps hydrate without it feeling too thick or oily. I use it both in winter and summer. Would recommend :)!
  99. Nice Moisturiser

    I use this moisturiser only at night as I found the normal skin version not rich enough for me. I like this product, it does the job. I haven’t had any bad reaction to this which is a really good sign for me – usually something will kick my skin out after a day or two but having used this for about a month it has been working a treat. I don’t find it too oily or greasy but I wake up in the morning with plump hydrated skin which is all I can ask for.
  100. The best

    I first started using the moisturizer for normal skin, but since moving to this one my skin feels so much softer... I didn't realise how dry my skin was until I started using this!
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