I didn’t like Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion in my 20s, but now I do!

Within one week, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (DDML) restored my dry and irritated skin to a flake-free and supple one. This basic lotion that I didn’t like in the past is now one of my favorite moisturizers. I’m even rating it a 5/5 which means I would definitely be repurchasing it. 

When I received the Clinique Holiday Set two years ago, I was least excited over Clinique DDML among other products in the bundle. Because I recalled how this yellow lotion was too rich and uncomfortable on my then 20-something oil-drenched face. That explains why I was reluctant to use the moisturizer until it was about to expire.

And, wow! Just one week of usage left me deeply impressed. Let me share why my experience took a 180 degrees turn from that in the past.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Clinique Dramatically Moisturizng Lotion+


About Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (DDML) is a USA-made face moisturizer with over 50 years of history. Dermalogist-developed, Clinique DDML is meant to soften, smooth and improve skin.

Clinique Dramatically Moisturizing Lotion

This classic lotion is described as one that can deliver 8 hours of hydration to help strengthen skin’s moisture barrier. According to Clinique, a well-moisturized face would be one that is youthful-looking and glowing. 

Now, Clinique DDML comes in varying formula to suit different skin types. For instance, the one I’m reviewing today is for “Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin”. Lately, Clinique has introduced catridges that can be inserted into the “base lotion” to offer enhanced treatments, such as brightening and anti-wrinkles.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Made in USA

With 5 types of base lotions and 5 cartridges to choose from, we can achieve a combination total of over 20 variants. And this number excludes other range of moisturizers such as Clinique Smart, Repairwear and Moisture Surge. Seems like Clinique is working very hard to fulfill the needs of every skin type.

To recap, the one I’m reviewing today is just a basic lotion without any treatment cartridge. And I’m gonna start talking about why I love Clinique DDML (Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin). 


5 Things I love about Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

1. Back to Basics

A few weeks ago, I was at Cutis Medical Laser Clinics to receive a skin-firming Radio-Frequency (RF) treatment. After cleansing my face, the aesthetician noticed how dry and irritated my skin was. I believe this was due to some exfoliating products that I was testing recently.

After a brief consultation with Dr Sylvia, I was advised to postpone the RF treatment and use only basic moisturizer to allow my skin to recover.

When I got home, I dug through my “stockpile” of skincare products and reluctantly picked up Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. Checking through the ingredient list, this lotion seemed to make the cut as a basic hydrating lotion. It contains no alcohol and fragrance and has been allergy-tested.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Dermatologist-developed. Allergy Tested. Fragrance-free

After using DDML for close to a month, I can attest to its gentle and hydrating formula, especially on dry and irritated skin. 

Here’s the full ingredients for those who are interested. 

Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau , Mineral Oil\Paraffinum Liquidum\Huile Minérale , Glycerin , Petrolatum , Stearic Acid , Glyceryl Stearate , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil , Urea , Lanolin Alcohol , Triethanolamine , Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge , Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake , Propylene Glycol Dicaprate , Sodium Hyaluronate , Butylene Glycol , Pentylene Glycol , Trisodium Edta , Phenoxyethanol , Yellow 6 (Ci 15985) , Yellow 5 (Ci 19140) , Red 33 (Ci 17200) <ILN39477>


2. Very Nourishing

As the RF treatment was postponed by only a week, my irritated skin had only 7 days to recover. Thankfully, it did after using Clinique DDML on a twice-daily basis.  

When I visited Cutis Medical Laser Clinics a week later, the aesthetician was surprised to see that my skin had fully recovered.

So, now you know why I’m so pleased with this yellow lotion and giving it a 5-star rating? 

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A pump of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

How did my skin recover so quickly? According to Clinique, ingredients such as Sunflower Seed Cake, Barley Extract and Cucumber Fruit Extract are effective in strengthening skin’s barrier. This in turn improves skin’s resiliency and helps it to retain moisture.

In addition, DDML contains Hyaluronic Acid which helps draws moisture to the skin like a magnet. Urea is also known to help skin retain water and allow dead skin cells to fall off. 

Therefore, within just a few days of usage, my flaky patches started rolling off gradually to reveal healthier skin. Perfect! 


3. Comfortable After-feel with Clinique DDML

Although Clinique DDML felt overly-rich on my 20-something skin decades ago, my 40+ skin is loving its medium-rich consistency.

Even though I use a very generous amount, the lotion gets absorbed quickly leaving a layer of film just enough to assure me that my skin is protected. Best of all, the moisture barrier stayed on the skin for hours. Therefore, the 8-hour hydration claim is true!

Clinique DDML
Absorbs well, leaving a moisturized feel

4. No Pimples

I’m very sure this yellow lotion is safe to use on my pimple-prone skin. I didn’t get any pimples during usage! 

5. Large Bottle for a Good Price

The bottle that I got contains 125ml of lotion, which is more than double the quantity of many lotions out there in the market. Despite its’ generous quantity, Clinique DDML costs only USD28 (view latest price). This is considered low for a counter-based beauty brand.

If 125ml is not big enough, you can also get the 200ml bottle that comes at even cheaper price (on a per ml basis).

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Clinique Moisturizing Lotion in 125ml bottle

6. Well-Designed Packaging

I like the light-weight bottle that is easy to grasp even with my small hand. It’s also great that the right amount comes out with each pump, giving enough quantity to cover my face and neck. 

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Pump bottle


What’s not to love about Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion?

1. Not a pleasant smell

I don’t want to be rude. But the smell isn’t that great and may even feel repulsive to some. I thought Clinique DDML smells like a medicine or a chemical with a pungent smell. 

Well, of course it would since Clinique DDML contains urea. As we know, synthetic urea is created from ammonia and carbon dioxide. That’s probably where the pungent smell comes from. But at least, we know Clinique is adamant in avoiding fragrance at all cost.



I highly recommend Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (DDML) to those who are struggling with dry, flaky and irritable skin.

Put up with the smell and you’ll be rewarded with a healthy and well-moisturized skin in no time. I’m pretty certain that this would go onto my repurchase list. Rating: 5/5

And this concludes today’s beauty review. Thanks for reading! If you find this useful, consider sharing this post with your friends. And don’t forget to subscribe to more of such honest beauty reviews. See ya! 

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