Dermalogica - Active Moist


Active Moist

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For normal to oily skin conditions.
A lightweight, oil-free lotion that actively combats surface dehydration while smoothing the skin’s surface with botanical extracts. It provides effective skin hydration, without oils and smoothes skin, improving the texture. It absorbs quickly, leaving no greasy after-feel. Silk amino acids help smooth and improve skin texture while natural botanical astringents lemon, ivy, watercress and burdock help to refine the skin. Soothing extracts of lavender, mallow and cucumber help provide deep hydration.

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$56 / $71.50

Pack size:
50mL / 100mL


Salons nationally

Consumer Hotline:

1800 659 118

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Worse than using no moisturiser

This didn't work for me at all. I have extremely oily skin and was recommended this by a beauty therapist along with Dermalogica's special cleansing gel. The cleanser stripped my skin and this moisturiser did nothing to add any moisture back. My skin was then even oilier than before because it was overcompensating. It was worse than using no moisturiser.

I used this and the cleanser for about a month and my skin was just so oily and felt so tight and even a little painful so I ended up selling both products.


We regret to hear that you have not enjoyed using our Special Cleansing Gel and Active Moist. There are a few reasons as to why your skin may have experienced tightness and produced more oil and it would be great if we could contact you directly to discuss this with you further to assist you in finding the best products for your skin.

In the meantime, hopefully the below may provide some clarity on why you experienced these results;

The skin can overcompensate and produce more oil if we are over cleansing and under moisturising. This is common when we have a more oily skin as would like our skin to feel clean and may sometimes use too much cleanser as well as not enough moisturiser. This can damage our skins natural barrier and cause our skin to lose water leading to tightness and an increase in oil production, as it is our skin’s job to protect us.

The Special Cleansing Gel contains a variety of ingredients including naturally sourced and more advanced ingredient technology. Sodium Laureth Sulfate is one of the mild foaming ingredients within Special Cleansing Gel however we are aware that there are a small number of the population who may prefer not to use this type of foaming ingredient on their skin and we are looking into changing to a milder surfactant derived from Olive and Soybean.

Our dermalogica products contain above average concentrates of ingredients. For this reason, when it comes to using our Special Cleansing Gel a top tip is to use only the size of a 5 cent coin and mix it with lots of water. This will create a bubbly lather and it is this method which we advise it be applied to your skin, rather than applying the gel directly to the skin. Depending on the other products you use on your skin, the amount of oil your skin produces and the time of day in which you can see the oil on your skin are examples of the type of information which will help us identify the cleanser and moisturiser which will assist in balancing and protecting skin while keeping it is great health.

We hope you have found this information helpful and would love to speak with you to assist you further. Please call our Customer Service number on 1800 659 118 and one our Skin Experts will be able to assist you.

Ideal for

Maybe my skin is just sensitive to certain ingredients and maybe needs some form of oil to balance the oiliness as this moisturiser is really popular and commonly recommended to combination and oily skin types, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.



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The best moisturiser for combination skin

This is the BEST moisturiser I've ever used. Perfect for combination skin and for active people going into several different environments a day ie. AC & Outside & Heater in car etc.
Excellent for using during sport & normal everyday under makeup especially mineral powders
Cannot recommend this product enough

Ideal for

Combination skin



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Fantastic Day & Night Combo Moisturiser

This is a fantastic moisturiser for younger hormonal skin which suffers from congestion and breakouts. I used this moisturiser daily for over 2 years and not once did I break out. It calmed my skin and maintained it well balanced during a time when I suffered hormone induced break outs and severe congestion.
I highly recommend this product to anyone who is in the market for a lightweight delicate cream. The texture is light and the scent is refreshing. The cream can also be used after micro dermabrasion treatments (if you are looking for a slightly less expensive or more gentle alternative to MD Formulations or Priori)
It is unfortuante that I have now entered an age bracket where this cream no longer suits my skin as I find it has no properties to really fight off the signs of ageing and has becone too lightweight for me.


Use in small amounts as this is all which is really needed. Best used in conjunction with the Dermalogica daily cleanser

Ideal for

Younger skin prone to congestion and break out. This cream relaxes the skin and prevents further breakouts from occuring.



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Lightweight and effective

I have been using this product for quite awhile now and LOVE it! I have oily skin with enlarged pores but get quite dehydrated.
This moisturiser is perfect for me. It is light weight so doesn't feel greasy and heavy on my skin which is a big bonus for me. It also makes it perfect for men as they don't feel like they are using girly products, they just slap it on and forget about it.
Since I started using it it have seen a noticeable difference in my skin with a lot less break outs and not much congestion.
The packaging is Dermalogicas signature no frills grey box which makes it perfect for unisex products. It is available in two sizes but the bigger one is a lot more cost effective.
The smell is nice and fresh, not overpowering but smells clean!
I would however recommend purchasing from a salon or direct from dermalogica. It is tempting to purchase online when you see cheaper prices however I have a lot of experience of people ordering online only to receive a completely fake product. Some get the packaging pretty accurate but the creams are terrible on your skin!
Plus if you buy from a salon and have the therapist recommend you a product it is 100% guaranteed!


Only use a very small amount, it spreads very easily and using more doesn't mean you will get quicker results you will just waste your liquid gold!!

Ideal for

Oily dehydrated skin, young hormonal skin!



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Good for all skin types

Love this moisturiser! It is great for my combination skin, but my sister loves it on her dry skin too! I use it in conjunction with a hydrating masque in winter and it is tops!


Start off with a little amount and add to it if needed.

tia xx


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Beautiful but will see what else is out there

I liked the smell of this moisturiser, and loved the way it made my skin feel like it was drinking up all that water.. very nice texture and you only need to smallest amount to cover your face!!

I sell this at work and I like the idea of it, but prefer a much more natural range for skin care so I wont be repurchasing but definitely worth a try for people who want a beautiful lightweight moisturiser with plenty of hydration!!



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My favourite moisturiser

I have been using Active Moist for many years now. In that time I have tried other moisturisers but none of them have even come close to doing as good a job. I love the lightweight feel , it glides on and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. There is no oily residue after applying it, and no tightness either. It has a mild, natural scent which is refreshing and no irritants.


A little goes a long way.

Ideal for

People with oily skin.



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LOVE IT!!!!!

I found out about this moisturiser due to all the hype about it being fantastic for oily skin. I am so glad I caved and got this. I've been using it as my day moisturiser (with a separate spf) and occasionally at night.

The texture of this lotion is light yet it is still very hydrating. You don't need to use very much at all. So although the 50ml size seems expensive, it will last. My skin can also be quite sensitive and acne prone and this has not flared up my skin in any way, which is very pleasing. :) It sinks in quickly after applying. I like that this isn't 'mattifying', it will not disturb what you put on top of it such as your foundation.

This moisturiser also isn't scented with anything so it will be fine for those who are sensitive to fragranced products.


Don't use too much - a little goes a long way. Use a pea-sized amount to start with.

Ideal for

Oily and combination skin types.



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I brought the whole sensitive range; the cleanser was nice, the toner, the serum and mask but when it came to this, it was the moist disappointing one of all. A good skincare regime requires a good moisturiser to replenish the moisture loss, lock in the goodness and if it does, provide added bonuses.

For me, this was not hydrating AT ALL! Even after adding a skin rebooster underneath my skin still felt tight. It felt like I was wearing a makeup primer rather than skincare.



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Amazing hydration with no greasiness!!

I am in love with this moisturiser! It has a lovely lightweight texture so once you apply it it's absorbed really quickly and leaves no residue or heaviness. The smell is incredible, however this is not because of artificial perfumes and chemicals it is just the active ingredients and essential oils used in this beautiful cream.
Since I started using Active Moist I have noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of breakouts I get but not only that I also have way less dehydration lines! Bonus!!


Use a very small amount - about the size of a 5c coin for face neck and chest, less is more with this product!

Ideal for

People with combination oily/dehydrated skin. People with quite oily skin may find the Oil Control Lotion more effective especially during summer months

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