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intensive moisture balance

ultra-nourishing moisturizer

Ultra-nourishing moisturizer restores lipid balance to dry, depleted skin for optimal barrier performance. BioReplenish Complex™ delivers a proven combination of key barrier lipids to help enhance the skin’s natural resilience and support barrier recovery.Learn More

Ultra-nourishing moisturizer restores lipid balance to dry, depleted skin for optimal barrier performance. BioReplenish Complex™ delivers a proven combination of key barrier lipids to help enhance the skin’s natural resilience and support barrier recovery.Learn More

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intensive moisture balance

Ultra-nourishing moisturizer restores lipid balance to dry, depleted skin for optimal barrier performance. BioReplenish Complex™ delivers a proven combination of key barrier lipids to help enhance the skin’s natural resilience and support barrier recovery. A prebiotic Chlorella Algae complex helps rebalance the skin’s natural microbiome for healthy-looking skin. Hyaluronic Acid, combined with Echinacea, Centella Asiatica and Aloe Vera, locks in hydration to help enhance the skin’s moisture content and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
Certified vegan by PETA
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • Strengthens the skin’s lipid barrier.
  • Help rebalance the skin’s microbiome.
  • Intensely moisturizes dry, depleted skin.

how to use

After cleansing and toning, apply over face and neck in light, upward strokes. Use twice daily, morning and night.

quick tip

Prep skin with Multi-Active Toner to enhance moisturizer absorption.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactamide MEA, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycolipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Superoxide Dismutase, Sodium PCA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool.

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New formula totally different!


The old version was my HG moisturizer. The new one has totally different ingredients! Doesn't moisturize at all! Doesn't do much of anything. So disappointed! Dermalogica please please bring back the original version.

San Diego


Moisture Locking Magic


I would highly recommend Dermalogica facial lotion to try for its hydrating properties on the skin. It is easy to use and apply. For best use, apply in small circular motions with your fingers working from the base of the neck, moving upwards toward the forehead. Repeat morning and night. The lotion was gentle on my sensitive skin and didn't cause any break outs. My skin is both sensitive and combination/ oily. This is where parts of my skin are dry and other parts are oily and prone to break outs. The lotion wasn't greasy feeling going on, which I appreciated, since a lot of lotions out there are greasy. My skin stayed hydrated feeling all day long after using the Dermalogica facial lotion, which was great. In comparison with other facial moisturizers I've tried, Dermalogica had a long lasting, healthy, revitalized feeling on the skin after using, instead of a short, greasy, often itchy feeling. I really felt that the overall health of my facial skin improved over the time that I used Dermalogica facial lotion. My face felt softer, with less fine lines. It also felt more firm, tone, and hydrated with moisture. Dermalogica facial lotion is a much better brand of facial lotion than I've ever used before. Most left left my skin feeling dry, greasy, or itchy. I can tell a big difference. Dermalogica's lotion uses an intensive moisture balance. It restores moisture balance to dried out skin using ingredients like Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid and holds the skins' moisture balance in while preventing fine lines. My skin really did feel different while using Dermalogica facial lotion in contrast with using other facial lotions that I had previously tried. My skin was overall a more healthy, moisturized, skin. It was more firm with less lines and smoother too. I will be buying Dermalogica intensive moisture balance facial lotion in the future and I recommend it to my family members and friends to try too.

Yakima, WA


Love this moisturizer


I really loved this moisturizer. It didn't leave my skin feeling greasy but it felt really moisturizing. I felt like I only needed one application where with other brands I feel like I need to reapply once or twice. It had zero smell which I really appreciate in a facial moisturizer.



Super Moisturuzing


I've been using this on my face for a few weeks now and it has been the absolute best. My face stays hydrated all day long! I never have to reapply this product. My face is glowing. It absorbs into my face very quickly. I love having a nice, smooth base to apply my makeup to and this gets the job done. Everyone needs this moisturizer.

Jacksonville, FL




I use this product after every shower and in the mornings. It makes my skin instantly smoother. I suffer from dry skin, and usually have dry patches on my face, but after using this product for a few weeks, I no longer have that issue.

Marietta, Ga


Better than any drugstore brand!


I usually use Olay and liked it just fine. However, I am so impressed with Dermalogica that I will never look back. This absorbed right into my skin, leaving no trace of oilyness. This moisturized without a single and has left my skin looking great. Definitely worth the money to purchase this in the future!

Columbia MO


Get your soft skin back


Dermalogica intensive moisture balance is a wonderful product for dry and aging skin. Until receiving this product I had never tired it. It doesn't feel heavy or greasy on your face. It does have a medicinal smell but goes away quickly. This does compare to other high end quality products and I recommend this product to family and friends. I received this product from Viewpoints for testing purposes.

East Liverpool, Ohio


Lightweight, Intense Moisture


I love the lightweight feel of this moisturizer! I typically need to slather vitamin E cream or oil on my face in the winter months since it's so dry, but I was able to replace it in my routine with the Dermalogica moisturizer. It did not break out my somewhat sensitive and acne prone skin and kept it hydrated all night! I also used it in the mornings (in combination with a makeup primer) and it helped to keep my makeup looking fresh and all day! I also love that it doesn't have a strong, perfume-like smell!



Amazing product


Dermalogica intense moisture balance is an amazing product. I absolutely love how my skin looks and feels after each use. It doesn't leave my skin greasy like other products. I have very sensitive skin and this product hasn't given me any issues at all. I will definitely purchase and recommend this product.

Cottage Grove, OR


Buying this product again and again!


I have rough dry skin and this lotion is the ONLY lotion to ever make my skin feel silky smooth! By far the best product for dry skin available!!

Auburndale, FL



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Very confused by your new moisturiser range. I've read a lot of feedback now and while you say on this site that the intensive moisturiser is not for dehydrated skin and the skin smoothing is, so many people have feedback that the new skin smoothing is making them breakout (which obviously Dermalogica products have been developed to alleviate) and on the basis of all the comments across many different sites, I have just bought the intensive moisturiser which now appears not to be the one I need (according to the replies on this site). Although I do not wish to buy the skin smoothing skin in fear of breaking out. Please advise further as I have acne-prone skin, which is very sensitive? Equally, find the price increase quite staggering and trust that these new formulas justify such an increase?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica, if you are acne prone and sensitive, then Calm Water Gel or Active Moist are options. Kind Regards, Bernadette


On your website it is written in question and answers section that intensive moisture balance cream is safe to use during pregnancy. The ingredients list on the website does not show retinyl palmitate. I ordered this cream and I am pregnant but there is retinyl palmitate on the ingredients list. Therefore I am confused now if I can use this product safely during pregnancy?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Doctors recommend avoiding retinol, retinal and retinA. Retinyl Palmitate is a different ingredient. You can always check with your doctor to be sure. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Why is the old intensive moisture balance no longer available? What's the difference between this and the old one? I've been using the old intensive moisture balance for dry skin. Will this new one work for me?


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. New Intensive Moisture Balance offers even more hydration to the skin and supports the skin's natural biome. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Is this a facial or body moisturizer?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use this moisturizer on the face, neck and chest. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Is this product non-comedogenic?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This is an oil rich moisturizer meant for oil dry skin. If you are concerned with clogged pores, try Active Moist or Skin Smoothing Cream instead. Kind Regards, Bernadette


What is the difference between using this or adding hydro boost to a dermalogica moisturizer?


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This moisturizer is oil rich for oil dry skin and it offers hydration to the skin. You should be ok using it by itself if your skin is dehydrated and lacks oil. Kind Regards, Bernadette


HI, I see this is a new formulation, with different packaging. Can you summarize the differences between the prior and new version of intensive moisture balance? I'm having trouble finding a synopsis on why and how it was changed on the web


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. The new Intensive Moisture Balance formula delivers even more hydration to the skin and helps to balance out the skin's natural Biome. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I've been using this product for many years now. I notice Dermalogica keeps increasing the price. Is there a particular reason for the recent price increase? I don't notice any specific changes to the actual product itself. Thanks so much, Kristen


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Intensive Moisture Balance was reformulated to delivery even more hydration to the skin. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Dose this come with a spf


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can mix it with Solar Defense Booster SPF 50. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I have always used Intense Moisture... is this very different to the old one? I will be purchasing but curious to know if the texture has changed?


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. New Intensive Moisture Balance is still oil rich for oil dry skin but now it is more hydrating as well. Kind Regards, Bernadette


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