Moisture Complex
1.7 fl. oz. for $25.95
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:10.01.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This moisturizer is oil-free as claimed and gets its silky texture and very smooth finish from the numerous silicone ingredients it contains. Other than an elegant cream-gel texture that feels light and is suitable for normal to combination skin, Moisture Complex doesn't have much going for it. The fragrance-free formula is helpful for sensitive skin (the teeny-tiny amount of lemon extract imparts not a single citrus note), but this doesn't have an edge when it comes to helping breakout-prone skin (though it's unlikely to make breakouts or the redness from acne worse).

As a means of standing out, the formula contains antioxidant green tea, pumpkin, and vitamin E (mixed tocopherols), but not in a greater-than-usual amount that would make Moisture Complex a more compelling pick compared to lots of other oil-free moisturizers, some of which cost less.

Note: Exposed Skin Care lists a trade name (Optiphen) for a preservative mix that includes phenoxyethanol and caprylyl glycol. Listing trade names is not permissible and something that Exposed Skincare should correct before it's cited by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for non-compliant labeling. When companies list trade names instead of what the actual ingredient name is, the consumer is left in the dark about what they're really putting on their skin.

  • Silky, lightweight texture is suitable for breakout-prone skin.
  • Fragrance-free (the tiny amount of lemon extract imparts no scent).
  • Not a specialized formula for breakout-prone skin.
  • Contains a less-than-thrilling amount of antioxidants.
  • Cloaks some of the ingredients by listing a trade name for the mixture.

The ExposedTM Moisture Complex is an oil-free gel that locks in moisture and rebalances your skin. Natural extracts and caffeine promote cell renewal and reduce inflammation.


Purified Water, Cyclopentasiloxane And PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane And Dimethiconol/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane And Dimethiconol, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, C30-C45 Alkyl Methicone, Acrylamide Copolymer, Oleth-10, Optiphen, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 85, Caffeine, Sucrose, Citrus Medica Limonum Extract.

Brand Overview

Strengths: The company provides complete ingredient lists on its site; good cleanser; excellent benzoyl peroxide product; some fragrance-free options (and even the products with fragrant ingredients have minimal scent).

Weaknesses: The facial mask is likely to be very irritating and drying; the Clear Pore Serum cannot exfoliate skin due to its pH level; each kit the company sells contains at least one problematic product, so they’re not as much of a value as they may seem; merely average moisturizer.

Exposed Skincare is a small collection of anti-acne products sold individually or in pre-selected kits that are priced between $50–$95. Based in Seattle and having been around since 2002, it’s only recently that this line has come to our attention, perhaps due to their products being available on mega website Amazon.com. As a line dedicated to clear skin in a sea full of such options (almost all of which have their share of problems, which is hugely disappointing for anyone struggling with breakouts), it’s not surprising Exposed Skincare mentions their mix of “advanced science” with natural ingredients, thus appeasing two popular demands: Consumers want products that work, but most would prefer natural over synthetic ingredients, thinking that natural means better. As we’ve shown time and time again, that’s misguided thinking. There are good and bad natural ingredients as well as good and bad synthetic ingredients. We’re glad that Exposed Skincare utilizes the best from both groups (well, most of the time they do…)

The company’s products are said to be developed by a collaboration between dermatologists, cosmetologists, naturopaths, and chemists, further reinforcing the science + nature angle, which Exposed maintains is what makes their line different (and better) than the rest. Although this anti-acne line has a couple of standout products, just like most lines aimed at those with acne-prone skin, there are more disappointments than great products. This is not a “one and done” line, nor is it a line whose kits we’d encourage you to order.

The issue with the kits is twofold: They cost a lot less than ordering each product individually BUT you also have to take everything in the kit, which means you’re paying for some products whose formulas won’t help acne-prone skin and may, in fact, make it worse! If you’re curious about this line, steer clear of the value-priced kits and instead select individual products we’ve rated well. Of course, you can also skip this line entirely, as despite some good products, it’s not as revolutionary or different as the company would like you to believe.

For more information about Exposed Skincare, call (866) 404-7656 or visit www.exposedskincare.com

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