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This product replaces the Advanced Hydrating Complex Gel

Give oily, very oily and problem-prone skin the moisture and antioxidant protection it needs to stay clear, hydrated and healthy-looking with the new Moisture Defense Antioxidant Hydrating Gel. Replenishes vital hydration (without any added oil) while it defends skin with damage-reducing antioxidants for a plump, healthy, vibrant complexion.

Perfect for women and men with oily and/or problem skin who want to add plumping, nourishing hydration (not oil) to their skin. Ideal for use over acne-treatments to add hydration to problem skin. Also great for those who prefer a lighter moisturizer in the summer.

Formulated with just the right amount of proven antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatories, skin softners and water binding agents naturally found in healthy skin. Oil free gel absorbs instantly to leave skin feeling silky and supple.

Antioxidants include green tea extract, superoxide dismutase and licorice extract help to defend against free-radical damage.

Anti-inflammatories include yeast and licorice extract to help soften and soothe.

Hyaluronic Acid attracts and binds moisture without any oil or greasiness. It can retail over 1000 times it’s own weight in water. Helps to keep skin firm, plump and healthy-looking.

Product Details

  • md formulations
  • Travel Size
  • Apply to clean skin morning and night. Follow the application with the appropriate MD Formulations "Protect" skin care product to achieve optimum results.

  • Water (Aqua), Sodium Hyaluronate, Yeast Extract (Faex), Superoxide Dismutase, Glycosphingo Lipids, Phospholipds, Cholesterol, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben.

  • 30ml

Customer Reviews

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My favourite antioxidant moisturizer. Wouldn't work on dry skin. My skin is combo to oily, depending on the day. This is perfect. You only need one squirt for the whole face so this bottle will last you a long time. I might need something heavier for the winter ... I am not sure about that yet. I have not broken out since using this as with other gel moisturizers I do.

Thu Aug 21 20:34:52 BST 2014 by tdkh

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Disappointed, because I'd had high hopes for it!


In order to give it a fair chance, I tried this product for a few days, then for one week I used no moisturizer or makeup etc. at all, then I tried this product again (while using nothing else in my skincare routine but my normal face wash and this product).Unfortunately, both times I tried it, this product dried my skin out, leaving it feeling taut and dehydrated, which could be felt as soon as half an hour after it was applied. After the second trial of this, my skin would actually hurt when I washed it at night, after having had this gel on during the day.I also think it caused me to have some clogged pores on my forehead, but I can't be sure because those do appear from time to time on me anyway.I have combination skin with a very oily t-zone, so I am not used to any product making my face feel dry and tight (and I have used 10% benzoyl peroxide nightly for 30 years, and I can keep clay masks on my face for a hour with no ill effects).Maybe I am sensitive to one of the ingredients of this gel, but the ingredients list is pretty short and "healthy-looking", and it is apparently approved by skincare evaluators like Paula Begoun, who has ranked this gel in her highest (best) category for moisturizers made for oily and combination skin.If this simply provided no moisturization and behaved in a neutral manner, I would probably have continued using it for the easy and properly-protected dose of antioxidants that it provides, which I find hard to get any other way (since I cannot use most moisturizers or foundations because they clog my pores), but this product actually made my skin worse off than using nothing did, so I will be returning it.

Thu Oct 18 16:57:01 BST 2012 by slidingdoors

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Not for me


My skin reacts to everything I try, so I figured the light ingredients (and no dimethicone, ceytl alcohol ingredients that are known to clog pores) would be the perfect moisturizer. Unfortunately, it made my skin feel a bit tight and after about 2 weeks, I noticed a two areas full of tiny clogs. Gels have thus far not been good to me. If you have normal skin, this is awesome. If you normally react to products, steer clear and use something else.

Mon Sep 03 16:28:57 BST 2012 by aprillyn24

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the Best antioxidant serum for oily skin


I've tried antioxidant serums from all price ranges and this is the very best for my very oily, sensitive, acne-prone and reactive skin. I was looking for a lightweight antioxidant serum to protect my skin, offered oil-free hydration, fragrance-free and non-sensitizing.This product meets all the above criteria. Thank you MD formulations for creating this gentle product for sensitive skin. Please don't ever discontinue this product! I will continue to purchase as long as you keep making this serum. Highly recommend if you have oily, sensitive skin like mine!

Wed Feb 15 19:03:39 GMT 2012 by pickyshopper

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Great Option for EXTREMELY oily types


I love that this moisturizer is comprised of only a few ingredients, hylauronic acid being the main one. It is super lightweight and sinks in almost immediately. If I had to say one negative, it would be that I am afraid it will be too light for those that need more moisture. This is definitely designed for OILY, OILY skin types that need a truly lightweight formula. If you are oily and need more than normal moisture, this isn't for you. But, in a nutshell, I wouldn't call that a con, because the product is made for OILY types. So, you wouldn't buy this if you needed more moisture. I love that it is scentless and absorbs so quickly. I haven't experienced any breakouts and I breakout from everything. Nice product!

Mon Aug 01 07:50:22 BST 2011 by Skincarenut

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AOX hydrating gel


I use this product because it does not cause my sensitive skin to react and the ingredients list is good. It is sufficient in the hot, humid weather. It is not moisturizing enough in the cold, dry winter. I have gone through numerous bottles of the hydrating gel. The pumps have been iffy. My current pump was clogged when I received it. I will continue to use this product but will also continue to look for something that better suits my aging skin.

Sat Mar 26 03:07:02 GMT 2011 by rjhea

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Great summer hydrator


This is a great summer hydrating moisturizer for my 63 year old, Retin-A treated skin in hot, humid Houston. It hydrates but isn't the least bit greasy and doesn't cause acne. Yes, my skin is tight after using it, but the flaking is gone. All those greasy moisturizers leave my skin supple, still flaking, and ridden with acne. Anyway, I'm ordering another bottle. Hydrated skin with no Retin-A flaking or pimples - worth every penny.

Tue Jul 06 17:13:45 BST 2010 by justme

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A keeper for oily skin hydration


I purchased this product on a recommendation from a product review website because my current hydrator seems to have been discontinued. I already used another product in this line based on the same recommendation, and really liked it, so decided to give it a try. I am not disappointed - nice texture, dries quickly and leaves skin soft and prepped for SPF and makeup. Glad I had a reliable source to count on and made the purchase, which is about 1/2 the price of my discontinued product. Love the packaging also to keep the ingredients stable. Also purchased the antioxidant spray to use over makeup for summer oilies and am pretty impressed with that product so far as well.

Mon Jun 28 10:30:48 BST 2010 by TraciJ

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light, but a little bit too light


it does what it says, it's great for acne-prone skin, and it offers a clear finish, while a lot of hydrators can't do,but it's a little bit too light, and not hydrating enough, you should use a big amount to get the hydrating feeling, so a tube won't last long, anyway, it's great if you have acne-prone skin, it could be one of the safest product to use.if you have oily and acne skin, it could be a life saver, but if you have acne skin which is oily on the outside but dehydrating inside, then you may need something more hydrating, like a lotion.

Wed Aug 05 17:33:46 BST 2009 by christophe

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great for acnes


non-greasy non-frangrance perfect to use for dehydrated oily, acne-prone skin

Sun May 27 17:23:01 BST 2007 by rochelle

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works grat for acne


i had acne skin, and this is a great moisturer for acne. I love it!

Thu Dec 22 04:12:37 GMT 2005 by linda

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