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Dollars & Sense: Why This Two-in-One Moisturizer Rocks

The best skincare products may not be cheap, but trust us: they’re worth every penny. Every week, we’ll break down the math and show you exactly why that fancy serum or cream is a smart splurge.

Our pick of the week: We used to think of exfoliating and moisturizing as two separate steps, but all that changed when we stumbled upon Clark’s Botanicals’ Smoothing Marine Cream. The cult brand’s bestselling product dissolves dead cells overnight with a gentle dose of glycolic acid. Not only does this buzzed-about ingredient soften the look of fine lines and brown spots, it also increases your skin’s ability to retain water. Learn more about why Clark’s moisturizer is well worth the splurge after the jump!

Other star actives in Clark’s Smoothing Marine Cream include their signature Jasmine Absolute oil, which soothes irritated and inflamed skin, as well as marine algae, which has a noticeable softening effect. This exfoliating moisturizer is especially great in the colder months, when you want to avoid freaking out your skin with rough scrubs and potentially harsh medical spa treatments. While it’s mild enough to use every night, we like to save it for once or twice a week. 

How long it will last: A thimble’s worth (.06 fl oz) of moisturizer is enough to cover your entire face and neck. If you use it two times a week, the 1.7 fl oz jar will easily last you 3-4 months. 

Buy this, not that: One jar of Smoothing Marine Cream costs $115, which catapults it into the ranks of pricier products. But keep in mind that a single session of clinical microdermabrasion is worth $300 or more (especially if you live in a big city like New York). Done improperly, microdermabrasion can leave your skin red and exposed, while there are no such risks with this über-gentle moisturizer. Instead of leaving your skin in the hands of a stranger, why not take care of it yourself? 

—Mai

Another great Clark’s product: Intense Radiance Mask, which uses white clay to purify pores.

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