I talked to a very nice lady today at the cosmetics counter. She said what happened was I probably have dryer skin than normal and so the gel absorbed differently. The gel is apparently better for oily skin. She suggested the lotion instead. So I have some new Life brand lotion in a medium not a dark and that should help me even out somewhat. She said the difference in prices (close to $4 in brands is just for the brand names...they basically use the same ingredients, different additives like fragrance). It doesn't seem to have a smell, so I'll let you know how it goes.