Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Different Levels of Moisture

Last week's cold snap made my skin freak out a little bit.  By freak out I mean get instantly crazy dry, which lead me to slather lotion all over my body multiple times a day to soothe the dryness.  The quick temperature change & skin issues that followed got me thinking about the different types of moisturizers I use.  I then realized that the moisturizers I use fall into 2 categories: light & intense.  I use the light lotions when I am looking to 'upkeep' the moisture levels in my skin, these work amazing for hot weather because they absorb quickly.  I use the light moisturizers the most, but when my skin begins to get dry or needs some extra moisture I use my intense moisturizers.  Below are my absolute favorite's that fall into both categories.

Face: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion  / Coconut Oil
Eyes: Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector / Mario Badescu Dermonectin Eye Cream
Lips: Kiss My Face Organic Strawberry Lip Balm / Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy
Body: St. Ives Naturally Smooth Fruit AHA Complex Body Lotion / True Blue Spa Lay It On Thick
Hands: EOS Cucumber Hand Lotion / AVON Care Silicone Glove Protective Hand Cream
Feet: True Blue Spa Shea It Isn't So / True Blue Spa Heel of Approval 

The CeraVe lotion has been my go to nighttime face cream for a while now.  It absorbs super quickly, moisturizes efficiently, & does not clog my pores.  My Dad & I have the exact same skin & he had used it for years when he told me to give it a try.  I've been hooked ever since, & love it so much that I got my sister addicted to it too.  Coconut oil is my favorite to moisturize my face when it starts to feel dry.  I typically get that dry feeling when it gets cold out, the winter winds really take a toll on my skin & this helps to repair it.  Coconut oil is light & never clogs my pores, I actually find that if I have any pimples that it helps to heal them.  Aside from using it when my face gets extra dry I try to use it every one or two weeks just to give my skin a little extra TLC.

I have dark circles under my eyes that make me super self conscious, so last year I started using Clinique's Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector.  While I haven't seen any drastic change (I wasn't really expecting to though), I feel as though it did brighten my under eye area.  My favorite part of it is the applicator, it cools & massages while you apply the cream.  I just started using the Mario Badescu Deromnectin Eye Cream & am loving it.  It is super moisturizing & saved the skin around my eyes last week when they all of a sudden decided to become crazy dry.

My lips are always pretty dry, but in the winter any sign of moisture really disappears so I always have my Kiss My Face lip balm with me.  It keeps my lips moist during the day & it smells so amazing (I love the Strawberry & the Pineapple Coconut flavors).  Every night, no matter the season, I have to use the Neosporin nighttime lip balm or my will lips crack & bleed.  Even with the day lip balm I need something more intense for night & I haven't found another lip balm that heals my lips as well as this one does.

You can read here, why I love this light moisturizer that is packed with AHAs.  I use the True Blue Spa one when I want a little extra moisture, which is mostly in the winter, but try to use it occasionally for 'upkeep' throughout the whole year.  It's such a thick cream that really smooths your skin & it smells like coconut, which I'm all for.

This is another body part that gets so dry during the winter time.  My best remedy for dry hands is lots of lotion, & always wearing gloves when you go outside, it will save your hands.  I like the EOS lotion for during the day.  For the daytime I have to have something that is light & absorbs quickly so I don't feel like my hands are sticky, this does all of that plus adds some nice moisture & smells good too (bonus: it's gluten free!).  Avon's Silicone Glove is a tried & true favorite that my mom introduced me to years ago.  I like to put it on before bed so all of the benefits can sink in.  The silicone in the lotion helps to really lock in the moisture & protect your hands.

I hate dry feet, they are just so icky.  Therefore I am always applying moisturizer to my feet.  Realistically there aren't any 'light' lotions for the feet, as the skin on our feet is thick so it needs something that can penetrate it.  However the True Blue Spa Shea It Isn't So is a little less intense then the other cream.  Is is packed with shea butter that will help to moisturize your feet.  You can read here why I love the True Blue Spa Heel of Approval lotion & why it will make your feet very soft & smooth. 

These are each of the moisturizers I use to keep my skin in tip top shape, & to avoid any of the consequences that dry skin bears.  I really recommend looking into any of these as they have worked wonders for my skin.  

Do you have different moisturizers you use for when your skin begins to get dry?  If so share below I always love recommendations!
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  1. My whole body turns into an alligator in the winter. It's disgusting quite frankly. Must try the Neo lip stuff and the feet ones.

  2. I will have to try that nighttime lip balm! My lips do the same thing and I look like a gnarly crack head every morning!!!

  3. Dry skin is the worst! I have been on the hunt for some new products to try this season, so your post gives me some great ideas!!! The True Blue Spa collection is one of my faves.

  4. This is a great little guide. I have the worst dry skin in the world, when the weather gets cold. I have coconut oil that I use on my hair but I'm definitely going to start using it on my face now! It sounds fantastic.

    xo Ashley

  5. This is a great guide. I have such dry skin during the winter, and I never know what to use. Thanks for the information!

  6. This is such a great guide. I need serious help in the moisture department! I will definitely use this as a reference. Pinning now!!

    xo Megan, LushtoBlush.com

  7. Stopping by from Totally posted Tuesday! I always need a really good hand moisturizer for winter, it gets so dry up here in NJ!

    <3 Vicki


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