Monday, January 18, 2016

Skincare 101: Moisturizers

When it comes to beauty I think that the most important step after cleansing is moisturizing.  I have really dry skin that only seems to get drier as I get older so lately I've really been exploring all the different moisturizers the beauty world has to offer.  There are several different types of moisturizers depending on the time you use it and/or your skin type.  Today I am going to show you the different moisturizers available and when to use them.

When to Use: Use this moisturizer everyday to hydrate skin, protect it from the elements, and to provide sun protection.  
Splurge: This moisturizer is packed with antioxidants including Vitamin-C to shield skin from environmental factors and neutralize free radicals.  It also works to repair skin and SPF protects skin from the sun.
Save: This is the moisturizer I have been using for years and I absolutely love it.  It is hypoallergenic and contains southernwood and vitamins to help skin to retain moisturizer.  It also contains SPF to prevent sun damage.
My Advice: Apply in the morning after washing and toning skin, allow to soak in and apply makeup over it.

When to Use: When you need a daytime moisturizer with some color and a little something extra during the day.
Splurge: I recently started using this BB Water and have really been loving it.  This gives a nice sheer wash of color, SPF 30, and also acts a primer for makeup.
Save: This was the first BB cream I ever used and it's a great product.  It's thicker then the "splurge" and offers more coverage; other benefits are that it renews, brightens, evens, and hydrates skin.
My Advice: I like to mix my BB creams with my daytime moisturizer just to make them more hydrating for my ridiculously dry skin and to thin out the color a bit.

When to Use: Apply at night before bedtime.
Splurge: This super hydrating cream helps to replenish skin's moisture with hyaluronic acid and shea butter, among other key ingredients.  I've used this before and it works really well to moisturize and nourish dry skin.
Save: This is the night cream I've been using for a few months and it works great for dry skin.  I really like that it's packed with vitamins and antioxidants to neutralize free radicals while you sleep.
My Advice: At night remove makeup, wash and tone your face, apply generously.

When to Use: These are best when you need a lightweight moisturizer and are great for those prone to breakouts.
Splurge: This gel cools when applied to skin, which is a pretty neat feeling.  It works to hydrate, tighten pores, detoxify, absorb excess oil, and smooth and brighten skin.
Save: This gel absorbs instantly leaving skin free of greasiness.  It's packed with hyaluronic acid to lock moisture into skin and strengthen the skin's barrier.
My Advice: These are especially great for summertime when skin isn't as dry, I also like to use the Boscia Gel when I'm experiencing a breakout.

When to Use: When skin needs extra moisture, a necessity in the winter.
Splurge: I know this is like the millionth time that I've mentioned on here how obsessed I am with this.  It has countless benefits that include hydrating, refining texture, clarifying, and nourishing skin.  Well worth the splurge!
Save: This contains ten oils to moisturize skin, and retinol and Vitamin-C to improve and brighten skin.  A great alternative to use instead of the Nude Skincare Oil.
My Advice: Wash and tone face, press a few drops into skin and apply moisturizer on top.  I love to put on facial oil right when I get out of the shower, put on body lotion, and then put my face moisturizer on.

When to Use: If you want intense overnight hydration or other benefits.
Splurge: This leave on overnight mask works to repair skin with vitamins, honey, and omegas 6 and 9.  It also forms a moisture barrier to give you healthier skin.  I've recently started using this and have been really happy with the results and my skin has felt significantly more hydrated.
Save: This cream/gel hybrid is the perfect introduction to overnight masks and it's actually the first one I used.  There's several different types that have different benefits, but the honey (pictured here) nourishes and moisturizes dry skin.
My Advice: Apply a few drops of facial oil and then apply this.

When to Use: Day and night on under eye area.
Splurge: This lightweight eye cream works to reduce puffiness and dark circles.  It also nicely hydrates the delicate eye area.
Save: Filled with vitamins to moisturize and help smooth wrinkles for the area around the eyes.
My Advice: Pat on eye cream with your ring finger because it will not tug at your skin.

When to Use: When you need a little extra hydration.
Splurge: This vitamin packed mist hydrates skin and protects against environmental factors.
Save: I recently started using this and am loving it!  This herb filled mist works to boost hydration.
My Advice: Spritz on throughout the day when your skin starts to feel dry (it's ok to spray over makeup!) and spritz on at night before bed.

The moisturizer you use really depends on the type of skin that you have, but I recommend at the least everyone have a day cream, night cream, and eye cream in their beauty arsenal.  You can also change up your moisturizers depending on the time of year because your skin changes with the seasons.  There are so many different options for moisturizers available, but the ones I have listed here are ones that I personally use or ones that I have heard the best reviews for.  My best advice is to get to know your skin so that you can properly take care of it and achieve a glowing complexion!

What is your favorite moisturizer to use?

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  1. I have combination skin, but seem to get exceptionally dry in the winter but haven't found the best one for me. Thanks for the recommendations!

  2. I love the Mario Badescu rose water spray! Works great!!

  3. I've never used a facial mist, it sounds so lovely though! My skin gets so dry in the winter, I love he extra moisture!

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