So, it’s dry out. At least in San Francisco. I’ve been lathering on the lotion and drinking water like crazy, so this week we’ll cover Moisturizer!
Moisturizer is your skins best friend- it keeps it looking dewy and happy. To get the most out of your moisturizer/skin care products in general, especially in the dry months, make sure to exfoliate (I do so weekly) to get rid of any dry skin and let your products do their best work.
Finding a moisturizer that is right for you can be really challenging. To be honest, mine was an accidental purchase. I ran into Credo to buy a new facewash, got distracted by all the goodies around me, grabbed a facial cream instead, and (I should be ashamed to admit this) used it as a face wash for about 3 days before noticing. This was right when I was beginning to transition to more natural products and I thought that it just didn’t lather as much because it was sulfate free. Once I realized my mistake, I figured I might as well use it as a moisturizer, as it was intended to be used. I went back and bought the facewash I originally meant to buy, and now have a skincare routine that my skin is super happy with.(p.s. in my defense, the bottles are the exact same colors)
My advice is to try a few different moisturizers out before you fully commit. A lot of companies are willing to send samples, and if you live near a boutique beauty store, they typically understand if you want to try it out before you invest. Or you can do my other method and just start with the least expensive option and work your way up until you find one that works for you. If it isn’t great for your face you can still use it on your neck and chest, which typically require a less fine balance. Also, as I’ve said before (and need to remind myself more frequently), you should moisturize your neck and chest as you would your face- they are typically exposed to the same amounts of sun/dry air/any weather conditions that affect your skin.
The moisturizer I use is Acure’s Sensitive Facial Cream, and it’s super thick and hydrating, but absorbs pretty quickly without leaving my face feeling greasy.
So when you’re shopping for moisturizer here is what you try to avoid:
I was pretty bummed when I looked at LUSH’s products hoping to find a moisturizer to recommend, but almost all had parabens in them and/or artificial fragrance. So make sure to check your ingredients even if you trust the company.
And here is what you look for:
Some recommended products
For your face:
For your body:
Let me know if you want me to check out any of your existing products, or if you have a personal care/household product you want me to look into for the next post!