Moisturizers- the key to soft, hydrated skin

Today I’d like to share with you my collection of facial moisturizers. Applying moisturizer is one of the last steps in my skincare routine, but is also one of the most crucial aspects as it replenishes and hydrates your skin after cleansing and in the long term can help combat wrinkles. I’ve shared a full skincare routine in the past, but it bears repeating so here is a short recap: first I remove my makeup (usually with a makeup remover wipe), cleanse my skin, use a serum and then lastly apply moisturizer. If I’m using a facial oil (usually in dryer months) I will add it into my moisturizer or apply afterwards as the very last step.

Now, you really only need one or two moisturizers in your skincare arsenal, however if you are a cosmetic/skincare enthusiast like myself, it’s more than likely you have several and like each one for specific reasons and occasions. That being said, let me jump in and share with you why I like each one of these products.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel– This was one of my first moisturizers by Clinique and what really made me check out several of their other products. The gel formula is perfect for regular skin types as well as combo to oily skin. It absorbs into the skin nicely and does not have a harsh fragrance. I primarily use this in my morning routine before I apply makeup, as it does not make my skin look oily and thus helps prolong the longevity of my makeup. Several stores like Ulta and Sephora sell trial sizes of this product, to test before committing to a full size bottle.

L’Occitane Reine Blanche créme immaculée brightening creamL’Occitane products are definitely a splurge, but also have amazing ingredients and last what seems like forever. I purchased this particular cream on a bit of a whim while on vacation awhile back, however don’t regret it one bit! It was a part of a deal with the coordinating serum (what I was really there for), and so I was able to purchase both for just a few dollars more than the price of one item. Despite really being in it for the serum, I have also really enjoyed the moisturizing cream. It feels so luxurious on the skin and leaves your face very hydrated. I primarily use this at night and wake up with smooth skin!

L’Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting CreamThis is the other L’Occitane Cream I own and it is actually quite different from the previously mentioned moisturizer. As the name suggests it is a lighter formula and contains 5% shea butter. I love shea butter because it smells amazing and is also great for sensitive skin. Because of the lighter texture I can use this cream during the day or at night mixed with a bit of facial oil. If you have drier skin you may prefer the ultra rich version of this formula that contains 25% shea butter. I would suggest these products to anyone who wants a mid-range priced moisturizer or wants to try the brand without breaking the bank. The light formula costs $28 and the ultra rich formula rings in just a few dollars more at $34. To put this in perspective, thats the same price as the Olay Whip moisturizers that have been getting a lot of ad time.

Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating JellyWhen Clinique recently released the newest moisturizer from their Dramatically Different line I couldn’t wait to try it. Since I already own several moisturizers, I opted to buy a trial size version for a small fraction of the cost of the full size bottle. Compared to the rest of the Dramatically Different line, the jelly formula is extremely lightweight and more of a water-like texture. It absorbs into the skin very quickly and feels like next to nothing on your face. I imagine this would be a great option for oily or combo skin types, however it still works well on my normal skin in the summer heat. That being said, I like to wear it during the day and I think it works great under makeup.

Fresh Rose Deep Hyrdration Face CreamThis is a sample size product I received in a beauty subscription box several months ago and have recently used up entirely. I have been packing this moisturizer on my trips out-of-town, and let me tell you, it was a total lifesaver when I was in Colorado. I wasn’t expecting my skin to get so dry and each day and night I applied this on my parched skin and it got the job done! Not to mention I’m a total sucker for anything rose. If I were to purchase this as a full size product, I would most likely stick to using in the drier months and/or in the evenings.

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce Clinically Advanced Miraculous Anti-Aging MoisturizerTalk about a mouthful of a name! This is another sample size product I received in a subscription box or as a reward at Sephora, I honestly can’t remember, but I do remember I was very excited when I got it. IT Cosmetics products always get a lot of hype and have some great claims. Their cosmetics contain a lot of great skincare properties and were developed with the help of plastic surgeons. The moisturizer itself is a great formula, it’s creamy and very hydrating and feels luxurious. However, I’m not exactly running out to purchase a full size version of this product. Mainly because I have a lot of similar items in my collection and they all seem comparable. If you’re a loyal IT Cosmetics fan, this would be a great product for you to add to your skincare routine.

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal CreamThe last product I’m going to mention is this cream from the brand Origins. I received this sample awhile ago and like most samples I never really got around to using it until very recently. Let me tell you, I didn’t know what I was missing! This formula is so unique. It’s on the thicker side and almost has an emollient like feeling. The smell is out-of-this world citrusy goodness while not being over powering once it’s worked into the skin. This is the perfect product for dry, parched skin that needs refreshing. I’ve been using it every other night before bed and love the way it makes my skin feel through the night and into the morning. When it’s time to buy a new full-size moisturizer this will be it!

I realize all the items I have shared are high(er) end price points. I haven’t used any drugstore moisturizers recently, however I always suggest brands like Cetaphil, and CeraVe for all skin types, including sensitive skin. I also mentioned earlier in this post that Olay Whips seems to be a popular new product. If you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments below. I would also be curious to hear if anyone has used any of the same products I mentioned, and their thoughts!

Thanks for Reading!

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