I'm pretty much a skin care whore. I love make up but when I reach a limit I tend to stop myself, with skin care, the ceiling seems endless...
I currently have one new moisturizer left to try in my skin care drawer, from La Roche Posay. Once I finished that item off, I am pretty much set for the next few years on this subject. I now know all the moisturizers I can live by all year long for the indefinite future - quite an accomplishment for a tester fiend like myself!
Light, while hydrating is what my combo oily skin needs in summer months. I get pretty slick during the day so gel formulas work best for me when the temperature rises
Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel : My second bottle! I had used the lotion version for years, but the gel is what my skin needed and is an absolute dream for my skin type.
If you have oily skin, and find yourself getting oilier through the day (more than 1 blotting sheet a day) you may not be moisturizing your skin enough. With this gel based formula 2 pumps is more than enough for my face and neck. When I use this in the summer I know my skin is hydrated because on no make up days when I look at my skin, I don't see shine! After hours of application, if you still look pretty shine free, your skin is balanced and happy. This is my go to summer moisturizer for perfect balance.
Clinique's Moisture Surge: I actually don't use this as a moisturizer alone. I use this on top of moisturizer throughout the year whenever I have flakiness. Flakiness for me, happens when I am a bit over zealous with the acne creams and pretty much bomb my face with the stuff. Even oily skin can flake with those crazy potions, I dab this on, and flakes be gone!
Spring and All Around
When cold weather turns warmer, the skin is going from dry to oilier and this lotion brings everything to it's center of balance
If I could only choose 1 moisturizer out of this bunch to use all year, the best all around moisturizer is hands down Olay Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin -Formerly Beauty Fluid for Sensitive Skin
This has stood the test of time. It's changed names and packaging, but many grandmothers swear by what used to be called Oil of Olay
This stuff is AMAZING. I have like 3 new ones stock piled on my shelf because I will never be without this.
If my skin is oily, I just put a coin size amount to my entire face for complete hydration
In the winter, I apply a more generous portion, and tend to estimate in the spring.
When I went on some crazy acne treatment and my skin went bizerk this stuff saved my life in a matter of mere days. When my skin was drier and flakier than any one's I had ever seen this light, gentle, and fast absorbing formula was something my skin pretty much drank in like holy water and fixed in an instant.
Great things don't mean they have to be expensive, this is my ultimate Holy Grail.
If you can only buy 1, buy this one!!
*If you have drier skin, I would recommend the original formula which seems more rich, but I personally can't stand the smell, so I opt for sensitive*
* I have heard mixed reviews on the version with SPF*
Thick, creamy, and a WHOOSH of hydration is what I'm looking for when my skin is parched
Estee Lauder's Hydrationist for Dry Skin:
Yup, dry skin formula, you read right. I have tried the formula for combination skin, and found it a bit..slippery...the dry skin formula is more absorbent. It smells very fresh, and is not heavy or greasy. It's a lotion cream that feels whipped and absorbs into the skin making it look very healthy, and glowing.
Also when using this, my make up always seems to glide on better, as if the base was an improved texture for application
*If you actually have dry skin, the dry skin formula I think would not be hydrating enough, despite the name. *
Creme de la Mer:
Probably one of the most famous moisturizer in the world
Yes, I succumbed to the stories and bought this. It has over 1000 reviews of being perfection!
This cream is very good. I mean very good, but you have to have the right skin type to use it.
You will only see the complete manifestation of the power this moisturizer has, IF your skin is dry.
If you have generally oily skin or combo oily skin in the winter, you can skip this and save your money. If you have dry skin, or normal-dry skin this may be the last moisturizer you will ever use in your life.
The price is pretty steep, but you only need the TINIEST amount for your whole face. I only use this in the winter, when my skin is pretty red, and is flaking off (gross I know) but I literally use less than a pea size for my whole face. I have had this 1 oz tub for going on 3 years! (again I only use this in the winter) but when your skin is red, raw, peeling, flaking, apply this and in the morning, be prepared for some normalcy. Even though I only use this sparingly, and during a small part of the year, the fact that it has lasted me so long, and the results I achieve when I am in a SOS state, makes me run to repurchase this when I am out.
When I'm a bit Spotty...
It happens, and when it does, I turn to this
Burts Bees Natural Acne Solutions
I have tried a few Burts Bees items, but this is the complete stand out product
Many acne moisturizers, are not very moisturizing. They assume the consumer has oily skin, so creates a light formula with acne treatments that can easily ball up and can be difficult to spread.
This is light,actually hydrating ( just enough) and delivers acne aid
In terms of miniaturization, I only use this at night, and need about 2 pumps
It doesn't deeply hydrate, but it leaves combo-oily skinned comfortable enough, I sometimes wish it did add a bit more moisture, but the formula is JUST barely reaching adequate levels of moisture for the night. I use this because this is best acne moisturizer I have found which actually works, while moisturizing on a decent level
Salicylic acid of 1.0% is not high, but layered with acne washes, or acne creams, it really can give problematic skin that extra boost
*I only use this at night because when I apply salicylic acid on my face during the day, and expose myself to the sun, my acne marks get darker, regardless of how high, or how much spf I apply for protection*
There you have it. My exhaustive long list of HG moisturizers. Who says you can only have 1 HG? Skin changes all year. Have you found your HG moisturizer(s)?