These last few weeks of winter can be some of the hardest on my skin. I have pretty dry skin naturally but it kind of goes haywire when the weather is unpredictable. Today it’s around 60 degrees in March (whoa!) but tomorrow it could be back to 20 degrees. My dry skin goes kind of combination this time of year and I’m prone to breakouts from using something too thick on my face to keep the moisture in. It’s kind of a mess and I wanted to share with you three different moisturizers I’m having luck with at the moment! I haven’t tested these all out extensively, but I’ll tell you my first impressions and some tips to keep breakouts away that have been working for me.
I recently wrote about a few products from Murad I’m dabbling in and I am still using and loving their Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture* (read review). This time of year, I like something that is pretty moisturizing but won’t feel like it’s so heavy it’s clogging my pores. I can easily wear this to bed at night or under makeup and it works great to keep my skin hydrated no matter how I use it. The only thing I don’t love is the price, which is kind of steep at $72 for 1.7 oz. Even still, I would buy it again because I believe in how well it hydrates without breaking me out at all. Those types of products are hard to come by!
It Cosmetics just came out with Confidence in a Cream*. When I first heard that It Cosmetics was coming out with skincare I freaked out because I knew they were going to nail it. If you’re not familiar with the brand, their makeup is developed by plastic surgeons and leading experts in skin. You’re not just wearing makeup on your face, you’re actually improving your skin by wearing their products. Of course I knew their skincare was going to rock my world and I haven’t been disappointed. I’ve only had my hands on this for a week but already I can tell you it’s going to be a favorite of mine. Confidence in a Cream is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive. It promises to do many things- hydrate, restore radiance, reduce the look of pores, uneven texture and discoloration. It’s quick absorbing, contains collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, antioxidants, and colloidal oatmeal.
So far, I really love it. It’s a thick cream, but once again it doesn’t weigh down on my skin and it feels so nourishing on. I’ve only been using it for a week but I’ve used it day and night (mostly night) and it’s everything I could ask for in a moisturizer. I can’t wait until the day It Cosmetics comes out with a whole lineup of skincare products. I’m waiting for it!
Lastly, Belif’s The True Cream- Aqua Bomb* is rocking my world. I’ve been wanting to try this brand for a while and I finally had the chance to try out several of their products. I’ll be reviewing them soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share how awesome this gel-cream is. I’ve worn it in the morning and at night for several weeks, but as I started wanting to try out more moisturizers recently I moved it to strictly daytime use. It’s super lightweight, and does a great job keeping my skin soft.
A lot of my normal favorite skincare ingredients are not in this formula. Instead I see things I’ve never seen before in my skincare- lady’s mantle, malachite, plantin, and oat husk. I’m so intrigued because I’ve never heard of these things before but they are meant to do everything from minimize pores to being a humectant (attracting moisture to the skin). So far, I’ve been really impressed with everything I’ve tried from this line. More on that soon!
I had a total AHA! moment a few weeks ago when I was slathering with thick moisturizers every day and I started having these horrible breakouts. I was washing my face with a cleansing oil morning and night, skipping toner, and putting heavy creams on. It was keeping my skin really hydrated, but I was starting to overdo it when I noticed acne all over my chin and my forehead. I am always changing up my skincare products but try to keep the steps consistent. Cleansing oil, face wash, toner, serums, eye cream, moisturizer, etc. Breaking away from that was causing me some issues!
I’ve noticed that especially as the seasons change I have to be aware of what I’m putting on my face. A heavy moisturizer/balm is best suited for the driest and coldest of weather. And when we are experiencing some warmer days in the mix, a heavy cream is best used only once or twice a week as a mask. Lately, I’m finding that sticking with my consistent and product heavy rotation works best for me. Two small tweaks I’ve made have been toning with Murad’s Hydrating Toner (review here) to keep my skin refreshed while sweeping the impurities away, and using the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence (review here) day and night as an extra little boost to add more hydrating power to anything I layer over it. Ultimately, using any of these moisturizers haven’t caused me to break out at all, which I’m super happy about!
Have you tried any of these moisturizers? Have you heard of them? What are you using for skincare right now?