I have to be honest, I used to think that facial moisturizers were overrated. If I always used a good cleanser, toner, and serum in my daily skincare routine, I could simply eliminate the need for moisturizer, right?? Wrong! The benefits of moisturizing your skin will be visible for years to come. In other words, it’s not just meant to help your skin today, but during those future years when we need it most.
Moisturizers are important because they provide hydration which allows skin to function at peak performance. Skin cells can then rapidly repair themselves and turnover fresh cells, which means huge anti-aging benefits. Individuals who use moisturizer are found to develop wrinkles at a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin. For men, moisturizing is particularly important as some researchers have found that being a male makes one more likely to show signs of aging.
Facial moisturizers can be tricky. Especially with different age groups, ethnicities, skin textures, climate, etc. The key is finding a moisturizer that is right for your skin’s type and needs. If you are a teenager or in your early 20s, you will clearly use a different moisturizer than someone in their 40s. Same with someone in their 30s compared to a 60 year old. As we get older, our skin stops producing as much natural moisture, making it necessary to graduate to thicker and more concentrated moisturizers. Teenagers, young adults, and individuals that are prone to oily skin should choose moisturizers that are “oil free” and “non-comedogenic” (doesn’t clog pores). Don’t forget that climate, stress, and pollution play a role in our skin’s hydration as well. Colder weather typically causes dryer skin while stress and pollution actually drain hydration which impacts pre-mature aging and uneven skin texture. So yes, you should be using a moisturizer daily! Here are a few that I love and why…
CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM: Both my boyfriend and I use this moisturizer and absolutely love it! We keep stocks of it underneath the sink actually. Even though this product is marketed as a “PM” moisturizer, it can definitely be used both morning and night. I personally use it in the morning as it is oil free, lightweight, and moisturizes my skin just enough before putting on makeup. I don’t have to worry about my makeup sliding down my face half way thru the day from a heavy, greasy moisturizer! I also use this one in the morning because it does not contain sunscreen. Wait, what?? Yes, I go with a moisturizer in the morning that does not contain sunscreen as my daily makeup contains at least SPF 30 as well as zinc. I really don’t like doubling up on sunscreen in my moisturizer and makeup as it just isn’t necessary and tends to clog my pores. However, for you guys and gals that don’t wear makeup ;-), CeraVe also makes a daytime moisturizer with SPF 30 that is wonderful, CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM. Both moisturizers, AM and PM, help repair and restore your skin’s natural protective barrier with ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. As a bonus, these products are non-comedogenic (do not clog pores) and non-irritating. Perfect for most all skin types, inexpensive, and can be purchased at your local pharmacy/drug store!
Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme: My love affair for Nivea creme developed only a few years ago. At the time, I was reading the International Bestselling book “La Prisonniere.” This novel is based on a true story about a high society family who lived their daily lives closely with the King of Morocco. Well, at least until things went terribly wrong with their involvement in trying to assassinate the King. Anyways, I’ll spare you the book review and get to my point! The book is narrated by the eldest daughter of the high society family. She speaks about the undeniable youth and beauty of her mother. Real life pictures are shown in the book to prove this fact. The mother’s beauty secret revealed in the book is a lifetime of using Nivea Creme! Shortly after reading this book I met one of my now closest friends. We were discussing skincare one day when she revealed that she had been using Nivea Creme most of her life. She is in her early 40s but looks a good 10-15 years younger. After this, I was convinced I had to try it but was worried about it being too heavy for my skin. In my pursuit, I found that Nivea now makes a lightweight version of their creme called Nivea Soft that is enriched with Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil. I use this as my primary nightly moisturizer and truly love it. It make my skin incredibly soft and supple! Plus, it’s inexpensive and can be purchased at your local pharmacy/drug store.
SkinMedica GlyPro Renewal Cream: Yep! Another SkinMedica product! Clearly I believe in their products and always see results. Again, SkinMedica is medical grade skincare so of course its fantastic! The GlyPro Renewal Cream contains a significant amount of glycolic acid which helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while helping to support natural skin turnover for softer and smoother skin. This moisturizer also contains loads of antioxidants, peptides, Vitamin E and C. The combination of these key ingredients not only improve signs of aging, but also help to lock in moisture to continuously hydrate the skin. And here’s an added bonus…If your skincare regimen includes brightening products to reduce dark spots, the combined use of glycolic acid with those products will actually accelerate your results. For example, I use this product on nights that I use SkinMedica Lytera Brightening Complex (discussed in my previous post on “Serums”). The results are truly astounding!
If you are looking for immediate and long lasting results to reduce signs of aging and smooth skin tone, you have to try this moisturizer! The results will hands down turn you into a believer. I use GlyPro Renewal Cream at night on rotation with Nivea Soft. Simply because this product is expensive and too much gycolic acid can sometimes be a bit much for my skin (I’m a little on the sensitive skin side). This is just a personal choice. If GlyPro works for your skin on a nightly basis, then definitely use it! Its truly skin changing :-).
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Happy Moisturizing! Be Forever Young! xoxo