Winter, this is one is for you ! 🙂
A good friend asked “who makes an efficient and affordable moisturizer?“… hmmm … thinking of great and efficient products including moisturizers, $$$ signs come to mind. It is what it is; however, let me share a few tips, hoping to make a difference in your product selection and purchase.
A few questions came to me, such as:
Do we have to pay high dollars for hydrated skin? Well, it’s a personal choice depending on your budget.
Is the skin care industry saturated with big promises and little results? It sure is!
How can you be sure you won’t develop a reaction to a product? You’ll find the answer below 🙂
I don’t feel it’s fair for companies to advertise, push costly and ineffective products, by bombarding us with cheesy pink and neon green ads, claiming to erase wrinkles in 3-weeks, or your money back is absurd! Who has the time to buy products, use them, and if not liked, package them up, go to the post office and return them? Did you know it takes 3-4 weeks for cells to regenerate, making it difficult for an individual to see/feel any difference? My conclusion, (or opinion), 30 days money back guarantees are essentially worthless.
Please understand any products mentioned in this blog, are items I personally use and believe in. Now, let’s get back to moisturizing, what makes one brand more effective than another? Together, let’s answer a few essential questions.
Q: Do you know your skin?
A: If your skin feels dry and tight around your eyes and cheeks, you need to moisturize. If the answer is no, perhaps you can avoid this item, why over moisturize when the skin’s ph is normal or oily? Over-moisturizing is bad for your skin, leaving you with a shiny, greasy look (not the pretty one either).
Q: What’s the difference between a good moisturizer and a bad one?
A: Depending on your skin type, you may need more humectant ingredients, (which elevates the hydration of the skin to minimize the dehydrating effect of some active ingredients like corticoids), or emollients in your moisturizer, ( substances that soften and soothe the skin. They are used to correct dryness and scaling of the skin. They are a key component in the manufacture of lipstick, lotions, and other cosmetic products).
Often used humectants ingredients include the following: sodium hyaluronate; glycerin; sorbitol; butylene glycol; sodium PCA; etc.
There are many emollients agents, for example: sunflower oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil; plant oils; mineral oils; shea, cocoa butter; lanolin; fats such as caprylic triglycerides; silicone and similar ingredients, help guard moisture and protects the skin.
Q: What about fragrance and preservatives?
A: Well, both of these agents may cause skin irritation, breakouts, rashes and so on. Fragrance is not hard to avoid; however, preservatives are, so my advice is to find a fragrant free product that works for your skin type and budget.
Over moisturizing has negative effects on the skin, clogging pores with unnecessary products will leave your complexion looking dull and prone to breakouts. Always consult a physician if blemishes persist, or change shape, use your best judgement.
Below are a few products I love, check out my slideshow: Guinot, Biodroga, Babor, Nivea, Neutrogena, Oil of Olay, and Burt’s Bee.
I hope you enjoyed this little blog about moisturizers, your feedback and comments are welcome! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to please “Pass the blog”!
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