I will never understand how some people can throw on their clothes and walk out the door every day without moisturizing. I'm the kind of gal who is always prepared when it comes to moisturizing. I've got hand cream and lip balms in my purse, coconut oil and facial serums in my bathroom, and nighttime moisturizer on my nightstand. I can't get enough of moisturizer. And because there are so many different ways to keep your skin hydrated and happy, you don't get to have excuses for not moisturizing.
Earlier in September, I outlined a three step skincare plan designed to be used every day. The third step was moisturizing. Think of this post as an in-depth explanation for Step 3.
As we enter the colder months, our skin will need some extra attention and here's why.
Why is moisturizer important?
Everybody needs to hydrate their skin. Whether you've got oily skin or extremely dry skin, it is necessary to moisturize to protect your skin from sun damage and early aging. And don't you just feel better knowing that your skin won't crack or flake because it's dry?
Moisturizing is for everyone. I can't stress this enough. If you have oily skin and are hesitant to put moisturizer on your face, you'll be surprised to know that when you put certain oils on your face they actually mimic your natural oils. So in other words, oil on an oily face does not mean more oil. It means controlled oil.
There are so many different kinds of moisturizer out there and I completely understand if you're weary because you haven't found one that works for you. I'm going to share with you the three different kinds of moisturizers, two of which I've used and loved the results. (The third I haven't gotten around to purchasing, but I've heard amazing things about it.) I have acne-prone, semi-sensitive, combination skin. You can find more about your skin type here.
When people think "moisturizer" they tend to think of creams. Moisturizing creams, however, are NOT lotion. You never want to use lotion intended for your body on your face. Unless it says "facial and body lotion," you shouldn't put anything that wasn't meant for your face on your face! Lotions made for your body can clog your pores really quickly and lead to break outs.
I've had a lot of success with cream moisturizer. I always talk about my favorite moisturizer which is made by Shea Moisture. It's a part of their African Black Soap line, which targets "problem skin." This really just means it's intended to help people with acne-prone skin.
I have had success with three different kinds of oils. I'll remind you all again that oils and oily skin are not enemies. Michelle Phan talks about how constantly washing your face strips your skin of the oils it needs - and why oily skin needs moisture too. Further, this Cosmo article highlights some great natural oils that act as carriers for natural skin, preventing your skin from producing excessive amounts of oil.
- The first kind of oil that I use for moisture is jojoba oil. Before I found out that coconut oil is comedogenic (that means it's likely to clog pores), I tried using some on my face. Naturally, I broke out. So I was hesitant to start using another oil on my face after the coconut oil episode. But there's no reason to be afraid if you're knowledgable about what will happen! I looked up facial uses for jojoba oil and found that it's perfectly safe to use. I use jojoba oil at night. For you weary oily skin people: it is similar to the oils our skin produces naturally. It's great for oily skin and won't make you produce more oil. It's available at grocery stores, too, for cheap prices.
- The second oil that I've had success with is Botanics facial oil. It's really just a combination of different non-comedogenic oils, but it really has worked wonders. I usually use this facial oil at night, too. Of course, not when I'm using jojoba oil. I like to put some of my products on rotation. Use a different lip balm one week, maybe switch up the masks that I'm wearing regularly, etc. Moisturizer is no different.
- Finally, Herbivore Botanicals sent me their Orchid Facial Oil (pictured above and below) and I am in LOVE. I am super into the soft scent that it leaves on my skin and fingers after applying with the roller. I was so honored that Herbivore Botanicals sent me some products to try after I reached out to them. You can read more about the mask they sent me here.
Serums are a little different from facial oils in that they are usually water-based. You can read more about face serums here, from an article by IntotheGloss. Because they're water based, they go underneath any cream used later. Oil-based serums will go on top of the cream.
**I wrote this back in August, but you've probably seen Glossier's Supers everywhere! Now there's a high-rated, affordable serum for all of you interested in this method of moisturizing. I may give them a try once I rack up some more store credit...
I have yet to find a good water based serum, and I'm running out of time! Before I know it, the autumn crispness will strip my skin away of moisture and I'll sure wish I'd done my research sooner. If you have any suggestions, be sure to send me some of your favorite serums! Until then, I'll keep a look out.
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Thank you for staying with me until the end of this post! I know it was lengthy and a lot to take in at once, but your skin will thank you when you give it the moisture it deserves. Thanks everyone, have a great weekend!