Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Estie Time: Moisturizers

Finding a good moisturizer can be damn annoying. I like having a moisturizer that leaves your skin soft, dewy, and smooth. It shouldn't break you out or make you too oily. 
Moisturizer is not one size fits all. 
It's just not possible. 
So the moisturizer that is good for your friend or your mom is not necessarily the moisturizer that is good for you. To find a moisturizer- it's important to think about what you want from your moisturizer. Are you break out prone? Sensitive? Dry? Combination? Do you have fine lines? Wrinkles? Sun damage? Pigmentation or acne scars? 
If you are oily- you still a need moisturizer.
Excessive sebum (oil) production does not compensate for moisture loss. I think this is a big misconception. I hear all the time in the treatment room, "I don't use moisturizer; I'm too oily." Using a moisturizer that is meant for oily skin can even help with sebum production. It helps balance the skin.
In my opinion, I think mineral oil is crap.
In fact, I hate it with a passion. It blocks moisture from being absorbed into the skin. It also can aggravate skin and cause breakouts. So if I see a moisturizer with mineral oil in it I get snobby. I've tried moisturizers with mineral oil in it (most body moisturizers have it!) and it never plays well with my skin. There are different grades of mineral oil, though. So the mineral oil in a dollar store lotion is different from that in a department store lotion.  I know there is a lot of debate over this. But personally, I avoid it. 
Anyway, these are the moisturizers that I use.

Image from KutnBeauty.com
Murad Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer SPF 15 $33
  • Pomegranate helps find free radical damage.
  • Zinc & Copper keep skin soft and smooth.
  • Restores freshness and radiance.
This is the moisturizer I use every morning. It's meant for combination skin and it keeps my skin balanced. It's lighter but not the lightest moisturizer I've tried. It gives me a slightly dewy look (which I love). I also think that $33 for a good moisturizer is not bad at all.

Image from purfumezilla.com
Dermalogica Active Moist $54
  • Lightweight, oil free moisturizer
  • Contains Silk Amino Acids to help improve skin texture.
  • Burdock and Lemon help control oil.
This is my night time moisturizer. This is a little bit heavier than my daytime moisturizer. Even though this moisturizer is heavier, it actually helps to control my breakouts as well. Basically, it's perfect.

Spend a little bit more on a professional, spa line moisturizer that is good for your skin type and condition- and your skin will thank you. Remember that you only need a pea size amount. A little will go along way so your dollar does get stretched. Your moisturizer should last you at least a good 6 months. Also, remember to moisturize your neck! 

Up next in Estie Time: Exfoliators.


  1. Thanks for all the great tips ! :)

  2. Nice post :) I use Active Moist as well. I might give the Murad stuff a try.

  3. Great post!
    What's your skin type? I didn't see it listed.

  4. I have the Murad and I liked it, but it made me very shiny (I don't wear foundation on a daily basis, though). Do you find the same thing, or do you use powder or mattifying products regularly?

  5. Alyssa- Thanks!

    Shortandsweetnails- :)

    Wendy- I talk about my skin type in my cleanser post. :)

    Beck- It gives me a 'dewy' look which I love. Murad also makes a mattifer that might work better for you.

  6. Mineral oil info is great. Thanks I had no idea. I use Clinique moisture surge. It's sort of a light gel. Used it for years. I also use Lorac foundation and that has moisture too. My skin can be oily!! But yes it needs moisture!
    Good info! I will be reading labels!!!!


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