There’s something about applying moisturizer to my face that brings me a feeling of satisfaction and ease. I don’t think there is any better feeling than coming to the end of cleansing my face and applying the final step of my skin care routine. Crawling into bed with the satisfaction of knowing that I’m about to sleep with a clean, fresh face, tied with the anticipation of waking up with a glowing complexion is truly blissful.
Moisturizing your face every morning and every night is a step that should be followed by everyone, despite whether you incorporate any other skin care products into your routine. Moisturizers are the base of all skin care products and should be an essential step in everyday hygiene and pampering.
What It Does
The main use for moisturizing creams and products is quite simple, it moisturizes. With our bodies being 70% water, constantly aiding ourselves with what our bodies need most is mandatory for clear, hydrated, and healthy skin.
No matter what skin type you have, whether it be oily or dry, moisturizing products are essential. That being said, everyone’s particular choice of moisturizer is going to vary. Oil-free moisturizers are a must for those who struggle with an excess amount of oil, and super creamy moisturizers are going to be better for those like me, who have excessively dry skin.
Since the main use of a moisturizer is to restore moisture, the thicker the product is correlated to how moisturizing and hydrated it will leave your complexion. Restoring the water in our skin is so essential, especially when we are young and youthful because as we age fine lines and wrinkles emerge due to lack of moisture. As we age it continuously becomes more and more difficult for our skin to retain the moisture within our bodies. Giving our skin the extra hydration from these products will prolong the beauty of our skin and keep us healthy and happy inside and out!
Not only do moisturizers give our skin a restoration of hydration, but they also create a protective barrier over our skin to help reduce and prevent irritations. Creating a layer of protection with moisture will help to restrict harmful environmental toxins from irritating our skin, and help to soothe areas of our skin that may have already been aggravated with the many effects we face with everyday life.
How To Use It
As mentioned above, the moisturizer you choose to use has to be one that is formulated best for your particular skin type. Although everyone differs in their skin type, moisture should not be looked at with fear in any circumstance. There are so many moisturizers on the market that are created to help manage every combination of skin, showing how important it is to take the time to find the perfect product!
Just as finding the perfect moisturizer for your skin type is crucial, the application of the actual product is just as high in importance. It is essential that the moisturizer be applied to a damp face. Applying the product to a face that has a subtle amount of water still on it (usually after washing and preparing the face with other products like serums, toners, and oils) ensures that moisture is sealed in. Just as discussed earlier that moisturizers create a barrier for preventing outside toxins from getting into our complexion, the barrier also works in a way of preventing internal moisture from escaping as rapidly as it would without.
The motion in which you apply the moisturizer to your face is also significantly important. Using a quarter-sized amount and moving upwards and across the face is best when applying these hydrators! Moving upwards and across the face will help to uplift our skin, as we are moving with the elasticity of our skin! Pulling down and dragging the moisturizer across our face is almost as bad as not applying any moisturizer at all. If we are too pull and drag at our skin too much we will begin to create fine lines and wrinkles ourselves, which defeats the purpose of applying hydration at all. Small and slow circular motions are best and will be just enough of a gentle touch to allow our skin to feel pampered and luxurious.
My Personal Skin Story
As you may have noticed, the last blog post I had written prior to this one was quite a few months ago. I could say that my busy schedule of balancing work, school, personal training, family and friends is the reason for my lack of content but that wouldn’t be the whole story. Truthfully, the last couple of months I have been struggling quite a lot with my skin and I have been somewhat embarrassed. I felt dumb to share my knowledge and research on skin care and makeup when my own personal skin was nothing to be proud of.
Over the past few months I have been struggling with allergic reactions that had taken over my entire skin. I would wake up with my eyes swollen shut, break out in rashes and hives, and be in pain that was so unbearable that I would itch my skin until it was red and raw. Shall I go on? Needless to say, I felt like a hypocrite to share advice when my own advice wasn’t working for me.
After countless doctors appointments, medications, restricting my diet, throwing out all my skincare, and almost never wearing any makeup on my face, I am now finally beginning to see my skin clearing up. I wanted to eliminate every single factor that could effect my skin so that I could pin point exactly what was making my skin react so intensely.
Although I am still waiting for my final allergy testing appointment, it seems to be that my lactose intolerance, which I have dealt with for quite some time has turned into an actual allergy. I use to avoid dairy products as much as I could, taking a digestive enzyme when I did consume any dairy based foods. Although these digestive pills help with my stomachaches, they began to lose their effect and the reaction began coming through in the swelling of my skin instead. Within 12 hours of consuming anything with dairy my eyes would swell up and scale over, irritations that looked similar to burn marks would appear across my face, and my skin would become so dry that it was painful to the touch. I was so embarrassed.
Within the last month I was given a medication (after being given countless amounts the past few months) that has seemed to really help with my reaction. It is an eczema cream called Elidel, and it is to be considered my new best friend. That tied with an incredibly strict diet of absolutely no dairy whatsoever has slowly but surely brought me back to the clear complexion that I have worked so hard caring for. I did not invest so much time, effort, and money into my skin to not be proud of it!
Within the last month I have repurchased some of my favourite moisturizers and my skin has cleared up and feels so healthy and hydrated! As difficult as it is to avoid dairy and be very conscious as to what I am putting in my body, I am so happy that my skin care can continue without too many alterations.
My Favourite Skin Care Moisturizers
While struggling with my skin reactions, I decided to purchase a moisturizer that was completely hypoallergenic. Although it doesn’t have added ingredients to help with brightening, anti-aging, and other factors that are great to add to our complexion, it was just was I needed for my sensitivities. This generic cream gave me the moisture I needed and gave a soothing effect to my face that I was crying out for. For those of you with extremely sensitive skin, this moisturizer is perfect for everyday use.
1.Nuxe – Nuxellence Éclat – Youth & Radiance Revealing Anti-Aging Care
This particular product is somewhat of a cult favourite for me. This is a moisturizer that I like to mix with either Cera Ve or any other moisturizer I am currently using at the time. This cream is good for all skin types and is packed with 10 different vitamins that help to smooth, plump and illuminate your complexion. I love its lightweight formula and did I mention it smells amazing? Since it is so lightweight I like to do one pump of this with a pump of another moisturizer to make sure I am getting maximum hydration
1.Marcelle I-BRONZE – Natural Tan Moisturizing Self-Tanning Gel
Feeling bronzed and tanned makes me feel so confident compared to when my skin is light and pale. I feel as though my skin is even and toned out when I have a tan and in turn I feel better about my body. This is definitely what leads to my obsession with self-tanning, especially in the winter months. Since I refuse to use tanning beds or anything that uses ultra-violent light to produce a tan I have come to form a relationship with self-tanning creams. Recently I have realized that I completely neglect my face when tanning my body, leaving my face white as day and my body a completely different shade. This lead me to try this face bronzing moisturizer. I couldn’t believe how fast a tan developed and I believe it only took 2-3 applications. Even those around me noticed and commented on how tanned, but still natural my face looked and I loved it! Its gel formula isn’t as hydrating as other moisturizers I have tried, but I use this as step one of my moisturizing process and mix it with other products, currently Cera Ve.
1.Origins – High-Potency Night-A-Mins
Nighttime moisturizers are just as important as daytime moisturizers. A nighttime cream that I have repurchased a few times and seems to do the trick is the Origins – High-Potency Night-A-Mins. This product is a rejuvenating thick cream that makes my skin so bright and hydrated. It also has a very calming scent to it, and the product actually described the scent to be one to lull the user to sleep and relax.
All in all, my own personal journey with moisturizers and skin care is just taking off after all the issues I have been facing the past couple of months with my skin. I am always trying new products and formulations and my skin is constantly changing. Everyone’s skin journey is different, but I hope this information helps you in some way and you find a product or two to incorporate into your personal skin care routine!
Stay healthy & happy,