Monday, March 14, 2011

Moisturizing 101


I've been totally obsessed with the following three items as of late so I had to blog about them. They all serve the same purpose - to moisturize (amongst other things). Two are super cheap, one is not, but together they have been making my skin very happy and now that winter is slowly coming to an end I have to thank them from saving me from any skin disasters.


1. Eucerin Aquaphor
Has been so good on any dry patches on lips, cuticles, knuckles, elbows, feet - you name it. It's basically a stripped-down version of Vaseline with a thicker consistency (and fewer ingredients). Feels a bit greasy on if you apply it to the skin but it's been really wonderful. Works well to protect minor scrapes and cuts as well, so if you're like me and constantly getting random little paper cuts, this product is a must-have! Has a nice glossy effect on the lips as well, so I even apply it over lipstick during the day! Not sticky at all and feels so smooth. I got mine form Shoppers Drug Mart for $9.99.

2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
This is another basic moisturizing product that I can't be without. Sometimes if my skin is feeling extra dry, after removing my makeup with whatever I'm using at the moment (usually a micellar water type of product), I use a generous amount of this moisturizer and give my face a good massage for about 5-10 minutes before gently rinsing it off or wiping it off with a towel. Skin is instantly rehydrated and happy afterwards.
Sure it doesn't feel as luxurious as other moisturizers I've tried (*sigh* Chanel Hydramax, one day you'll be mine) but it's always good to have a cheap, basic moisturizer on hand at all times to rely on. I use it as a body moisturizer as well.
I will need to buy something a bit lighter and with SPF for summertime but this winter I found myself really appreciating good ol' Cetaphil.

3. Chantecaille Vital Essence
This is a serum designed to go all over the face and used either alone or under moisturizers (for an extra boost, if needed). It's rich in anti-odxidants, fancy plant extracts and Vitamin C. I absolutely love this as an under-eye "moisturizer". I don't own an eye cream and don't find the need to since this fulfills my under-eye needs. It's extremely lightweight, has a very faint fresh scent and a little goes a long way. One pump is enough for my eye area and my forehead. The bottle is pricy, I got mine from Neiman Marcus and it was $98 but it has lasted me over a year with regular every day use (sometimes I use it in the morning as well) and it works so well at calming under-eye puffiness and making the area feel smooth and refreshed.

I would like to try another eye cream after I use up the Chantecaille just to compare since I've been using that for so long, so suggestions are welcome. I am a fan of thin gel-like consistencies and don't like anything heavy or too creamy since that area never gets dry on me.

What are your favourite moisturizing products?

18 comments:

  1. i love clinique's dramatically different moisturizing lotion, origins vitazing and clinique youth surge night. all are amaaazing. and for drugstore moisturizers i like aveeno, but i have been meaning to try cetaphil.

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  2. I have oily skin so i avoid it, unless it's after a long bath, then i use a light creme by avene and their spray.

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  3. For me, it is definitely Dr. Hauschka.

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  4. I used to use Aveeno or Neutrogena oil-free moisturizers, but since moving to MN they just don't work anymore! I received a sample of philosopy's miracle worker (an anti-aging moisturizer) and couldn't believe the difference!! I'm not sure what it is about this moisturizer but it works wonders for me. And I suppose the anti-aging factor is just a plus :)
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  5. I'd love to give Eucerin Aquaphor and Cetaphil Lotion a try, but I'm afraid the Cetaphil lotion won't be moisturizing enough as I prefer cream for my super dry skin x=

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  6. I got Vital Essence last year after watching one of your vids, and it's the best thing ever ! It was a bargain, so I got it for $50, still got it, but recently I got a new eye cream Origins starting over, and is very light, cream-gel, absorbs fast and the skin is heaven.

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  7. Perhaps you can try the Clinique All about eyes? I have used it before and it's certainly non-greasy! It is a gel-cream consistency, and I found it fast-absorbing.

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  8. I've been using the Effaclar moiturizer from La Roche Posay. J'aime J'aime!

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  9. I was a dedicated Cetaphil user until my skin started really drying out and changing from oily to ultra dry. Now i'm using Bobbi Brown Moisturisers and loving them! Amazing!

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  10. I use Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. It is very creamy though, so I only use a bit on the outer corner eye area at night and it definitely gets the job done!

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  11. I've always been curious about that Cetaphil moisturizer!

    For an eyecream, you should try out Darphin's Anti Fatigue Smoothing Eye Gel. It's a lightweight gel cream that is so, so nice! It doesn't feel heavy at all, yet it really hydrates the eye area! I did a full review of it on my blog not too long ago, feel free to check it out! =)

    Andrée xx

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  12. i love the ginzing eyecream from ORIGINS which brightens the under eye area and makes it smooth and good looking the whole day! :)
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  13. i find cetaphil too sticky! Aveeno is amazing for sensitive skin, and so is neutrogena norwegian formula hand and comfort cream ... lush has some great products too.

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  14. i loovee cetaphil as well! thanks for the other recommendations :)

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  15. If you're willing to spend a little bit you NEED to try the la prairie anti stress cream, you need a small amount and it has worked miracles on my skin to the point where I barely use foundation anymore. Its light and smells devine and although pricey I just honestly cant fault it. I had a xmas temp job at SpacenK (in the UK) where they sell high end products so I got to try out alot of stuff and I found Sarah Chapmans products to come stand above the others, her serums especially make the skin glow! as for the eye area if u want something like go for the Clnique All about eyes Serum (not cream), it has does a great job in the morning and is very light! Love your blog xx

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  16. I adore anything from Cetaphil as it's safe for all skin types and free of mineral oil. To that end, no Aquaphor for me! I hate anything heavy and sticky.

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