I don't talk about moisturizers often because I dislike the majority of the ones I try. When you have combination/oily skin, moisturizing is often a big mystery. I was in the market for a new daily facial moisturizer since we are now getting into the colder months of the year and my skin needs a little extra something to protect from the elements.
Last year I raved about the La Roche Posay Toleriane lotion and while I still think that it is a great product for balancing out irritated skin and dry patches, I wanted something with a pretty decent SPF since I've been using a toner with glycolic acid in it on a daily basis (more on that later). When you're using products that contain chemical exfoliants (glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, etc.) it is recommended that you always use SPF during the day since those ingredients increase your sensitivity to the sun.
Enter my new skincare love - the Essential-C Day Moisture from Murad. I bought this on a whim from Sephora during their friends and family sale last month and I am so happy that I did. It's pretty out of character for me since I'm usually the type who sits and research 48723842 different products before biting the bullet and deciding on a thing to buy.
"A daytime moisturizer for face and neck skin that’s packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants to create a facial lotion that’s not only refreshing, it’s also the key to beautiful, revitalized skin. This face cream from the scientific skin care experts at Murad restores skin from sun damage and the impact of the environment while also protecting against future damage."
Here's what I love about it:
- lightweight, sinks into the skin right away leaving it soft and plump
- very very faint citrus scent, which is nice
- it contains SPF 30 PA+++ which is great for my everyday needs
- it helped balance out my skin within a week
- contains vitamin C, which helps fade marks over time
- great to use under foundation
- only need a small amount for the whole face
I am a happy camper. Only downside? The price. At $60 it's not the most economical of products but a little goes a long way and the benefits are well worth your while.
Note: I bought mine from Sephora, but for some reason I can't find the exact same product on the website. It might be out of stock at the moment, but click any of the links above for other stockists that carry the product!