Monday, March 21, 2011

Skincare Routine Pt. 2: Moisturizers

Now, on to the part of my skincare routine that I spend the most time on ... moisturizers.  I have definitely lost count of how many different moisturizers I've tried.  Like I said before, I have incredibly dry skin.  I use an eye cream, a daily moisturizer with SPF and then a more nourishing night cream.

Eye Cream

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Crème

So Arbonne is just one of those brands.  I got sucked into a "party" at my cousin's house.  I tried a bunch of different products from them and ended up trying out the RE9 Eye Cream.  The skin under my eyes can get real crepe-y, so I was in the market for a cream.  The RE9 is Arbonne's anti-aging line.  The official blurb is "Exclusive blend supports collagen, reducing puffiness and diminishing dark circles"

I've tried the Oil of Olay Regenerist line, which I know is really highly rated and relatively affordable, but I didn't like it at all.  Arbonne is expensive.  .5 fluid oz of the Eye Creme is $55, but I do think it's worth it.

I wear hard contacts and getting stuff in my eyes is a big problem.  My eyes are super sensitive.  The Arbonne Advanced Corrective Eye Creme doesn't bother my contacts at all.  And $55 for half an ounce is expensive, especially when compared to drug store brands, but I have to say I really can't imagine ever using up this whole bottle.  You only need the tiniest amount (I mean teeny tiny, way smaller than the size of a pea).  This stuff is going to last forever.

After a couple weeks of usage, I did notice that my skin did look firmer, less crepe-y.  As for the dark circles, I don't know that it helped a whole lot there, but as far as I'm concerned, that's what concealer is for.

Overall, I like the product a lot.  I'd give it 9/10.

Daily Moisturizer with SPF

Neutrogena Healthy Defense® Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 - Sensitive Skin

I have tried SO many daily moisturizers it makes my head spin.  To be honest, overall I really despise moisturizers with SPF.  So many of them are just incredibly greasy, smelly and make my eyes sting.  There is a daily moisturizer by BioElements that I really liked and used for quite a while.  But it's only SPF 8 (really, why bother?) and it has to be ordered through an aesthetician and it's pricey.  I was paying about $45 for 6 oz. and it took quite a bit per application.

My biggest complaint with moisturizers with SPF is the texture.  Like I said, in my experience they tend to be really greasy.  I have dry skin and I love a good moisturizer, but I really don't want my skin so greasy that my makeup slides right off.

Anyway, here are some of the moisturizers with SPF I've tried recently:
  • Again, the Oil of Olay Regenerist, which I really didn't care for - too greasy.  (5/10)
  • I tried Cetaphil's UVA/UVB Defense with SPF 50.  It was okay.  It's a drug store brand, so it's affordable.  I liked it better than the Olay Regenerist.  It was a little greasier than I would have liked, but it was okay.  It would definitely do in a pinch (7/10).  The packaging was nice, I liked the little pump.  
  • I usually really like Philosophy's moisturizers and I already knew I loved their Hope In A Jar for dry skin (more on that below), so I tried Philosophy's Hope In A Jar with SPF 25.  HORRIBLE. (0/10)  It is actually the only product I've ever returned to a store.  It was expensive - $40.  It was just terrible all around.  It was super greasy.  It was really hard to get out of the container, it just stuck to itself, it was like trying to rub poached egg on my face.  Worst of all, it burned my eyes so bad (yes, I know you're not supposed to get it in your eyes, but on a hot day at the pool, sweat happens).
  • My daily moisturizer at this point is Neutrogena Healthy Defense® Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 - Sensitive Skin.  Again, drug store brand so it's affordable ($13 - 15) and easy to find.  I usually pick mine up at the grocery store.  Like all moisturizers with SPF, it's a little on the greasy side, but less so than the other brands I've tried.  It applies easily and evenly.  I don't have to apply a lot of product.  While I'm careful to keep it away from my eyes, if I do get some in my eye, it's not the end of the world.  It's touted as being "anti-aging", but I suspect that's just the SPF.  The sensitive skin version if fragrance free and it really doesn't clog my pores or cause breakouts.  
Overall, solid product (9/10).

Night Time Moisturizer

Philosophy's Hope In A Jar for Normal to Dry Skin 

I've shopped around for different night time moisturizers, but time and time again I go back to my tried and true, Philosophy's Hope In A Jar for Dry Skin. It is AWESOME.  I love this stuff.  It is creamy, it absorbs well.  It has a really nice smell.  It isn't specifically a night time moisturizer, but it has more than enough staying power to use it as a night cream.

I love it.

Overall 10/10.

And just because I took the pic, here's my overall daily skin care  routine: