Monday, July 7, 2014

Tips to pick the right facial moisturizer

So you have decided it's time to pick a facial moisturizer but where do you start. You are standing in the isle looking at the sea of endless possibilities so which one do you choose. First you have to decide do you want gel or cream, scented or unscented, and what skin type do you need to treat, how much do you want to spend, do you really need to spend THAT much. It's enough to make your head spin. When I first started using moisturizer I went to the lady behind the Clinique counter and she told me everything I needed to know.

Then I ran into hard times and realized I couldn't keep spending that much on skin care, when there were TONS of other possibilities. I had to see if they worked the same. So I started on my skin care search. I had a lot of notions that have since proven wrong. Do you have some of the same? Let's see.

The first thing I thought was I had dry skin. I suffer with eczema on occasion so I would get dry patches but then I would get VERY oily. So come to find out my skin wasn't so oily after all. I have normal/ oily skin instead. I was making the mistake of treating an occasional problem everyday, which was not necessary. The worse part is I was making my skin super oily which made me search to correct a problem that I was essentially creating!

Another misconception I had was I had to stick with one brand so I never mismatched. I thought that was a big NO NO. That misconception hurt me a lot because I thought when I needed new moisturizer I had to buy the rest of the skin care regimen as well.  I don't know why I thought that was necessary maybe because all I used for a long time was Clinque. And I mean everything Clinque but my husband claimed it was the best and it worked fine for me.  When I started blogging, I started using LOTS of different brands. I even used them together. I was fine, nothing bad happened in fact my face started looking great!

The last thing I believed is I had to spend a small fortune on moisturizer. Don't get me wrong most experts say you should splurge on skin care -- which includes moisturizers But that doesn't mean you have to buy the most expensive to get the best. I have come to release spending more does not always mean you get better. Some of my favorite masque cost $2.00  a piece and one of my favorite face washes is from Olay. Olay has been around forever so it must be a good product right!?!?!

Do your research this will help a lot. If you see a bad review, that's not necessarily a bad product but beware if there are lots of bad reviews. I'm sure you already know, you can't believe everything your read online. Check out the reviews on the brands website.  There are many tools online to help: Olay can help you see what products are right for you, Simple Skincare  has a skin forecast to help customize your skin care based on your city and the weather and these are not the only ones.

Just remember don't over spend on moisturizer but under spend on the rest of your skin care regimen it's all important. If you are still looking for that perfect moisturizer don't be afraid to try LOTS of different ones. You may hate some but you will more than likely love some as well. Just know your skin type and don't make the mistake that I did and treat an occasional on a daily basis. If you break out once a month, during that time don't use acne fighting skin care on an every day basis.  Also when the seasons change your skin care needs will change as well. So you may have 2 or 3 moisturizers that you alternate between.

Thanks for reading.

Feel free to leave a comment, I love to read your thoughts. What's your favorite moisturizer? Was this helpful?


  1. about moisturizers - cos' i'm allergic to a lot of stuff - i need to be careful...

  2. There's an Olay moisturizer with SPF for sensitive skin that I usually get, but I am curious about the Garnier facial products since they are my brand of choice for hair care.

  3. I've been experimenting with different moisturizers ... I always like hearing what other people are using and what works well.

  4. These are some great tips for picking out moisturizers. I personally have a hard time deciding which ones are best suited for my body type. So, thank you for sharing these tidbits.

  5. Thanks for the tips! It can be overwhelming for sure! I just bought a bunch of Yes To! stuff on sale. We shall see! Happy Friday! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  6. What I look for these days is anything that tackles those dark spots under the eyes and the lines starting around the eyes.At 49 I try anything and I have a big bag of products so I just reach in and whatever comes out I use.