29 Oct How to Choose the Right Moisturizer for You
I have been using night cream and eye cream since I am 11 years old. I’m not kidding. I had a Hungarian grandmother who believed the skin had to be constantly moisturized to stay beautiful and I believe it too. While many of my friends have fine lines around their eyes, I have none. Whether you are a mom, a tween or a teen, this post is your guide to soft, smooth skin.
Great skin is a process and you won’t get it over night with a magic cream. But, creams do make a difference. While I have been researching and trying creams for years, I wanted help from people that make products I love. So, I called Kristin Petrovich from Sjal skincare to help me navigate all the products on the market.
According to Kristen, skin needs nutrition first then sunscreen over it. A moisturizer that contains SPF will have a higher concentration of ingredients going to SPF. While it seems a lot faster to buy a moisturizer that contains SPF, you are better off with a nourishing moisturizer. For sun protection, try a tinted moisturizer with SPF over your regular moisturizer.
If you have oily skin but not prone to breakouts, an oil-free moisturizer is the perfect solution. However, if you have a lot of breakouts or acne, you should not be using a daily moisturizer. Your skin has enough oil and does not need the extra cream on your face.
Look for firming and hydrating creams. Kristen warns if a cream is just pulling your skin without hydration, it is temporary. She says eye creams should be “clean” without a lot of synthetics. Toning, firming, and elasticity is key. Depletion around eye area is the first sign of age. Look for products with ceramides, minerals, peptides, and something soothing like aloe, cucumber and algaes. Minerals feed that area. Ceramides replenish, peptides are anti aging, and aloe soothes the skin.
If you use a good serum or oil, you can use a lighter weight night cream that can double as your daytime moisturizer. Personally, I like a heavier night cream so I do not feel dry when I wake up. While this is personal preference, if you can’t feel your cream on your face after five minutes it is not rich enough to be a night cream.
Serums and oils
Once you hit 30 years old, you need to penetrate the skin’s surface and go deeper to moisturize. Serums and face oils used under your regular moisturizer will to step up the anti-aging benefits because the smaller molecules of serums and oils will penetrate the skin more deeply. Sjal’s Anti-Aging Face Oil is so light you will barely know its there while its working its magic.
For a serum, I love Risa’s Cellular Renewal Serum. Its light and has ingredients such as green tea and vitamin C to help skin renew and regenerate.
In addition to caring for your skin, you have to stay out of the sun, drink lots of water each day, and nothing renews your skin like a good night’s sleep (9 hours not 8). But, if you can get yourself in the habit of daily moisturizing, you will see the difference over time. While it may not be evident in a day or a week, you will see it when your friends age more rapidly than you. If you are on a tight budget, vitamin E oil can be used all over the face, around the eyes, and as a night cream.
I moisturize morning and night with my daughter. It is a special time we use to talk, to bond, and to connect. You would be amazed how far a little moisturizing together can go. Its the fondest memory I have of my grandmother and it will be something your daughter will always remember.