I have combination skin, and I LOVE pampering it with all kinds of moisturizing serums, potions and masks. I’ve found that keeping my skin moisturized is the best way to keep it happy and avoid minor irritations and redness (my skin is also pretty sensitive, lucky me!).
Even though we don’t really experience severe winter weather in the Bay Area, thanks to indoor heating and cooler temperatures, I still load up on moisturizers, and these are my current favorites for keeping my skin moisturized and soft:
My nighttime skincare routine is sort of long, but I love it. I turn it into a mini pampering session, and I’ll double-cleanse, tone, add a serum, then a moisturizer, then a facial oil…and this is on my “low key” nights!
Lately, I’ve been using Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture at night (you can check out my nighttime skincare routine here). It’s packed with avocado, sunflower and olive oils, and even though it also has shea butter, it somehow manages to feel light. I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks, but my skin feels really soft and plump in the morning after I use it. I’ve noticed no irritation, either, so this is a definite winner. It’s available now at Sephora for $72.
Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence is another new product for me, and it’s awesome! I’ve been curious about essences since the whole K-beauty craze hit last year, so I was super excited to try it out. It has a very lightweight texture that soaks right into my skin and doesn’t leave it feeling greasy at all. Right now, I layer it under either Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture (night) or Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (day), but I could see myself wearing this alone with just sunscreen during the summer.
It also has glycolic acid, which is a gentle exfoliator that helps to even your skintone. I am so happy with how this adds just the right boost of moisture to my skin, and if you have a moisturizer that leaves your skin dry towards the end of the day, consider adding something like this to your skincare routine. Or, if you have oily skin but need light moisture, this could be perfect. It’s available now at Sephora for $78.
Kiehl’s is one of my go-to skincare brands, and whenever I need something, whether it’s an eye cream or cleanser, I usually head to Kiehl’s first.
Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream is one of their best sellers for good reason. It just works. It moisturizes my skin without irritating it at all or clogging my pores. It’s one of my year round products. During cooler months I’ll layer it, and during the warmer months it works great alone.
If you have normal skin and you’re looking for an everyday (and night) moisturizer, definitely check it out. It’s available now at Nordstrom for $27.50.
As for when my skin is feeling dry and irritated, I immediately reach for First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Moisture Mask. Loaded with oatmeal and botanicals, it is so good! It’s super soothing, moisturizing, and feels really thick, but it’s still easy to spread over your face. I always bring it with me when I travel and apply it right after flights, and I also use it whenever my skin is acting up.
If you have sensitive and/or dry skin, look into this. Sephora also has cute little sets with mini sizes, making it even more perfect for travel. It’s available now at Sephora for $22 (or the travel size is $9).
I’m always looking for the next great thing, so let me know if you’ve found any great moisturizers lately!