I personally believe moisturizers are a huge must in any skincare routine. Honestly, if you can only afford one thing I’d say the moisturizer. You want your skin to feel good as well as look good and if you don’t properly hydrate it, then your skin won’t look its best. It doesn’t matter what skin type you have, you still have to moisturize, and there are tons of moisturizers out there that target specific skin concerns.
In my last post Makeup or Skincare? I talked about the importance of serums and moisturizers in your routine. Serums are a good added benefit to your skincare routine, but they really can’t replace having a good moisturizer. Moisturizers are thicker and the molecules can’t penetrate past the first layer, creating a barrier to allow the serum to do its work. They work the best hand in hand, but truly the moisturizer is the best investment. And you really don’t need a day and night moisturizer, just one will do; as long as you apply sunscreen in the morning over top, or it’s in your makeup, you’re good to go.
My suggestions for moisturizers:
Cerave Moisturizing Cream is amazing for acne-prone and sensitive skin, also you can get a huge amount of it for cheap and it’ll last forever.
I did a review on the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream moisturizer and it’s above all my favorite. It’s a good serum/moisturizer combo that does wonders for your skin, especially when you’re dealing with sensitivity, dryness, and acne treatments.
Olay Age Defying Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream is another great one that my mother even swears by. Olay is a great brand for sensitive skin as a whole anyway. They have many more moisturizers you can choose from.
Simple Replenishing Rich Facial Moisturizer s a great one for acne and skin sensitivity as well. The whole brand is created to be easy on the skin, with no harsh chemicals or perfumes. It’s a lightweight, but hydrating cream that works wonders for the skin and looks great with makeup over top.
Tarte Maracuja Oil is also another great moisturizer, but I’d mix it in with something like the Cerave cream to cut down on the oily feeling on the skin. I used to mix them together at night and when I’d wake up the next day my skin was unbelievably plump and soft. It’s an amazing combination.
Julep Rosehip Oil is another one I’d mix with the Cerave cream, but if you have dry spots, just dab a touch of it on the spot and it’ll be healed in moments. Love it.
All in all, you have to find out what works best for you. Trial and error come with the territory of skincare and makeup; everyone is different and things work well for one, but may not for the other. Just remember, you can always return what you don’t like, but it’s usually a good rule of thumb to try something for at least two weeks before you make a final decision.