Sunday, August 12, 2012

Skincare: moisturizers

Trader Joe's Enrich moisturizer with SPF 15, Cetaphil oil control moisturizer with SPF 30, Trader Joe's Nourish oil free moisturizer, and Paula's Choice RESIST moisturizer with retinol.

Q: why do we need different moisturizers for day and night?
A: daytime moisturizers have SPF and night time ones don't, and SPF is important because the sun causes premature wrinkles.    

Allow me to share a little background before I jump into product reviewing.  Two years ago, I was using moisturizer as little as possible because I thought it would contribute to clogged pores and pimples for those with oily, combo skin.  Almost a year ago, I picked up Trader Joe's enrich on a grocery trip and happily used it after washing my face in the morning ... and at night.  At some point, I realized that I probably shouldn't be using a moisturizer with SPF when sleeping.  My next purchase was TJ's Nourish, which caught my eye because it happened to be the featured item.  As you are probably sensing, my first facial moisturizers were acquired rather haphazardly, based more on trust of the Trader Joe brand than on research and reviews (I had already tried their toothpaste, face cleanser, shampoos and conditioners, soaps, body lotions and body scrubs).   Once I started to delve a little deeper into skincare, I purchased those two more expensive bottles - Cetaphil for the higher SPF and oil control, and Paula's Choice out of retinol curiosity.  I’ve been using these moisturizers for 2 - 6 months now, and here are the reviews (from L- R):

D a y :
Trader Joe’s enrich moisturizer with SPF 15: $3.99 |review|
It is indeed light, I love the simple bottle design, and when I use it under my BB cream, it adds a glowy look to the skin, easily remedied in areas I don’t want shine with a dusting of finishing powder.  It’s fast absorbing and hasn’t caused any breakouts.  My only issue is with the Trader Joe’s logo on the front.  

Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer with SPF 30: $16.99 |review|
Great! Absorbs quickly, matte, light weight, etc.  It received polarized reviews on Makeup Alley though, so you might want to check that out.  I only wish I could find one with an even higher SPF. 

n i g h t : 
Trader Joe’s Nourish, Oil-Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer: $5.99 |review|
I almost returned this one. The first few uses I squeezed half a pump onto my palm, dipped a finger in, and rubbed it onto the face, where I found that it wouldn’t absorb. Instead, it formed a thin white film over the skin that I could see moving around to wherever I rubbed.  However, I changed the application method and it works fine now.  I squeeze a – tiny – amount onto the palm, rub it between my hands to warm it (this helps with absorption), then pat on and rub.  It’s lightweight, fragrance free, and my skin feels like velvet afterwards.  I reach for this automatically and habitually more than the pricier Paula’s Choice moisturizer.

Paula’s Choice Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol: $22.95 |review| 
I find this moisturizer somewhat stressful to use.  The instructions say to apply a small amount as more lotion does not equal more efficacy.  Further instructions tell you to apply it quickly to ensure the briefest air-light exposure possible.  I found that when using this on humid, summer nights, my skin felt weighed down and oily.  Especially the T-zone.  So, I just might save this for cooler seasons.

These four moisturizers, due to luck and research, have been working out well for me. I'm rather disposed to think that moisturizer is an easy thing to get right. Was your favorite a simple choice or difficult to find? While I love the Trader Joe moisturizers for their no-frills effectiveness, I am hoping to try ones by Jurlique and La Roche Posay, perhaps when the Paula's Choice runs out!  

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