Next Best Skin
Since I moved from the Philippines to the US my skin just won't cooperate with the cold weather. I find dry and flaky spots on my nose and forehead that exfoliating alone can't make it disappear. It can drive you nuts and make you try everything. I have solicited for answers via the Beautylish forum and found girls there to be very helpful.
I tried a couple of facial moisturizers and I definitely recommend a handful for the simplest reason: they worked / work for me. It may or may not be the same case for you but allow me to share my favorites. Let me break it down to you from most costly to most cost efficient moisturizers.
I have friends that claim La Mer works for them and a few that claim the opposite. It was worth a try for me. Once you apply this onto your skin you will most definitely feel the weight of the $275 you spent on this jar. It is a heavy cream, which I love and need. What are my indicators to assess how well this product works for me? I use it as a base before I apply make-up and I need not reapply or find the need to reapply moisturizer throughout the day. No flakes, no dry feeling on my skin. If you are looking for a lightweight moisturizer definitely DO NOT use La Mer.
Before any other moisturizer Clinique was the first one that I have some to know and love. My mother used Clinique and of course I would "borrow" her jar whenever I pleased. This $26 baby has won tremendous awards from beauty and skin magazines for a good reason, it is a good moisturizer. It is in between your heavy and light moisturizer. There is a word for that…oh, medium; Medium concentration! Clinique's Moisture Surge is also another one that I liked when I explored within Clinique collection. This dramatically different moisturizing gel only worked well for me during the warmer months. If you live in a dry city (not humid) this may not be enough. At least not for me..
Have you ever heard of that moisturizer that every make-up artist (MUA) use? Every MUA's secret moisturizer? Perhaps a decade ago this was a secret and Embryolisse could only be purchased if your friend visited Paris and you asked for her to grab you a dozen from the Pharmacie. At least that is how I first learned about this moisturizer. I bought a few for myself (not one in case it was actually good and worked) and tested them as I walked out of the store. Great for everyday use as daily primer and moisturizer. It may not work best during colder months but if you live in a tropical country this $26 per 16oz tube will do the trick. If you live in a city with colder weather you may need to apply a cream before using Embryolisse as your primer. My key takeaway from using Embryolisse is that my make-up held up better as I used it as a primer.
Most memorable moisturizer for me is the Oil Of Olay Total Effects. I was bombarded with marketing ads when this first came out. I fell for it. It did not cost that much and I feel that Olay is a reliable brand. Oh and did I mention that I totally was sold by their TV commercials? I took my $15 and got myself a bottle. Used it daily. I slowly noticed I've been getting compliments on how "blooming" I looked. The longer I used it I would wear make-up less and often times go bare. As I did this it was almost like I was revealing a secret to (not the world) the people around me. Hahaha! In short, I felt like I was that girl in the commercial. They were in fact telling the truth in those ads, and falling for their marketing campaign was justified. It was not everyday you get your boyfriend really noticing your skin. Yes they may compliment you on they way you dress, your hair, your smile, your body, BUT, not your skin. At least not in my case. That time I used Olay my then boyfriend asked me "Did you start using anything new on your skin?" I was wondering why he had asked me this. I asked him why and he responded by saying "I noticed that you stopped wearing make-up and your skin has this glow." I then told him I was pregnant and enjoyed the look on his face for a few seconds, took it back, and shared with him my Olay secret. NOT KIDDING! Even this whole paragraph sounds like an advertisement and I understand if you do not take it seriously. Although, if you haven't yet, I'm sure you'll consider picking up that bottle and trying it.
Colder months are right around the corner from me and I'm looking to try oils and moisturizers. If you have recommendations please do share it with me.
I look forward to sharing with you my next best alternative. Let me help you find yours!
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