Moisturizing is an essential step to any skincare routine. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard my facialist say, “oh I see you’re dehydrated” just from looking at my skin. Just like our bodies need water to stay hydrated, so does our skin. A major component of our skin and body is water. I like my moisturizer to do double duty so it’s not only moisturizing but giving me added benefits. Moisturizers can be a great source of multi-benefits. I am a big believer in moisturizing both morning and night no matter what your skin type. I’ve used over-the-counter moisturizers that I’ve liked just as much as high-end moisturizers. So long as it has the right ingredients and it’s doing what it claims, I will use it.
For quite some time now I’ve been using Environ’s AVST moisturizer (see my post on the ENVIRON product line). If you are new to using a moisturizer containing retinol, I suggest starting out with Level I or II and working your way up ENVIRON’s STEPSYSTEM allowing your skin to build a tolerance to the increased levels of retinol.
Also keep in mind when choosing a moisturizer, what other products you are currently using. For example, if you are using a moisturizer that contains a form of retinol, then using Retin-A in the evening may be overdrying your skin.
A few other product lines that I have used often and really like is LaRoche-Posay (available at CVS). I really like their Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with sunscreen and Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar Original moisturizer for all skin types. It’s filled with anti-oxidants and lactic acid and really exfoliates the skin keeping it moisturized.
Warrior tip: Thinking of skipping your sunscreen today because it’s cloudy or rainy? Even though the sun isn’t shining those harmful rays are still penetrating the clouds. Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen daily and your skin’s appearance will never catch up to your age.