We’ve all made the mistake before. You go to the drugstore or the department store and you pick up a daily moisturizer that someone told you about. Maybe you read about it in a magazine, maybe your favorite celebrity is endorsing the product, or maybe the helpful store employee directed you towards her favorite brand. Either way you pull the plug, make the purchase, take it home, try it out…and find much to your chagrin that it just doesn’t cut the mustard. So frustrating, right? I have BEEN THERE, bellas.
I’ve found that it’s super easy to get caught up in the hype and wind up with products that don’t work for your skin type for a variety of reasons. So how do you know what to look for? How do you know which moisturizer is the right one before even making the purchase? I am here to help! Here are 4 helpful suggestions of things that your daily moisturizer should be doing for you, so you’ll know what to look for when you’re in the aisles, reading ingredient labels.
1 – moisturize. Duh. I know I can’t be the only one who’s bought a so-called moisturizer that for whatever reason, doesn’t truly give your skin the lasting moisture that it needs. If your moisturizer beads up or leaves white streaks on your face without penetrating your skin, it’s not the one. If your skin feels tight and dry after you’ve applied your daily moisturizer it’s not the one for your needs. If you’re browsing in a store and there are moisturizer testers available, don’t be afraid to try it on your hands before heading to the cash register.
2 – not clog your pores. I think of moisturizer as a good base for all the other stuff you’re about to slather on it. Foundation, concealer, powder, blush – the list goes on and all of that stuff can clog your pores and eventually lead to breakouts. My everyday look begins with a clean face and a light daily moisturizer, to protect my skin from the pore-blocking war paint I apply every day. And then I go to primer, and slather them on from there.
3 – nourish your skin. A good moisturizer has good ingredients, and the same things you wouldn’t want to put in your hair or on your body, you should do the same by your face. The first ingredient of any moisturizer worth the money is going to be good ol’ water. And the next ingredients on the list should help to improve the quality of your skin depending on your needs. Take for example, Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, which includes their trademarked Total Soy Complex, which processes soybeans to reduce blotchiness and discoloration, intending to even your skin tone and texture. I like that it speaks specifically to my skin’s needs while giving me the daily nutrition my skin requires.
4 – protect you from the sun. Even on gloomy and cold days (like today in Chicago), it’s so important to wear broad spectrum sun protection. For years I thought I was basically destined to suffer with hyperpigmentation, and then I realized my own sun exposure and lack of protection was exacerbating the issue. I personally prefer a product with SPF of 30 or higher. Aveeno’s daily face moisturizers come in SPF 15 or SPF 30, and their sun protection products go as high as SPF 70.
AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion: Give your skin a naturally beautiful fresh start. This nourishing lotion improves the health of your skin in just 1 day! It contains ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal and is blended with rich emollients to help protect and soothe dry skin.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by AVEENO® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of AVEENO®.