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.

4 Things Your Moisturizer Needs To Do

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.

This completes the #HealthySkin series of posts I’ve done for Aveeno and The Glam Network! Click here to read the others.



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®.


LaNeshe says:
July 31, 2013, 2:56 pm
I am loving the color in your hair!
DJ Diva says:
July 31, 2013, 3:14 pm
I am new to wearing makeup (just spent $200 at the MAC counter last week) ...but when I read this post I knew that I was missing soooo much on skin care. I immediately went out to the store and bought makeup remover pads, a good cleanser and an all day moisturizer with sunscreen. Thank you Bella for reminding me to take better care of my skin!!!
Zoe C says:
August 1, 2013, 7:09 am
Thank you for the tips! I totally hate it when Beyonce's favorite moisturizer won't - well - moisturize my face. It's like I'm not ready for that jelly. LOL. Thanks for this again and totally love the look of your blog, Bella!
pets says:
August 1, 2013, 10:50 am
What about older skins? past 40?
Bri says:
August 7, 2013, 2:46 pm
So true about protecting your skin from the sun. Many people think that if it is overcast outside, they are safe from the sun... Wrong! If I know I will be spending a day outside (no matter what the sky looks like) I bring use a cream with at least SP15
Haya says:
August 10, 2013, 5:31 am
Nice post, I actually had no idea that using SPF could help with hyperpigmentation! I used to suffer from it and for a few years (and out of habit) I've always reached for SPF moisturizers, since it's so little of a problem now I've always wondered why!