Moisturizers act as the last line of defense for your face. They keep what you want in, in, and what you want out, out. Kind of like Heidi Klum, but for faces instead of fashion. These creams can consist of any number of ingredients, and vary greatly from brand to brand. In general, moisturizers contain a mixture of water, oils, and other nourishing ingredients that work together to provide a soothing and necessary salve for your skin.
Sometimes there’s nothing like the simple satisfaction you get from smoothing on a cooling face cream. As soon as you spread the moisturizer over your thirsty, thankful skin, any of that irritation and redness starts to disappear. It feels especially refreshing if it follows a thorough beauty regimen that includes cleaning and exfoliating first. It’s almost like you can hear your skin breathe a sigh of relief. Ahhh…
As nice as it is to apply moisturizer, it’s important to know that not just any goop will get the job done. There’s a little magic (okay, probably mostly science) behind creating the perfect blend of ingredients to nourish and hydrate our sensitive skin. Be wary of a deal that’s too good to be true, a product pumped full of over-the-top perfumes, or something so watered down it should be shelved next to Dasani. We’ve all been there…perusing an aisle of beauty products and overwhelmed with all the choices. Maybe you like the look of a certain label, the shape of a bottle, or the scent, and scoop it up without thinking about what’s inside. Well you’ve come to the right place, or the right post, rather. We’re here to help you find some quality creams for your soon-to-be flawless face. To take out the mystery and whittle down your wish list, we’ve narrowed it down to our fave five.
Here are the 5 best face moisturizers, creams, and lotions for 2020:
1. Vivianne Woodard’s Replenishing Complex
It’s hard to stop singing the praises of this perfectly formulated moisturizer, so why try? Vivianne Woodard’s Replenishing Complex packs all kinds of goodness into this marvelous moisturizer. It works wonderfully as a night cream because once you smooth it over your skin it immediately soothes the tightness and dryness that can afflict a face at the end of a long day.
The avocado oil, which absorbs quickly into the skin, has fatty acids and vitamins A and E that help protect skin and can also increase collagen production. That means a boost in your skin’s elasticity. The geranium oil aids in the elimination of dead skin cells and boosts cell regeneration as well. Studies show that geranium oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties which help reduce irritation and breakouts. So say bye bye to blemishes as you slow the signs of aging and soften your skin.
The aloe vera gel that this Replenishing Complex contains is a natural healer of the skin. It can prevent spots, discoloration, and other damage the sun inflicts, all while tightening pores and fighting inflammation. After only a few applications you’ll notice a smoother texture and firmness to your face. Regular use of this cream will keep the moisture in your skin and fight against the effects of sun damage. Your skin will feel as amazing as it looks! Happy days are here again, so don’t be surprised if the next time you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror you’ll be like Barbra Streisand and say, “hello gorgeous!”
2. Skinfix Barrier + Triple Lipid-Peptide Cream
This Skinfix cream boasts that the source of its beautifying secret are the vital lipids and peptides that deeply hydrate the skin. Peptides are strings of amino acids, which are also the building blocks of proteins. They can protect the skin from some sun damage since peptides may stimulate melanin production. These same peptides can also reduce the look of wrinkles, increase blood flow, and firm the skin. But when it comes right down to it, it just feels good on your face. The ingredients do indeed work well to protect your skin from free radicals and the damage that they can do.
Skinfix also harnesses the secrets of the sea, or to state it slightly less dramatically, this moisturizer includes seaweed hyaluronate for hydration. Seaweed is rich with humectants that draw in moisture, and amino acids that ever so slightly plump up the skin to reduce the look of fine lines. So take advantage, and enjoy a little help from the kelp. That moisturizing effect lasts for more than a few hours, as is the case with all the creams on this cream of the crop list. Water loss won’t be a worry any longer. It shouldn’t take too much time to notice your skin looking healthy, happy, and hydrated.
Like Vivianne Woodard’s Replenishing Complex, this cream is cruelty-free and vegan, so you can feel good about your decision-making skills as you spread on your moisturizer.
Now go call your mom and tell her she was right about that one thing that one time. She already knows, but won’t it be nice that she now knows that you know what she knew all along?
3. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
It’s not just your mom’s moisturizer anymore. Well, maybe it still is, but as we get older it’s okay to admit that mom might have been right about a few things. Mother knows best, right? Well, there are reasons this brand has been around for a while. They consistently put out quality products that put a smile on your face – and then help you deal with the resulting smile lines. With regular use of this cream you can actually see fewer fine lines than before, and have skin that is firm, yet softer to the touch.
The Hyaluronic Acid and vitamin B3 help slough off dead skin cells, which allows for the regeneration of new cells that lead to younger-looking skin. Applied either daily or twice a day, it will dramatically improve hydration, which will then help with overall appearance and skin health. If you pair this routine with other healthy habits, like eating right and drinking plenty of water, you’ll really be able to attain that glow everyone’s always going after.
Whether you’re looking for something with more SPF, or a product to prevent breakouts, Olay seems to have a way to address those conditions. This particular micro-sculpting cream is great for most skin types and its main strength is applying massive amounts of moisture where you need it most. Well done, beautiful!
4. Say You Dew Moisturizing Vitamin C Gel + Cream
This “Say You Dew Moisturizing Vitamin C Gel + Cream” from I Dew Care is too fun and fruity to forget. Perhaps it’s because it brings back childhood memories of making potions and starting your own lemonade stand, or maybe it’s just “dew” to the fact that it feels great on your face. When you open the brightly-colored container you get to stir up the dual-layered formula, which consists of a lemon extract and Vitamin C gel layer on top, and a cream layer that consists of nourishing ingredients like banana extract on the bottom. So, stir it up, little darling, stir it up! The banana extract boosts the skin’s ability to retain moisture, which makes for overall healthier skin. That’s something worth going slightly bananas about. Lemons and lemon extract have antimicrobial properties that can fight forms of bacteria that lead to acne. Also, the lemon extract can brighten your complexion and reduce hyperpigmentation, or those dark spots that you may have on your face. The Vitamin C aids in the natural skin cell regeneration process, and helps your skin heal itself with antioxidant properties as well. It’s pretty much a win for the skin.
This mix may be better for combination or oily skin, so if you suffer from skin that is already overdry, then this might be the one on the list to overlook. The only other downsides might be the potential to make a mess while mixing, or not loving the fragrance if you’re super sensitive to scents. Or, if the puns on the packaging are just too much for you, then you can decide to say you don’t to “Say You Dew.”
Now you probably already have your own way of applying moisturizer to your face, but some of us can be a little harsh or haphazard when we go about it. Here is a quick reminder on the importance of being gentle and a couple tips on making the most of moisturizing.
5. SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2
Since number four on this list of moisturizers was perhaps more ideal for younger and oilier skin, we now move on to one that is formulated for aging or dry skin. Sure, the name of this cream may sound like a word problem straight from the SATs, but it passes the test when it comes to comforting and soothing irritated and dry skin. The numbers in the name actually stand for an optimal lipid ratio of ceramides to cholesterol to fatty acids. Ceramides are the glue that surround your skin cells, giving them some structure, and creating a protective layer that locks in moisture and fights against irritation. Cermaides make up about 50% of the epidermis. This is another example of the good kind of fat that we’re always happy to hear about. These skin lipids protect against environmental factors that harm the skin. Unfortunately, time takes a toll on these fatty friends of the face.
As we age, our skin loses some of its elasticity. Remember back in the day when those sheet marks on your face didn’t last quite so long into the morning? Remember when you could furrow your brow, and then UN-furrow it? Remember a time before front-facing phone cameras? We do too. You’re not alone. Those lines on our faces remind us that we have had some pretty deep thoughts and enjoyed experiences we never want to forget. However, no one says we have to help Father Time with his work. Products like this are here to help us look our best at whatever age we may be.
We can choose creams that contain lipids to somewhat make up for what we naturally lose with age. Those lipids do double duty fighting against the aging process and making skin look softer. Though slightly pricier than some of the others, applying this moisturizer every evening will help smooth lines and add fullness. We can finally look back at all best of times with a smile that beams out from a fully moisturized face.
We’ve shared our thoughts on face creams, so we’ll leave you with these wise words… Ask not what your skin can do for you, but what you can do for your epidermis! Hang in there with your skin care. Moisturize like no one is watching! Whatever inspirational words you require to remember your moisturizer, you will now have a short list of recommendations to reference. The creams that made the cut and found their way to our list each have ingredients that naturally nourish the skin. Whether it’s aloe vera, avocado, banana, or the various vitamins that help regenerate skin cells, these lotions are loaded with the good stuff.
In fact, there are several more moisturizers that make the grade and could easily join this list.
These other Vivianne Woodard creams and serums are super hydrating and help your skin heal from the outside in. Having perfected the formulas over that last 60 years, these water-based products have proven they are worthy of a place in your beauty regimen. All of these items forego the filler and get down to the essentials. You’ll find it’s only the highest quality ingredients that get in, and that’s what makes the difference. Whether it’s a mist to keep your skin cool and hydrated, or a travel-sized moisturizer for your Go Bag, it’s a good idea to stock up on the stuff that keeps you looking and feeling great.
It’s important to remember that your skin – just like you – can change over time. If you’ve noticed that one of your favorite products isn’t what it used to be, try changing it up and testing out something new. As you can see from this list, you have options. Just remember to feed your face the food it needs and also give it a little of the pampering it wants and deserves. There’s no one perfect option that’s a fit for everyone, so find one that works for you.
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