Step Five: Moisturizer

I love me a good moisturizer...maybe that's why I have so many. Depending on how I, or rather my skin, feels I switch between a couple at a given time. They range in consistency and can meet several skin needs. Even lazy girls should at least cleanse their face, use a good moisturizer, and use SPF. No matter what your skin type, keeping your skin hydrated can fight flaking, redness, and aging. The main point of a moisturizer is to help your skin hold in water. Some moisturizing ingredients can absorb water from the air while others help fill in the gaps in between skin cells to minimize roughness. 

1. Lancôme Énergie de Vie dullness relief & energy recharge daily cream $55
This cream has a pretty thick consistency but it absorbs quickly and really leaves my skin feeling plumped up and smooth. I started using this back when the weather was much colder and harsher, but even the summertime heat can make my skin feel dry so I like to use this whenever that happens. 

2. Laneige water bank gel cream $35
Gel creams are great for summer because they're so light and feel refreshing. This one in particular gives a slight cooling sensation when you apply it. On humid days this is my go to cream to use because it hydrates my skin without feeling heavy. Sometimes if you use too heavy of a moisturize when it's hot and humid, your face will feel very oily and you'll just look like a hot mess. This gel cream on the other hand gives your face a nice dewy look instead of an oily one.

3. Kiehl's skin rescuer $40
I use this moisturizer to help combat redness and overall blotchiness. One thing that the sales associate at Kiehl's told me was that this product can be used alone or you can mix it with other moisturizers. It's more like a lotion consistency rather than a thick cream so it's easy to mix and it's not too light and not too heavy. Overall it's a very no fuss, simple, effective product. 

4. Estee Lauder day wear multi-protection anti-oxident creme SPF 15 $50
I actually didn't purchase this at all. My mom got it in a gift with purchase at Nordstrom, and she was nice enough to let me have it. It's pretty thick for being a day cream but I'm just using it because why not- it was free. I prefer at least SPF 30 but since I don't spend lots of hours outside SPF 15 is fine for the day to day. (Besides my BB cream has like at least SPF 40 so...) If my mom hadn't given this to me I probably wouldn't think of buying this for myself but I like that it has anti-oxidents. The main point here is that for daytime (even cloudy ones) using a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 is one of the best ways, if not the best way, to help prevent skin cancer, dark spots, wrinkles, and overall aging of the skin.