I try to test products in the most slow and methodical way that I can. However, my collection of moisturizers has built up a bit through purchases, subscription box samples, and gifts with purchase and I’ve more recently been trying out a wider variety of products. Although they all boast different claims, they’re mostly geared toward daytime wear and I thought I’d talk through what I’ve been noticing about them.
I’ll start by saying that I have not-too-extreme combination skin, with a slightly oily t-zone and drier cheeks. My skin can sometime move a bit toward normal-to-oily, but has been generally drier through the winter months. It really isn’t prone to blemishes, and I can’t say it’s particularly sensitive, either. I do my best to detect any reactions in my skin, though, for research purposes!
The L’Oreal Collagen Moisture Filler Day Lotion with SPF 15 was something that I purchased for the first time when I started to run low on my Seaweed Mattifying Day Lotion with SPF 15 from The Body Shop. I was looking for a lightweight day moisturizer suitable for combination skin that also included a little bit of SPF. It seemed like the drugstore had lots of options explicitly geared towards dry skin or acne-prone skin, but I didn’t see many products advertised to be lightweight, mattifying or appropriate for combination skin. Basically, I picked this one out based on one phrase on the box: “Melting texture is absorbed quickly without leaving a greasy or sticky film.” Thankfully, it turns out that this product was pretty much exactly what I was looking for. It moisturizes but sinks in and dries down really well, totally living up to the non-greasy and non-sticky claims. It has a floral fragrance, which I don’t personally mind but those sensitive to fragranced skincare will have an issue with it. It’s regularly priced at around $12 but I was able to get it on sale for under $10, so this is a really nice budget option at the drugstore.
I’ve previously written a full review of the Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, and I’ve held on to this sample for a while now. It was something I received in a Sample Society subscription box, and I’ve been really impressed with it. Sometimes I use it in the morning, sometimes I use it in the evening, and it’s just a nice go-to product when I don’t feel like thinking too much about what I’m putting on my skin. It absorbs really readily and you can sort of customize how much moisture you get by actually layering applications with it. There’s no fragrance and I do believe that most skin types would be able to get along just fine with this product. The reason I’m milking the sample like I am and holding off from a purchase is simply the price. $45 feels like a lot to put on a moisturizer, though you do get a good 4 fl. oz. so it’s really not that bad of a deal. Cruelty-free.
This is only a little packet, but I was able to squeeze a couple nights’ worth of hydration out of this sample of the Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Revovery Cream. This is the version for normal, combination and oily skin types, but there’s also a version for dry skin available. I thought I’d just say a few words about this because I was so, so pleased with it. I thought the texture and scent were divine, and it really left my skin feeling plump and soft but not at all greasy. This is geared toward enhancing radiance, firmness and tone, though obviously I didn’t get to use it enough to find out how well it worked in the longer term. If money wasn’t an issue, this would have found it’s way onto my shopping list.
Here’s another Clarins sample, but this time a deluxe 1 oz. gift with purchase. The Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream is supposed to offer antioxidant protection from stresses like pollution while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This is the version for all skin types, but Clarins also offers one for dry skin as well as a gel-cream for oilier skin. I’ve had this sample stashed away for a couple of months but decided to bring it during the winter in the assumption that it’d be heavier than my usual day lotions. I was right, it is heavier and the gel-cream version would probably be a better fit for me for longer-term use. I started out using this during the day for maybe a week and a half when my skin was at it’s driest, but it led to the feeling that my moisture levels had returned and I then transitioned to using it at night. I should mention that it totally has an old lady perfume smell (which dissipates quickly). I’m using this once a day consistently in order to test out the anti-wrinkle claims the best I can. I do like it, it’s just not an ideal match for my combination skin.
I received the Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator in a Sample Society subscription box, and I don’t feel I treated it all that fairly. I used it a few times and stuck in a little skincare box and proceeded to sort of forget about it. Murad claims that this refines pores, provides hydration, helps repair skin breakouts, and minimizes the signs of aging. Because I’ve failed to use it consistently, I can’t really say much about how it would affect pores and fine lines but I can talk about how it feels. The nice thing about this one is that it’s really lightweight, so it might actually be a really good choice for oilier skin types. Personally, I like to add a little bit of additional moisturizer over this one on the drier areas of my face, but I appreciate that this one feels so light and fresh. There’s a little bit of a fresh fragrance in this one, but it’s pretty light. Cruelty-free.
The most recent on to land in my collection is the StriVectin Present Perfect Antioxidant Defense Lotion. I received this in my January Sample Society subscription box, and have since tried it a few times. It’s already difficult for me to refrain from purchasing. The texture is awesome, it feels really balanced and sinks in nicely … perfect for the daytime. Again, it’s a bit over-budget for me (even more so than the Malin + Goetz), but this one immediately got my attention. It’s aimed at smoothing over the early signs of aging, combating dullness and the look of fatigue, and evening out tone and texture. Fragrance is listed in the ingredients, but the smell is very faint. Cruelty-free.
In the past couple of months, I’ve also been using the heck out of my Raunsborg Night Cream. I went ahead and left it off of the list because I reviewed it so recently, though. It’s Danish and lovely, and if you’re curious you can read about it here!
Are there any moisturizers you’ve been loving lately?