Yes, I was that girl.
It wasn't until one of my friends who has the most beautiful skin in the world told me that she doesn't use cleanser, but she faithfully moisturizes with Nivea Soft that I got all moisturizer crazy.
(Funny enough, I thought it was an old family secret or something, but no, she just liked the commercial. She was that girl.)
Since then, I've branched out and tried a few more things. Moisturizer is one of those things I'm still really fickle about -- I'm wildly curious about all the different ones that exist, but simultaneously terrified that each new one I try will wreak havoc on my skin. It's moisturizer limbo.
From left to right in the photo above, I have arranged the bottles from most moisturizing to most mattifying.
1. Jojoba Oil -- This essential oil acts most like our skin's sebum, so I was the most comfortable trying this as an all-over moisturizer. I can't use too much or I break out, but I tend to apply a few drops all over and soak up the excess with a tissue. Otherwise, I mix it into one of the other moisturizers if I'm looking for a natural kick.
2. La Roche Posay Substiane Yeux -- Technically, this isn't a moisturizer, but I still use it when my skin is in serious need of deep hydration. I tend to use it at night like a mask and apply it in a thick layer without rubbing it in. Then I wake up with the ultra-hydrated, glowy skin and I'm happy for the entire day. I don't use this regularly, only when I feel like my skin is in need of a mild treatment. Maybe this shouldn't have gone under moisturizer...
3. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentré -- this is every makeup artist's holy grail moisturizer and I totally get it. It's light but super-duper hydrating. I've found these past few weeks that it's been a little much for me, so I no longer use it during the day. You can also use it to remove makeup or as a hydrating mask, but I haven't tried it for either of those things since I have other products that I like for both those functions.
4. Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15 -- I like the finish this moisturizer gives, and it doesn't leave my skin too dewy-looking. I usually follow up with an actual sunscreen, but I use this on days that I'm in a hurry and/or am being lazy.
5. NeoStrata Oil-Free Moisture Infusion Lotion -- I'd never tried anything from the Neostrata line before this product; to be quite honest, I'd barely heard of it. A boy in my local Shoppers Drug Mart convinced me to buy it when I was spending my points and I'm so, so, so glad he did. I don't often go for oil-free things, but this is a godsend when I choose to put makeup on. It has such a lovely, smooth finish that I don't feel the need to use primer when I've used this lotion. I've used this at night and haven't woken up with excess oil on my face.
6. Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturizer -- I got this as a 100-point perk from Sephora. I think this dries even more matte than the Neostrata and also seems to have a slight airbrushing quality to it. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but this is the moisturizer I use on hot days when I don't want to wear makeup. This is also one of those magical oil-free moisturizers that doesn't leave my skin madly overproducing oil, but that may be because I don't use it every day.
Rest assured, I've purchased a handful more moisturizers on my trip which I'm so ready to test out! I'm contemplating a Germany haul but...how many hauls would that already be this year??