Finding the Perfect Moisturizer & What I Use!
I have trouble finding a good moisturizer for my skin type. It’s oily, but it’s also acne-prone. Finding a moisturizer that tames the oilies in my skin and doesn’t clog my pores isn’t an easy task. I see people slathering themselves in hydrating skin care products all the time, but I’m left here to suffer with dry skin that’s problematic at the same time. Yeah, I really want some of that moisture in my skin too (hehe), but it’s not as easy as it seems. So I’ve been on the search for a moisturizer for so many years and failing each time. A moisturizer works great for the first few days but ends up breaking me out by mid-week. It’s not fun. Sometimes the breakouts were so bad that I stopped using an actual moisturizer. Yes, moisturizing is important, but the experience can be disappointing when nothing ever works. So I’ve rounded up a list of hydrating essences and moisturizers that somehow managed to work on my skin (just a little bit) without causing my skin to erupt in cystic acne or closed comedones. I dread those suckers!! First, I started off with Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum to hydrate my skin but needed a more moisturizing product after noticing that it wasn’t giving my skin the proper moisture that it needs. This is what I use! Here they are!
★ Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence
This essence isn’t bad. It’s just not the most hydrating and can potentially dry the skin out. It needs moisture to keep the skin hydrated. I tried using it on my damp skin, but that didn’t work for me. I noticed blackheads on my face. But it seems to do just fine without applying it to damp skin. It works for what it is. And I know it doesn’t clog my pores. It’s just not that hydrating as the name of the product says. lol. I keep this essence around, since it’s not too bad, and it’s an affordable hyaluronic acid product.
★ Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
This essence has the potential to clog my pores, but that’s if I use it too often during the week. So I use it only a few times a week at night. I avoid using it during the day due to the stickiness of the product, and my skin is more oily during the day vs night. It’s more moisturizing compared to Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, so it does a better job at keeping my skin moisturized. It’s nice to keep it around just in case my skin feels drier than usual. It’s a lightweight essence that absorbs into the skin very quick even though it’s sticky. Try it, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
★ Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
I stopped using Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel because it was burning my exfoliated skin. Since my skin is back to normal, I decided to include it in my routine. It’s not the most moisturizing product, but it doesn’t irritate or break me out. It’s also one of the products that contain Propolis that doesn’t clog my pores. All of the other Propolis skin care products I’ve used gave me acne. It may or may not be Propolis but the other ingredients in those particular products. This aloe gel feels soothing on the skin. It’s just not that moisturizing, and the moisture doesn’t last for too long. I prefer to use it in the morning instead of night. But sometimes I sneak it in at night when I need to soothe my skin or give it a little bit more moisture. It feels very nice on the skin.
★ Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask
Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask is the best out of the bunch that leaves the skin moisturized, especially for oily skin. It helped nourish my skin, kept it moisturized, and brightened my skin a bit. It’s weird. I have a on-and-off relationship with this moisturizer. I said I wouldn’t try it again (lol), but it was sitting there glaring at me. So I did. My skin was dry. l used it. haha. Let’s see how long the brightening effect lasts! BUT, I’m really in it for the moisture. Unfortunately, I can’t use this moisturizer too often, since it’s pretty moisturizing on my skin. I take a day or two off using this moisturizer when my skin gets too oily. Moisturizing is good but too much can also be bad.
What are your favorite moisturizers? What has worked for you? Share! 🙂
After Using Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum for 1 Week…
I stopped using Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum a while ago. But my face has been getting really red from dryness. I’m still trying to find a moisturizer that works on my skin. Vanicream wrecked my skin. Since this isn’t a heavy moisturizer, I thought I would give it a chance again. My face was feeling itchy and taut. Ugh! I couldn’t put up with it anymore. I was looking through my skin care products and noticed I still have Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum…so why not. So this serum is supposed to enhance skin barrier repair and reduce inflammation. It contains Centella Asiatica Extract (49%) and Panthenol to soothe irritated skin caused by external environmental stressors and prevent skin inflammation. I’ve been using it for a week. Yes, I lasted a week on it. haha. I guess that’s a good sign. Here’s my experience with Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum!
This serum is a gel. It feels hydrating when applied to the skin. Leaves the skin feeling like it’s doing something good for the skin. Skin feels soft and supple afterwards. Sinks into the skin well too. Even though it leaves a slight film behind, after it absorbs into the skin fully, feels like there’s nothing on the skin. This serum does feel hydrating on the skin when first applied, but it’s not a good hydrating serum. It feels drying at times. At the same time, it leaves my skin looking really healthy. I started using Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum because my skin was feeling really dry and itchy. I needed something to keep my skin moisturized. I didn’t want to risk using a heavier moisturizer again and breaking out. This seemed to be it.
Does it help with dryness? Kinda. Does it help with redness? Yes! I love the fact that I noticed a reduction in redness in my skin after a day of use. This serum has a calming effect on the skin. I needed something that was able to heal my broken barrier too. This worked! So it helped soothe and strengthen the skin barrier as it claims to do. Awesome! Because not all serums and moisturizers do (just because it’s moisturizing). This serum contains Ceramide NP to help with that. And I’ve used ceramide-based creams that only left my skin congested and irritated. This serum just soaks into my skin and improves it!
This serum also contains centella asiatica extract (49%), niacinamide, panthenol, hydrolyzed collagen, green tea extract, sodium hyaluronate, pepetides, adenosine, and so much more! The ingredients look pretty good! The serum does have a lavender oil smell to it (contains lavender oil), so if you’re sensitive to essential oils, they do have a unscented version of this seurm. I didn’t have a problem with the scented version, so I kept on using it. It hasn’t irritated my skin at all. Also, this product also contains Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate and Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate. If you have fungal acne, this is not for you.
Not yet so far. At one point I thought I had issues with this serum, but it might’ve been caused by another product or products in my routine. I’m looking at you The Ordinary. But yeah, no clogged pores from this serum yet. I hope it stays that way because I’m hoping to officially add this serum into my routine. I needed a nice serum with a bunch of skin care goodies like this one. I really like how it calms my skin and heals my moisture barrier.
Pros & Cons
- Feels hydrating on the skin at first
- Doesn’t feel heavy
- Soothes the skin
- Absorbs into the skin well
- Reduces redness, inflamed skin
- Keeps the moisture barrier healthy
- Smells like lavender oil (may be irritating for some)
- Leaves a slight film behind. Just a little bit.
- Not enough moisture
After a week of using this serum, everything seems to be going well. I haven’t noticed clogged pores from this serum. Thankfully! It’s not the most hydrating serum, but my skin seems to benefit from it. It reduces redness in my skin. Makes my skin look more soft and smooth. Keeps my moisture barrier healthy and happy without feeling heavy on the skin. I know brands like Vanicream and CeraVe have ceramides in their products, but they’re not acne-friendly as people make it out to be. None of their face products work on my acne-prone skin. SO! I like this serum. The ingredients are pretty amazing. For the price and what you get, it’s a good deal! Especially when compared to high end skincare products that costs hundreds of dollars. This 60 mL bottle of serum delivers. Now just as long as it doesn’t break me out! I’m hoping for another good week on this serum! Look out for my new update soon to find out!
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