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! 🙂
Review: iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum
Here’s another iUNIK skin care product I have. It’s iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum! Don’t forget to check out my review on the iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Eye Cream! So this serum is infused with Propolis Extract (70%), Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract (12%), and Centella Asiatica. The purpose of this serum is to soothe, nourish, revitalize the skin while reducing redness and calming the skin. From my experience, centella is amazing at reducing redness from acne and all-over skin redness. It’s really good at that. And it works. This serum also helps with dry, damaged, dull skin, and hyperpigmentation. Delivering minerals, vitamins, and amino acids to the skin. In turn, it helps to prevent irritation, acne, breakouts, and wrinkles. It’s ideal for sensitive skin, fragrance-free (yay!), hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic too. But these are just claims. Let’s see if it works! I’ve had iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum for about 6 months now. Here are my thoughts on this serum!
iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum comes in a 50 mL bottle. It’s golden in color. I thought the color of this serum was quite intriguing. It’s gold, bright, and glowy. So I used it in the morning and at night. Just a few drops of this serum and gently pat it into the skin. It feels a little bit sticky at first, but that feeling eventually disappears when it absorbs into the skin. It feels lightweight. Very hydrating and made my skin appear smoother, dewier, and more glossy. There was a nice sheen to my skin. My skin looked very moisturized and healthy. Even though it is fragrance-free, it has a subtle sweet smell to it. The smell is barely noticeable. Maybe it’s just my nose, haha! The smell vanishes and doesn’t last long, so that’s not something to worry about. And yes, fragrance-free products can have a smell to them. Be it from essential oils or other ingredients in the product. In this case, this serum contains bergamot oil. That must be the sweet smelling scent. You know, I actually really do like the smell of bergamot oil. It smells pretty good. But this could be a problem for people that are sensitive to essential oils or fragrance.
After months of using this serum, I decreased my application to once a day, since the serum became too heavy on my oily skin. It started to feel more sticky and too much for my skin. Perhaps it was the change in weather. And the fact that I do have oily skin. Or it’s just too moisturizing for my skin type. Even with using it once a day, I started noticing little bumps along my jawline and forehead and stopped using it immediately. So I think the breakouts had to do with one of the main ingredients in this product. Ahem, propolis. Propolis is a waxy substance. That explains that strange film it left behind on my skin every time I used it. When this happens, it’s trapping in sebum, dirt, debris into the pores. This is definitely a huge no-no for my skin. Much like beeswax. I can’t use skin care products with beeswax either. As for skin brightening, in the beginning, I noticed a little bit of brightening but not much. I didn’t think this serum was that great at brightening the overall complexion. It didn’t help with hyperpigmentation or acne marks either. It didn’t do much for my skin besides hydrating it. Seems like this serum would work better for someone with dry or normal skin. My oily skin didn’t like it in the long run. I wished it worked because it does have some nice ingredients in it, such as sodium hyaluronate, niacinamide, licorice. Well, that’s too bad it didn’t work out. Oh well, haha. Moving on…
This is what the serum looks like. A drop of serum.
Pros & Cons
- Contains Propolis Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, and Centella Asiatica
- Made the skin appear dewy
- Soothes the skin
- Doesn’t brighten the skin
- Didn’t help reduce redness in the skin
- Didn’t do much for hyperpigmentation
- Can’t tell if it did anything for wrinkles but it is hydrating
- Left a weird film on my skin
- It is fragrance-free but contains bergamot oil. If you’re sensitive to fragrance or scents, this may be a problem.
I was really looking forward to the results of this serum. Many claimed it brightened their skin. Helped with wrinkles and so much more. I thought it was only good at hydrating the skin. It didn’t help to brighten my skin tone or help with hyperpigmentation or acne marks. Well, on my skin, nothing changed but the hydration. But, unfortunately, I had to stop using this serum due to it breaking me out and leaving an annoying thin film on my skin that felt waxy. Trapping sebum, dirt, debris into my pores. That’s what it felt like on my skin. It looks like propolis just isn’t for my skin type. This may work for others, but it didn’t work on my skin. It’s best for me to stay away from products that contain this ingredient. The eye cream also contains propolis, but it worked because I only used it on my eyes. I’m happy that I didn’t try it on my face. That would’ve been a disaster.
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