Can Anyone Recommend a Good Moisturizer ?

Ever since I got back from the Dominican, my skin has been unholy dry.  Like, half my face is flaking off.  I put moisturizer on 6 or 7 times yesterday, but it’s still crazy dry.  (The picture really doesn’t do it justice, but you can sort of see how flaky my skin is. And that’s *after* I moisturized!). Even the skin under my eyes is dry (despite using eye cream), which makes me look like I’m ten thousand years old.

So, yeah, can anyone recommend a good moisturizer?

But not Oil of Olay because Oil of Olay products are cursed.

12 Replies to “Can Anyone Recommend a Good Moisturizer ?”

  1. Book an appointment to the spa for a good facial, no sense putting lotion on dead skin! Or do an at home exfoliation. I just started using Neutrogena oil-free fresh moisture. I like it! It goes on nice and isn't greasy. Been using it since Xmas and my skin is really hydrated.

  2. if it's for your face, I have no good recommendations – everyone's skin is so different! But I do second the exfoliation recommendation (be gentle!). Other than that, make sure you're drinking enough water and wait it out. You should be better in a week or so.

  3. I (happily) don't usually require any moisturizing (apparently my skin is not dry at all) but I love Body Shop stuff and in addition to a variety of body butters, they have an exfoliating facial cleanser in their Vitamin E line (it's all pink) that is pretty gentle and I expect would provide good moisturizing. Of course, Body Shop stuff is pretty damned expensive. I would totally give you the free Vitamin E body butter I got during one of their promotions (since I've never used it) but there's the whole distance problem.

  4. My suggestions are expensive, but:

    1. For everyday use: Philosophy's Hope in a Jar, from Sephora

    2. For intense moisturizing: Aveda tourmaline charged hydrating creme, found at any Aveda salon/spa, also Eccotique

    Given the tagline to my blog, I spend a lot of effort on personal moisturizing.

  5. hey beth,

    I interviewed a dermatologist for a story about dry skin at one point*…

    The main thing I remember is that most moisturizers are a barrier to keep moisture in – they generally don't provide moisture in and of themselves** – so they work best if you apply them right after getting out of the shower or washing your face. The idea is that the grease*** in moisturizers traps the water inside your nice hydrated skin and keeps it from evaporating.

    I also get crusty-flaky-nosis as well, you have my sympathy. I recommend picking at it, particularly while you are driving.

    I'd also like to include a shoutout for cocoa butter here. It smells delicious and it's cheap****. It's a bit much for the face, but this might be just one of those occasions that it is called for. I've also been known to use bag balm.

    * I cannot find the story online, however. This makes me wonder if I imagined it.
    ** Humectant moisturizers are, of course, the exception to this.
    *** good smelling grease with a multimillion dollar advertising budget is still grease.

  6. My theory: you've moisturized too much. Your skin is so moist that it's gone back to being dry. I recommend a full body pumice. It's the only solution.

  7. I second the Neutrogena recommendation – I've been using the moisturizer for sensitive skin for over a year and I love it!

    For exfoliation, I alternate between Burt's Bees Peach and Willowbark Deep Scrub and Lush's Ocean Salt Cleanser. I use the Burt's in the winter because it's pretty thick and exfoliates without drying out, and I use the Lush's in the summer because it's very refreshing.

  8. Thanks for the info everyone! I’ve been using the Neutrogenia Oil Free Moisture (I like that it has some sun protection) and, due to this dryness, pulled out a jar of Clinque exfoliant…. But the exfoilant is like a thousand years old, so maybe it’s time for a fresh jar?

    On an unrelated topic, I’m writing this comment onyviphone and discovered that the IntenseDebate comment thingy doesn’t show up when you view my site on the iPhone. Weird.

  9. I'm finding it interesting that you had such a reaction, since Vancouver's being unseasonably warm, and I assume just as humid. I wonder if my skin will react when I go, or come back from Maui after a week. We'll see I guess.

    I've never used drugstore-brand moisturizers. My mom's used Clinique moisturizer as far back as I can remember so I kind of developed a taste for the good stuff early.

  10. It is odd that my skin is so dry living in a freakin' rain forest! It was a tiny bit dry before I went to the DR, was fine while I was there and now it's just terrible!

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