Moisturizing 101


I've been totally obsessed with the following three items as of late so I had to blog about them. They all serve the same purpose - to moisturize (amongst other things). Two are super cheap, one is not, but together they have been making my skin very happy and now that winter is slowly coming to an end I have to thank them from saving me from any skin disasters.


1. Eucerin Aquaphor
Has been so good on any dry patches on lips, cuticles, knuckles, elbows, feet - you name it. It's basically a stripped-down version of Vaseline with a thicker consistency (and fewer ingredients). Feels a bit greasy on if you apply it to the skin but it's been really wonderful. Works well to protect minor scrapes and cuts as well, so if you're like me and constantly getting random little paper cuts, this product is a must-have! Has a nice glossy effect on the lips as well, so I even apply it over lipstick during the day! Not sticky at all and feels so smooth. I got mine form Shoppers Drug Mart for $9.99.

2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
This is another basic moisturizing product that I can't be without. Sometimes if my skin is feeling extra dry, after removing my makeup with whatever I'm using at the moment (usually a micellar water type of product), I use a generous amount of this moisturizer and give my face a good massage for about 5-10 minutes before gently rinsing it off or wiping it off with a towel. Skin is instantly rehydrated and happy afterwards.
Sure it doesn't feel as luxurious as other moisturizers I've tried (*sigh* Chanel Hydramax, one day you'll be mine) but it's always good to have a cheap, basic moisturizer on hand at all times to rely on. I use it as a body moisturizer as well.
I will need to buy something a bit lighter and with SPF for summertime but this winter I found myself really appreciating good ol' Cetaphil.

3. Chantecaille Vital Essence
This is a serum designed to go all over the face and used either alone or under moisturizers (for an extra boost, if needed). It's rich in anti-odxidants, fancy plant extracts and Vitamin C. I absolutely love this as an under-eye "moisturizer". I don't own an eye cream and don't find the need to since this fulfills my under-eye needs. It's extremely lightweight, has a very faint fresh scent and a little goes a long way. One pump is enough for my eye area and my forehead. The bottle is pricy, I got mine from Neiman Marcus and it was $98 but it has lasted me over a year with regular every day use (sometimes I use it in the morning as well) and it works so well at calming under-eye puffiness and making the area feel smooth and refreshed.

I would like to try another eye cream after I use up the Chantecaille just to compare since I've been using that for so long, so suggestions are welcome. I am a fan of thin gel-like consistencies and don't like anything heavy or too creamy since that area never gets dry on me.

What are your favourite moisturizing products?