Let’s Talk: Intense Hydration

With winter fast approaching, my skin is in need of intense hydration. I got a few requests to show my most hydrating products, including the ones that I find too hydrating for my skin. So here goes nothing. These are the most hydrating products I own.

 

Cleanse

Jordan Samuel – Plie Treatment Cleanser

This cleanser has been a cult favorite among the green skincare community for quite some time. I try not to buy into the hype and ended up skipping out on this cleanser for almost a full year until I finally decided to see what all the buzz was about. Dang it if the hype wasn’t true! It’s one of the best cleansers I have ever used. Working as both a first and second cleanse, my skin is left clean without ever feeling stripped of moisture. My least favorite feeling is when I wash my face and feel the need to run to find a moisturizer to add hydration back into my skin. With this cleanser, my skin is left soft, smooth and nourished.

Omorovicza – Hydra Melting Cleanser

If you are in need of intense hydration and something like the Jordan Samuel Plie Treatment Cleanser still feels stripping or drying on your skin, the Hydra Melting Cleanser may be right up your ally. On my skin, it is far too moisturizing. It’s a little thicker in consistency, almost feeling like Elmers glue as I rubbed it across my face. I didn’t end up enjoying it so I ended up gifting it to my mom who suffered from fairly dry, dehydrated skin. She absolutely loves it, saying that it’s one of the most hydrating cleansers she’s ever used. This is not for the faint of heart, I really think you need very dry skin to love this but if that’s what you have, I’d give it a go.

 

Mist

De Mamiel – Dewy Facial Mist

I never really understood the need for face mists when I was younger. What’s with adding another freaking step into what already felt like an extravagant routine? Are facial mists necessary? Of course not. Are they an amazing luxury? Yes, and I love them. Anytime I feel like my skin is getting a little dry, I spritz my face and all is right in the world again. Makeup looking too powdery? Spritz Spritz. Feeling hot? Spritz Spritz and I’m cool as a cucumber. Chock full of hyaluronic acid, bamboo bio water and aloe vera, this facial mist boosts the skins moisture while calming skin irritations. I like to keep this specific mist by my bed so I can spray my face with it before going to sleep, just as a final shot of hydration.

 

Eyes

Planted In Beauty – Eye Firming Complex

When it comes to moisture, the eye cream is the most moisturizing I have found. I only have a sample size of it, but after using it for 2 weeks at this point, I can safely say that my delicate under-eyes are much more hydrated. My only problem with this is the price. This bad boy comes in at $175, far above what I ever would have contemplated spending on an eye cream before, but dear lord it’s so good it has me reaching in my wallet looking for spare change! When my sample runs out, first I will probably cry and then I will probably bite the bullet and pick up the full size. My eyes just don’t want to live without it!

 

Masks

Sisley – Eye Contour Mask

My under-eyes are one of the first things to show dehydration. Whenever that starts to happen, I like to apply an eye mask to help bring back some much needed moisture. The Eye Contour Mask from Sisley is one of the best that I have used. Although it says to leave this mask only for only 10 minutes, I like to apply a thick layer and go about my business, leaving it for up to an hour before I tissue off the excess. This bad boy is expensive, and I want to get my money’s worth. Immediately, my under-eye is smoothed and hydrated and the effects of this mask always seem to last for days after I use it.

Sisley – Express Flower Gel

Unlike the other categories, for some reason, I don’t have many hydrating face masks. I typically go for detoxifying, healing, or retexturing masks. It turns out, this is literally the only hydrating face mask that I own. Is it the most hydrating mask you will ever find? No, but I do find that it gives a nice shot of moisture into my skin when I am feeling extra dehydrated.

 

Oil

Akar Skin – Desert Rescue Facial Oil

Combining Baobab and Jajoba oils, Desert Rescue quickly absorbs into the skin, locking in moisture. This is one of my favorite steps to add moisture into my skin. I find that an oil, particularly this one, always helps in combatting any dry patches that I may be having. If you are not incredibly dry, this oil would work well as a final step in your skincare routine. If you are looking to really amp up the moisture content, this makes the perfect addition to add in some extra hydration.

 

Balms

I will typically replace my night moisturizer with a balm if I am looking to add an extra shot of moisture into my skin. For this reason, I don’t actually own any rich night moisturizers, only balms.

Josh Rosebrook – Vital Balm

Like I said with the Hydra Melting Cleanser, some products are just too moisturizing for my skin. But you people wanted hydration, so that’s what I’m gonna give ya! The Vital Balm I find to be far too hydrating on my skin. I got a deluxe sample size of it in a Beauty Heroes box a few months back and especially in the Texas summer, I found it impossible for my skin to handle. Once we truly come into winter here, it may be a different story, but for now it stays in my drawer. If you suffer from very dry, flaky skin, I have no doubt that this will help.

Mahalo – Mahalo Balm

My personal balm of choice is the Mahalo Balm. Not at thick as the Vital Balm, this balm to oil adds moisture into my skin without feeling like it’s drowning it. I always wake up glowing after using this. Like the Vital Balm, I have been avoiding this during the summer as I just don’t need that much hydration, but I can’t wait to break it out when it cools down.

Lip Balm

Basalt Basalt – Overnight Lip Masque

It may seem odd to be adding what it essentially a heavy duty lip balm, but I thought I would toss this in considering it is the best overnight lip balm I have ever used. It turns out that I am a mouth breather at night. My mouth hangs wide open, it’s really a sight to see. With that beauty sleep comes incredibly dry lips. After finding this overnight lip mask, I religiously slather it on my lips right before going to bed. I wake up the next morning and my lips are smooth and moisturized, with no dry patches in sight. I may not be able to control my sleeping habits, but this bad boy sure can fight my chapped lips!

PS – They also have a sweet mint lip balm that I use during the day that is the bomb as well. Not as thick as the overnight mask, but an A+ day balm.

Day Moisturizer

Ayuna – Cream II

When it comes to day moisturizers, I don’t typically go for anything too thick. I find that most thick moisturizers don’t sit well under makeup or end up leaving me greasy throughout the day. While I’ve only had this one from Ayuna for about a week now, I can say that it is one of the most moisturizing creams that it still somehow thin enough to use during the day. With olea europea, sweet almond oils and organic water lemon, this cream is not only moisturizing but also nourishing to the skin. The organic water lemon adds luminosity to the skin, giving a radiant glow when used alone, as well as under makeup.

 

What are your favorite moisturizing products?

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