I asked for three different moisturizers for Christmas. I like giving my husband choices. If I’m going to tell him exactly what I want, I feel like the least I can do is give him some choice in the matter. This moisturizing obsession started long ago. When I moved in with Juggling in Heels blogger Sarah, I was obsessed with Kiehls. And I was also obsessed with everything in my new bathroom matching. So I walked down to the cosmetics department and dropped half a commission check on product before move in day. And as I lined the counter with my matching Kiehls containers I felt really, ridiculously happy.
So needless to say I was super pleased Christmas morning when I opened Fresh lotion and shower gel in lemon sugar. Matching. Heaven. And I didn’t even mention wanting the shower gel. Nice work Aaron. But then ten minutes later I opened moisturizer number two. And then another five minutes later, number three. At which point I seriously started laughing. To which he replied, “Let’s be honest Anne, you wanted all of them.” And really, I did. So I graciously accepted and promptly lined my bathroom counters.
Fast forward through one month of use and two of those gifts have become bottles I will never let go empty. Add to those two new finds: a stem cell hand cream and a toner that acts like a soothing lotion and there you have it. My favorite moisturizers, of all time.
Bioderma Atoderm Crème
Do you read articles about French women and feel more than a bit envious? How do they look so good when every article says they never wash their hair, don’t wear much makeup and drink a ton of wine? I don’t get it. So I did some research on popular skincare products in France and this moisturizer came up again and again. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a bottle. And It’s absolutely amazing.
It is incredibly rich so let me be honest, this is not a “rub into my legs then put on a pair of jeans” lotion. It needs time to settle in. I use this when I shower and can hang out in my robe for a bit. Overnight is even better. Your skin will be the softest it ever has been. Another tip: use this as your night cream. I repeat, use it. On your face. As a night cream. It is so rich, you will not breakout and even retinoid dry skin will be supple. Trust me. Especially under your eyes. There is literally no irritation at all and your fine lines will diminish with all of the moisture.
Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream
The smell. Oh the smell. I love this body cream. It makes my whole bathroom smell like a spa when I get out of the shower. This product will immediately sink into skin. Meaning yes, you can put it on and then pull on your skinny jeans. No problem. It makes my skin instantly soft and feels so luxurious. If you can, try to pick this up in a set and get the Incredible Spreadable scrub. Same scent in an awesome exfoliator for the whole body.
Okay, so I’m dipping my toes in the stem cell waters. I’ve read enough to know that this is where skincare is headed. And the reason this research is making it’s way into our moisturizers is because of what stem cells can do for our internal organs. Because if it works that well on the inside well, why not use it on our largest organ, the skin.
Enter Stemology. They are the first company to launch products with both human and stem cell technologies. And do so ethically. Which in this category is really, really important. Just trust me. I’m testing a face serum and a hand cream to share with you JIH readers. (PS – giveaway in your future!) I will tell you about the serum next month but I can’t wait another minute to tell you about this hand cream.
It is so light but also incredibly hydrating. Which seems like an impossibility. I have typically left hand cream application for bedtime because I literally cannot shake hands with someone or open the car door for like an hour afterwards. So when I applied my makeup five minutes after putting this hand cream on I was thrilled that the mascara didn’t go flying at the mirror. And then my hands stayed soft for hours. Done. In love.
Then add that it minimizes brown spots and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles and I’m now a lifer. I apply it daily on my hands and forearms and love that the natural antioxidants are keeping me from aging any quicker than I need to.
Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner
I started using a retinoid cream about three months ago. I knew my English/Irish skin was not going to love it. But I also knew it would do amazing things that only retinol can. So I put together a skincare routine to ensure I minimized irritation. And I’m not kidding when I say, I think this toner was the game changer of the whole operation. I can honestly say that my skin never reacted poorly to the retinol. No redness, no itchiness no flakiness. And I started at 1%, which is a pretty gutsy move for someone who has never used it before. I cannot tell you how happy I am that I unearthed this amazing product. If you are at all sensitive or need extra hydration you have to try this toner. You will absolutely love.
Okay, all done. Go take a bath and put some fancy lotion on.
Until next time.
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