Sunday, December 30, 2018

Winter Face and Body Moisturizers to Combat Dry Skin

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While I do not have dry skin naturally, like many I definitely experience it during the colder months of the year. This year, for some reason, my skin has been more dry than usual– therefore, I thought that I would share a few new-to-me products that have been doing an impressive job maintaining the hydration levels of my skin.
IOPE Super Vital Cream ($100.00 for 1.69 oz. from Aritaum): This is an ultra-rich, and yet exceedingly lightweight and fast absorbing, face cream that has a dreamy velvety texture that melts into the skin immediately. It leaves behind absolutely no residue, despite its serious emollience, and it leaves skin immediately hydrated, soft, smooth and luminous. It does have a light and clean aroma, but it fades quickly.

According to IOPE,

Address the more complex signs of aging with the power of Super Plant™ Selaginella for a revitalized complexion. Rich all-in-one anti-aging cream combines “Super Flavonoid” and IOPE’s exclusive Bio-seletinoid™ in a naturally derived botanical equation to help boost skin’s youthful quality by enhancing the look of dullness, fine wrinkles and elasticity. The velvety, nutrient-rich texture melts on skin to keep complexion hydrated, radiant and youthful looking. The rich, creamy honey texture melts and adheres to skin for a supremely soft, moisturized look and feel.

Directions: Step 1: In the morning and evening, after using a softener, serum and eye cream, scoop out 0.5ml (a dime-sized amount) of the cream. Step 2: Apply product evenly on the forehead, both cheeks, and chin.Tap the surface of the skin to reduce residue and increase absorption to the skin.
The Plant Science: "Super Plant™ Selaginella has the ability to survive in the most extreme environments without water, reviving itself at the first rainfall. Selaginella holds a powerful life force in its extract that IOPE combined with Waxberry Extract to create a “Super Flavonoid” with a superior antioxidant and anti-aging benefit that helps promote more radiant and firmer complexion."

Ingredients: Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Coconut Oil, Niacinamide, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Peg-60 Glyceryl Ssostearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Polyacrylate-13, Fragrance, Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cozylmethylene Dioxycinnamate, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polysorbate20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dextrin, Safflower Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Chitosan, Ferric Oxide, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Myrica Cerifera Leaf Extract, Selaginella Extract, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Glycolipids, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Caffeine, Theanine, Green Tea Extract.
KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturiser ($45.00 from Korres USA, SephoraMacy's, b-glowing and Dermstore): This ingenious product is an effective priming moisturizer that is, thankfully, silicone-free. It is nourishing, hydrating, very lightweight and it is a very effective makeup base that radically increases the wear-time of your makeup. It is a perfect hydrating base to give your skin extra moisture and protection during the colder months of the year.

According to KORRES,

A lightweight, silicone-free priming moisturizer infused with super C, nature's most powerful form of Vitamin C. 

Infused with wild rose oil, powerful vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and turmeric extract, this weightless moisturizer delivers 24-hour hydration as well as brightening and priming benefits. This multitasking, super-nourishing solution helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and skin discoloration, while eliminating excess shine and decongesting pores with white willow bark—rich in natural salicylic acid. Skin will be perfectly prepped for makeup application and all day wear. 

Wild rose is nature's most potent skin brightener with nine times more vitamin C than found in orange juice. This formula is also boosted with super C, which increases skin's vitamin C absorption by 1,000 percent.

This priming moisturizer contains 96.9 percent natural ingredients, and like all Korres formulations, is made without petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, and ethanolamines. It is dermatologically tested, suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and cruelty-free.

Directions: Apply to the face and neck as the final step in your skincare routine and before makeup, avoiding the eye area.

Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:

-Wild Rose Oil: Delivers significant antioxidant action to improve the look of fine lines, discoloration, and skin texture using omegas 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids and vitamins A and C.
-Super C (Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate): Brightens, supports natural collagen synthesis, and provides antioxidant protection.
-Imperata Cylindrica Extract: Sourced from a desert plant, it’s known for its ability to provide continuous moisturization by regulating the moisture equilibrium of the skin.
-Turmeric Extract: Provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Alcohol Denat., Isoamyl Laurate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Distarch Phosphate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic Acid, Lecithin, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Uncle Bud's Body Wash with Hemp Seed Oil ($13.99 for 8 oz. from Amazon): I had never tried anything from this brand before, and didn't know what to expect, but I absolutely fell in love with this body wash the first time that I tried it. It contains Aloe Vera and Hemp Seed Oil that moisturize the skin, and it has a creamy-dreamy lather (especially when used with a body mit or sponge) that is non-drying. Not only does it thoroughly clean and hydrate the skin, but I find it emollient enough that I can shave my legs with it. It has the delectable scent of coconut that makes the whole shower smell delicious.

According to Uncle Bud's,

Uncle Bud’s Body Wash is a gentle formula that makes you feel clean, smell great, and be fresh. Uncle Bud’s Body Wash uses the healing power of hemp oil & coconut oil to help relax and soothe your body. Uncle Bud’s Body Wash has the pleasant scent of coconut: Squeeze out, lather up, rinse off, & be clean!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauryol Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Hemp Seed Oil), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Dipalmitate, Fragrance.

Uncle Bud's Coconut + Hemp Oil Massage & Body Oil ($12.95 for 4 oz. from Amazon): This can either be used as a massage or body oil, but I have only used it as body oil and can't really comment on its efficacy as a massage oil. It is a very lightweight and fast-absorbing oil that very effectively moisturizes dry skin. I have been using it to moisturize my whole body, but have really noticed the difference in my legs since they have been unusually dry this winter. It is nourishing, healing and ultra-hydrating. It has the delicious scent of coconut, but it is light and therefore not in the least bit overpowering.

According to Uncle Bud's,

Uncle Bud’s Massage & Body Oil uses the healing powers of hemp oil to help revitalize the body & moisturizes skins. Uncle Bud’s Massage & Body Oil quick-absorbing formula helps aid in the relief of sore muscles with the pleasant scent of coconut. Uncle Bud’s Massage & Body Oil will enhance a soothing & pampering massage!

Ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Cannabis Sative Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-10, Polyglyceryl-10 Dipalmitate, Tocopherol, Fragrance.
Miss Bud's Hemp Body Butter ($13.99 for 4 oz. from Amazon): Of the three Uncle Bud's products that I have been using, and loving, this is the one with which I am the most obsessed. This body butter is ultra-rich and emollient, and seriously moisturizing. Unlike many body butters that are thick and very dense, this one is lighter in weight with an incredibly smooth and velvety texture. It is truly divine! It heals dry and chapped skin effectively and efficiently, and it has a delectable Mango-Mandarin aroma that is uplifting and refreshing.

According to Uncle Bud's,

Discover the incredible skincare benefits of pure Hemp seed oil with Miss Bud’s Hemp Body Butter. Our decadently rich mango-mandarin scented quick absorbing Hemp Seed Oil formula deeply penetrates the skin to provide long lasting hydration - rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6, high in vitamins A, D, E and high in antioxidants leaving your skin soft and supple. Only Miss Bud’s Skincare uses Canatrex, our proprietary formula of pure Organic Hemp Seed Oil combined with natural oils & ingredients.

This powerful natural formula uses the healing power of hemp oil to help our skin will begin to feel moisturized & nourished! Uncle Bud’s Hemp Body Butter will leave your skin hydrated & wrapped in moisture.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Carthamus Tinctorius (Sa¬ower) Seed Oil, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaterniu,-37, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cannabis Sative Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol & Caprylyl Glycol & Ethylhexylglycerin & Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance. Paraben Free, Sulfate free and GMO free. Made in the USA.
IMAGE Vital C Hydrating Hand and Body Lotion ($38.00 for 6 oz. from Image Skincare, Amazon and Walmart): This lightweight and fast absorbing hand and body lotion is moisturizing, brightening and has a delectable citrus aroma. It is one of my current favorite moisturizers for my hands and feet, and in fact I love to apply it at night underneath Miss Bud's Hemp Body Butter for impressive results. The following morning my hand and feet are unbelievably soft and moisturized. Add fluffy cotton socks and mitts to seal in the moisture, and you will wake up to baby soft skin.

According to IMAGE,

Experience the same powerful effects of our Vital C facial formulations in a quenching lotion designed especially for the body. Featuring four highly active forms of vitamin C, this luxurious moisturizer stars anti-aging ingredients often reserved for the face. It goes beyond hydrating to treat and target telltale signs of aging on the body.

Key Ingredients: Vit C Complex, L-ascorbic acid, BV-OSC, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Oil), Macadamia Oil. Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter
Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($9.99-$12.49 for 12 oz. from Walgreens, Target, Walmart, Amazon and CVS): This moisturizer is activated by damp freshly-showered skin, and it is so effective and fuss-free that it is perfect for people who often forget to apply lotion. It is by far my husband's favorite lotion, and in fact the only one that he uses daily. It is unscented, very moisturizing and it is phthalate-free,sSulfate-free, fluoride-free, dye-free and aluminum-free. They also created an Itch-Defense to calm and moisturize dry and itchy skin.

According to Curél

Keep skin hydrated and moisturize daily before you step out of the shower! Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is a revolution in wet skin technology that doesn’t simply calm, smooth and soften, but also heals dry skin and restores your body’s ability to retain its own much-needed moisture. The water-activated properties penetrate deep into skin’s surface all happens in the shower – no rinsing required — so you can just dry off, dress and go!

Overall Assessment: If you are looking for a new moisturizer to try this winter, these are definitely contenders. What moisturizers are you reaching for this season?

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  1. I didn't know there was a Curel Hydra Therapy Itch Defense! My husband is having problem with extreme, dry, and itchy skin due to some of his heart medications. This would be PERFECT for him!

  2. I tried the regular one, and it was good. Jeff is complaining about itchy skin. I'll get him the new one

    1. The regular and the itch formulas are both really good. If Jeff's skin has been itchy, it's definitely worth trying that formula!

  3. My skin too is drier this time of the year, I have combination skin (and sensitive too)

    1. Mine too, I have really had to use lots of oils and moisturizers this winter!

  4. I love your recommendations! The IOPE cream looks amazing. I love Hempz moisturizer, I'd like to try a few things from Bud's. I have a Vitamin C Image cleanser that I love.

    1. Thanks, Cindy! The IOPE s really nice. I highly recommend Uncle Bud's products, and their Body Butter is INCREDIBLE!

  5. I have never heard of Iope but that cream sounds so luxurious!!


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