Blemish? Moisturize. Too much sun? Moisturize. Bad day? Moisturize.
I've always wanted to be a girl who takes great care with her makeup each morning, waking up early to put on foundation, concealer, eyeliner, blush, and all those other fun products – but, I've finally come to accept the truth about myself: I care more about sleeping in than doing my makeup. So, my morning routine usually involves a splash of water, moisturizer, and mascara (if I'm lucky).
One thing I've never sacrificed on is my skin. A girl once told me at a slumber party that not washing and moisturizing your face at night ages your skin by four days. Although I'm not completely sure if that statement is true – it put the fear of God into me. Thou shalt always cleanse thine face before resting (even if it is just with cleansing wipes!).
With a newfound dedication to taking care of my skin, a few years ago, I set out to find a good moisturizer. I have tried – without exaggerating – a good 25+ moisturizers. The reason I skipped from brand to brand is, first, that we're sent beauty products to the office and we can try them out. So, I could be rotating three moisturizers through my regimen at any given time. The second reason I skipped around is because I didn't find one that rocked my world. I pride myself in having fairly clear skin, so I'm not looking for a lotion that feels heavy, or oily, or thick. Also, with a handful of food allergies that manifest themselves through my skin – I'm also looking for a product that isn't heavily scented and won't irritate sensitive skin.
Then, I came across Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Skin. It's a water-based moisturizer, rather than oil-based, so coming out of the shower – you can rub it right on your face and it doesn't feel like you're undoing your cleansing. This moisturizer is the best one out there. I've been using it religiously, morning and night, for about a year now, but the product has actually been around since 1983. One of my favorite things about this lightweight product is that my sensitive skin is never irritated. The lotion is relatively unscented. I apply tons of moisturizer (to make up for my lack of foundation, naturally) and use it for any problem that arises. If I have a blemish, I'll give it a little extra moisturizer. If my skin is feeling a little sun-fatigued, I'll add another pump. Honestly, sometimes I'm just feeling tired after a long day – so I moisturize. This cream gives your skin a soft, smooth look, without that nasty "I hope I don't start sweating oil beadlets" feeling. In fact, I've never had so many compliments on my "glowing" skin as I've had since using this moisturizer.
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Now, for the best part: a 4-oz. bottle of Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Skin moisturizer (which, for me, lasts about two-three months), costs about $10. Some places you can even find it a little cheaper. For the wonders that this moisturizer has worked on my skin, trust me – $10 is a tiny price to pay. If your skin isn't as sensitive as mine and you'd rather pick up a moisturizer with a little sunscreen or something that works on combination skin, the overall Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture line is very reasonably priced and yields awesome results.