Hello! I’m back again with the second in a mini series of posts I’ll be doing on my top beauty picks for 2012 in all things skincare, makeup, nails, body care and personal products. Today’s post was really difficult to do as I’m quite obsessed with using serums and moisturizers and I have tons of favorites for different purposes so this was REALLY hard to choose. Even though it seems like I’ve chosen a lot, it took me ages to cut it down to this so I hope you’ll find this helpful when choosing the best serum or moisturizer for your skincare needs!
First in the list is the Alpha-H Balancing Moisturizer and Gentle Exfoliant. I’ve written again and again about Alpha-H as a brand because I love their products. They are so effective and though they aren’t as natural as I’d like, they are a brand that will give you the results you want, especially if you have spots, scarring, pigmentation or acne. They use a high concentration of ingredients so these products don’t just sit on your skin and waste time – they do what they’re supposed to do and you will see results with continued use. This moisturizer is my favorite for keeping breakouts at bay, keeping my skin smooth and bright, and even helping diminish some minor scarring I have on my cheeks. When first using this moisturizer, you WILL feel the tingle, but your skin will adjust over time and you will see results, especially if you have frequent breakouts or pigmentation issues. I definitely recommend gradually transitioning into using this and maybe using it once a day every other day to help your skin adjust a bit, but it does work really well. It uses a high concentration of glycolic acid (similar to their Liquid Gold exfoliator) around like 12% or something in order to slough off dead skin cells, unclog pores and encourage cell turnover. I can’t recommend this one enough, but it’s not for those with sensitive skin so if you have sensitive skin, I would advise you to use something gentler. For my full review on this moisturizer and other Alpha-H products, check here.
Second in the list is the Rainwater Botanicals Sea Buckthorn and Pomegranate Intensive Treatment Serum. This serum is incredible for dry skin and for giving you a bit of a faux glow due to the tint it has from the pomegranate seed oil. I don’t recommend this to those with oilier skin types, but if you have combination skin, dry skin, or maturing skin, you will definitely benefit. It works to heal your skin, encourage cell turnover and diminish the appearance of fine lines. I don’t have many wrinkles at the moment, but it certainly helps soften lines and hydrate the skin to it’s optimal level. I especially love this one in the winter as it keeps my skin from becoming dull or flaky. Another reason to stand behind this brand is the fact that their products are organic, wild crafted, made in the USA, and super affordable (think around $10 for this one!) You can learn more about the specifics on this serum and other Rainwater Botanicals products here.
Third in the list is the Living Nature Extra Hydrating Toning Gel. This is absolutely amazing for those who suffer from dry skin or oily skin AND acne because it hydrates without feeling oily or leaving a greasy residue behind. It’s so easily absorbed into the skin and it smells amazing. It keeps skin hydrated, soft and helps calm redness. This one is also great for those of you who hate the oily, greasy feeling and enjoy the gel type moisturizers because this is a super light formula, but unlike those cheap, oil-free drugstore moisturizers that hardly hydrate and have questionable ingredients, this one includes tons of beneficial ingredients for your skin and will hydrate very well without feeling heavy. You can check out my original post on Living Nature here.
Next on my list is the Suti Organic Purity Moisturizing Balm. This balm is very similar to their Cleanse Balm only the scent is a bit different and it’s a bit less moist (if that makes sense) and soaks into the skin more easily than the Cleanse Balm. Although a bit pricey, it’s well worth the cost and will last you a good few months because you need a dime size for your entire face each time. Your skin will feel softer, more hydrated, and heal broken capillaries and other lesions (if you have them). This would be especially beneficial for those who have dry skin, combination skin, and overly congested, oily or irritated skin. I also think someone with sensitive skin or eczema or rosacea could benefit as there are many healing benefits in this super simple, but effective balm. Check out my full review on this balm here.
Moving down the list, we have the Rainwater Botanicals Skin Repair Serum for Acne, Scars & Wrinkles. I love this serum because it’s such a cure-all serum/moisturizer. It hydrates the skin, has ingredients such as wild crafted frankincense to combat breakouts and valuable plant oils which heal sun damage and soften the appearance of fine lines. Another reason I love this one so much is the scent. It smells absolutely incredible and reminds me of something, but I can never figure out what it is. Plus, I can get a 1/2 oz. of this (which lasts around 3 months) for around $10. All of these products are organic and wild crafted, made in the USA, and super affordable so I feel great purchasing them. Check out my full post on Rainwater Botanicals products here.
Last in the list is the Pure Marula Oil from the Leakey Collection. This is a fairly new discovery, but I really wanted to include it in the list because it’s a fantastic basic moisturizer that hydrates skin, heals damage, calms redness, and soaks right into the skin without leaving a residue. Although it’s quite pricey, it’s profits go toward supporting fair trade, employing women in Africa and developing their local economies in order to help their community and lives thrive. I really love what this oil stands for and I feel a lot better about paying the high price because of how it actually benefits women in Africa. I’ve used this as a moisturizer and even mixed a bit of it with my Vive Sana sunscreen (see how I apply my sunscreen here) because it helps thin the sunscreen formula a bit so it’s more easily blendable (white cast anyone?) plus marula oil includes many antioxidants and a low level of spf which adds to your sun protection. Although I don’t recommend using this alone to protect you from the sun as the levels would be too low to be sufficient ( around SPF 5 or lower, depending), it may help protect you along with your sunscreen. Check out my original review on this marula oil here.
So those are my top picks for the best face moisturizers of 2012 – stay tuned for more posts on my favorite beauty products of 2012 coming soon!
What is your favorite moisturizer for 2012?
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