Moisturizer Speed Review: Switch It Up for Spring?

With the weather being warm and sunny, your clothe is not the only thing that needs to be switched. If you are using a rich cream or thick oil as moisturizer for winter, now is a good time to switch it for a lighter option since Sephora is having its Spring Sale. It is 10% off everything for Beauty Insider (everyone) and 15% off if you are VIB or Rouge. Some brands like Algenist, Glamglow or Philosophy may have up to 40% sales on the brand website if you subscribe to their mailing list. However, now is a good time to stock up on brands that almost never go on sale like Tatcha or Dior.

There’s so many exciting new moisturizers that came out recently that I’ve been asking for samples at Sephora and Nordstrom whenever I can. It’s good to reexamine your moisturizer occasionally to see if they still work for you. Some moisturizers are too thick and end up sitting on your skin instead of being absorbed and provide hydration deep into your skin, so your skin end up feeling greasy and dehydrated. Even if you have oily skin, oil and water are different, so you still need hydration from a good moisturizer (albeit a lightweight one). Moisturizers protect the skin against free-radical damage/environmental stress and seals the hydration/active ingredients in. Without moisture, your skin isn’t able to properly repair itself so you end up with irritation on top of  dry flaky or oily skin. Here is a speed review of some nice or new moisturizers I’ve been playing with. 

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet – it is a lightweight fluffy cream with a very green fresh scent. It spreads easily and absorbs well into the skin. The shea butter and chamomile in it calms and moisturizes the skin while the grape extract provides a nice dose of antioxidants. It’s great for oily, normal/combination and sensitive skin.

Dior Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Crème – it is a light blue gel cream with a perfume scent. It absorbs well and moisturizes, leaving the skin smooth and comfortable. But honestly, it doesn’t feel that different or better from other gel creams like Estee Lauder Peony or Clinique Moisture Surge. It is best for oily or combination/normal skin.

Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer – it looks like a white gel cream but turns into water as you rub it on the skin. Or rather, it turns into essence-like liquid but then water droplets form on top so your face is wet for a while before it completely absorbs. It is interesting and it moisturizes, but the finish is slightly sticky and tacky unless you apply sparingly. It’s nice if you have oily skin and don’t need much hydration.

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream – the cream has a thick texture like a salve or light balm. It isn’t too difficult to apply and it isn’t stuffy. It’s got shea butter, niacinamide as well as a blend of plant extract to moisturize and help heal/soothe the skin. My skin feels soft and velvety, but it is very moisturizing so it’s best for dry or sensitive skin.

Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment – it is a light blue cream with a perfumed scent. They recommend you apply this after cleansing/toning and massage small amount into the skin until absorbed, then apply moisturizers afterwards. At first it feels lightweight and spreads easily but it quickly start to feel thick and more difficult to rub. Originally I treated it as a moisturizer and used over serums, which made it flaky. It does absorb and is not flaky if I use it after toning… so I guess I can’t use serums with it??? It does leave the skin feel velvety and has fantastic ingredients, so it’s great for combination/dry skin as long as you are ok with not using serums with it.

Laura Mercier ‘Flawless Skin’ Infusion De Rose Nourishing Creme – this is a rich cream with a sweet scent. It feels a little sticky when rubbing it in and you need to wait a while for it to absorb. Once it does, it will leave the skin feeling soft and velvety. It consists of a blend of nourishing plant oils and extracts, including rose hip oil which is great for anti-aging. If you have dry, sensitive or mature skin, do give this a try!

Origins Make a Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment – the treatment is a gel cream for combination skin while the moisturizer of the same name is a thick cream for dry skin. It’s a white gel cream with a juicy fruity scent. There are a lot of nice plant extract and oil in it so if you want something that’s slightly more of an upgrade from Clinique Moisture Surge, check this out.

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer – it is a lightweight gel cream with a fruity orange scent, probably from the blend of citrus extract in the ingredients. It absorbs well, leaving the skin moisturized and smooth finish. While both GinZing and Make a Difference are great for oily and normal skin, Make a Difference focus more on dehydration while GinZing contains more citrus for extra dose of brightening and clarifying. Make a Difference might be better for sensitive skin while GinZing might be better for oily or breakout-prone skin.

Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream – it is a lightweight gel cream with no scent. It feels a bit watery as it goes on and absorbs well. It moisturizes and hydrates way better than the lightweight texture may led you to believe. However, it feels and does similar things as Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, which is a bit cheaper. It is a great moisturizer, but I can’t tell the difference between this and PTR Cloud Cream. Both are fantastic for oily, normal/combination or sensitive skin.

Tatcha The Water Cream – Tatcha always have amazingly beautiful packaging and this is no exception. I almost immediately bought it for the mint color and gold spatula on top, except I think spatulas are kind of pointless (more sanitary than dipping your fingers in? you need to use your fingers to apply it on your face anyways so it should be clean and more sanitary than a spatula sitting in open air the whole day?). But anyways, this product has that mild fresh herbal scent same as most of Tatcha line. It is a gel cream that turns watery when applied and absorbs easily into the skin. It’s great for oily or combination skin and personally I prefer it more than the Tatcha Silk Cream, which is almost twice the price.

There are some great moisturizers I discovered this time. If you have dry and irritated skin year round, try Dr. Jart+ Tiger Grass cream. If you have dry mature skin, check out Laura Mercier Rose cream. I can’t figure out Herbivore Moon Fruit treatment, but the rest are great for combination/oily skin and I need to decide which one I want to get during the Sephora sale soon! So, what moisturizers are you using?


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