Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Top 5 Face Moisturizers - Summer 2014


Top 5 Face Moisturizers - My Picks for Summer 2014

I like to go naked in the summer ... when it comes to my face of course! As a result, my skin care routine is a big focus for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm a serious stickler year-round when it comes to my skin (as I'm sure you've all picked up), but I find that during the summer my needs change a little more frequently based on humidity, heat, sun exposure (despite the fact I completely limit mine), etc. I moisturize at least 2x per day all year round--once in a morning and once at night--but I find I switch up what I use on a more frequent basis during summer months. We tend to have both super humid and super dry days as well as super hot and mildly hot days. Some days I like SPF in my moisturizer and other days, if I'm actually going to be in the sun for any period of time, I'll choose to wear a separate, super strong sunblock over my moisturizer. 

I thought it might be helpful to give you 5 of my top facial moisturizer picks for Summer 2014, in case you're currently on the hunt (as I always am) for the next best moisturizer. Hang on, new show idea! Next Top Moisturizer. Anyone want to call Tyra for me? 

I've included 2 facial moisturizers meant for daytime use, 2 for night use (nothing better than sleeping while your moisturizer does all the heavy lifting) and 1 that's meant to be used during the night or day. 

Top 5 Facial Moisturizer Picks of Summer 2014

amorepacific moisture bound sleeping recovery masque review
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque

bioelements Absolute Moisture review
Bioelements Absolute Moisture

Chella day cream replenishing hydrator spf 25 review
Chella Day Cream Replenishing Hydrator SPF25

kaia 24hr face cream review gluten-free
Kaia 24hr Face Cream

Korres Greek Yoghurt advanced nourishing sleeping facial review
Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial

Top 5 Facial Moisturizers Summer 2014 Picks Review

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque Review

Product Type - overnight moisturizer
Scent - fairly light feminine scent (lingers slightly on skin)
On the Skin - gel-like; super hydrating
Price - $60 (3.38 fl oz)
Where to Buy -
My Thoughts - If you want some deep hydration to plump up skin or repair tired, sun exposed skin ... oh my gosh is this stuff fabulous! It has a gel-like consistency which is cooling and lightweight--perfect for you guys/gals that don't like heavy moisturizers. Skin looks instantly more hydrated and supple after application, so you can imagine how fabulous it is after going to work for you all night long. I am super impressed by this fantastic moisturizer and highly recommend giving it a shot! 

BIOELEMENTS Absolute Moisture Review

Product Type - day or night moisturizer for combo skin
Scent - unscented (virtually no scent 
On the Skin - very hydrating; dries to an almost completely matte finish
Price - $33 (2.5 fl oz)
Where to Buy - 
My Thoughts - Excuse me while I take this moisturizer into the other room and we get hot and heavy because this moisturizer has become one of my 2014 loves! It is unscented, so there's no chance it'll irritate even the pickiest of noses, and it works like an absolute dream. This stuff moisturized my mostly dry, sensitive skin so well and once it dried, my skin was almost completely matte! Not in a my-skin-is-trying-to-pull-itself-off-my-face way, but in a "hello, my skin is perfectly balanced at the moment and looks soft and lovely" kind of a way. I cannot gush enough about this moisturizer and I strongly suggest giving it a try. I have been eyeing some of Bioelements other moisturizers and it looks like they have a fabulous selection for a variety of skin types. Check them out!

Chella Day Dream Replenishing Hydrator SPF25 Review

Product Type - day cream for dry skin with spf 25
Scent - light, fresh citrus
On the Skin - instantly hydrating; spf 25 coverage; great for dry skin
Price - $85 (1.7 fl oz)
Where to Buy - 
My Thoughts - I previously mentioned this moisturizer in another best-of list back in 2013 and there's a reason it's made a second appearance here. This moisturizer is absolutely fabulous for those with dry skin--especially in the summer! It offers spf 25 protection, hydrates beautifully and smells wonderful. This is basically everything you'd expect from a high-quality daily moisturizer in the summer! 

Kaia 24hr Face Cream Review

Product Type - matte day cream (gluten-free, 100% natural)
Scent - unscented (slight natural scent, but nothing noticeable once applied)
On the Skin - hydrating on both combo and oily skin; dries matte
Price - $42 (1.7 fl oz)
Where to Buy -  (I've been told this sells through Anthropologie as well, but unfortunately couldn't find this product on the site)
My Thoughts - This is another long-time favorite of mine! If you're the type that wants a natural moisturizer, you've got a gluten allergy or you simply want a fantastic matte moisturizer that gets the job done, this one is a must. Though it's a lovely thick cream it doesn't feel heavy on the skin once dry. This includes both Argan and Moringa oils, which are both "dry" oils, so this leaves skin 100% matte and not the least bit oily or greasy. Super fantastic and despite being a little difficult to find, well worth purchasing!

Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial Review

Product Type - overnight moisturizer
Scent - super light, fresh scent
On the Skin - super hydrating overnight; not super heavy feeling
Price - $45 (1.35 fl oz)
Where to Buy -
My Thoughts - You guys may recognize this from a feature I did on it last winter. I have since then gone through 2 jars in rotation with others! This is an amazing overnight moisturizer that leaves skin super soft and hydrated by morning. I absolutely love this and find it rejuvenates tired skin even after a day of miserable heat and humidity. 

Summer Facial Moisturizer Recommendations

Daytime Moisturizer - Dry Skin

  • Chella Day Cream Replenishing Hydrator SPF 25

Daytime Moisturizer - Combination Skin

  • Bioelements Absolute Moisturizer

Daytime Moisturizer Oily Skin 

  • Kaia 24hr Face Cream

Moisturizer with SPF

  • Chella Day Cream Replenishing Hydrator SPF 25

Overnight Moisturizers

  • Bioelements Absolute Moisture - combination skin (I found this worked well on slightly dry skin as well)
  • Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial (multiple skin types)
  • AmorePacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque (multiple skin types)

Have you tried any of these moisturizers? Do any sound as though they'd meet your summer skin care needs?

Note: Some of the products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experienced and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 


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