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Erika Katz


Which Moisturizing Products Do You Really Need?

Posted: 11/06/2012 5:58 pm

I have been using night cream and eye cream since I was 11 years old. I'm not kidding. I had a Hungarian grandmother who believed the skin had to be constantly moisturized to stay beautiful. At 86, she passed away without a wrinkle so I have followed her lead. While, there is no magic cream that gets rid of wrinkles, there are many products that can help slow down the aging process. Of course genetics, sun damage, and sleep play a role but here is what you do and do not need to help your skin age gracefully.

Great skin is a process and you won't get it overnight with a cream that breaks the bank. But, moisturizers do make a difference. While I have researched and tested products for years, I called Kristin Petrovich from Sjal Skincare to help me navigate all the products on the market.


According to Kristen, skin needs nutrition first then sunscreen over it. A moisturizer that contains SPF will have a higher concentration of ingredients going to SPF. While it seems a lot faster to buy a moisturizer that contains SPF, you are better off with a nourishing moisturizer. For sun protection, try a tinted moisturizer with SPF over your regular moisturizer.

Oil-free Moisturizer

If you have oily skin but are not prone to breakouts, an oil-free moisturizer is the perfect solution. However, if you have a lot of breakouts or acne, you should not be using a daily moisturizer. Your skin has enough oil and does not need the extra cream on your face.

Serums and Face Oils

Once you hit 30 years old, you need to penetrate the skin's surface and go deeper to moisturize. Serums and face oils used under your regular moisturizer will step up the anti-aging benefits because the smaller molecules of serums and oils will penetrate the skin more deeply.

Eye Cream

Look for firming and hydrating creams. Kristen warns if a cream is just pulling your skin without hydration, it is temporary. She says eye creams should be "clean" without a lot of synthetics. Toning, firming, and elasticity is key. Depletion around eye area is the first sign of age. Look for products with ceramides, minerals, peptides, and something soothing like aloe, cucumber and algaes. Minerals feed that area. Ceramides replenish, peptides are anti aging, and aloe soothes the skin.

Night Cream

If you use a good serum or oil, you can use a lighter weight night cream that can double as your daytime moisturizer. Personally, I like a heavier night cream so I do not feel dry when I wake up. While this is personal preference, if you can't feel your cream on your face after five minutes it is not rich enough to be a night cream.

In addition to caring for your skin, you have to stay out of the sun, drink lots of water each day, and nothing renews your skin like a good night's sleep (nine hours not eight). But, if you can get yourself in the habit of daily moisturizing, you will see the difference over time. While it may not be evident in a day or a week, you will see it when your friends age more rapidly than you. If you are on a tight budget, vitamin E oil can be used all over the face, around the eyes, and as a night cream.

I moisturize my skin morning and night and now I have taught my daughter what my grandmother passed on to me. It is a special time we use to talk, to bond, and to connect. It's the fondest memory I have of my grandmother and it will be something my daughter will thank me for when she has beautiful skin for many years to come.

Read on for 7 tips to heal summer skin damage.

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  • Age Spots And Freckles

    Age spots and freckles can be an indication of sun damage that has crept up over time. Even when you aren't planning on spending an extended amount of time in the sun, always apply a sunscreen with a high SPF on age spots. This can help to prevent the age spots from darkening. Although the season is changing and it seems that we are not getting the same amount of sun exposure, most damage comes from casual or incidental exposure, so beware. To help ease signs of UV damage built up over the summer months, there are many products that can be used to help correct pigmentation issues and spots. Either retinol-based products, which help increase skin cell turnover, and in turn, can help to fade away the spot, or our new Hexinol-based products will help reduce this appearance.

  • Moisture-Lacking Skin

    Very dry, red skin can indicate you’re not as hydrated as you should be. Start with drinking plenty of water. Many professionals recommend at least eight glasses of water per day. Additionally, limit the time you spend in the bath or shower. If possible, keep the bathing/shower routine to 10 minutes or less in warm water, as hot water, along with long showers or baths, can remove the skin’s natural oils, leading to increased dryness. It is also important to apply the proper moisturizer at the right time; for example, a rich night cream applied before bed can help skin rejuvenate during the nighttime skin repair period. The best time to apply moisturizer is when skin is still slightly damp from washing, as this helps seal in the moisture.

  • Dark Circles From Staying Up Too Late

    First and foremost, getting plenty of restful recovery sleep is key to reducing the appearance of undereye circles. It is also important to drink plenty of water, as staying hydrated can help reduce the look of undereye circles too. A healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables can also help. In addition to taking these healthy lifestyle tips into account, try a nourishing and moisturizing undereye cream with antioxidants to protect and energize the skin, for a brighter-eyed look.

  • Itchy, Irritated Skin Or Eczema

    For itchy or irritated skin -- especially when eczema is involved -- a good skin-care regimen is key to getting extreme dryness under control. Cleansers and moisturizers, containing skin conditioners that work to create a protective film, and emollients like glycerin and shea butter, help restore an optimal level of hydration. Soothing agents, like bisabolol, allantoin and/or panthenol can help calm itchy, tight or dry skin.

  • Leathery-Looking Skin

    Leathery-looking skin is often a sign of over-exposure to the sun’s burning and drying rays. Beyond using a high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent further damage, moisturizating is key to keeping skin looking soft and smooth. Use a rich, moisturizing cleanser, followed by a nourishing moisturizer. Trying a smoothing scrub two to three times a week can also aid in exfoliating the dry, dead skin, thereby brightening up the complexion and improving softness, smoothness and radiance. Also be sure to drink plenty of water to re-hydrate the cells.

  • Blotchy Skin

    Skin is often dull, uneven and rough after a summer full of sun and outdoor activities. When your skin surface is covered with dry, dead skin cells, it needs more than a deeply hydrating moisturizer to make it feel soft again. Exfoliate to reveal the smooth skin underneath and to improve the absorption of your other skin products. This is especially important as the weather turns colder and skin gets dryer.

  • Premature Aging

    If you’re dealing with premature ageing -- a sign of inflammation that can often be caused by behavioural or environmental factors, such as UV exposure, smoking, etc. -- it is important to take preventative actions moving forward. This includes using broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection in your daily moisturizer (to protect from both aging and burning rays) and starting a skincare regimen that takes both preventative and reparative action -- like the new HEXINOL technology from RoC, which helps to regulate inflammation in cells where it begins. A healthy lifestyle, which includes lots of water, nutritious food, exercise, limited stress and restful sleep, is also important when it comes to preventing premature aging.


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