Face First: Let’s talk moisturizers

It seems like skincare trends are constantly changing. Simply look at the skincare articles in the same magazine over the course of six months–how many different cleansers, moisturizers, toners, and other serums and tonics are recommended? How do you know what’s “right” when the information is constantly changing? (I ask this completely rhetorically–I haven’t figured it out 100% either!)

After years of following an inconsistent routine, I’ve stopped taking those articles as gospel and instead, I’ve been picking and choosing what works for me. I have oily skin and acne, so I’m dealing with multiple issues. Today I wanted to share an aspect of my skincare routine: moisturizers!

An article I recently read discussed how up to 15 different moisturizers are common for a typical Korean skincare routine. 15! While I didn’t pick up a boatload of new moisturizers, I did decide to try¬†layering different moisturizers and was pleasantly surprised by the results–brighter, softer skin daily. Here’s what I’ve been using:


These are my daily moisturizers. I will admit that I don’t use all of them every single day. Let’s start with the absolute essentials!

  1. Ponds Clarant B3 Dark Spot Correcting Cream
    -I LOVE this cream. I originally bought this travel size pot because of my acne scars, and when consistently used (day and night), it truly does even out my skin tone and helps lighten the scars. It’s the first lotion I put on after cleansing and using toner. *Tip: Be sure to massage it into your skin gently in upwards movements, letting it be fully absorbed by the skin.*
  2. Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 for Combination/Oily Skin
    -This is the moisturizer I use daily, and is a fairly recent purchase. I had always read rave reviews about Olay moisturizers, and after several weeks of use, I’m very happy with this one. It’s gentle, has sunscreen, and softens my skin. I warm up a small amount between my hands and then gently massage it all over my face, ears, and neck.

The two above are the ones I use every day without fail. Here are others I layer on as needed:

  1. Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream
    -This cream arrived with my FitFabFun box, and is described as an “antioxidant-rich moisturizer” on the bottle, as well as an “ideal base for sunscreen and makeup.” If I use this cream, it’s usually because I’m putting on a full face of makeup. I use it after the Ponds cream but before the Olay moisturizer. This may or may not be the “proper” order, but it works for me! I use the same technique as my Olay moisturizer–warm it up between my hands/fingers and then gently massage into the skin.
  2. Olay Regenerist Luminous Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Moisturizer
    -This was the single moisturizer I was using before I started my new skincare routine. I never felt fully satisfied with it, but I don’t want it to go to waste, so if I’m putting on all my creams, I’ll add a layer of this for the extra SPF and moisturizing.
  3. IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream
    -This is a MIRACLE cream. Yes, this is the tiniest pot in the picture! It came as a deluxe sample in an order from IT Cosmetics (a brand I recommend to literally everyone and anyone), and it is the cream of all creams. With anti-aging and regenerative concentrates, it’s a day-and-night type of cream. It is simply the most luxurious cream I’ve ever used. I put this on last, as it leaves my skin in a silky state.

It’s not 15 moisturizers, but it’s more than I’m used to! However, I’ve noticed that taking the time to use each one has made my skin healthier than it used to be, even minimizing my acne and oily skin issues to a degree. It may be a combination of the moisturizers plus all the gentle massaging I’m doing with each one, but either way, I plan on layering and using multiple lotions and creams to protect and care for my skin from now on!





Refresh and reset

My sister and niece recently visited, which was such a gift. I don’t think I’ve ever had undivided time with my sister since my niece was born! As I was (and still am) recovering from pneumonia, the majority of our time was spent talking and relaxing together.

One of the most helpful discussions we had was about the brain-gut microbiome, or the fact that a healthy gut = a healthier brain. Since this conversation, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! I’ve been diving into research and medical journals, reading every word (even if I can’t fully comprehend it ha!) and taking it all in.

The conclusion I came to was that I needed to start taking steps to improve the foods I use to fuel my body. I’m a picky eater and that has been amplified lately, but I ultimately chose to start my path at a familiar place–green smoothies.

During my healthier eating periods in the past, I regularly consumed a greens-based smoothie in the morning. This one addition to my diet suddenly changed how I ate for the rest of the day, like an aftershock that positively touched every aspect of my life. Eating better meant I had more energy, the consumption of vegetables first thing in the morning meant I stayed fuller longer, and I overall just felt better.

And so today I made a green smoothie. Power greens mix (baby kale, spinach, arugula), ice, water, lower-calorie orange juice, a cup of diced mango, and some frozen pineapple.

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As soon as I took my first sip, I was reminded of how good it feels to fuel this way, to bring in fresh fruit and veggies, to give my body goodness.

I know there’s no miracle cure for anything, but I am going to start here with my beloved green smoothies, and let the aftershocks radiate through my day!