Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Moisturizer Mashup | Take your facial moisture routine to the next level

I've never been a big fan of facial moisturizers.  Yeah, I know it's an essential part of the daily skin  routine but I just wasn't completely sold.  But, as the years go by, I know that my skin will need the extra help.  Nowadays I'm used to products that serve multiple purposes and I expect nothing less from my moisturizer.  Instead of investing in a new moisturizer, I'm trying something new.

Inspired by what happened when I mixed my hair moisturizer and oil, I decided to experiment with blending my moisturizer and other beauty products to take things to a new level.

Layering your moisturizer over a serum is what we normally do.  And there's nothing wrong with that. But I noticed that my moisturizer had more staying power when I blended the two together.  This was very similar to the results I experienced in blending my hair moisturizer and oil together.  It's like a shortcut on those days when I don't have time to layer a dozen products before heading out the door.


Speaking of oil and moisturizer together.  This combination saved my skin last year when I traveled like mad and would step off a plane into brisk, cold temperatures.  Without the humidity, my skin freaked out.  Thank God I had a travel size bottle of CapriClear coconut oil with me.  That was the first time I felt compelled to use oil on my skin for non-cleansing purposes.  It was a game changer.
This year I'm gonna continue this legacy by spritzing a small amount of coconut oil into my moisturizer to give it that extra oomph.  Applying an oil/moisturizer mix works extremely well on the driest parts of the body like your hands and feet. Because sometimes, lotion alone just isn't enough.


Summer isn't the only time for glowing skin.  To give my skin a bit of a boost, I'm mixing in a few drops of illuminator drops into my moisturizer.  My first experience trying this technique went really well.  It gave me the most subtle glow without looking like I rubbed glitter all over my face. Unlike during the summer time when I tend to go a little heavy with bronzers, winter is the perfect time for a gentle glow.  Glowing, hydrated is a signature of youth because it speaks to the level of blood flow that reaches the skin.  When it's cold out, the body tends to redirect a majority of the blood flow inwards towards the organs.  Hence why our extremities get so cold.  So we gotta give our skin a little help. Continue on with your exfoliation routine and add this little secret technique so you can keep glowing all year long.



There I was trying to get the last little bit of Iman BB Creme out of the tube, hoping that I had enough to cover my whole face.  Then it hit me.  "What if I were to blend my foundation and moisturizer?"  Wouldn't that be almost the same thing?  Then, in just one step, I formulated my own exclusive brand of BB Creme simply by mixing moisturizer and foundation together.  This works especially well if your foundation is a thicker formula.  Not only is this a time saver but it could save you a little money as well.

Stay hydrated my friends.
  1. I found a lot of your tips very helpful. I never wear foundation but when I do, I mix it with my moisturizer to give me a natural, skin like feel. However, I would like to point out that the molecules in facial serums are much smaller and aren't able to really penetrate the skin when you mix them with heavier creams. That's why in a skin care regimen serums/eye creams always come first because if you apply them at any other time the chances of efficacy are slim to none. Think about how thin a serum feels in your hands ? It can't get past anything heavier almost like a blocked wall. Serums are so expensive I iust want people to use them in a way that actually work :)

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  2. Great point Unknown. I experimented with a very watery moisturizer and like the results. A thicker cream might have produced different outcome.

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  3. Nadege, have you tried adding 1 drop of Camellia Japonica oil to face moisturizer? Brilliant combo in winter - makes my skin dewy and glowy. It has to be Japonica, not the other types. Also amazing on dry hair mid-length to ends; like 8 to 16 drops of oil for the whole head of hair - it's that potent. Makes my hair moisturized, silky, smooth, and less likely to get split ends. I currently get mine from Wawwaza website.

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  4. I recently started mixing my moisturizer with Collagen oil and I agree the absorption is so much better. My skin leans toward oily so I've never been a huge moisturizer fan either (it felt like it was just sitting on top of my skin), but this method makes a big difference.

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