Hi there, my name is Jordana, or as I'm known online, MizzJ of Just J and I'm very excited today to be blogging on Cosmetic Proof. I met Jayne last year at Blog and the (Van)city, a fashion and beauty blogger conference in Vancouver and was wowed by Jayne's blogging skillz. She is a crazy beauty expert, so you can imagine my Doge-like reaction to get to post on her site!
Today I'll be sharing with you my tried-and-true list of favourite day creams. For me, finding a great daytime face cream can be harder to find than say, for a night-time product. Night creams are generally just for anti-aging and repairing, but a day one? It's got to be moisturizing, repairing, anti-aging, light, quickly absorbing AND provide sun protection! Oh, and not smell funky. Pretty tall order for one product!
So shall we get down to business? In no particular order, here are my favourites:
Hada Labo Goku-jyun Light Lotion
Hada Labo is a very popular Japanese drugstore brand known for their use of hyaluronic acid in all their products. The Goku-jyun light lotion is kind of in-between a toner and a lotion. It's a milky colour and is slightly watery. This lotion is perfect as a base under CC or BB creams and feels quite refreshing alone in the summer. If you have oily or combination skin, this gentle moisturizer will leave your skin soft, but not greasy. For those with drier skins, you may require an additional lotion or moisturizer, especially in winter months.
What I love about this lotion: absorbs quickly, feels light, but highly effective. A little goes a long way.
I would love it even more if: it had SPF
Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
Protecting your skin is an absolute must. I didn't always wear sunscreen religiously and now I'm paying for it with sprinklings of hyper-pigmentation on my cheeks. The reason why I resisted against daily use of sunscreen so long was because I hated that pore-clogging greasiness that most sunscreens give off. I don't know what they're doing over at Neutrogena, but they've somehow managed to mitigate that – not entirely, but enough to make wearing a daily sunscreen based product bearable.
The Neutrogena Healthy Defence Daily Moisturizer is basically 70% sunscreen and 30% moisturizer. Its non-comedogenic, non-greasy, formula absorbs quickly so that you can apply your makeup right after application. I started wearing this cream before the advent of BB creams in the Western market, but I'd still argue buying this over a BB as I feel that dedicated products work better than multi-purpose ones. While I may not love slathering a thick layer of BB cream all over my face, I would gladly do so with this one.
What I love about this lotion: light-weight, has SPF, great for summer
I would love it even more if: it was more moisturizing. In winter, you probably would need to layer this on top of another moisturizer.
L'Oreal Dermo-Expertise Hydrafresh Moisturizer
This is another oldie, but goodie. The L'Oreal Dermo-Expertise Hydrafresh Moisturizer with SPF 15 is one of my standbys. It comes in a sizable 70mL jar and feels like a night cream, but with a refreshing, cooling sensation and quick absorption time. It has a light, citrus smell and truly makes your any type of skin feel “just showered.”
What I love about this lotion: leave skin feeling super fresh and soft
I would love it even more if: it came with a higher SPF level
Kiehl's Skin Rescuer
I've reviewed this product previously and I cannot rave enough about it. The Kiehl's Skin Rescuer is a thick, creamy, luxuriate your skin in it, cream. The Skin Rescuer is designed to soothe away the effects of stress in your skin with its high levels of glycerin, shea butter and chamomile. It's perfect for dry, irritated skin and for use in cold weather conditions. While the Skin Rescuer is a bit on the pricey side compared to others in this list at $42, it is great value for cost and kept my complexion calm and youthful.
What I love about this lotion: super moisturizing. A little goes a long way.
I would love it even more if: it had SPF or was cheaper
I hope you find this list helpful! I would love to know what your thoughts are on these products and which product is your favourite daytime moisturizer.