Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Day Cream Dilemma

Being the skin care junkie that I am, I'm prone to collect multiples of any given type of product. Face masks? Don't make me count how many I currently have, or have accumulated over my time as a beauty blogger. Eye creams? I have an absurd number currently open (five-ish ... but who's counting?) that I intend to finish before allowing myself to purchase another. And of course, this trend of unnecessary quantity carries over into day creams as well. Here though I seem to be experiencing what I can only call a dilemma.

Being the dry skinned girl that I am, I cannot go without a morning moisturizer. Though SPF is a no brainer that I prefer in my morning moisturizer (see Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion) it's not really a deal breaker if I have to add SPF into the mix as a separate step. The dilemma enters the picture when we talk texture coupled with makeup. Perhaps it's just me, but does anyone else find themselves thinking about the consistency of their day cream as much as I often do?

What I mean to say, of course, is that a day cream can be absolutely incredible, perfectly moisturizing and soothing ... but if it's too thick or greasy it just won't do! I very rarely have this problem with other aspects of my skin care routine: when I use a night cream makeup doesn't enter into the picture. Decléor's Harmonie Calm Crème Lactée and Nuxe's Rêve de Miel Ultra Comfortable Day Cream share a common, "consistency" problem. While I adore them both and would use them constantly if I could, the former doesn't absorb nearly as fast as it needs to and the latter is so moisturizing that makeup does not (I repeat, does not!) sit well atop it on my skin. Dr Hauschka's Rose Day Cream is incredible, yet too thick to be coupled with foundation when I'm getting ready on a week day and need to be ready lickety-split. Though it absorbs well into my skin, this occurs during the winter only which means it's out for daily use at least seven months of the year. Finally, Eucerin's Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion is perfection in that it absorbs quickly and contains SPF ... but when compared to the others it's not nearly as moisturizing!

I'll repeat it again: perhaps I'm the only one who spends this much time puzzling over day cream, or perhaps one among you has a brilliant recommendation for a product or application method that I simply hadn't thought of yet?

As always, I'd love to know your thoughts!