A great gel-cream for acne prone or oily skin
I stumbled upon this in a Shoppers Drug Mart and I was shocked because I had no idea Versed was available in 🇨🇦! I instantly grabbed a bunch of different products to try out. I’m so excited there is another solid & affordable brand to get from the drugstores here. So far, this has been one of my favourite products. Something that I really like about this product / brand is that like most gel creams, they are not for everyone and Versed actually added into their description on the site who this would be best suited for (people dealing with warmer weather or oily / acne prone skin types). It feels very transparent and I’m glad they point this out versus just claiming this hydrates and is good for all skin types. The good: + It’s super lightweight on the skin and didn’t break me out at all. + Once you apply this your skin feels moisturized but not greasy. Just a little dewy like they mention in the name. + Absorbs quickly into the skin and never reacts badly under SPF or makeup. + Even though it doesn’t feel heavy, my skin does stay hydrated throughout the day. + Key ingredients include (listed by highest in the ingredient list to lower): Glycerin (humectant that pulls water in), Squalane (emollient that hydrates the skin & antioxidant), Aloe Leaf Juice (soothes and hydrates), Cammellia sinesis leaf extract (antioxidant from green tea), Jojoba seed oil (another emollient) and Sodium Hyaluronate (an ultimate moisturizer also known as Hyaluronic Acid). + For those with sensitive skin, this has no fragrance. + I think you get a pretty good amount of product in this tube. For $20, you get 60ml of product which is 13ml more than you get with the Neutrogena Hydro Boost. + I actually really like this packaging. This squeezey tube setup feels a little bit more hygienic than the tubs of moisturizer (no hate, I still use those). + Vegan & cruelty-free. The not so good: - As with most affordable gel creams, this might not be enough moisture if you have any dry patches on your face. I do have a couple areas right now that feel a bit drier than usual and I do feel the need to use a hyaluronic acid serum to amp up the hydration. Personally, this doesn’t bug me too much that I need to supplement in those areas, but if you have drier skin you may want to try out another moisturizer that provides more heavy duty moisture. Worth it? For sure. You get a good amount of product (more than the average gel-cream), it has great ingredients, it works and it’s just $20. ☑️ Will I repurchase? I definitely expect to buy this again. It would be so good for travelling and just general everyday routines. I do suspect that come the colder months I will need something a little more heavy duty (can you believe it’s already September!) at night time. But come Spring, I bet it will become a staple in my routine. Ps I have combo, acne prone skin :)
Gel based moisturizers
Skincare for acne
Sensitive skin face creams
I am really enjoying these products by versed a lot!! Here are my thoughts: . . 💛 Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel - 5/5 (will repurchase) • Going into these cooler months you will need all the hydration you can get it. Not only does it offer that, it also gives the illusion of no eye bags because of the texture. It's like an optical illusion. Keeps my eye area smooth. . . 💚 Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream - 4.5/5 (deciding) • I use this eye cream at night to give my eye area the extra love it needs. It's a smooth texture that's a little slippery. I was expecting it to be a bit thicker because of that. A little goes a long way. I have to rub it together first before I apply it. . . 🖤 Few Point Moisturizer Gel Cream 5/5 (will repurchase) • This is my favorite out of three. This offers hydration especially for my oily skin. I apply extra on a few dry areas but and my skin is smooth throughout the day. I know most people use heavier products in colder seasons but my skin really enjoys the gel textures. This works great alone, under sunscreen and make-up. Definitely a keeper. . . Have you tried these products yet?!?! .
Skincare on a Budget:Best Drugstore Moisturizers
A good moisturizer that is affordable and effective can be a challenge to find. I’ve tried many moisturizers to help make recommendations to those who need suggestions. —Dry Skin— e.l.f. - Happy Hydration Cream This was a surprising find, but I am glad that I tried it. The creamy texture is perfect for dry skin. Unfortunately, it is packaged in a jar which is not very sanitary and can effect the ingredients. -Fragrance-free. -Contains two peptides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. -Includes a very good amount hydrating hemp seed oil which is antioxidant rich. CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin This is a good cream moisturizer for dry skin that contains a good mix of barrier-supporting ingredients. However, it could be better if it had a wider variety of replenishing ingredients. -Fragrance-free and very affordable. -Needs more antioxidants as well. -I recommend getting this product in either the tube or the jar with the pump. —Combination Skin— CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin This is a lotion version of the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. This is great moisturizer for combination skin and it’s fragrance-free. Just like the cream version of this moisturizer, it would be better if it had more antioxidants. CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 Finding another good moisturizer for combination skin was very difficult. Much like other CeraVe products, it contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide. -Fragrance-free. -Lightweight lotion texture wears amazingly well under makeup. -Provides sun protection. —Oily Skin— VERSED - DEW POINT Moisturizing Gel-Cream This is a great moisturizer, however, it would have been far more impressive with additional ingredients that help to lock moisture in. -Fragrance-free. -Gel-cream texture is super lightweight but very moisturizing. Cetaphil - Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 Unscented Finding another moisturizer for oily skin that didn’t have fragrance was one of the biggest challenges. This moisturizer provides broad spectrum sun protection without leaving a greasy feeling. -Fragrance-free. -Wears well under makeup. -Lightweight finish that’s perfect for oily skin. Finding a good drugstore moisturizer is one of the biggest challenges especially for one that has oily skin. I’ve noticed that many drugstore brands tend to prioritize those with dry skin when it comes to moisturizers. This can be especially frustrating. I hope this helps everyone find their ideal drugstore moisturizer. Thanks for reading! :)
Honestly loving the HONEST Hydrogel Cream
I really wish I could give this 4.5 stars. I have to say, at first I did not like this product. It’s different from my other gel creams in the way that you have to massage this in a little more. At first it looks like a thick white cream which really confused me because it doesn’t look like a gel cream. On top of that, it didn’t absorb into the skin instantly, it stayed a bit white as I applied it so I felt the need to work it into my skin a little more. But then as you massage it into your skin it turns into a more water-like texture that glides so easily over the skin. After trying it a couple times, I became a huge fan. The good: + Key ingredients include: two types of hyaluronic acid and squalane, which is second in the ingredients list which makes me happy. + Oil-free, fragrance-free, and overall just a nice, unalarming ingredients list. + Skin instantly looks so glowy and moisturized. And it stayed moisturized all day and all night. + Affordable and super accessible. I personally got mine at Shoppers Drug Mart. + Absolutely no breakouts / acne so far (I’m almost done the full jar). + I really love the feeling of putting this all over my neck, chest and shoulders - it just glides over the skin so easily and feels refreshing. The not so good: - As I said before you do have the massage this into your skin a little bit, it’s just smidgen more effort and it’s not like it instantly absorbs if you just dot it on. Worth it? It’s a bit more expensive than my go-to Hydro Boost gel cream, but honestly I see sales on this all the time, so it’s usually not by too much. I really do think the product is worth the price though. Will I repurchase? I will, but I do think this would be better for winter for me personally. I feel like if you have normal or dry skin, this could be a great summer or even anytime moisturizer. For my combo / oily skin, I don’t think I necessarily need this much moisture because it’s so humid where I live. So come next winter, for sure! Ps I have combination, acne prone skin :) Pps shout out to my boyfriend’s nerdy solar system poster in the background 🪐
Why I can’t stop using this moisturizer ✨
This is my favorite inexpensive night time moisturizer and here’s why it should be yours, too! Why it’s awesome: ￼it is lightweight and easy on the skin while being very effective for dry skin. I have acne prone skin and I use this after my more drying products and it keeps me hydrated all night. ￼it is not fragranced, but it still smells amazing! I still love a fresh scent in my skin care. ￼this moisturizer is super inexpensive and I got it off amazon! ￼it’s easy to include into your routine. ￼works for all skin types! *I use at night only because it isn’t an spf moisturizer* Simple - Water Boost Gel Cream Comes in a small and larger size so you don’t have to commit to a full product if you’re just giving it a try! I paid about $6 on amazon.
Simple-Water Boost Gel Cream
FAB Intense Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
FAB Intense Moisturizer for Sensitive SkinFIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration This is the ultimate guide for hydration for all skin types but definitely sensitive skin. This moisturizer is a thick luxe moisturizer than has hydrating and great ingredients like ceramides, oatmeal, Shea butter and more to leave you feeling hydrated and coated. This also is free of a ton potentially irritating ingredients like alcohols, parabens, fragrance and more. This texture is a super super thick and moisturizing and could potentially be too thick for those with oily skin! There is also no scent because fragrance free, yay! This will be perfect for repairing moisture barrier and cracked/dry skin. My experience: I actually do have sensitive skin, and I can say this has been great for it! I have oily skin as well and have been able to combat my problems well with this moisturizer. Honestly, I use this for all areas of my body that are dry like elbows, knees, and hands because it’s that hydrating and curing to broken skin and dryness! I love how versatile this and is amazing for your moisture barrier. When I wrecked my moisture barrier- this helped so much with coating my skin with a layer of protection and hydrating my skin. I would recommend this 100% to anyone with sensitive skin, dry skin, or normal skin. This also is recommend for those with rosacea which I don’t have, but hear that it works well! This is $32 for 6 oz which is a complete steal in my book! Great to have on hand for the winter. Love FAB!
FIRST AID BEAUTY-Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration
🌟Oily-Acne Skin Moisturizer Awards 🌟
the best of the best for oily, acne prone skin like mine! ✨ Number One: dermalogica - Clearing Defense Moisturizer SPF 30 ingredients: willow bark, tapioca, green tea extract texture: Creamy scent: no scent finish: mattifying and keeps oil at bay price: $28 notes: this is my favorite because it has SPF 30 in it, keeps your skin Matte, and can treat acne. it literally goes on matte and stays that way, feels super lightweight and is in my budget ✨ Number Two: Dr. Jart+ - Teatreement Moisturizer ingredients: tea tree leaf extract, oil, green tea, aloe vera, chamomile, pinus pinaster bark, 4-terpineol texture: Joe moisturizer, not super fast absorbing scent: tea tree scent finish: natural price: $32 notes: this is really good for treating acne and keeping your skin less oily, but it doesn’t have any SPF in it. if you have sensitive skin, this is less strong than straight tea tree oil ✨ Number Three: it Cosmetics - Confidence In A Gel Lotion Weightless Moisturizer ingredients: ceramides, glycerin, cactus flower extract texture: clear gel scent: none finish: natural price: $36 notes: this is good if you have oily and dry skin at the same time, the gel moisturizer means that your skin isn’t going to be super oily, but you’re going to get the moisture that you need. it is a little pricey
dermalogica-Clearing Defense Moisturizer SPF 30
Picking the right moisturizer for your skin type
In a world where the skincare market has become super saturated it can be hard to choose the right products for your skin type. In general it can be hard to know what products are right in general. As a general rule of thumb I tend to recommend gels for oily skin and creams for dry skin but I wanted to break it down a little further. Dry skin: Dry skin is normally characterized as skin lacking oil. It can be caused by a number of conditions but usually you’ll have a lack of oil production, flakiness, dry patches, and scaling. For dry skin you’re going to want to look for richer creams like the Milk MAKEUP - Vegan Milk Moisturizer . This is probably the thickest cream I’ve ever experienced. Thicker creams will contain hydrating ingredients to trap in moisture to help throughout the day. You can also opt for an oil on top of your moisturizer to help add that extra oil you’re lacking. (My favorite is rosehip oil). Oily skin: Oily skin is normally characterized as skin over producing oil (this is me 🙋🏻♀️). Here you’re going to still want hydrating ingredients but you don’t want something heavy as it can tend to block the pores (which are already over producing oil and can in turn cause break outs). I prefer gel moisturizers like the FARMACY - Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya . This gel moisturizer is chock full of hydrating ingredients that give moisture to the skin but is still super lightweight enough to where it doesn’t feel heavy or suffocating on the skin. Combination skin: Combo skin is normally characterized as having both the characteristics of oily and dry skin. You can be shiny and oily in one place (normally the T zone) and dry and flaky in others. Here you have a couple of options. You can opt for a very lightweight cream moisturizer like the dr. brandt - Cool Biotic Prebiotic Redness Relief Cream . This is also perfect for this with normal or sensitive skin. It’s very lightweight on the skin and contains skin soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and cannabis sativa seed oil. With this being lightweight it will help maintain normal moisture balance to the skin. Then from there you have a few options of what to do. You can take an oil and dot that over the areas where you have drier skin or you can take a thicker cream and do the same. That way you’re treating both conditions without contradicting the other. Other things to look for: Personally I prefer to look for fragrance free options. If it has less than 1% I don’t mind it but if fragrance is high up on the ingredient list I would pass. Especially if you have sensitive skin. With sensitive skin I usually recommend staying away from fragrance or artificial dyes. First Aid Beauty is probably the best brand for sensitive skin. With oily skin I also try to look for non comedogenic ingredients as those are less likely to block the pores.
dr. brandt-Cool Biotic Prebiotic Redness Relief Cream
My go-to drugstore gel-cream
Can you tell from my picture of empties that I’m slightly obsessed with this moisturizer? I always have a back up of this in my cupboard and I have a big fear of running out. Why gel-cream? I’ve mentioned before in another post, but I definitely prefer a gel-cream for my combo (sometimes oily), acne prone skin! It’s light, gentle and doesn’t make your skin feel greasy. And this does a great job of locking in the moisture but not leaving my skin so greasy that it could possibly produce more oil. I use this morning and night and it works perfectly with my skin type. I love trying other gel-creams like the belif - The True Cream Aqua Bomb but I tend to always come back to the Neutrogena version because it’s affordable and dependable. And honestly, I love to spend money on skincare, but I also feel guilty when I am spreading a more expensive moisturizer all over my face, neck and chest. The key is I always buy the fragrance-free version. Even though I don’t have very dry skin, I honestly feel like my skin prefers the version without the fragrance and it’s still light and gel-like in texture. The good: + The price! Now it’s not the cheapest drugstore moisturizer, but compared to a gel-cream from belif it’s definitely more affordable. + The texture is light and gel-like and glides so easily across the skin. + Oil-free and fragrance-free! + It’s non-comedogenic and won’t clog my pores. + Absorbs nicely into the skin and doesn’t leave it feeling greasy. + Has a couple nice, hydrating ingredients (hyaluronic acid and olive extracts). The not so good: - I really wish this came in a bigger jar because I don’t love all the waste that I’m producing by buying all these new containers of moisturizer. And I go through these pretty quickly now.. like almost one every 1.5 months. - Although the brand always emphasizes how this product has hyaluronic acid, it’s actually pretty far down the ingredient list. So it does make we question just how much is in the formula. Not a big deal for me, but if you do have really dry skin, you might need something a little more heavy duty than this product. Worth it? For around $20, I definitely think this is worth it. Especially when compared to other high-end options. Will I repurchase? I have probably.... 7 times now! And plan to again :) 💕
Neutrogena-Hydro Boost Gel-Cream
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