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Melanie Engle

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Science has proven that the most basic key to healthy looking skin is the ability to retain and acquire moisture. As the skin care market seems to overflow with new products using the latest technologically advanced ingredients, women continue their endless search for their ultimate moisturizer.

The first documented skin care formulas date back to 3000 B.C. in ancient Egypt, and some natural ingredients such as extracts of sesame and rice, green tea, and shea butter are still used today. But if your idea of hydrating is not bathing in donkey’s milk all day like Cleopatra, you may choose today’s high-tech formulas that contain key ingredients such as Epidermal Growth Factor or moisturizers with DNA repairing functions. And since we love luxury in every aspect of our lives, even the essence of gold, silver, and sapphire has made it into these miracle jars.

Sexy Skin:
Irwin H. Blank, PhD, is credited to discovering the need of hydration in the horny layer of the skin in the 1950s. Today’s moisturizers not only smooth out the skin’s outer layer, but also utilize key ingredients that may penetrate the top layer of the skin. Using a proper daily moisturizer is your number one defense against the look of premature aging, as lack of moisture can cause superficial lines, redness, and flakiness with a rough texture. Your perfect moisturizer is an easy way to help you achieve that ever elusive youthful, healthy glow you’ve been after.

High Maintenance:
For optimal results, moisturizers need to be applied twice a day: once in the morning and again at night-time. And while all of the products I’ve reviewed are “day moisturizers,” you can definitely use your day moisturizer at night, with some women preferring to use a separate “night cream” with additional treatment properties.

Turn Back Time:
Many moisturizers now have added ingredients that are multi-purpose such as lightening dark spots, firming, and wrinkle reducing. As your powerful cream penetrates the layers of skin, it helps to fill in the area between the layers providing a smoother, younger appearance. Sunscreen is also an excellent added benefit of some of the daily moisturizers that will reduce future damage. Moreover, certain moisturizers increase the skin’s cellular production, which naturally decreases as we age. These ingredients, which stimulate your cell turnover, diminish the skin’s signs of aging.

Choosing a Formula:
Before choosing your moisturizer, first you must assess your skin type. Keep in mind that at different times of the year your skin may change as the seasons do. Some women may need to have a lighter version and a richer version of these creams in their arsenal to alternate as their skin changes throughout the year. It is important to use a formula that improves the texture of your skin and does not feel heavy.

What’s your skin type?
Dry skin may feel tight and look flakey due to the lack of oil production. Choose a rich formula.

Oily skin will appear shiny and feel greasy. One of the biggest myths in skin care is that oily skin does not need to use a moisturizer. A lightweight or oil-free formula that will not clog your pores is best for the oily skin type.

Combination skin may be normal to dry on cheeks and have an oily t-zone. A formula with a high hydration level that is not too heavy is best.

Best of the Best:
Moisturizers will not only add hydration to the skin but will also prevent moisture loss. Taking care of your skin now can improve your look today and save a fortune in plastic surgeon’s bills later to repair damage that could have been prevented. High-end skin care can cost a lot of money but is well worth the investment.

The best moisturizers will offer not just the addition of hydration to quench your skin’s thirst, but may also be multi-functional. Some of my top picks include anti-aging properties and sunscreen protection. By using products with more than one function you will save time and money by not having to use separate products.

Best Moisturizers by Melanie Engle

The Best You Can Get

  • ReVive Intensite Fluide Superbe

    Melanie says: ReVive is an ultra-exclusive brand that utilizes the latest technology and ingredients such as Epidermal Growth Factor that encourages cellular re-growth. As liposomes capture and retain moisture within the layers of skin, you will notice your skin looking smooth and calm. Using Intensite Fluide will help you achieve similar results as a firming spa facial. And at this hefty price, you may need to cut out a visit to your facialist!

    • For dry skin
    • Epidermal Growth Factor encourages cellular re-growth
  • Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Rich Cream

    Melanie says: Guerlain offers this super rich formula that helps protect your skin from nature’s harsh elements. The amazing subtle scent comes from orchids and this moisturizer will actually strengthen your skin while it firms. Imperiale Rich is a luxury that may be used only in the driest season.

    • For dry or mature skin
    • Helps protect your skin
    • Strengthens and firms your skin
  • Sue Devitt Microquatic Luxury Facial Concentrate

    Melanie says: Sue Devitt’s “Facial in a Bottle” not only increases your collagen but also offers cellular tissue revitalization. With this super concentrate, only a tiny bit of product is needed to help your skin look firm, smooth, and soft with maximum hydration.

    • For normal or dry skin
    • Increases your collagen
    • Cellular tissue revitalization
  • Yves Saint Laurent - Majeur Fluide Intensive Day Moisturizer SPF 12

    Melanie says: This intense formula offers a light feeling lotion that has a lot to offer. The added sunscreen will save you a step in your morning routine. Water captors and pearl proteins are super hydrating and smoothing. The rejuvenating formulation also fades dark spots. Can we ask for anything more?

    • For normal or combination skin
    • Light feeling lotion
    • Sunscreen
    • Super hydrating and smoothing
    • Fades dark spots
  • Kanebo Premier Lotion

    Melanie says: The lightweight lotion Kanebo offers the best technology has to offer. DNA in the skin will start to repair itself from environmental damage while cellular functions throughout the skins layers are improved. Sun damage and stressed skin is no match for this superstar product.

    • For normal or combination skin
    • Repairs skin DNA
    • Lightweight lotion

You will be happy with any of these

  • Fresh Crème Ancienne

    Melanie says: Fresh has one of the most uniquely made products on the market. Hand made in a monastery, this rich cream will help forgive at least some of the sins you have made against your skin. Fine lines seem to miraculously disappear after the first week. This rich formula can also be used on the body.

    • For super dry skin
    • Hand made in a monastery
    • Fine lines seem to miraculously disappear after the first week
    • Can be used on the body
  • Sjal Skincare Cela Intuitif

    Melanie says: The founders offer a holistic approach with modern flair. Even though you may not feel this light weight cream, it packs a powerful punch to combat environmental damage. Natural ingredients like green tea and vitamins protect skin, while Shea butter locks in moisture, creating a smoother appearance. And if it couldn’t get any better, luxurious gold, silver, and sapphire essences offer added energy to tired looking skin. Wrinkles and sun spots diminish with every use.

    • For normal skin
    • Combats environmental damage
    • Protects skin
    • Locks in moisture
  • ReVive Sensitif Oil Free Lotion SPF 15

    Melanie says: Finally, the perfect moisturizer for oily skin has arrived. ReVive offers an oil-free formula with a velvety matte finish. SPF 15 and an oil-free formula are combined to create the perfect velvety matte finish. The weightless formula also helps to repair damaged cells.

    • For oily and/or sensitive skins
    • Perfect moisturizer for oily skin
    • SPF 15
    • Oil free formula
    • Helps to repair damaged cells
  • Sisley Paris Hydra-Flash Intensive Face Formula

    Melanie says: This intensive formula increases your moisture barrier, keeping your skin perfectly hydrated and balanced. Natural ingredients include rice and sesame extracts to soothe stressed out skin. Using this as a mask to boost hydration gives your skin a healthy glow.

    • For all skin types
    • Keeps skin perfectly hydrated and balanced
    • Natural ingredients
    • Can be used as a mask
  • REN - Mayblossom and Konjac Balancing Moisturizer

    Melanie says: Bring the Far East into your home with my favorite REN moisturizer. This lightweight formula incorporates Japanese Konjac Root, Willow Bark, and Flavonoids from Mayblossom. Blue Cypress essential oil and chamomile soothe skin and reduces redness. Protect fragile skin while you balance out your oily t-zone.

    • For combination skin
    • Soothes skin and reduces redness
    • Protects fragile skin
    • Lightweight formula

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