Atopalm Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream

If Atopalm is good enough for the seasoned Makeup Artists who I saw using the stuff on model’s parched, overworked faces backstage at fashion week, it’s way good enough for you. Don’t take their word for it though, you can also browse the gazillian reviews on sites like Dermstore to see that people go wild for their moisturizers that perfectly prime the skin for makeup. As you can imagine, I was psyched to get a sample of their new Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream to see if it could stand up to the hype I’ve been giving it in my own head. Thankfully, it does.

There’s nothing too sexy about it – no big price tag, glittery presentation or sweet smell – just a fantastic light cream without parabens to calm and soothe even the most sensitive skin. Don’t let the undermakeup thing throw you off either, it balances the skin and holds in moisture so foundation blends beautifully but it’s completely fine for use at night as well. I found it to be one of the most neutral moisturizers I’ve ever felt on my skin, meaning my skin just felt like skin – not slippery or shiny or tacky, just the way it should without all the crazy stuff we tend slather on top that disguises our natural skin’s texture.

I like it and I like the price ($18). I think this and their best-selling original will be my new go-to moisturizers for my kit since they’re calming and suitable for all skin types.

Atopalm Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream found at Dermstore, Skinstore, and Atopalm.com

Hydrating Serums for All Skin Types

For all skin types and those who favor natural brands:

Firming Flax Serum from New Zealand’s natural line Living Nature is wildly popular because it suits all skin types beautifully. It locks in the skin’s moisture helping dry skin to retain hydration, oily skin to keep balanced, and troubled skin to clear up with its mild astringent properties. It’s oil free, mostly organic, and so light in weight that it just melts into the skin.

For oily, slightly dry, or acne-prone skin:

Aloe-based Moisture Intensifier Serum from Lexli is a light, soothing serum that adds moisture to compromised skin. It’s especially good for those who use acne treatments and have some dryness as a result. You can also use it for your daily moisturizer if you’re afraid to use a heavier lotion or cream.

For dry or sensitive skin:

If this dry weather has your skin looking dull and lifeless, you’ll love Hyaluronic Concentrate from Sanitas. It pumps your skin full of moisture by providing a deep down boost of hydration giving your skin a more youthful appearance and your moisturizer a great head start.

Natural Solutions for Dry Skin

If you want to improve dry skin using naturally formulated products, look for ones that contain essential oils, shea butters, and food-based ingredients to help restore the skin’s lipid barrier by providing a big (chemical free) drink of moisture. Here are a few I’ve tried that can really help to bring dry skin into a more quenched state.

Cleanser:

H2O Sea Pure Creamy Facial Cleanser

Those with dry skin should avoid gel and soap cleansers that can strip away needed moisture. Sea Pure’s Creamy Cleanser uses citrus oils to melt away dirt and makeup in a soft, cushiony formula that leaves skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. It’s one of their best sellers with good reason, it’s hard to find a cleanser that foams up without stripping the skin. It’s just a bonus that it’s without sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, pthalates, and synthetic chemicals.

Exfoliant:

Arcona Golden Grain Gommage

I first met the Arcona team backstage at Fashion Week a few years ago and I fell instantly in love with the small-batched line that’s been pioneering chic, holistic skincare since the 80′s. Arcona’s Golden Grain Gommage is perfect for dry skin, it’s full of essential fatty acids, lemon extract, and oatmeal to soothe and gently buff away dullness associated with dryness in an ultra gentle way.

Moisturizer:

Bioelements All things Pure Moisturizer

I love the All Things Pure Moisturizer, an organically formulated 12 ingredient cream that uses the best of nature to moisturize even the driest of skins. I gave mine to a friend with skin so dry, she stacked on 2 heavy moisturizers day and night just to get some relief. She’s now totally committed to the whole ATP line since the moisturizer successfully renewed her moisture levels and gave her skin a whole new look. (She also swears by their Eye Oil which she also uses on her driest spots pre-moisturizer.)

Balm:

Decleor Aroma Night Angélique Nourishing Night Balm

You haven’t felt pure moisture until you’ve tried one of Decleor’s balms. They’re known for their soft solid essential oil based balms that melt and glide into the skin. Angélique is a mix of 7 of the most hydrating oils blended together to nourish the skin overnight so you wake up with softer, hydrated, and ready for makeup skin.

Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil

You remember my love for for Rosehip Oil and its many benefits for the skin via my review of Australia’s line Kosmea, the problem was that every time I wrote about Kosmea I got emails aking where to find it locally to get those Omega and Vitamin C benefits without the shipping costs. Now that I’ve tried it and can vouch for it, I’ve been recommending Trilogy’s Rose Hip Oil made by the popular New Zealand line and stocked in the U.S by Beautorium.com. It’s a powerful certified organic serum that drenches the skin in hydration and vitamins giving it a glow and overall better appearance. It’s gentle enough to be used by all skin types and sells for just $44.

Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation & Argan Illuminizer

Josie Maran has quickly become known for her stellar Argan Oil which is starring in several new offerings like the beautifully simple Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, an elegantly textured ‘smart’ foundation that manages to morph into your skin’s shade. For those who often feel overwhelmed choosing the right color of foundation, you’ll love your 2 choices; Light/Medium or Medium/Dark. It doesn’t seem like it would work out, but when a friend and I with drastically different skin tones both tried it, we looked as if we were wearing custom chosen shades. It’s a light serum that has medium coverage and a pretty, glowy finish. Great for sallow skin that might need a youthful boost.

Although I didn’t get any shots of the foundation on, I did get a few IPhone candids of her new Argan Illuminizer which I loved. The only reason I didn’t buy it is because I already own/use so many illuminators that you can probably see my face via Google Earth.  Ah, it’s a good one though.

It’s sheer, with a hint of bronze and packed with Argan Oil goodness. That’s her FYI on the right.
A look at a generous application so you can see the finish. Beautiful on cheek bones or mixed in with your foundation.

There are a few more things from the line I’m dying to try Argan Self Tanner anyone?), look for more Josie to come.

Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin

Is Vaseline is truly great skin moisturizer? It is according to Dr. Robert Tornambe. He says it maintains the skin’s moisture barrier by locking in water content so it can’t escape thus erasing fine lines caused from dehydration. He also touts Dimethacone and Glycerin as great all-purpose hydrating ingredients found in moisturizers of all price ranges.

Check out the rest of his top performing skin moisturizers HERE