This topic is SO frustrating to me!!
My skin is fairly dry… as in; I have to lotion when I get out of the shower and sometimes even when I wake up (depending). That being said, I am allllways scouring for a lotion that isn’t too thick and will make me look greasy but also isn’t so thin that I have to slather it on three times just to feel like my skin is hydrated. I hate that its such a hassle to find a lotion thats GOOD for your skin, and WORKS, and isn't a million dollars! For years while I was an avid tanner I SWORE by Gold Bond’s medicated lotion....
Now that I havent been tanning, I needed a new go-to lotion that I could rely on. For the past 6 months or so, I have been using Cetaphil. This has worked amazingly for me, and I didn’t put much thought into it until the other night I used a heavy night cream before bed…. 10 minutes later my face felt very dry... I thought this was odd, since it was such a heavy night cream. That sparked me to look at the ingredients in Cetaphil. I looked, and to my surprise Petroleum was the SECOND ingredient on the list! Now, I have heard that when you use anything Vaseline-ish/petroleum based it sort of ‘tricks’ your body into becoming dependent on it. From what I understand the petroleum allows your body to think it is getting enough moisture so it stops creating any itself. WOAH, right? This doesn’t sound like a lotion I want to continue using if that’s the case!
It works, and I really like it… but I don’t want to become dependent on this. I hate the feeling that I have to use something or else I can’t feel comfortable. Especially because I can’t put makeup on if my skin is all dry and flaky. Trust me, not a good look. So now, I think I need to start researching a good lotion that is a happy medium between heavy/greasy cream and lightweight moisturizer. In the meantime I’m going to start using my Lush dream cream (which I cannot STAND the smell of) and see if that works, I know some people swear by it. Added bonus? no petroleum J I used it last night, and I didn’t feel the need to run and grab my cetaphil – a very good sign! My only concern with the dream cream is that it’s typically for your body… not your face, so I don’t know if it will break me out or not. I guess we’ll see!