You know that saying 'Put your best face forward?' Well it's a lot easier to do with the right products. Although it's true that the first thing a person might see are your eyes or your smile, what you don't want is for your skin to be a distraction. With the wide selection of skincare products out on the market and technological advances enhancing and developing new products every day, it can be tough to stay abreast of what works and what doesn't. The face lotion you used religiously only a few years ago for instance might not be the best product available for you anymore. Below are four of the best face lotions of 2011 to make sure you really are putting your best face forward this year.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion has been a seasoned cornerstone in the women's moisturizers market for years upon years but despite its intensive moisturizing qualities, it can clog pores with oils, thickening agents, and Vaseline. Meet the new and improved cousin, the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. Lightweight and oil-free, the gel version of this famous product delivers just the right amount of moisture without clogging the pores or weighing down the skin with thickeners. The gel contains cucumber extract, which has strong moisturizing effects as well as astringent properties that help to slough of dead skin cells and tighten the skin. Also included in the mix is vitamin E, which aids the skin in a multitude of ways, including reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks and age spots as well as protecting against free radicals from the sun and other natural factors.
Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 15
The Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 15 was given the highest rating from Paula Begoun, author of Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter without Me and contains peptides, vitamin C as well as niacinamide. Peptides are protein fragments that stimulate collagen growth and niacinamide, which is highly effective in preventing skin from losing its moisture content. Vitamin C helps to stimulate collagen as well as reduce and lighten sun spots and hyperpigmentation and also provides protection from UVA and UVB rays. Olay Regenerating Lotion also contains SPF 15, which is the ideal level of SPF for days spent out of direct sunlight.
Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense Face Moisturizer SPF 50
If you are someone who prefers minimal steps while getting ready in the morning, the Cetaphil UBA/UBV Defense Face Moisturizer SPF50 might be your perfect product. Containing one of the highest levels of sunscreen, this no-nonsense moisturizer offers massive sun protection while simultaneously providing top-notch lightweight hydration. The protection offered by the sunscreen is broad spectrum, meaning that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays - both of which are harmful to your skin. Sun can also cause your skin to age rapidly causing a loss of elasticity that contributes to fine lines and wrinkles. The sun can also cause age spots and other discolorations as well as make your skin dry out and can cause it to appear tough or leathery. Considering the adverse effects the sun's rays can have on the skin, the higher the SPF in your moisturizer, the better it will help to work against the aging process. The non-greasy formula makes it easy to reapply throughout the day and can easily be worn under makeup.
Alba Botanica Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer
Using 100% vegetarian products, organic aloe Vera and green tea oxidants, the Alba Bontanica Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer is a natural approach to moisturizing that packs a powerful punch. Aloe Vera is well known as one of the most ideal natural skin repairing substances and is derived from the leaf of the aloe Vera plant, being rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes. Green Tea antioxidants do their part in helping to repair and strengthen the skin while providing protection by bonding and neutralizing free radicals in the body caused from a number of sources such as pollution and sun. This moisturizer uses oil-free humectants, which help to retain moisture without clogging your pores. With a luxurious and refreshing scent, the Alba Botanica Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer is ideal for all skin types, is PH balanced and works well under makeup. This moisturizer is especially ideal for those with pores that clog easily. This product does not contain any sunscreen however, so be sure to apply a good oil free sunscreen if you plan to go out during the day.