Top Five: Hydrating Face Creams

4/22/2015



Okay - hydrating creams. I have found some really, really good ones but all of the creams pictured above differ. Some are very light (almost mattifying) and others are borderline nourishing. That's the thing with combination skin - you go through so many different stages and your face literally serves as a guinnea pig. I have tried it all, from very aggressive and drying creams (would not recommend to anyone) to those sumptuous, rich ones (some of those have clogged my pores, though).  My T-zone is blemish prone but not oily anymore - can you even imagine the horror? The center of my face is really dry and prone to scaly patches (even during summer - lucky me, eh?). Sometimes I get attacked by blemishes (like, right now) and I pick on them and make a mess so I need something soothing that won't aggravate current blemishes and sensitive skin but also not clog pores. And it has to be a good make-up base. It seems as I'm deliberately making things hard on myself. Well, these Top Five Hydrating Face Creams tick all the boxes for me but each performs in a different way - let's just say that each has its own area of expertise. The oldest fave from the list is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H. If there was a hydrating cream literally anyone could use - this would be it. Sure, it may not give the absolute max to extremely dry skin but every remaining skin type under the sun might use it and be left pleasantly surprised. It isn't oily, it isn't heavy - it is hydrating, it is gentle, it does not disturb the natural barrier or the skin nor does it clog pores. Acne sufferers with fragile skin rejoice - this is the one to look for! Kozmetika Afrodita Hydra Thermal 24h Ultra Moisturizing Cream (normal/combo skin) is something like a tall, cool glass of water to quench thirsty skin. It actually packs quite a punch so I prefer to use it as a night cream and to wake up to plump, dewy skin ( who would not like that?). It's a simple pleasure that works and it's very similar to the Vichy Aqualia Thermal cream (for reference). Perhaps the most pleasant, most enjoyable face cream I like to use come summertime is the refreshingly gorgeous L'Occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel. Do know that this is a fragranced cream (not everyone's cup of tea, I know) but it smells absolutely incredible! It's one of the rare creams I can handle during summer when everything is humid, sticky and unbearable. It really is (as I've written down in the review) a brilliant face cream for oily/combination/normal and dehydrated skin. Following two creams are richer, more substantial than previous three - thus perfect for those who suffer from serious dehydration or even slightly dry skin. Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee Anti-Wrinkle Cream is quite unique as it plumps skin like nothing else! Only one (very expensive) Filorga serum outshines it but only by a fraction. Forget the anti-ageing claims as it's suitable for everyone. An instant boost for dull, tired skin it definitely is but I wouldn't recommend it to oily and/or acne-rone skin. It might be too much for them. Finally we have a face cream which resembles a face lotion thanks to its unique texture. Dr.Hauschka Revitalizing Day Cream is one of the rare few that I'll actually use up entirely! I find it fascinating that something of a moderately runny texture can be so hydrating and nourishing at the same time. Ingredients are peachy, it smells great and it never broke me out whilst keeping skin soft as a baby's bum. What is there more to ask for?

Uredu, znaci danasnja tema su hidratantne kreme za lice. Uspjela sam pronaci par zaista odlicnih kremica no svaka sa fotografije iznad funkcionise na malo drugacijem principu. Neke od njih su izuzetno lagane (gotovo pa matirajuce) dok druge granice sa hranljivim. To je fora ali i prednost mjesovite koze - vremenom cete proci gotovo sve faze i tipove koze tako da lice sluzi kao pokusni kunic i mala laboratorija. Isprobala sam sve sto se moze isprobati, od izuzetno agresivnih i isusujucih krema (koje ne bih nikome preporucila) pa do onih koje su slasne, socne i hranljive (doduse, neke od njih su bile sklone tome da zacepe pore). Moja T-zona je sklona pojavi sitnih bubuljica ali nije masna - mozete li samo zamisliti kakav je horor odrzavanje takve koze? Sa druge strane, sredisnji dio lica je cesto sklon isusivanju i perutanju (prava sam sretnica, zar ne?). Nekada me pak uhvati period kada mi se posvuda pojave sitnije bubuljice (trenutno sam u toj fazi) i posto sam uzasno nervozno bice u tom periodu, najvjerovatnije je da cu dirati i istiskati te bubuljice a samim time pogorsati situaciju. Znaci, potrebna mi je kremica koja djeluje umirujuce, ne iritira postojece bubuljice niti vec osjetljivu kozu a da pri tome nece ni zacepiti pore. Lista zahtjeva je zaista komplicirana no mogu reci da svaka od prikazanih kremica zadovoljava moje potrebe u razlicitim periodima. Od mojih Top 5 Hidratantnih krema za lice svaka ima svoje polje strucnosti - mozda vam pomognem rijesiti brige koje vas muce vlastitim iskustvom? Najstarija dama sa liste je La Roche-Posay Effaclar H. Ako bi postojala univerzalna hidratantna kremica koju bi bukvalno svaki tip koze mogao koristiti - to bi bila ona. Ok, mozda ne bi bila dovoljno hranljiva za nevjerovatno suhu kozu ali sam ubijedjena da bi je svaki preostali tip koze mogao koristiti bez problema i cak ostao ugodno iznenadjen rezultatima. Nije masna, nije teska, hidratantna je, njezna, ne remeti prirodnu barijeru koze i nece zacepiti pore. Ako patite od akni a u medjuvremenu ste strasno napatili kozu agresivnim tretmanima - moj savjet je da nabavite ovu kremu. Kozmetika Afrodita Hydra Thermal 24h Ultra hidratantna krema (za normalnu/mjesovitu kozu) je zednoj kozi nesto poput hladne case vode u sred toplotnog talasa. Ona je cak dosta intenzivna i zbog toga je najvise volim koristiti kao nocnu kremu kako bih se ujutro probudila uz prizor mekanog, zagladjenog i jedrog tena (kome se to ne bi dopalo?). Jednostavno je preparativno zadovoljstvo koje radi svoj posao kako treba a za poredjenje, reci cu da me jako asocira na Vichy Aqualia Thermal kremu. Mozda najljepsa osvjezavajuca kremica koju najvise volim koristiti tokom ljeta je L'Occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel. Imajte na umu da je parfimirana krema (znam da to nije bas po svacijem ukusu) ali vjerujte na rijec da je miris bozanstven (a parfem u sastojcima mi nije iritirao kozu)! Ono po cemu je ovaj gel/krema poseban jeste sto samo njega mogu koristiti tokom onih ljetnih dana kada je prevruce i osjecam da je koza slipava na sam dodir. Takvim danima ne pomisljam na mazanje koze uopsteno ali ovaj gel je super ugodan i lagan - stvarno je fantastican. Kako sam navela u recenziji - zaista je briljantna kremica za masnu/mjesovitu/normalnu i dehidriranu kozu. Preostale dvije kreme su nesto bogatije, nesto ipak izdasnije formulacije u odnosu na vec spomenute - samim time su prikladnije za vas ako vam je koza dosta dehidrirana ili cak blago suha. Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee krema protiv bora je prilicno jedinstvena po tome sto nakon nanosenja koza kao da bude ispunjena iznutra - toliko je lijepo nahrani i zagladi. Samo jedan (jako skupocjen) Filorga serum je uspio nadmasiti i to za nijansu. Ona djeluje kao trenutacna injekcija zivota za umornu, sivu kozu - stvarno je fantasticna no ne bih je preporucila masnoj kozi i/ili kozi sklonoj aknama posto bi u tom slucaju mogla biti previse bogata. I za kraj imamo kremu koja vise slici losionu za lice zbog neobicne teksture. Dr.Hauschka Revitalizirajuca dnevna krema je jedna od rijetkih krema za lice koje sam potrosila (tj. koju cu potrositi, ostalo je par ml) tokom svog cijelog zivota. Fascinatno mi je sto nesto prilicno rijetke teksture moze da efektno nahrani kozu kako to ona cini. Sastojci su pristojni, mirise lijepo i nikada mi nije izazvala haos na licu. Sta bih jos mogla pozeljeti?

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