Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's butter face.

You guys really got to the heart of my New Year's post a few weeks ago: proper moisturization (taint or otherwise). My face has been struggling this year and it probably has something to do with getting older or that I'm mutating X-Men style into a new race of desert people.

If you're anything like me (an unnaturally dry Eve of mutant peoples?) then maybe you could use some help this winter too.  Below is everything I've been using and recently recommended to me and please throw in you favorite moisturizers in the comments so we can be moist and dewy together.

Currently I'm using Extract Face Cream from Good Fortune Soap (a Chattanooga company).  Not greasy, has hyaluronic acid (super moisturizing and you can buy it in pill form surprisingly), gets the job done, excellent base.

I layer that with Goldenseal Moisturizing Cream from Sleepy Hollow Herb Farm (another local company).  I LOVE the Goldenseal moisturizer and recommend it to everyone, local or not.  They grow their own Goldenseal which is some kind of magic herb and it's great for all kinds of skin issues - eczema to bug bites.  It's really calming and soothing to my angry face.

I bought Shikai Borage Dry Skin Therapy on a whim a few years ago when I was having MAJOR skin problems and it was amazing.  Angry face became incredibly happy face.  Apparently borage oil is the shit but now I can only find this stuff online.  I expect it to be discontinued soon.

At night I usually follow all that with some tamanu oil which I know I've talked about before and still use and love.  I usually layer multiple moisturizers even in the summer so the fact that I do this shouldn't reflect on the quality of these products.  I have not-great skin that requires a lot of attention - more than I'm willing to give, honestly - so I'm not a one-product gal.  

But even this layers-of-flavor-strategic-moisturizing didn't work this year. At the end of the day it looks like I have a mild sunburn the way my face is flaking off.  I had to take matters into my own hands and go to the ModSauce Ranch Laboratories.  Shea butter is heaven on my body so why not my face, right?!  So I melted a couple of ounces of raw shea butter with an ounce of a mixture of Josie Maran Argan Oil and tamanu oil then whipped all that into a cream.  Everybody just has that stuff laying around in their medicine cabinet, right?  

Well I was bragging about my luxurious new face cream when my Twitter friend and beauty guru Genie of @EBArchDesign yelled at me about putting shea butter on my face because it can cause breakouts.  Well, double damn!  I thought I had solved the world's problems!

Don't tell her but I still use it sometimes and haven't had any breakouts.  But I did promise to graduate to more "adult" products.  Use shea butter at your own risk, apparently.

Fortunately I DID find some Clinique Moisture Surge, $39, in the back of my bathroom closet and have been loving it the past week or so.  Past me was very smart to buy it then I guess I got dumb in the summer and forgot about it.  Goes on like a gel so if you need moisture but hate the greasy, sticky feel then this is your jam.
Genie did recommend some things to me including Hydraluron, $20, which is the purest form of hyaluronic acid so there's that.  I've been looking for a serum to wear under my moisturizer so this will probably be my next purchase.  

She also recommended Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($46), Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair ($92 and I think a cult favorite) as well as this La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Accelerator Pro Recovery ($18).  She said it was developed for burn victims so I'm guessing it should be good enough for my chapped face.

A Ms. Anonymouse commented on that post about her love of Josie Maran's Argan Infinity Cream Oil, $28, which sounds heavenly.  The creamy oil part intrigues me.  What kind of magic science is that?  

Jamie, another sweet commenter suggested a moisturizer with urea in it like Udderly Smooth, $15.  Urea is like the store brand name of urine but don't freak out.  I KNOW I remember supermodels back in the 90's - probably on Oprah - talking about how the get up in the morning, pee on a wash cloth and then press it to their faces for their beautiful complexions.  If Linda Evangelista can have a pee face then gawddammit we can too!  

I think Udderly Smooth is made for the body but they say it can go on your face fine.  Don't get snooty, pee face.  I kinda like the idea of having ONE jar of something and being able to use it from head to toe.  

I use a mixture of stuff on my body depending on what smell I want but it usually involves a butter.  I make my own mix of shea butter and available oils (do you sense a trend?) based on this basic ratio.  I recently came across this recipe using coconut oil and coconut butter and it also sounds divine.  

I love the way coconut oil smells/feels but don't like its moisturizing qualities alone.  I actually use it to remove my makeup and it feels so luxurious.  But mixed with cocoa butter?  I needed to research.  So I bought some good, old-fashioned Palmer's Cocoa Butter, $7, because I don't think I've ever used cocoa butter before...

Honestly, I'm rather enjoying it.  It does have mineral oil in it which I heard is bad for skin but cocoa butter smells incredible so I don't care.  I used a small tub in two weeks.  

I'm not exactly sure the difference between shea butter and cocoa butter - the internet says shea is more healing for cuts, bites, infections, etc. but cocoa butter just smells sadamn good...  Your call.

If your body skin can't find relief with shea butter, cocoa butter and/or urea then you might want to consult a professional.  I have yet to find a body moisturizer that works as good as these that is non-greasy and absorbs immediately so you are warned.  Do not try to put leggings on in a hurry after an application.  For a more light weight moisture I sometimes use Kiehl's Creme de Corps body lotion in the summer that has an SPF but I get lazy.

Don't forget the best, non-greasy salt scrub I make too since we're all DIYing all the skin things!

I don't really use a specific hand cream because I only remember to use some right before I'm going to do a very important, highly precise task like playing Operation or trying to open a bunch of tight jar lids and my greasy hands might as well be stumps for how useful they are.  However, the other day my fingernail snagged on something and when I went to undo it I realized it wasn't my nail but THE SKIN NEXT TO MY NAIL AAAAHHHHHH.  I'm like a farm animal.  BUT NO MORE!
This tiny tin of Burt's Bees Hand Salve, $6, fixed my hooves in about three days so I won't be Madame Scissorhands anymore.

I think I left of foot creams but I just put socks on and call it a day. But the Udderly Smooth is supposed to be great for feetsies.

I think that's all of the moisturization tips from myself and my helpful team of beauty gurus - thank you, ladies!  My goal is to have some part of me be slightly greasy from December through March.  Except my face but we're working on that.  *greasy fingers crossed*

I have a feeling that it might be necessary for turning this mutant desert face into a dewy, sticky visage with the help of BB creams and better liquid foundation but I can only do one thing at a time.

Leave your faves in the comments!  Happy greasing!

Update!  The loverly @AndreaWolper recommended REN's Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturizing Cream and Josie Maran's Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47.  Thanks and noted!


  1. Well holy kee-rap, that's a lot of stuff to put on one's face (wink wink - "face"). Would it help if we reminded you that you are already booty-full inside and out. Except that one little pimple.

    1. LEAVE MY PIMPLE ALONE! *sobs alone on the bathroom floor*

  2. I love Palmer's and put it on my feet at night. I love that I get to smell like a cookie when I go to bed! Butter Face? You must be watching Shameless! Nice post.

    1. Haha I haven't! Guess I MUST now. ; )

      Palmer's smells so good - like cookies but not in an overpowering Bath and Body Works death scent way!

  3. I have tried a bunch of the fancier ones but my favorite - especially when it's cold and dry outside - remains Cetaphil in a tub. That stuff is my jam.

    I realized the other day that I've been accumulating a lot of moisturizer type stuff because I still have a desire to spend money on cosmetics but I also know that one face does not need eighty eyeshadow palettes or six thousand lipsticks. So instead I channel my consumerist impulses into crap I smear on my face to make it purdy. I'm so, so weak, oy.

    1. I love cheap things in a tub so this is right up my alley.

      Yeah, I have a bit of a product problem too which I'm trying to correct. At least if it's something for my face that I don't love I can use it on my elbows or something. Eyeshadow, not so much.

      Guess we gotta start doing drag makeup everyday. SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!!!


  4. I love Nuxe's "huile prodigieuse" -- it's basically a dry oil, which sounds gross, but smells divine (like the beach, like you have money, like you have the most glorious skin, like you spend all your time at the spa). I used to buy it only when visiting France (schlepping truckloads of the glass bottles back), but now you can get it in any good drugstore in the U.S. It sprays on, is so, so light and airy, and you can use it everywhere -- even on your hair to banish flyaways or on your lips. It comes in a pretty pretty glass bottle with a gold top. I also like Amlactin (sp?) for all-over body lotion and Restorsea for my face (not cheap, smells fantastic and is magic).

    1. Smells good and in a pretty bottle?! SOLD! Thanks for the recs! I've never heard of any of these so I can't wait to throw my money at them!

      Thanks, Mary Margaret!

    2. Uh oh... found some sample kits on the Amazone... It's all over now.

    3. WOW - great tip! The Nuxe travel kit (which includes the huile prodigieuse) is 20 bucks on Amazon! That's an amazing deal. If you are springing for a bottle alone, the spray is a better option over the splash bottle.

    4. It's in my cart already! I'm gonna feel so fancy with my French oils and potions!

  5. Sweet Babby Jeebus, that's a lot of products. Suddenly, I'm happy for oily t-zone face that rebuffs anything more than Mario Badescu. Please keep updates coming though, 'cause I feel a shopping spree for body lotion coming on. Time to branch out from Lubriderm. Dry oil anyone? I want to smell like a moneyed beachcomber!

    1. I love a dry oil! See above comment from Mary Margaret about one she uses - the last dry oil I used was from Body Shop and I do love it! But I need that long-lasting grease now.

      You think your oily T-zone is a curse but there are pros and cons to all sides, my friend!

  6. Also, if anyone has found a replacement for Mario Badescu's avocado cream I will love you forever because nothing has ever soothed the breakouts like that shit.

    1. UGH I used to be obsessed with MB's control cream but they discontinued it a few years ago and I'm still bitter! I still use their drying lotion for breakouts but it's more of a solution not a prevention. Keep us updated in what you find!

  7. 3 Studies SHOW Why Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    This means that you actually kill fat by consuming Coconut Fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from large medical journals are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!