What are the first few things you'll notice when trying out a new moisturizer?

The smell, followed by the texture–how thick, thin, and/or tacky it may be and how well it seems to “sink” into my skin initially.

— Christine


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Penny Avatar

Has to be silky and smooth……I’ll give it about 5 minutes in the store and see if it sinks in nicely or remains tacky or sticky….Also if the smoothness and softness remain after it has sunk in, or if after a few minutes skin feels dry as if you never put anything on…..So many I have tried in a store feel great and silky when I first put them on my skin but then sink in and feel like nothing was applied, OR never get over the tackiness….Finding the perfect moisturizer is not as easy as it sounds!

Nancy T Avatar

1.) NO perfume or scent, please!
2.) How well does it sink into my skin as opposed to just sitting on top of it doing absolutely nothing?
3.) Several days or a week in, am I getting new whiteheads or acne pimples?
4.) How is the condition of my skin after the first week or so? Any exacerbation of my eczema or any new rash?

All of the above are what will determine whether or not it’s a keeper. At 63 years old, I still have an oily t-zone and get breakouts, sometimes even clusters. So, I do need to be very mindful of that. Plus, my skin is also quite sensitive on top of that. Oh joy. Not.

Helene Avatar

Can I join the oily t-zone? I’m a tiny bit younger but have still a very oily t-zone and as the day gets on most of my face is on the oily side. I use loads of blotting papers. And, I do get break outs. I would have thought this should have ended years ago, but no. Thankfully I don’t have sensitive skin. But I feel with and for you, Nancy. Adding sensitivity would not be fun!

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