Cheapie but Goodie: Alba Jasmine and Vitamine E Moisture Cream

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My skin's been severely dry to the point of flakage recently, which is totally unheard of for my extremely oily skin. No matter what face-stripping cleaning system I've used (even Proactive), how cold it gets or how often I fly, my face never gets dry, let alone to the point of peeling! I think it's the combination of strong acne cleansers and face masks I'm trying out at the moment, so I've gone back to the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser--it gets my skin clean but is a no fuss or frills type of formulation.


In the meantime, I've had to switch out my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel for something more hydrating to try and get some of this dryness in check. My cousin and defender of the humane treatment of animals turned me onto the Alba line a while ago, as it's both cruelty free and made with vegetarian ingredients, so I picked up this cream at a Whole Foods.


It's a good thing I did, because although I haven't been using it for very long, it's already gotten rid of almost all the peeling. I'm sure that if I just give it a few days, my skin will soon be back to its greasy self. Honestly, aside from the lovely jasmine smell, this moisturizer isn't anything too special--it doesn't make any anti-aging claims and it won't lighten up any sun spots. The reason, then, I'm dedicating a whole post to this fairly plain moisturizer is because it would work for all skin types.


I know that's a bold claim, because even the most universal of skin care products won't work for some people, but this cream really could. It's not as thick or pastey as some moisturizers (like Nivea) but is still sturdy enough to remain in place if you hold the container upside down (yes, that's my test).  Even so, there's this lightness to it--it spreads remarkably well, turning into almost a creamy gel when you blend it into the skin. For oily skin, a few dots across the face would be all you really need. This is definitely more hydrating that the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which for me creates a perfect balance--the Alba one gives an extra kick of moisture without feeling too greasy. People with normal skin would probably use it the same way, only they might apply a little more on the notoriously oily T-zone. This would also work great for anyone with sensitive skin as it's hypoallergenic and even though it does have a strong fragrance, it's not a chemically one that I could see being bothersome. And of course, those with dry skin would simply put on a little bit more, or even people with very dry skin could use this as a day cream (though it doesn't contain any sunscreen).


Now I'm not saying that this is the absolute best face cream for people with dry skin and people with oily skin, but this really excels at being an all-around good moisturizer suitable for any skin type. If you've got very temperamental skin that tends to change according to the season, this could be something worth looking into.


I might not even go back to my Clinique moisturizer when my skin goes back to normal (that's partially because I'm almost out of it) because it's nice to switch to a cream that gives a little more moisture than is needed. 


This was about $19 at Whole Foods and I'm categorizing it under "cheap" because that's a great price for a moisturizer--even drugstore ones will run you more than that.


I haven't really tried other Alba products with the exception of whatever I've used while staying at my cousin's, but I'd definitely like to take a closer look at their products. If you have any recommendations, please let me know what they are!


Another mascara experimentation post coming up! And of course, a very exciting announcement I can't wait to share with you!


Random tidbit: I swung by the Jo Malone counter at Bloomingdale's yesterday to smell their newest fragrance, Wild Bluebell. It's very floral and clean-smelling but incredibly light--in fact, it's reminiscent of the smell of fresh laundry. I like it, but I also crave a bit more complexity, a little more meatiness to the perfume. Check it out if you're into super light scents--and how stunning is the ad?!



I'm dashing off to work!


Hope everyone is well!

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