.keep calm and moisturize on.

Photo by author. Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach, CA

Photo by author. Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach, CA

Even though sunny California (creepily sunny California, as explained here) is not experiencing the Polar Vortex, our equally frightening, albeit more pleasant, drought is still wreaking havoc through the state. I strongly believe in everyone doing their part to conserve water, no matter how small: turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth; recycling boiling water to give your lawn a drink; washing your dishes with a lower-pressure stream. All of these changes add up to something big.

I love you, California, and hope to see you hydrated to a proper level soon. While we all work on conserving water for our precious state, let me turn our attention to another victim of the drought: our poor, desert-dry skin. This year I’ve experienced a flaky, sensitive face more than ever before. It was a tough job sifting through all Sephora’s moisturizers in sake of finding the best, but someone had to do it.** Read through for my top moisturizing recommendations for the rest of Winter 2014. May hydration be with you.

Image via Bergdorf Goodman

Image via Bergdorf Goodman

AmorePacific Future Response Age Defense Creme
The absolute Rolls Royce of facial moisturizers. The hefty price tag is enough to make your balk, but with 6 months supply in each jar I assure you it’s worth every penny.  Containing a crazy amount of green tea and algae extracts (hey, antioxidants!) and Asian botanicals, this cream is #1 by leaps and bounds.

embryolisse

Image via Amazon

Embryolisse Filaderme Émulsion Sèche
I’ve never been shy about my mad love for Embryolisse (seriously, even my mother is hooked on it). This winter I began using their product for severely dry, aging skin – oh the horror at being in that category! I love the way this product sits on top of the skin and slow, deeply penetrates each layer – dehydrated pores just soak it up. This cream is my staple, and most used, moisturizer.

Image via Musings of a Muse

Image via Musings of a Muse

Bliss Triple Oxygen ex-glow-sion
This cream provides the instant glow it promises. Between the triple dose of oxygen and brightening Vitamins C + E, skin truly exudes radiance. The micro-vitabeads throw me off a bit, as I instantly think of them as exfoliators that need to be rinsed off (this is NOT the case), but this product absolutely delivers. Highly recommended.

Image via GlamGlow

Image via GlamGlow

GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment
A newbie to the beauty market, I tried this GlamGlow mask a few days ago and it inspired this complete post. I am in *love* with this treatment. Recommended for 2-3 x week use, this product can be rinsed off with water, patted off dry skin, or simply left on overnight. Given my penchant for saving water (and hydrating my skin) I left this little diddy on overnight only to awake to perfectly smooth, supple skin. Seriously amazing. You can practically watch it absorb into the driest areas of your skin (for me: chin and nose!). I fell hard for this product, and don’t know if I can ever let my bathroom exist without it.

biteBite Agave Lip Mask
This moisturizer is strictly for your lips, and despite the fact it’s labeled as a mask this product is meant to be left on. Essentially, it’s a super strong lip balm (oh, clever marketing!) but I will be the first to admit this product works. Leave it on overnight for a super soft kisser. Pucker up!

**This sentence is a fabrication, as everyone knows I am a moisturizing junkie who gladly gives every hydrator an equal opportunity.

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