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6 months ago

Moisturizer Suggestions?

Hey everybody,

So, sadly, I'm not able to wear straight sunscreen because every brand I've tried dries out my skin VERY badly. Right now, I'm using Baby Bum Mineral 50 and it's been great--except for the fact I cannot wear it without appying some sort of moisturizer first. Consequently, for the last several months I've been applying Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream on my face and under the sunscreen. Break-out-wise and feel-wise, the combo has been okay and the Cetaphil did heal my skin barrier. However, the moisturizer has always felt heavy and I've noticed lately that it seemed to be making my skin look red (no idea why...it doesn't hurt or break me out, but I don't exactly want to look like a tomato) and also horribly shiny (mostly likely from the petrolatum). By days' end, I look like a grease monster.

This week I changed tacks and started using Baby Bum Moisturizing Lotion under the sunscreen instead. It was working beautifully with a great lightweight feel, no irritation, no more redness, and no greasy/oily sheen at all. However, it now seems to have caused a cold sore outbreak. I can't be 100% certain the Baby Bum lotion is the culprit, BUT it is the only thing I changed in my routine. I've noticed it contains a lot of sunflower seed oil. Sunflower seeds are high in arginine--an amino acid that I know from experience really aggravates my cold sore problem--but I'm not sure how much arginine is in the oil - ? It also contains a lot of coconut oil and, again, coconut flesh is high in arginine but I'm not sure about the arginine content of the oil.

So, I'm back to the drawing board on this one. I'd love to just wear straight sunscreen, but it is SO drying that doing that for just one day leaves me with much pain and regret. I've tried Vanicream sunscreen and it feels fine, but I'm not a huge fan because it also makes me look super greasy and oily.

Does anybody use a good moisturizer that is lightweight, non-greasy, non-oily, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic? My sensitive skin makes finding the right product an absolute nightmare. Plus, so much of what I'm finding for sale still contains sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, and/or other ingredients to which I'm allergic. Does anyone know if sunflower seed OIL and coconut OIL contain a lot less arginine than is found in sunflower seeds and coconut flesh? I've tried researching it, but the opinions are mixed. Or has anyone found a good, lightweight moisturizer that might fit the bill and that isn't jammed with loads of chemicals and unnecessary ingredients? I'm pretty happy with my Baby Bum Mineral 50 sunscreen, so just need to find a new moisturizer I can apply underneath.

Thanks in advance!

Cetaphil - Body Moisturizer by Cetaphil, Hydrating Moisturizing Cream for Dry to Very Dry, Sensitive Skin, NEW
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Baby Bum - Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion-Fragrance Free
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Baby Bum - Moisturizing Lotion - Green Coconut - Green Coconut
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I had fungal acne, irritated inflamed oily skin and it was hard to find the right moisturizer sunscreen combo so I feel ya!

I highly recommend Cetaphil Restoring Water Gel Cream or Bioderma Hydrabio gel-creme, both are not heavy at all as their names suggest. No need to use a lot, and just apply to damp skin and wait to absorb before going with sunscreen. Also a big fan of Bioderma sunscreens too or Japanese/Korean made ones; Iā€™m playing with now. They have some amazing formulations compared to western sunscreens but it will be a hunt for the one that works for you. Hope this helps šŸ˜ŠšŸ‘

P.s: cold sores are caused by a type of herpes virus that forever lives dormant inside your nerve cells, outbreaks are usually caused by lowered immunity/stress. Something like 80% of the pop has it though.

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Thanks SO much for the reply. I'll check into the products you suggested if the items I stumbled across yesterday don't do the trick. Please allow me to do what I can to try and return the favor (in case it helps you) by sharing what I'm testing out at the moment...

After posting my question a couple of days ago, I did some research and found Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo with natural calendula. The Johnson & Johnson Naturals Baby Wash I stocked up on years ago is almost gone (it's also started to leave my face feeling a bit tight and dry anyway as I've aged), so I bought the Cetaphil Baby Wash and used it twice today (AM and PM). I also went excavating in my product closet yesterday and stumbled across Shea Moisture Baby Lotion with, of course, shea butter, frankincense, and myrrh. I'd completely forgotten I bought it earlier this year for something else. Since I didn't see any of my known irritants in the product list, I decided it was worth trying on my face.

Today, I washed with the new Cetaphil, then applied a thin layer of Shea Moisture lotion on my face and let soak in ~3 minutes. I followed that with my regular Baby Bum Mineral 50 sunscreen, and then applied my usual Almay TLC makeup on top. My face felt quite good all day and I had NO shiny, heavy, ugly look or feel. When I washed everything off tonight with the same Cetaphil Baby Wash, I was amazed to see that a couple of red/irritated spots I've had on my face for the past 2-3 days were much improved and nearly gone.

Of course, it's only been a day so far, but I will definitely make a note of the Cetaphil and Bioderma Gel Cremes you suggested in case my current product experiment blows up in my face (haha!). Thank you again so much for replying!

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I have sensitive combination skin, been using La Roche Posay toleriane line for many years. They never irritates my face even after laser pigmentation treatment. But you have to spend some time to explore which specific product suits you best as they have a loads of products.

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Thank greatly for the suggestion. I have looked into some of La Roche Posay's products, but keep running into problems with various ingredients. But if all else fails, I'll revisit their options.

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Maybe you would like a moisturizer from Purito? It's a Korean beauty brand. There's a few moisturizer that you might like. Generally, they use squalane and have limited ingredients. There's an oat gel https://incidecoder.com/products/purito-oat-in-calming-gel-cream. They also have a centella asiatica line that I really like.

If you decide to buy a trial kit, or anything on Amazon make sure you get it from the official store.

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Thank you so much--I'll take a look at it.

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I use Cosrx Snail Mucin 96 Essence as a moisturizer. I know it's technically not, but it works perfectly for me, especially with the added hydration/moisture from sunscreen on top. It's completely non-irritating, and very soothing. It also helps control my oily skin to such a degree that my skin looks normal now (incredible lol). The hype over this product is well worth it.

I'm about to try the Cosrx Hydrium Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream as a moisturizer for days when I need extra moisture. The ingredients look safe and simple, so I think it'll work fine, so I'm listing that here too.

What I would NOT suggest is the Cerave PM Lotion. It's got multiple comedogenic ingredients and clogged my pores for days after I tried it out.

Also, maybe adding a moisturizing/hydrating toner or serum might help? I've found that adding a toner really helped my skin. I used to think toners didn't really work, but I got a sample of the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Toner and it changed my skin completely.

Good luck!

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Maybe cerave am spf 50 or spf 25 idk

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Simple Light Hydrating is my current favourite!

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I actually have hated wearing sunscreens, because I always felt they were either clogging my pores, causing blackheads and in the end made me stay in the sun much longer than I should with or without sunscreen because my face felt like a chalky mess. Recently I discovered protect and glow daily sunscreen gel from Tula it feels wonderfully lightweight. I still use a moisturizer underneath, though it does feel like I do not need one.

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Have you explored chemical/organic sunscreens and found them unsuitable? I'm afraid mineral/inorganic sunscreens tend to be drying because of zinc oxide.

If you're in the USA, you'll unfortunately have limited options for chemical sunscreens. Personally, I rotate between some Korean sunscreens (not waterproof but nice feel on skin, like a normal moisturiser, wide choice of products with different ingredients), La Roche Posay Anthelios UVmune400 (I prefer their hydrating cream over fluid but again, not available in the US. Alcohol denat high on the list of ingredients) and Evy Technology Face Mousse (No alcohol denat, no fragrance, no preservatives due to formula. It does have octocrylene, if someone minds). Both LPR and Evy Technology are waterproof and have superior UVA protection in comparison to Korean sunscreens I have.

BTW I also have good experience regarding LRP Toleriane Line. I have their cleanser and dermallergo serum (European formulations).

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I also checked Baby bum spf 50 out of curiosity and it seems to contain butyloctyl salicylate, which acts just like a chemical sunscreens, so it looks like I've been using some chemical sunscreen compounds anyway.

Personally, I prefer at least a light weight serum under my spf (for actives). I don't use emollient creams under my sunscreens, as they're moisturising enough.

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