Site search



Help! I Need Moisturizer!

What do you use for moisturizer? For years I used Oil of Olay (Jason called it Oil of Old Ladies), but then I decided to completely give up products tested on animals. Easy, right? Wrong. I’ve tried out a few different ones, but I’ve had a hard time finding a non-greasy moisturizer that includes sunscreen.

The closest I’ve come is Nature’s Gate Daily SPF 15 Sunscreen Moisture Cream. That had an odd texture—a bit like sand was mixed into it—but it wasn’t greasy, it dried quickly, and didn’t make me sneeze. I used that for months, but the company discontinued it.

Then I saw Trader Joe’s Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion. It looks like Oil of Olay, so I gave it a try. Bad idea. The bottle is the only thing that’s similar. It stings my face and it tarnished my jewelry.

Jason uses Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. I’ve tried that, and it says it’s not greasy, but it kind of is.

So I’m back to square one. Any suggestions? I’d also like it to be free of parabens and oxybenzone, but at this point, beggars can’t be choosers. I looked at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, but I can never find anything there. The products that they consider the best are ones I’ve never heard of, let alone seen in a store. Grr! Maybe I’m too picky, but I do have to put this on my face every single day….


Comment from Sophie
Time June 24, 2010 at 11:41 am

I am skin-care obsessed. I have extremely dry, sensitive skin that basically starts flaking off my face sometime in mid-October, and here’s the (mostly) environmentally friendly routine that finally worked for me:

-AM/PM: I wash with organic aloe vera gel — I just put it on my face prior to wetting it and then rinse it off with lukewarm water:

-AM/PM: I tone with rosewater and glycerin:

-AM: I use this during the day, which is the best sunblock/moisturizer I’ve ever found. It manages to be mineral-based and completely creamy and smooth:

-PM: And this at night:

The Aveda stuff costs a fortune but it also lasts forever.

Comment from Isabel
Time June 24, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Hi! I bought this once and liked it.

The website gives you ‘where to buy’ links according to where you live.

I’m currently using this one from a Canadian company. I like it a lot.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time June 25, 2010 at 11:30 am

Thanks, Sophie. Where do you find the Mychelle stuff?

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time June 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

Thanks, Isabel. I see Alba stuff at the store all the time, so I’m sure I’ll be able to find it.

Pingback from Friday Green Links – 6/25 « Pragmatic Environmentalism
Time June 25, 2010 at 11:09 pm

[…] 101: Recipes From Readers – Jezebel. I got some great suggestions for moisturizers this week. Here are some recipes for homemade skin care. Thanks, […]

Pingback from Pragmatic Environmentalism
Time February 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm

[…] may remember that back in June I begged for moisturizer recommendations. After six months of trial and error I still haven’t found anything ideal. I may have to […]

Write a comment