Moisturizing is one of the fundamentals of skincare ritual. ‘Cause let’s face it no one likes dry flaky skin.

What we want is smooth and elastic complexion that naturally glows. Wouldn’t that be nice?

But skin care can be tough to nail down especially with so many different products out there. I personally have tried out so many different moisturizers that I lost count. Ever since I was a teenager I was desperately trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t for my skin type. And there was always something that didn’t quiet work.

There are thousands of different products out there but in those products there are hundreds of ingredients that might not sit well with your skin.

I tried out some of the best stuff out there from drugstore moisturizers to high end brands that cost me hundreds of dollars.

But after a couple of months of using those products what I realized is that they either didn’t work anymore, they broke me out or I ended up with more flaky skin than I started out with.

What’s worse is that even when I stopped using them my skin would droop and lose it’s glow. I was so frustrated with finding the right moisturizer that I almost gave up on the whole thing. It shouldn’t be so hard to find the right products for your skincare. But it turns out it should be.

Your skin is your biggest organ and you should really pay attention to what you are putting on it.

Thats why after a lot of trials and errors I figured out what to look for and what to avoid in the products that I am putting on my skin.

Here are the ingredients to watch out for:

  1. Alcohol (or Propylene Glycol)
  2. Fragrance
  3. Parabens
  4. Oxybenzone
  5. Phthalates (can be added to fragrance and not shown as an ingredient)

These ingredients are extremely toxic and can be carcinogens. They not only can irritate your skin, but also will penetrate and be absorbed into your body.

What are the ingredients we should be careful with?

This part sounds easy but its not. There are a lot of ingredients that we think might be good for our skin but they turn out to be too harsh. For instance Retinol and Vitamin C.

In and of themselves these ingredients can be good for the skin but when you really look at how they work with the rest of your body they can be very harmful.


There are a lot of people who swear by retinol as their anti-aging potion. Although its true that Retinol/Retin-A creams can fight wrinkles and plump up your skin, you should be very careful when adding this ingredient into your routine. It can not only have an opposite effect and become carcinogenic if you are not careful about avoiding sunlight but most importantly Retinol can be very disruptive to your body and result in hormonal imbalance. On the surface you might be fighting wrinkles but underneath you might have imperceptible effects to your reproductive organs.

Vitamin C

Natural Vitamin-C is no doubt is good for your body and skin. But when it becomes processed and altered for the use in your skincare, thats when it becomes dangerous. Processed Vitamin C can result in the death of your skin cells and even become carcinogen when exposed to the sun.

That’s why its important to get to know your skin and pay attention to the what is in the products you are exposing your skin to. Even the most marketed ingredients can have detrimental effects.

Things to look for are natural ingredients that have not been tampered with.

One thing I noticed in my skincare creams is that the more natural ingredients are the quicker they absorb into my skin.

My latest favorite moisturizer is by Pharmacy.

Products in this brand are shockingly good.  Especially their Honey Drop moisturizer. I loved because it doesn’t have too many ingredients which is always a plus from me. It is definitely without Sulfates and Parabens.

I started using their moisturizer few months back and I am happy to report that it absorbs instantly without the stickiness I experienced from other brands. It hydrates beautifully with zero film on top of the skin. It helped me with hydration and smoothed out my complexion.

Here are some other moisturizers that have passed the test of ingredients.

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