Maddy Douglass

Knitter, lawyer, and safer beauty advocate in San Francisco. 

Loves coffee, crafting, and cheese plates.  


One Two Three: Skincare Loves

Hello friends! It's that time again. That time when I talk about all of the insane products I have tried, and tell you which ones are my absolute favorites and which ones I...well, actually, this isn't that kind of blog. I only talk about the things I love!

My new "fancy" thing in which I invest (after shampoo, perfume, and eyeshadow primer) is skincare. I moisturize morning and night religiously and, being the super-duper-fair-skinned-lady that I am, I almost only buy products that have SPF in them.

Here are my splurge/save faves for daytime, nighttime, and sun protecting moisturizers!

Daytime Moisturizer

Splurge: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer ($50 for 8.4oz)


Kiehl's is known for their quality - I don't know that anyone dislikes Kiehl's. If you are one of those people, come find me, and we can discuss the finer points of this. But in general, Kiehl's is great. Great lip balm, great face creams, even great shampoos. This cream is fab because it includes SPF, goes on light, doesn't have a strange medicinal smell, and yet is very effective. I think it's a great combination of liquid moisture while also being thick enough to deeply satisfy your skin. I bought one of the larger bottles of moisturizer and it has lasted for months - I'm not even done yet! I've only ceased using it because I wanted to try something new (the Cetaphil moisturizer listed below...)

Save: Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer ($15 for 1.7oz)


While I will always have a special place in my heart for all things Kiehl's (I mean, that packaging alone...), I think Cetaphil has replaced it as my favorite daily moisturizer. It has the same light feeling to it but gets the job done, and has SPF 50 for everyday sun protectant. Which, you know. Is important. In all honesty, the formulas feel very similar, and the price tag may be equivalent once you do the math, but you may lose the bottle or want to try something new by the time you get through all 8.4 oz of the Kiehl's.

You should buy: Cetaphil.

Nighttime Moisturizer

Splurge: RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream ($23 for 1.0oz)


I've been starting to incorporate more age preventing (age reducing? age fixing?) products for the past few years into my repertoire of goodies. The ingredients they use sometimes can actually help prevent signs of aging, which sounds more effective when starting now, than trying to reverse wrinkles and sun spots and fine lines in another ten years. I haven't used anything else from RoC before, but I really like this night cream - it only takes a blob the size of a dime or smaller to cover my face and neck pretty well, and it feels light and fresh. My big thing is not feeling like my skin is weighed down, so any product that gives quality moisture without feeling like I'm slathering it on is great in my book!

Save: Pond's Dry Skin Cream ($7.79 for 10oz)

ponds night cream

I've used Pond's as a night cream for years. While it does the job well, and leaves my face feeling moisturized, sometimes it has the tendency to make my skin feel a little more greasy in the morning. It is definitely a thicker cream, and works really well in the winter months or on days my skin feels a little tight, but for every-night use I really prefer the RoC cream. This is one of those cases where the more expensive product really does do a better job.

You should buy: RoC.

Sun Protectant

Splurge: Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 47 ($30 for 60mL)


I tried a Josie Maran sampler from Sephora long ago, and was addicted. It is definitely a luxurious moisturizing cream with solid sun protecting abilities. My only issue is with the bottle size for the price - while it can be stretched out a bit, I still think it may not be worth it in the long run for an everyday cream. I DO love her commitment to environmentally friendly products, and would love to splurge on this cream when I become a famous something or other.

Save: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen ($11 for 3.0oz)

neutrogena ultra sheer

I mean, what can I say? It's a classic, it gets the job done, and it really does have a mattifying, light-to-the-touch feel once it soaks in. You can't really go wrong with Neutrogena sunscreen.

You should buy: Neutrogena.

|| Have you tried any of these? What did you think? ||

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