I recently made a decision to add a skin moisture analyzer to my skincare routine. Why, you may ask? Because masking every day, and sharing my thoughts about those masks is a big deal to me. When most people are going on with more serums and creams after their sheet masks, I'm peeling my mask off my face and climbing the stairs to go to bed. About one night a week I slather on a sleeping pack, but I'm just not back into a complete groove yet. So this means that if I'm stopping my routine after my sheet mask, my mask better be giving some good hydration for my skin to love on while I sleep.
The skin meter I picked up was under $20 on eBay - obviously not a top-of-the-line model, but good enough for me to get a feel for what condition my skin is in, and what products are really helping it out. If you have Amazon Prime, this is a great option.
I just received it in the mail today, and thought today would be the perfect time to try it out and get a feel for how the device works and what my skin is currently like the way I've been caring for it.The device arrived in a small white box with a stand and a space for batteries (which did not come with it - a bit disappointing). At this point in my day I had just grabbed it from the mailbox after getting my son on the bus, and had not even washed my face yet. So the readings below are of my face after sleeping all night and going about my business for an hour. My skin was sadly dehydrated this morning.
I used my Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Foaming Cleanser this morning, and waited 5 minutes to allow my face to dry before testing my skins' condition again. The results I saw were surprising. This cleanser with the water I used to wash my face added a tremendous amount of moisture back to my skin, and also increased my oil level as well. I imagine the cleansing removed any debris and dead skin cells, and was able to help my skin replenish a healthy amount of oils so my skin did not dry out. My skin did not feel oily at this point.
Next I applied a vitamin c + hyaluronic acid serum. This serum always makes my skin feel tight, and judging by the results I received, it does look like the vitamin c probably dries my skin out a bit each morning. For the remainder of the day I only took readings from my cheek.
Next I applied my LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence. This essence never feels moisturizing to me, I use it to help clear up and brighten my skintone. However, it does actually appear to add a small amount of moisture to my skin.
Lastly I applied my Shara Shara Honey Bomb. This is usually where I leave my morning skincare routine unless I'm wearing bb cream (bb cream adds enough moisture to my oily face, so I depend on that moisture instead of adding more and making my face greasy). I'm very pleased to find out that the Honey Bomb ampoule is not as greasy as I thought it was, and it really just a thicker product adding moisture to my skin. (2pm)
I checked my skin again after an hour. My skin seems to hold onto the moisture from the Honey Bomb well! (3pm)
2 hours later... (4pm)
At 9pm I started getting ready for my evening routine. So, 7 hours after I completed my "morning" routine. I'm impressed with how well the Shara Shara Honey Bomb kept my skin hydrated throughout the day.
I can't wait to try this little dude out some more with sheet masks!
A lot of people had asked what the normal ranges for skin are, and I didn't know so I went back and checked the listing I purchased this from for additional info. Sure enough - everything was there! So the following images are not mine, but may be helpful!
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