Current Obsession: Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme

Come see why this editor is coveting this silky smooth cream.

Current Obsession: Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme
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Skincare has always been my absolute favorite part of the beauty world. Perhaps it's my secret obsession with playing scientist and figuring out the perfect combination of products to keep my skin healthy—or perhaps it's my somewhat selfish desire to have the skin of Gisele. Either way, skincare products are this editor's bread and butter.

Although my love of skincare runs deep, even I get overwhelmed with having ten different cleansers, five exfoliators and a moisturizer for every day of the year. Sometimes my skin is oily, sometimes it's not. Sometimes it's breaking out, other times all I can see are signs of impending wrinkles. Bottom line: much like my taste in handbags and men, my skin is fickle. Instead of scouring through my vast collection of skincare products hoping to find the perfect one to fix that day's skin woe, sometimes it's nice to have a go-to you know will always save the day. For me, I've found that in Aveda's Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme ($40).

Created for all skin types, the lightweight formula delivers instant moisture without feeling heavy or slimy. Salicornia herbacea, a seashore plant, helps skin absorb moisture while cupuaçu butter helps seal in hydration, leaving skin feeling supple and nourished. The cream itself is smooth and dewy but sinks in instantly. Plus, the plant-derived formula, found throughout the entire Botanical Kinetics range, stimulates cell energy and hydration.

I typically apply this soft cream before bed at night after cleansing. When I wake up, my skin feels just as smooth and hydrated as the night before. I can even forego morning moisturizer because my skin is so nourished. And whether I'm breaking out, suffering from excess oil, have dry flaking skin or have absolutely nothing wrong with my visage, I know I can look past all the problem-specific products and turn to this gentle moisturizer to care for and soothe my skin. Even with fickle skin, my loyalty to this product is unwavering.

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme, $40, at aveda.com

Former Senior Associate Beauty Editor at StyleBistro. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @CaitlinSMiller Follow me: Google
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