How to Choose The Right Moisturizer For Your Skin

Choosing the right moisturizer should be easy. You go to your local drugstore read what the labels say and choose the one that claims to do what your skin needs the most. Anyway, in real life choosing the right moisturizer isn’t that simple. First of all, there are numberless brands to choose from. Second, every moisturizer isn’t working in the same way for everybody. In addition, your skin changes with time, and depending on the season. Altogether the visit to your local drugstore might easily turn into a frustration.

Since this is a topic that every woman can relate, I wanted to further explain couple things and narrow down your choices for moisturizer according to your skin type.

Choosing Moisturizer According to Your Skin Type

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Normal Skin

It’s a true blessing to have this type of skin! You are not too oily, nor too dry. This is the dream isn’t in?

Most of the moisturizers labeled for normal skin will work just fine for you. The only thing you need to keep in mind is to look for water-based creams. They provide the right amount of hydration and they are not too heavy for your skin.

Oily Skin

People with oily skin usually have larger pores. Large pores need cleaning on a regular basis because they tend to appear even larger if you don’t take proper care. Another problem with large pores is that they produce more oil (sebum). If you are oily you need a moisturizer that is going to control the production of sebum.

Lotions are the best type of moisturizer if you have oily skin. There are few words that you want to see on the label: oil-free, noncomedogenic (won’t clog your pores) and lightweight formula. These types of lotions have the ability to balance the production of sebum and provide the needed hydration for your skin.

Dry Skin

Dry skin tends to get itchy, red and flaky. If you have very dry skin you probably will need a proper facial cleanser to gently exfoliate and remove the layers of dead skin cells.

The number one thing that a dry skin requires is an intensive hydration. That is why you need to reach for moisturizers rich in essential oils. These type of moisturizers have a thicker formula that soothes your skin and locks in the moisture.

Additionally, you might want to take ointments into consideration. These are thick moisturizers suitable for ultra-dry skin. Winter months are the worst for dry skin and that is when you might want to reach for ointments instead of regular creams.

Combination Skin

This is the worst type of all! Part of your skin is oily (usually the T-zone) and the rest of your skin is normal. The worst case scenario is that the rest of your skin is dry.

I have combination to normal skin and one moisturizer simply isn’t working for all year long. During the winter months, combination skin needs more hydration. You need to use creams during the winter and lotions during the summer.

Creams are a bit heavier than lotions and they provide the dry parts of your skin with the proper hydration. In the summer combination skin gets oilier and creams might cause breakouts. Lightweight lotions are your best bet for this time of the year because the rest of your face normalizes and you will most likely just need to control the oil production.

The struggle with combination skin is that sometimes you need tons of other products to balance between the oily and the normal/dry part of your face.

Finding a proper skin care routine for combination skin might result in buying numberless products that don’t work until you find the ones that do. I am sorry to disappoint you, but combination skin is so versatile and sometimes this is the only way to find out what really works for you.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is acne prone or prone to other skin irritations. Be mindful about your choices of moisturizers and consult a doctor if you feel that your skin condition is out of control.

Skin with active acne might need moisturizers that are prescribed by a professional.

If you have sensitive skin, look for moisturizers that are labeled as hypoallergenic. Don’t experiment much with your skin care routine and always read the labels prior to buying certain moisturizer. Make sure that the products you use are oil-free and paraben-free. Always look for creams with gentle but effective and with natural based formulas.

How to Properly Apply Moisturizer

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Photo by: Linda Prebreza

Always clean your skin prior to applying moisturizer. Moisturizers are for everyday use and If you feel that you need extra hydration during the night, reach for a heavier night cream.

Regardless the moisturizer you use, the best way to apply it is on damp skin. Think about your skin as sponge that is dried out. If you try to put moisturizer on it, the moisturizer won’t go anywhere. Your skin works in the same way. If your skin is damp, the moisturizer can reach deeper in your skin cells.

Facial mists and toners are a great option to damp your skin. The best way to use them is to spray the product on a cotton pad and wipe the cotton pad around your face. Toners are designed to clean any cleanser residue or chemicals from tap water. After you cleaned your skin and applied toner, your skin is ready for the moisturizer.

I totally understand that choosing the right moisturizer might easily turn into a nightmare. But that is not an excuse to keep using products that don’t work for your skin just because you bought them. Determine what your skin needs the most in the moment and keep these simple bits of advice in mind. Additionally, change your skincare routine if your skin signals that what seemed to work in the past isn’t working anymore. Always listen to your skin and choose your products wisely. Good Luck!

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