Moisturizer is a vital part of skin care for many reasons. First, it creates a barrier between the skin and the area that holds water in the epidermis. The right moisturizer should leave your skin feeling hydrated, smooth, soft and protect the skin from the harsh environment and pollution.
Second, it is ‘the fountain of youth’ meaning that it helps skin retain it’s moisturize. (As we age, skin loses its moisture and therefore appears to have aged. Moisturizer reduces this process greatly.)
However, there are so many types of moisturizer on the market today, how do you know which one is right for your skin type? Though finding your ‘perfect’ skin care regimen for your skin does take some trial and error, I hope this list can help make that step a little bit easier. (If you don’t know what your skin type is, my post How to Find Your Skin Type might help.)
Dry skin needs a heavier formula, so oil-based moisturizers work best. Oil based moisturizers completely absorb into the skin and leaves it feeling ridiculously soft and supple. One that comes to mind is Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizer, which contains mineral oil. If you have dry skin yet are prone to acne, opt for a normal moisturizer (that is oil free) and apply two ‘layers’ (as opposed to one) twice a day, morning and night.
Lucky you! Your skin has a healthy moisture balance and doesn’t need anything too ‘serious’. Find any moisturizer that works for you (water based is the most gentle) and slather it on twice a day, morning and night.
Oily and combination skin
All my fellow combo skin sisters, hands up! Our skin type benefits from oil-free and water based moisturizers, so make sure the first thing you read in a potential moisturizer is “oil-free”. Also, look for key words such as “non-comedogenic” and “for acne-prone skin”. Test out some moisturizers that give a soft yet matte finish, which minimizes shine.
Again, this is my skin type as well! For those prone to rashes, peeling skin, redness and flushed skin, avoid moisturizers with fragrance and dyes. Or, why not try an organic formula? Look for gentle formulas specially targeted for sensitive skin.
And there we have it! I hope my tips have helped. What kind of skin do you have, and what type of moisturizer do you use? As I mentioned, I have combo sensitive skin – my skin is dry except for my cheeks and nose, and is quite sensitive (redness, itching and flushed skin is common with me!). The only moisturizer that has worked greatly with my skin is Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which I have been using for years (check out my raving review here)!