After trying tens of recommendations by your friends and favorite bloggers on Instagram, you may believe that finding the correct moisturizer for your skin type is impossible. However, we are here to help you out. You may think that you have bought every brand available in the market and still cannot relate to people when they brag about finding their Holy Grail moisturizer.
So, why does this happen? What are you doing wrong?
When choosing a moisturizer, it is important to keep your skin type in mind. There are hundreds of different moisturizers and brands, each of them for different skin types. To determine which moisturizer you need to use, you must see a dermatologist. However, till you book your appointment, here are some tips on how to choose a moisturizer for your skin type:
Oily or Acne-Prone Skin
If you have oily skin, the chances are that light lotions may work well on you. Look for moisturizers that have alpha-hydroxy acids that help reduce the production of excess sebum while gently exfoliating your skin and getting rid of dead skin cells. These moisturizers are also great for anti-aging purposes.
Those with oily skin should try to avoid moisturizers that have too many acids, as this can backfire and irritate the skin even more. Of course, you should also look for non-comedogenic moisturizers that don’t clog pores.
Sensitive skin types work best with a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizer that does not feel too heavy and irritating on the skin. Try to find a moisturizer that has minimal ingredients.
In fact, if you can find a moisturizer with natural ingredients that would work best for your skin.
Dry or Itchy Skin
Dry and dehydrated skin types usually require a heavier, denser moisturizer that may feel like an ointment. This helps create a protective barrier and seal moisture into the skin.
Look for products with lanolin, hyaluronic acid, proteins, glycerin, or mineral oil to ensure that your skin stays hydrated, smooth, and supple.
If you have a normal skin type with no underlying issues, you should look for cream-based moisturizers that are slightly heavier and provide more hydration than lotions, but they are not as thick as ointments, which means they do not irritate the skin and cause breakouts.
Additional Things to Keep in Mind
- If you find a moisturizer that contains antioxidants, don’t be scared to try it. Antioxidants work well with all skin types.
- All types of skin require moisturizers. In fact, if you find one with an additional benefit of sunscreen, you’d be lucky. Make sure that the moisturizer you choose has an SPF of 30 or more that can be used in the morning and is non-comedogenic.
- You can use a different moisturizer for your body to keep it hydrated and a lighter, fragrance-free one for your face.
- Moisturize multiple times a day, every day.
- It is best to apply moisturizer on damp skin. Applying moisturizer on damp skin helps lock in moisture, helping it reach the deepest layers of the skin.
Before you make any significant changes to your skincare routine, make sure to consult with your dermatologist.