How to Pick the Best Face and Skin Moisturizers: Ultimate Guide
The best face and skin moisturizers are known to have distinctive characteristics that bring out the best qualities in any skin that uses it. Everyone knows at least one woman with seemingly perfect skin. Every time you see her glowing face and supple skin, you go,
“Seriously, how does she do it? What kind of magical procedure is she getting? Which expensive creams is she using?”
Her secret is simple- she has flawless skin because she’s nailed the best moisturizer for her skin. Another secret? So can you.
The crucial part of choosing the best moisturizer for your skin is knowing the right moisturizer that suits your skin type.
Generally, skin types usually fall into one of four categories- normal, dry, oily and combination skin. Also your skin type can be influenced by age, genetics, ethnicity, hormones and your environment.
Here is how to determine your skin type and the right moisturizer for your skin.
1. Soothe your dry skin:
Dry skin lacks natural moisture. There is little oil to act as a barrier and lock in moisture.
Dry skin can be the result of environmental stressors such as climate change or moisture-robbing cleansers. It can also be caused by the hormonal changes that come with aging.
Dry skin is often itchy, red, flaky and tight. People with dry skin feel tightness around their face. Sometimes, severely dry skin can become itchy and painful, leading to a condition called eczema.
A good skin moisturizer works by sealing moisture into the outer layer of the skin by pulling moisture from the inner layer of skin to the outer layer.
Mild, soap-free cleansers and moisturizers are the most important products for softening dry skin.
Look for moisturizers containing key ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, dimethicone, glycerin, propylene glycol that seal in moisture and helps attract water into the outer layer of the skin.
Skin moisturizers containing alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), which exfoliates dead skin is also a great choice for dry skin.
2. Regulate your oily skin:
Oily skin has an excess of sebum or oil. People with oily skin begin to feel greasy only a few hours after a shower because of the oil build-up on the skin.
Oily skin can be an inherited trait, but it can also be caused by puberty, which causes oil glands to go into overdrive. You may notice more oil on your T-zone- your forehead, nose and chin.
This oil can lead to blemishes and acne.
A light, oil-free moisturizer with sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 30 is a good choice for your oily skin.
3. Balance your combination skin:
Combination skin is a blend of both oily and dry skin. You find that your oily skin is concentrated in the T-zone, while your cheeks remain dry.
Combination skin can be influenced by genetics, and again, by puberty when oil glands increase their production of sebum.
Balancing combination skin can be tricky because different areas call for different moisturizers.
Your best bet is to use a lighter cream labeled “non-comedogenic” on the T-zone which is oil-free and won’t clog your pores.
Use a heavier cream on the drier parts of your skin.
4. Maintain your normal skin:
Normal skin can be defined as a not too oily and not too dry skin.
Normal skin has a good balance of moisture, small pores and an even tone. Most people with this skin type have few imperfections, no extreme sensitivities and small, barely visible pores.
Most people have normal skin. To keep your normal skin in good condition, you must minimize the exposure of your skin to harmful sun rays by applying sunscreen with SPF strength of at least 30.
A general moisturizer is great for your normal skin like NUXE MEN’s moisturizing multi-purpose gel that maintains hydration while also giving it a boost of energy with araucaria tree extract.
5. Caring for your sensitive skin:
Sensitive skin can be prone to allergic reactions, redness and breakouts.
For sensitive skin, look for a moisturizer that is labeled hypoallergenic and contains glycerin. Glycerin traps in moisture that protects your sensitive skin and it’s less likely than lanolin to cause an allergic reaction.
Consider using a moisturizer that contains retinol. Retinol is vitamin A for your skin.
Retinol increases the speed at which your skin turns over. You can find retinol based moisturizers over the counter or by prescription. However, use carefully as it may cause skin irritation.
Remember to always use sunscreen regardless of your skin type. Finding the right moisturizer takes time and might require a bit of trial and error, so be patient.
Once you find the right product, moisturize everyday. The best times to moisturize are when coming out of a shower and going to bed.
This goes a long way toward keeping your skin supple and fresh and even minimizing wrinkles.
While a skin moisturizer can’t get rid of wrinkles- because wrinkles begin much deeper in the skin due to collagen loss- it can plump up the skin and minimize wrinkle appearance.
Whichever moisturizer you choose – whether the one for oily or dry skin, it works better when you apply it to damp skin.
Think about a sponge that is dried out. If you put moisturizer on it, the sponge doesn’t absorb it. But when you soak the sponge in water and coat with moisturizer, the sponge soaks it up.
Your damp skin is just like the wet sponge, happily lapping up moisturizer.