Moisturizing makes the skin smoother, softer, youthful, and plump with no signs of wrinkles, dark spots, fine lines, and sun damage by providing consistent hydration. Daily use – twice a day, the right moisturizer for your skin type, and a quality product are all key in delivering the above results. This added layer also protects the skin from irritants like pollution.
Here is a guide on how to choose the right moisturizer for your skin type;
Those with dry skin should look for lightweight moisturizers that have hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin, urea, niacinamide, antioxidants, plant butter, and oil. These moisturizers should add moisture to your skin and not clog your pores. Those with flaky skin or eczema should use products with thicker moisturizing formulas. Examples of moisturizers for dry skin include;
- St. Ives renewing collagen elastin moisture is known for softening and repairing dry skin.
- Avene hydrance rich hydrating crème, It hydrates the skin and locks in moisture.
- Cerave moisturizing cream has ceramides to help the skin retain moisture and protect it from environmental stressors. This moisturizer is always recommended for people with eczema.
Oily skin/Acne Prone
Those experiencing oily skin should opt for lighter moisturizers that are water-based, oil-free, and non-comedogenic. They should also look out for these ingredients in moisturizers like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, vitamin E, vitamin C, niacinamide, and ceramides. Moisturizing may not seem important for those with oily skin because they think it will add more oil to their skin. It’s one of the most important steps in the skincare routine, especially for those using skincare products to combat acne and breakouts since they strip the skin of its necessary oils leading to dryness and irritation. Moisturizers for oily skin include;
- Neutrogena hydro boost gel-cream made with hyaluronic acid and glycerin to lock in moisture and prevent further breakouts.
- Cetaphil Pro oil-absorbing moisturizer reduces oil, hydrates the skin and protects the skin from sun rays with SPF 30.
- Cerave moisturizing cream is suitable for all skin types. It prevents dryness, and acne and relieves eczema.
- Cerave hydrating hyaluronic acid serum has ceramides to strengthen the skin barrier.
Combination skin is a bit complex to manage because some parts of the face are oily like the T zone area (forehead, nose, and chin) and the other parts like the cheeks can be very dry and flaky. This type of skin requires a lightweight, rich and hydrating moisturizer that is non-greasy and won’t clog the pores. It’s not necessary to use two moisturizers at once, all you need is to find that perfect balanced moisturizer suitable for combination skin. Ingredients to look out for in a moisturizer include aloe vera, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid. Here are a few examples of moisturizers for combination skin;
- Cerave daily moisturizing lotion has ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help hydrate and strength the skin barrier.
- Neutrogena hydro boost hydrating water-gel face moisturizer is oil-free and has hyaluronic acid that helps to hydrate the dry areas of the skin.
Mature skin/Aging Skin
As we grow or age, the skin starts to sag, wrinkle, have plenty of age spots, and skin dries out a lot because it begins to produce less oil and there is a breakdown of elastic and collagen fibers. With the help of moisturizers that lock moisture into the skin, it’s able to restore its youthful glow. A moisturizer can’t cure skin damage but it can slow down the impact of aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles. The moisturizers for aging skin have ingredients such as niacinamide for brightening, retinol for fighting wrinkles, ceramides for protecting the skin barrier, and hyaluronic acid for hydrating the skin.
- La Roche-Posay toleriane double repair face moisturizer
- Lancome renergie lift cream
This type of skin can easily be irritated by environmental factors like temperature, humidity, sun exposure, and also cosmetic products. This brings about an irritation, redness, inflammation, and allergic reactions. People with sensitive skin should use moisturizers with naturally soothing ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter, and chamomile extract because they improve hydration, reduce inflammation, and restore the skin’s outer layer. They should avoid moisturizers that have alcohol, preservatives, parabens, fragrances, vitamin A, and C. Below are examples of moisturizers for sensitive skin;
- Cetaphil moisturizing lotion does not contain any irritating ingredients like parabens or fragrance.
- Cerave daily moisturizing lotion is a lightweight moisturizer that doesn’t contain any irritating ingredients.
- Simple kind-to-skin replenishing rich moisturizer does not contain dyes, chemicals, and artificial perfumes. It has vitamin B5 and glycerin that help to hydrate the skin.
Whether you have mature, oily, combination, dry, or sensitive skin, using the best moisturizer for your individual needs should be part of your morning and evening skincare routine.