Thursday, December 27, 2018

How to Choose the Right Moisturizer for Your Skin Type

Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type is a two-step process that first requires you to determine which skin type you actually have. Thankfully, everything you need to know about your skin type can be found in our skin type guide. Before you approach your dermatologist or start browsing the internet to buy the best moisturizers for your skin, we recommend for you to check out that guide first.

While the anatomy of our skin is the same from one person to the next, our skin can behave very differently. Skin types are determined by how much sebum, or natural oils, our sebaceous glands produce. The most common skin types are dry, combination, and oily. Dry skin does not produce enough natural oil, oily skin produces too much, and combination skin is somewhere in between. 

Since each skin type has different levels of natural hydration, they require different kinds of moisturizers to stay healthy. Keep reading to find out which moisturizer is right for your skin type! 

Moisturizers for Dry Skin 

Dry skin does not produce enough natural oils, and is thus prone to flakiness, itchiness, and fine lines. And while you cannot swap out your genetics, there have been breakthroughs in skin moisturizing technology that are proven to hydrate dry skin types. Our readers with dry skin should embrace the richest and most hydrating moisturizers that trap moisture in the skin.

Look for thick creams formulated with natural oils and butters that fortify your parched skin with extra hydration and nutrients. Our Night Cream’s rich texture soothes and nourishes dry skin with vitamin E, almond oil, avocado oil, and shea butter.

Moisturizers For Combination Skin 

Combination skin is defined as an oily T-zone with dry cheeks. Combination skin presents a challenge to find the right balance of moisture without encouraging acne. That’s why the best moisturizers for combination skins are water-based, so the product does not block pores.

Use a light gel moisturizer in the T-zone to hydrate the area without extra shine. However, a gel moisturizer might not provide enough hydration for the dry areas of your skin. Thus, if your cheeks feel dry or tight when using a gel moisturizer, swap it out for a lightweight day cream formula and apply to your cheeks only. Using two types of moisturizers may be the answer for balancing your skin’s delicate hydration levels while minimizing acne.

Moisturizers For Oily Skin 

It may seem counterintuitive, but oily skin does still require a moisturizer. In fact, the right moisturizer can actually reduce oily shine while helping to control acne. Look for oil-free moisturizers with descriptors like “non-acnegenic”, “non-comedogenic”, and “water-based”.

The best ingredient to look for in a moisturizer for oily skin is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a lightweight hydrator found naturally in our dermis. Applying a serum or lotion that contains hyaluronic acid will replenish this vital ingredient without encouraging excess sebum production or clogging pores.

How do you choose the proper moisturizer for your skin type? Let us know in the comments!

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