ARE YOU USING THE RIGHT MOISTURIZER?
Moisturizing is so important for your skin. Whether you have dry, normal, oily or combination skin, moisturizing is the most important part of your beauty regime. It’s necessary regardless of your skin type! A good moisturizer gives your skin a healthy dose of hydration while sealing in the moisture. With so many moisturizer in the market I know it’s so intimidating to find the perfect moisturizer. But its really important to find the moisturizer thats suits your skin. For instance, if you choose heavy cream for oily skin, you might get breakouts and if you choose water based cream for dry skin, you won’t get enough moisture. So, basically finding the moisturizer for your skin type is important. Keep on reading to find out the ultimate guide for buying a moisturizer that actually works for you:
1. Oily/Acne-prone skin: Look for a lightweight formula like gel texture that hydrates your skin while keeping your oil levels balanced. You would probably want to reach for a oil free moisturizer which doesn’t feel too greasy while leaving skin feeling soft. If you are prone to acne, look for a non-comedogenic (specifically tested for acne-prone skin) facial moisturizer that won’t clog pores. I suggest avoiding rich moisture cream or oils to minimize the greasy feeling. People who have oily skin tend to avoid moisturizer, but you should’t because if your skin is dehydrated, it will create more oil to compensate.
2. Normal skin: You are blessed if you have normal skin. You can pretty much get away with using any moisturizer (of course it must be good). Just make sure you are using the right moisturizer that suits your skin. If you tend to get oily, opt for gel moisturizers and if you need more moisture, opt for thick creams or add a bit of oil on top of your moisturizer.
4. Combination skin: Treating combination skin is tricky (which is my skin type) as you are oily in some areas and dry in other areas (normal/dry around your cheeks but oily around forehead and nose). You can apply gel moisturizers but if that doesn’t provide you enough moisture, you can add some oil on top of the dry areas. You probably don’t need extra moisturizer along your T-zone because thats the area you tend to shine. Gel creams and lotions are ideal as they provide some oil to retain hydration while they also have a high-water content to replenish dehydrated areas of the skin.
5. Sensitive skin: People with sensitive skin should avoid fragrance and look for formulas that don’t contain parabens, sulfates and any harsh ingredients as these will only irritate your skin. Sensitive skin calls for something gentle as they tend to get easily irritated by certain ingredients and fragrances. Unscented, hypoallergenic moisturizers that contains aloe or chamomile would be great.
The Climate Factor
You might need to change your moisturizer on different season. What worked for you in summer doesn’t necessarily mean it will work during winter. You might want to switch between a thinner gel moisturizer which feels light and still hydrating for summer and something heavier for the winter. Sometimes it feels like a experiment to find the moisturizer that’ll work for you. Don’t be afraid to try new moisturizers. You never know what works for you until you try. What works for you right now doesn’t mean it will work forever as your skin needs changes according to the climate and your age. Be open to trying new products but take caution if you have particularly sensitive skin. One tip: Do patch tests with any new product by applying it on the side of your neck. If you don’t get any reaction on your neck, it shouldn’t cause any reaction on your face.