Cleansing and exfoliating are important parts of a healthy skincare routine but they can be a little too harsh on the skin sometimes. They strip off all of the skin’s good oils ultimately causing skin dryness which makes us vulnerable to our environment and other skin problems such as blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles.
No one wants to have skin that looks and feels like an old baseball mitt! Moisturizing is essentially a preventive measure that you can do to keep your skin problems at bay so don’t forget to always moisturize after cleansing to maintain healthy, youthful skin.
Choose a moisturizer that suits your skin type. One of the mistakes people make when it comes to moisturizers is that they don’t use a product that fits the type of skin they have. In general, most people fall into one of five categories:
Determine which skin type you have and use a corresponding moisturizer to get the optimum results from your product.
For people with normal skin, a general moisturizer will excellently maintain skin’s hydration. Choose one that will cover all of your skin’s needs.
For people with oily skin, it is best to look for lightweight moisturizers that are oil-free and non-comedogenic. Moisturizers with a lotion like consistency are also highly recommended since they have water as the main ingredient and are sure to not clog the pores.
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Dry skin needs moisturizers that are rich in oils to soothe and revive it.
Incorporate thick hydrating creams or ointments into your skincare to lock in long-lasting moisture.
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Treating this skin type can be tricky as it calls for different moisturizers for different areas of the face. Use a heavier cream on your dry parts and a lighter, oil-free formula on your oily parts.
Sensitive skin calls for something gentle that’s oil-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic so check your moisturizer’s ingredients. Use a formula that is lightweight and fragrance-free to ensure that your skin will not become irritated.
Having more ingredients isn’t necessarily better when it comes to moisturizers. Avoid these popular extras to keep your skin from going bad:
Be wary of moisturizers with added colors and scents. These ingredients are unnecessary and could potentially irritate the skin. Also, take note of other added ingredients like antibacterial agents; they can strip the skin of its natural oils which can leave you more dehydrated than before.
The skin on our face is much more sensitive so what’s good for the body isn’t always necessarily good for the face. Ingredients like lanolin, mineral oil and waxes are common in body lotions but you should steer clear from them in face moisturizers as they can clog the pores and cause acne on the face.
If you have dry or sensitive skin, don’t use moisturizers which have chemical exfoliants like AHA and BHA. These ingredients penetrate the skin at a deeper level which can cause trouble especially if you have delicate skin.
If you have itchy skin, steroid creams or ointment are medically recommended but only use them once or twice a week or as prescribed by your doctor. Too much use of products with this ingredient can make the skin very thin which can lead to worse skin problems so be careful when applying them.
For people with eczema or cracked skin, check for moisturizers with urea or lactic acid in them. These ingredients can aggravate your existing skin irritations so it is best to stay away from them.
You don’t need to stack up on moisturizers but it is highly recommended to use two different kinds of moisturizers for different skin needs. As the seasons change, your skin type can actually change along with the environment so it is smart to adjust accordingly. For the summer, lighter moisturizers are great for keeping the skin moisturized but for the winter, thicker creams can give the skin the extra hydration and protection it needs to combat the drier air.
Damp skin 'acts like a sponge' so resist the urge to completely dry off your face after washing to have a nice base for your moisturizer. Smooth on moisturizer after a bath then allow to absorb and add on your other skincare products.
However, don't rush in when it's dripping wet! Layering skin products over soaking wet skin can have the opposite effect and will not help with absorption so make sure to have just the right amount of moisture.
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Have you ever had problems with your moisturizer? Are you using the best moisturizer for your skin type? Do you have more questions about moisturizing? Let’s discuss and comment down below!