There are a seemingly endless array of moisturizers out there. Browse any skincare shop, supermarket aisle, or even look online and you’ll have enough choices to make your head spin. But not all moisturizers are created equal.
Some use clever marketing and packaging to entice you while others are fantastic choices but for the fact that they’re formulated for a different skin type than your own. So how do you make the right choice? Here’s a breakdown of what to look for. All you need to know first is what type of skin you have and take it from there.
Moisturizers come in many different forms. There are rich creams, lightweight lotions, thick ointments, and balms, to name a few. And to make matters more complicated, you’ll need different ones each season. For example, your heavily-hydrating thick day creams that keep your skin from drying out in winter are the absolute wrong choice in the summer when you need something lighter.
As a general rule of thumb though, outside of the changing seasons, you’ll choose the consistency of your moisturizer based on your skin. If it’s dry or itchy, you’ll want a thick option like an ointment to help repair and quench. If you have normal skin, a cream will be fine. And if you have oily skin, a thinner lotion with a water base is best.
Night And Day
Day and night moisturizers aren’t a trick to get you to spend more. They really have different functions. Daytime moisturizers are more lightweight to last all day without getting greasy, especially underneath makeup. They often contain sun protection too, something you definitely need. Meanwhile, nighttime formulations help skin replenish as you rest with a variety of skin rejuvenating ingredients. They are, pardon the pun, as different as night and day.
No matter the time of day, antioxidants like green tea, pomegranate, or even chamomile can help refresh your skin. Antioxidants help fight free radicals that can destroy your skin cells which leads to visible signs of aging.
Know What To Avoid
For all skin types, it’s important to stay away from added colors and perfumes. These are unnatural additions to the formula and can lead to irritations. Something else many people make the mistake of is to use body moisturizers on the face, but those have heavier ingredients like shea butter for example, which can clog the pores on your face.
Best Tips By Skin Type
Here’s a quick rundown of things to look for per skin type:
- Oily or acne-prone skin needs a non-comedogenic facial moisturizer to prevent clogging pores.
- Dry skin needs something heavier and hydrating, perhaps with hyaluronic acid to lock in hydration.
- Sensitive skin needs to use hypoallergenic products that are fragrance-free.
Now that you know a bit more about skin moisturizers, you can easily make the best choice for your skin!
Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.