We all know how important it is to keep our skin moisturized. Maybe that’s why we get an overload of ads and commercials all promoting hundreds of different kinds of moisturizers, creams, and oils. But how can we tell which is right for us? Take a look at this quick guide to help you choose the best skin moisturizer for you.
Step 1: Determine the Type of Skin You Have
Moisturizers vary significantly simply due to the fact that we all have different types of skin. Some of us are naturally oily, while others may have naturally dry skin. Maybe you have a mixture of both oily and dry skin depending on the weather. Knowing your skin will help you choose a moisturizer that was designed for you.
For oily skin: Choose lightweight lotions that are water-based. This will moisturize your skin without adding any more oil to your face and causing acne.
For dry skin: Go with thick ointments that act as barriers to lock in moisture.
For those with a mixture of both: Simple creams can hydrate your skin without adding unwanted oil. These are usually thinner and easier to rub in.
Step 2: Be Aware of Any Sensitivities
Many of us have what dermatologists consider sensitive skin. This means that certain moisturizers and even cleansers can do more harm to our skin than good. You should always be wary about any type of topical product (creams, oils, makeup, soaps, lotions, etc) as these products come in direct contact with your skin and can cause an instant or delayed irritation.
Look for moisturizers that are hypoallergenic and are free of fragrance or chemicals. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t use it.
Step 3: Consider Skin Allergies and Skin Conditions
If you’re known to have skin allergies or conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or photosensitivity, you must be extremely careful when choosing a moisturizer. Certain ingredients can exacerbate your condition and cause flare ups. So know what you are putting on your skin before making a selection.
Certain conditions require medicated cream for moisturizing. While some over-the-counter ointments and creams can offer much needed moisturization, you can ask your doctor for a prescription if you need something stronger and longer-lasting. Be sure to avoid anything with lactic acid or urea. These ingredients are known to cause dry skin and cause flare-ups.
Step 4: Determine Whether or Not You Need Moisturizers With Extra Properties
Moisturizers can do more than moisturize your skin. Some can act as UV protection, others can help heal your skin if you have burns or rashes, while others can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and dark spots. Figure out what your needs are and choose a moisturizer accordingly.
For sun protection, check for moisturizers that have SPF 30 or higher. If you want a healing moisturizer, those with aloe vera or soy can help. If you want a wrinkle-reducer and dark spot corrector, try a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid.
With this guide, you’ll be able to choose the best moisturizer for you. But to stay on the safe side, refer to your dermatologist to help you choose based on your specific skin care needs.