Finding the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin
There are a lot of options out there when it comes to moisturizers. There are a lot of things to remember before buying your moisturizer, and most of the time you’ll find yourself confused on which one best suits your skin.
We’ve listed a couple of tips to help you find the right moisturizer for your skin.
Is it cream, lotion, or ointment?
Choosing a moisturizer is essential regardless of whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin.
If you have itchy or dry skin, you should definitely use a thick product to seal in moisture. Creams are lighter, help to moisturize, and are suitable for normal/ordinary skin. Lotions are the lightest (as water is their major ingredient) and best for oily skin.
The thickness of your moisturizer should be determined by when and where you apply it. Choose a light moisturizer for the day and a thicker one for the night.
Regardless of your skin type, almost every doctor suggests using a moisturizer with at least SPF 30 sunscreen. We recommend opting for one that’s oil- and fragrance-free.
Moisturizers containing antioxidants, such as green tea, chamomile, pomegranate, or licorice root extract, help support in keeping any skin type looking young and healthy. Antioxidants aid in the reduction of free radicals, which are chemicals that tear down skin cells.
Dry and Acne-Prone Skin
If you have acne, search for a non-comedogenic face moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. Look for a thicker moisturizer with components like hyaluronic acid and dimethicone to help keep skin moisturized. Water is drawn to your skin by glycerin, propylene glycol, proteins, and urea. Lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum all help to keep moisture in.
If a hypoallergenic moisturizing cream does not reduce itching, try a 1% hydrocortisone steroid skin cream for one week at most. If this does not relieve the itch, consult your doctor. You might be suffering from a more serious skin condition.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN CHOOSING A MOISTURIZER
When it comes to the list of ingredients in a moisturizer, more isn’t necessarily better. Avoid certain common additives to receive the maximum benefit for your skin.
Coloring & Perfumes
Whether you want to hydrate dry skin, sensitive skin, or something in between, most experts recommend avoiding excessive and possibly irritating chemicals like additional colors and fragrances. Antibacterial chemicals can often be overly harsh, depriving the skin of important oils it needs.
What is healthy for your body isn’t always good for your face. Avoiding face moisturizers that contain common body product components such as lanolin, mineral oil, waxes, or shea butter. These can block your pores and result in breakouts.
Too Much Acid
If you have dry or sensitive skin, stay away from alpha-hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, retinoic acid, and salicylic acid. These chemicals may irritate sensitive skin by penetrating the skin too deep. You might want to avoid alcoholic beverages as well.
Excessive Use Of Steroidal Ingredients (For Itchy Skin)
Unless your doctor advises otherwise, limit your usage of steroid cream or ointment to one or two weeks. Overuse of these lotions might cause the skin to become very thin and can be the cause of other serious skin issues.
Urea or Lactic Acids
Avoid moisturizers containing these dry-skin-friendly chemicals. They have the potential to exacerbate pre-existing skin irritations.