How to Choose the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin

Women should moisturize their facial skin regularly as soon as they hit their 30’s, so their skin is soft and supple. Moisturizer isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, and if you have special needs for your skin, it can be hard to choose the right moisturizer for your face. However, skipping a moisturizer regularly can lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles, and over time, your skin can lose collagen, meaning it tends to be less tight and firm. Moisturizer is your weapon against time, and also makes your skin feel baby soft, and no matter what skin type you may have, I’m here to help you find exactly what you need.

If you take a quick trip to the drugstore or browse a beauty brand store online, and you’ll see that many of the moisturizer packages have fancy words and big promises. To choose the best moisturizer for your budget and needs, ignore the flash and dazzle the products promise, and look at what they contain, and what they do.

Oily Skin & Acne-Prone Skin

Look for words such as “noncomedogenic,” which means it won’t clog your pores. You can also scout for claims such as “dermatologist approved,” because these are moisturizers that a dermatologist would advise for anyone with oily skin. Neutrogena and Cetaphil are good contenders, because they’re gentle, and often they have an option for oily skin. They’re also pretty affordable ($15-20) plus pack SPF. Moisturizers that are gels are also suitable, because they’re going to be light on the skin.

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, look for brands that are labeled “hypoallergenic” because it won’t irritate your skin. Mary Kay Timewise moisturizers are popular beauty buys, and have been around for years. you should probably opt for a gel or light creme because it won’t be as heavy on your skin, and thus, less likely to irritate it. If you do have a breakout or irritation from the moisturizer, stop it immediately.

Do’s and Dont’s of Moisturizer

  • Don’t use the same moisturizer for your body, or body lotion. These lotions are thick and will clog your facial skin, which is different and thinner than the skin on your body
  • Do make sure you choose a moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher, even in the winter, because sun damage is still possible if the sun is out
  • Do apply moisturizer to your face and neck, where wrinkles and fine lines can develop
  • Do have a moisturizer for use in day and night – there’s no need to wear SPF at night
  • Do avoid fragrant moisturizers if you have sensitive skin
  • Do step up your moisturizing during the harsh winter months
  • Do feel the moisturizer with your fingers to see how thick and oily it is, as this will help you decide whether it’s good for your particular skincare needs
  • Do stop your moisturizer immediately if it makes you break out or causes your skin to burn
  • Do apply your moisturizer on slightly damp skin instead of dry skin

Your skin is one of the most important parts of your body, and if you treat it right, it will treat you well in terms of aging and appearance! Take care that you select the best moisturizer for your skin, even if it requires some time and money. Your beauty and health are worth it.

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