How to Find the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin Type

How to Find the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin Type

Moisturizer is an essential part of skin care but it’s also tough to navigate — each skin type has specific needs. Your skin most likely falls into one of the following categories; normal, dry, oily, sensitive or combination. Accordingly, you need to cater to your skin’s needs with ingredients that produce optimal results. If you’re unsure what moisturizer works best for your skin type, we’ve created a handy guide. Just remember no matter what you do, always moisturize your face. Not following this important step in your skin care regimen could reduce your skin’s appearance and who wants that!  .

Normal Skin

How do you know if you have normal skin?
Your skin texture is even and does not have oiliness or flakiness.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
Normal skin is balanced and usually free from breakouts. Maintain your skin’s balance by choosing a moisturizer that is neither too thick nor too slippery. A refreshing gel cream with antioxidants is a good option for you. Antioxidants can help strengthen your skin’s protective barrier to shield you from pollution and other environmental factors. It will also lock in moisture keeping your skin hydrated and feeling supple.

Oily Skin

How do you know if you have oily skin?
Your pores are enlarged and you tend to develop shine on your face not long after you finish cleansing. You are more prone to blemishes in your T-zone area and make up tends to dissolve off your skin after a few hours.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
It’s a common misconception that people with oily skin don’t need moisturizer but that isn’t true. It’s important to add moisture to oily skin particularly after cleansing to prevent it from getting dried out. We recommend a hydrating, oil-free moisturizer. Also consider using a moisturizer with oil-control so that your skin will be ready for makeup afterward.

Dry Skin

How do you know if you have dry skin?
Your skin can feel tight and it often features irritated or flaky sections.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
As your skin has a tendency to flake it’s important to cleanse off dead skin cells first and then apply moisturizer to restore and hydrate it. The product richest in consistency isn’t necessarily the best product. Instead try to look out for the right ingredients. Look for a moisturizer with ceramides or essential oils. They will help your dry skin look supple and hydrated.  

Combination Skin

How do you know if you have combination skin?
Your T-zone (forehead, chin and nose) tends to be shiny with enlarged pores. Your cheeks however are dry and can feel tight.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
There are differing opinions on how to treat the T-zone. Some people say to treat these differing areas on your face as if they were separate entities. For your T-zone, moisturize it with oil-free moisturizer or apply an oil-control cream. Then you could apply a nourishing moisturizer to your dry cheeks and outer regions of your face. If you would prefer to just use one product, you can also use a moisturizer for combination skin which can soothe and hydrate and could work for both regions on your face.

Sensitive Skin

How do you know if you have sensitive skin?
Your skin is highly reactive to products and you are likely to experience skin irritations.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
Use a gentle moisturizer and steer clear of any products with scent, dyes or parabens. When you find a moisturizer that works for your skin try to stick with it. This can help soothe your skin and help you avoid future breakouts.

Hopefully after reading this article you have figured out your skin type and how you can best moisturize it. Especially now in the colder months of the year it’s essential that you protect and hydrate your skin no matter your skin type.