Choosing The Right Moisturizer

Choosing The Right Moisturizer
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Moisturizing your skin properly goes a long way towards helping to maintain your skin’s overall health. This is because your skin needs a certain level of moisture to actually protect itself and be happy. Skin type is mostly responsible for determining the amount of moisture that your skin needs regularly to be happy. Dry skin, for instance, requires a lot more moisture to maintain its health than oily skin, but oily skin still needs support from a moisturizer as well to maintain healthy moisture. The potential complexity of all this can make it difficult for anyone to figure out what moisturizer is best for them. It won’t necessarily drastically hurt your skin to be using the wrong moisturizer, but it can make it more difficult to keep your skin as healthy as you’d like. Let’s take a quick look into the best kinds of moisturizers for a few of the most common skin types to ensure you have an idea of what to look for to keep your skin happy and healthy.

Dry Skin
This is one of the big ones when it comes to ensuring you’re using a proper moisturizer. Dry skin is difficult to deal with even when you’re moisturizing appropriately simply because it can feel resistant to being moisturized. Moisturizing properly in this case is about moisturizing at the right time and ensuring that you’re using a good moisturizer. In this case, you’ll want to look to heavier products to ensure an effective moisture seal on the skin. Creams are the go-to product for anyone trying to keep dry skin healthy. These products tend to be thick and heavy. They stay on the skin for an extended period after application while maintaining a highly effective seal. The best time to put these on is when your skin is still a little wet from a shower, bath, or rinse to ensure that there is extra moisture to seal in your skin.

Oily Skin
As another problematic skin type, oily skin can be frustrating to moisturize properly. This is because the skin is already overproducing oil and it can feel like a bad idea to even consider putting products on your skin. Oily skin does still need help though. The keys to selecting a moisturizer for oily skin are ensuring it is light and oil-free. Lightweight products like lotions don’t build the kind of heavy seal that a cream does. This is good because your skin will be making its own seal on its own. Heavier products will trap your natural oils in your pores and lead to breakouts. You’ll want to look for noncomedogenic lotions to help ensure this isn’t a problem. That the product should be oil-free is pretty much a given with oily skin as the last thing you typically want to do is add more oil to your skin.

Aging Skin
Our skin has more difficulty retaining moisture as we age. This tends to mean we need to give more focused care to help maintain its health. You can keep using your normal moisturizer, but you’ll want to consider adding a serum to your routine. Think of these as skin nourishing moisturizing lotions. They are typically lighter than the average lotion and many times more potent. Use these after you’ve thoroughly clean your skin, but before you move on to your standard moisturizer or any other products. Serums function best as the lowest layer put on clean skin as they are too lightweight to effectively work through other products. Serums come in several flavors that can all cater to different skin needs and as a result, can act as a focused way to augment your skincare. Don’t hesitate to start using them before your skin begins to noticeably age, but likewise, don’t forget to start using them in your mid-30s or later.

Choosing the right kind of moisturizing product can be more than a little confusing. This is in no small part due to the needs of the various skin types and individual considerations. It isn’t terribly hard to pick out general rules that you can use to help find the proper moisturizer or moisturizers though. Try to remember these tips in the future. They should provide enough basic guidelines to give you a push in the right direction. The rest of the process is simply experimenting to find what works best for your skin.

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