MOISTURIZERS – WHAT ARE THEY?
Moisturizers are emulsions of oil and water (plus other ingredients for nourishing, treatment, and preserving) that help replenish hydration, keeping moisture in the skin and dryness out.
Please note that moisturizers are not only for people with dry skin. Even people with oily skin should apply it after cleansing/ washing their faces.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SKIN MOISTURIZER
Like any other skincare product, knowing what your skin needs will help you make the right decision. Even so, because of the very many different brands in the market, it may take some trial and error to find one that works great for your skin.
KEY INGREDIENTS IN SKINCARE
Key ingredients that seal in moisture are petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, and dimethicone.
Glycerin, propylene glycol, proteins, urea, and vitamins help attract water into the outer layer of the skin.
TIPS FOR SELECTING A MOISTURIZER
- Make it skin-type appropriate. The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive, so it’s a good idea to use a different moisturizer on your face than you do on your body.
- Get a “non-comedogenic” moisturizer because it won’t clog your pores.
- If you have sensitive skin, it’s always a good idea to look for a moisturizer labeled hypoallergenic.
- If you have oily skin, go with a light, oil-free moisturizer.
- If you have dry skin, get something richer and hydrating. Another option is a barrier cream that contains humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid that hold on to moisture longer.
- If you have combination skin, go with a lighter moisturizer for your whole face and dot drier areas with a heavier cream.
Finally, get understanding your skincare needs is key. If you want to get rid of wrinkles, getting an anti-wrinkle moisturizer is key. If you want to get rid of dark spots get a moisturizer that helps with hyperpigmentation.