Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type can be both tricky and time-consuming. However, since moisturizers are an essential part of any woman’s skin care regime, it is important that you make the effort to get it right. If you do choose the right moisturizer, then you will reap the benefits of having healthy, beautiful, and well-nourished skin for years to come. However, if you get it wrong, then your moisturizer could cause more harm than good. On that note, let’s explore what moisturizers are likely to work well with your skin type.
What type of skin do you have?
The first thing you need to do is identify your skin type. Unfortunately, this isn’t always as easy as it probably should be. Basically, there are 4 main types of skin, each of which can be accompanied by a number of skin conditions. Normal skin is the best and most sought after type of skin, as it requires the least care and is usually compatible with most make-ups and cosmetics. When deciding what type of skin you have, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have noticeable pores, large pores, or small pores in the T-Zone (forehead, chin, and nose)?
- Is your skin flaky and/or dry?
- Is your skin soft and smooth, or does it feel oily or greasy?
- Do you have problems with acne or other skin conditions?
The answers to these questions will help you determine exactly what type of skin you have. If you have large pores through the T-zone, problems with acne, and/or an oily shine and feel that you can’t seem to get rid of, then you probably have oily skin.
If your skin if dry and flaky with small, sometimes red pores, you may have dry skin. People with dry skin are more likely to suffer from certain skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema. If your skin is normally soft and smooth with normal sized pores and no noticeable problems, then you are probably one of the few people lucky enough to have healthy, normal skin.
There is a fourth skin type, known as combination skin. It is (as you may have guessed) defined by having dry or normal skin on one part of the face and oily skin in another area. The drier skin is usually found on the cheeks and neck, while the T-zone can be very oily and greasy.
Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type:
Unfortunately, this can be quite difficult. The right moisturizer for you will depend on several factors, including your skin type, your tolerance to certain chemicals, and the way which your skin reacts to ingredients in a moisturizer.
Choosing a moisturizer for oily skin:
If you have oily skin, then it is absolutely imperative that you go for an oil-free moisturizer. Look for a healthy, natural water based moisturizer which includes acne preventing and anti-irritant ingredients. Anything which works to hydrate your skin and keep it healthy while preventing pore clogging will be a good place to start.
Usually a moisturizer for oily skin will be labeled ‘light’ or ‘ultra-light’, which means that it is very smooth and easy on your skin. Go for something with included sun protection and antioxidants if possible, as doing so is probably the best way to keep your skin from aging.
Choosing a moisturizer for dry skin:
If you have a dry skin type, then a moisturizer is an absolute must! Dry skin types are characterized by itchiness, flaky dead skin, and sometimes redness. A good moisturizer for a dry skin type will be one which tackles all of these problems.
Anything which is rich in essential oils such as tea tree oil should be a good fit. Look for a healthy natural moisturizer with either coconut or almond oil as the main base to make sure that you don’t cause more damage to your skin and to help it revitalize and come back to life.
Choosing a moisturizer for normal skin:
The good news is that if you have normal skin, choosing a moisturizer should be extremely easy. In fact, you probably don’t even need to use one.
However, if you do want to use a moisturizer, then use an all-purpose formula designed to maintain your skin’s hydration but prevent excess oil production and blockage of your pores. For extra skincare and protection look for sun protection and essential oils, as these will probably help you improve your already great looks.
Choosing a moisturizer for combination skin:
Choosing a moisturizer for combination skin can be difficult. Since different parts of your face have different types of skin, they need different types of moisturizers. The easiest way to deal with this problem is to target each area of your face with the appropriate moisturizer.
On the oily sections of your T-Zone, go for a moisturizer which would be appropriate for oily skin. Likewise, use a dry skin product for your cheeks and any other dehydrated areas of your face.
Choosing a moisturizer for acne prone skin:
If you have acne prone skin, then you more than likely have an oily skin type. It follows that the best moisturizer for acne prone skin will be one which is good for oily skin. Anything which is relatively oil free, hydrating, and nourishing for your skin will be ok. For maximum benefit, look for a moisturizer which contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial components, as these will all help treat your acne and convince it to go away.
Choosing a moisturizer for sensitive skin:
If you have sensitive skin, then you should probably go for some sort of moisturizer which is specially formulated for your skin type. Anything which is gentle on your skin, hypoallergenic, and paraben free will be a good place to start, as would any natural or organic formula designed for sensitive skins. If you continue to have problems and can’t find a decent product, then you should consider consulting your local skin-care specialist or doctor.
Today’s author Amelia, is from FixYourSkin.com. She has a lot of experience with skin health and written several articles that have been published. FixYourSkin has a lot of tips, health advice and DIY recipes which can give you great looking skin without any side effects!
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