How to choose the right moisturizer for your skin type?
It can be a tough task.
The beauty stores are full of moisturizers of different varieties. But I’m sure many of you have had an irritating experience of buying a (so-called) good moisturizer home that’s perfectly appropriate for your skin type, then finding that it’s just an invalid purchase…
Yes, a wrong decision at all.
What can you do?
Here is a checklist of all those ingredients that you should check in a moisturizer before buying it…and of course high in accordance with the skin type you have.
Choose A Right Moisturizer For Your Skin:
1.Moisturizers For Sensitive Skin:
Moisturizers for sensitive skin have come a long way. Today there is no reason that people with sensitive skin should not be able to benefit from the marvels of modern anti-aging moisturizers.
The ingredients formulated into the new sensitive skin moisturizers can be as gentle as they are powerful.
Hypoallergenic and Fragrance-free:
As a general rule, experts agree that the fewer the ingredients the better in terms of sensitive skin moisturizers. Look also for products that are labeled hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.
As with other skin types, moisturizers for sensitive skin will contain the basic elements required to both hydrate and to provide anti-aging protection.
Full of Hydration:
Hydration is accomplished by way of humectants and emollients. Humectants draw water to the skin, and emollients seal the moisture in.
Glycerin is a superior humectant for sensitive skin because of its hypoallergenic properties. Other common humectants such as lanolin are not recommended for sensitive skin.
As they seal in moisture, emollients lubricate the skin. By their very nature, emollients must contain oils. While sensitive skin does not respond well to all oils, there are specific oils that are both gentle and non-irritating.
Look for sensitive skin moisturizers that contain chamomile oil, rose oil, or lavender oil.
Chamomile works to relieve itchiness, irritation, and inflammation. It is often used not only for its moisturizing qualities but also for its soothing qualities.
Rose oil is known for its superior hydration qualities and also works to reduce redness and wrinkles.
Lavender oil cools and soothes skin irritations, especially those caused by allergies.
Your moisturizer for sensitive skin should not contain acids, as they tend to irritate. Retinol – vitamin A – can also have the same effect.
While these exfoliating ingredients work well for other skin types with their ability to remove dead skin cells, this benefit does not extend well to sensitive skin.
Anti-aging peptides should also be formulated into your sensitive moisturizer. Peptides stimulate collagen production, making the skin stronger. In turn, peptides work to smooth skin and to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
The copper peptide, in particular, is known for its healing qualities and has long been used in the treatment of wounds.
It also reduces irritation by way of its anti-inflammatory properties, making it particularly effective for sensitive skin.
Copper peptide also has antioxidant qualities and provides additional protection against UV rays and free radical damage.
Speaking of antioxidants, your sensitive skin moisturizer must contain them!
Antioxidants protect against environmental factors and have strong anti-aging qualities. This is because antioxidants destroy free radicals and prevent the breakdown of collagen.
Typically, antioxidants work in combination with one another. For sensitive skin blends, look for natural organic ingredients such as Grape Seed Extract, Aloe Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Jojoba Extract, or Green tea extract. Vitamins C and E are also blended for very positive anti-aging effects.
Antioxidants cannot work alone! While quality moisturizers for sensitive skin will blend only non-irritating ingredients into their formulation, some will not include sunscreen.
In that case, you should apply a block with at least SPF 30 in addition to your sensitive skin moisturizer.
Look for non-irritating ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Avoid oxybenzone, which may aggravate the skin.
So who says your sensitive skin cannot benefit from the fabulous moisturizers for sensitive skin on the market today!
Yes, there is hope. Enjoy!
2. Moisturizers For Oily Skin:
Because oily skin tends to feel moist, there is a common misconception that moisturizing oily skin is not necessary. In fact, while natural oils will seal in the moisture that is present, they will not replace the moisture that is naturally lost.
Moisturizers for oily skin become even more vital as the skin ages. Simply put, oil is not moisture.
Skin becomes oily when glands overproduce sebum oil.
So how can you best control the oil?
Will a moisturizer clog pores and increase oil production?
And what about anti-aging ingredients?
Quality oily skin moisturizers formulate ingredients to solve all of these issues.
Exfoliation Is Must:
Experts agree that exfoliation can best control the oil. It gently removes dead skin from the surface of the skin.
Oily skin, in particular, suffers from a buildup of these cells, the result is clogged pores. Exfoliation clears the pores and allows the oil to flow more freely.
AHAs and BHAs:
Look for oily skin moisturizers that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs).
The most effective AHA’s are glycolic acid and lactic acid. BHA is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is particularly effective for dry skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties which reduce irritation.
As the irritation calms down, oil production also diminishes.
It is important that the outside additives are not clogging the pores.
Therefore, moisturizers for oily skin should not be formulated as heavy oil-based creams. Look for gels, even sprays that are labeled as non-comedogenic – meaning they will not clog pores.
All moisturizers, even those formulated for moisturizing oily skin, must contain humectants. Humectants literally attract moisture (or humidity) to the skin. But their core ingredient is oil so look for formulations that are oil-free and include glycerin or silicones such as dimethicone.
Some Natural Oils:
Jojoba oil is particularly effective for oily skin. Because its properties are very similar to our natural oil – sebum, it actually works to balance and control the sebum.
Grapeseed oil is a powerful antioxidant, rich in vitamins and proteins. It is very effective for oily skin because it locks in moisture without a greasy residue. In addition to its exceptional moisture sealing qualities, grapeseed oil also neutralizes skin-damaging free radicals.
Extensive research has shown that retinol – Vitamin A – stimulates the production of collagen, making the skin feel smoother. Retinol improves the structure of the skin, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, and works to peel away dead skin cells which help to unclog and reduce pores.
For this reason alone, retinol is particularly beneficial for those with oily skin.
Antioxidants, one of which is vitamin A, are another important element of anti-aging moisturizers. Normally blended as a group, antioxidants encourage skin healing and guard skin cells from the damaging effects of free radicals.
Look for oily skin moisturizers that contain a combination of antioxidants including vitamins A, C, E, and green tea extracts.
So now you know!
A good oily skin moisturizer can combine oil control with the most vital rejuvenating ingredients.
Enjoy the results!
3. Moisturizers For Dry Skin:
Fortunately, moisturizers for dry skin have become increasingly sophisticated, offering both hydrating qualities and protection from ever-increasing dryness.
Getting back to the basics of moisturizing, dry skin, in particular, must both attract moisture to the skin (humectants) and seal that moisture in (emollients). Look for humectants that provide maximum moisture attraction such as hyaluronic acid and dimethicone.
Hyaluronic acid is present naturally in our skin layers. However, as we age, our body produces less of it, creating drier skin.
Amazingly, hyaluronic acid can absorb literally 1000 times its weight in water. How is that for attracting moisture to the skin! One drawback to hyaluronic acid is the high price, especially in comparison to glycerin or dimethicone.
Dimethicone is a silicone-based humectant that has proven to be very efficient, particularly for dry skin, because it is so effective at blocking the evaporation of water from the skin.
Dermatologists recommend lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum for dry skin because of their superior qualities for locking in moisture.
Dry skin responds well to heavier, oil-based balms and creams. Look for natural oils such as almond oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, vitamin E oil, or grapeseed oil. Avoid moisturizers that contain alcohol as it dries the skin.
AHAs and BHAs:
Quality moisturizers for dry skin should also include naturally derived alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s). While the most common, which are glycolic acid (sugar) and lactic acid (milk), look also for citric acid (citrus), malic acid (apples), and tartaric acid (grapes).
AHA’s work by exfoliating dead skin, making them particularly beneficial for dry skin by improving the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
The explanation is really quite simple. A great deal of moisture disappears by way of cracks between dead skin cells. When you exfoliate the skin, those cracks are smoothed thus enabling the skin to retain rather than lose moisture.
Sun is the greatest danger to the skin, regardless of the skin type. Dry skin, in particular, thickens and gets sun tan from sun exposure and is far less able to tolerate free radical damage caused by the sun and other environmental elements.
For this reason, be certain to use a moisturizer for dry skin that is rich with antioxidants. Look for formulas that contain a combination of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E, and green tea.
The key is to purchase with knowledge!
The perfect moisturizer for dry skin is the one that contains the ingredients you need and maintains your perpetual beauty.