It is important to find out the right moisturizer for yourself depending on your skin type, your age and whether you are suffering from specific skin conditions. Consider the following guideline:
Normal skin: This type of skin is neither too dry nor too oily. In order to maintain the natural moisture balance of the skin, it is recommended to use a water-based moisturizer having light and non-greasy feeling.
Dry skin: For those having dry skin type must choose a moisturizer that helps to restore moisture to the skin. It is better to use an oil-based moisturizer that contains moisturizing ingredients or petrolatum-based products. Such products will help keep your skin hydrated.
Oily skin: Acne is a common problem for those having oily skin. Though oily in nature, you need to apply a suitable moisturizer on your oily skin. Do not forget to apply a light moisturizer after using skin care products that can remove oil and dry out the skin.
Sensitive skin: Those having sensitive skin must use a moisturizer that contains soothing ingredients such as chamomile or aloe. Make sure the product does not contain fragrances or dyes or acids.
Mature skin: As you age, your skin tends to become drier as the oil-producing glands become less active. To keep your skin soft and well hydrated, opt for an oil-based moisturizer that contains petrolatum as the base, along with antioxidants to combat age related skin problems like wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and so on.
Tips that will help retain your natural glow:
- Watch the temperature of water – Hot showers and baths are not good for your skin. Shower for a shorter amount of time and with warm water.
- Pat dry, don’t rub dry—After a shower gently pat your skin dry instead of rubbing your skin dry. By patting dry your skin will retain more moisture you are going to seal in when you moisturize.
- Drink at least 8 cups of water every day– the moisture your skin receives also comes from your body.
- Use mild soaps and detergents—soaps and shampoos that contain alcohol strip natural oils from your skin. Look for a mild, fragrance-free cleanser that has aloe minerals and vitamins.
- Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
- Give extra attention to your hands—hands show the effects of a dry environment more than any other part of the body. Apply hand cream after each hand washing.
- Wear sunscreen when outdoors – Wear a low, or high, SPF sunscreen depending on your outdoor activities.
- Apply lip balm regularly—having lip balm ready and applying it frequently helps heal dry, cracked lips.