Hello, my fellow beauty enthusiasts! It’s that time of the day again. Whoop WHOOP!!
Moisturizers, Moisturizers, Moisturizers. In this post, we’ll be talking about the things different skin types should look out for in a moisturizer, especially for dry, oily, combination and sensitive skin.
To begin with, I know a lot of us, at one point or another, must have wondered “Why must I moisturize?”. Don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone. We’ve got you… and your answer. *wink*
First of all, even though our genes and hormones play a huge role in what our skin type is, you have to admit, our environment is not helping and we are constantly at risk of the weather or the sun drying out our skin. Secondly, when we cleanse our faces or even take a bath, we remove some of the good skin oils along with the bad ones. These often result in over-drying which could lead to premature wrinkling. Therefore, moisturizing is a crucial part of skin care for obvious reasons. It helps restore hydration to our skin leaving it plumper, more youthful and healthier.
Another important thing to note is that no matter what your skin type is, in addition to moisturizing, daily sun protection is an absolute must. So, if using 2 different products (moisturizer and then sunscreen) is cumbersome for you, you may want to seriously consider getting a moisturizer with SPF in it. Deal? Great.
Now, let’s get right into it, shall we?
- DRY SKIN
Dry skin is often described as tight, scaly and/or flaky and may get even drier at certain times of the year or in some locations. Of all the different skin types, this category needs the most hydration. People in this category would benefit from a moisturizer that has long-lasting and super-hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, so that the skin remains well hydrated throughout the day.
- OILY SKIN
It has already been said before but permit us to re-emphasize it again. “Oily” is NOT the same as “well hydrated”. People with oily skin are not exempt from the need for moisturizers. Remember that your skin can be oily AND dehydrated at the same time! And guess what? Dehydrated skin compensates by producing even more oil !! Yikes! We don’t want that.
That being said, when choosing your moisturizer, you’d want to be careful to not pick products with more oil as that would only clog your pores. Instead, go for a lightweight moisturizer that is “non-comedogenic” (wont clog your pores), “water-based”, and/or “oil-free”. Some beauty companies also have mattifying moisturizers for this skin type.
- COMBINATION SKIN
Finding the balance is key. You don’t want to add more oil on the oily regions but you also want to keep your dry areas and overall skin well hydrated. So, what to do?
One way of navigating this skin type is by using two moisturizers- one appropriate for the oily areas of your face and a second one for the dry areas. But if you would rather use one product for the whole of your face, then choosing a light-weight, hydrating, oil-free moisturizer might be the way to go. Just make sure to go easy when applying it to your oily areas.
For the sensitive and acne-prone skin type, please don’t skip moisturizing! This is important for you to avoid causing or worsening break-outs. Oil-free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and lightweight moisturizers are key. Also, remember to avoid irritants in your product(s) like alcohol, colorings, harsh antibacterial agents or added fragrance.
- To get the most out of your moisturizer, apply it a few minutes after a bath, while your skin is still damp, NOT wet.
- Research has shown that the amount of sleep we get affects our skin so you might want to check and make sure you’re getting just the right amount of sleep and rest.
- Remember, what is good for the rest of your body may not be good for your face so if you already have a moisturizer (or moisturizing lotion) for the rest of your body, consider getting another one specially for your face but if that’s not possible, ensure the ingredients are face-friendly before applying it on your face to avoid clogged pores and acne.
- Another important part of maintaining a well hydrated skin is adequate water intake. How much water do you drink in a day? Having your own water bottle to carry around with you helps remind us of the need to always stay hydrated.
- Did you know that there are supplements available to help skin and overall hydration, amongst other things? For example, Hyaluronic acid supplements.
So, that’s it, friends. Hope you’ve been able to pick a thing or two from this post. Don’t forget to leave your comments, like and share these posts to help your friends and families. Till next time, stay glowing, stay PERFECT!!