More goes into moisturizing your skin than merely slathering a moisturizer or cream on after cleansing. To ensure that your skin gets the proper care that it needs, you should use the best product for your skin’s unique needs. Skin moisturizer is not a one-size-fits-all product. The best moisturizers are formulated to address certain skin care needs: targeting sensitivity, dryness, excess oil and other issues.
Which Skin Type Do You Have?
But how can you choose the best moisturizer for your skin type if you are unsure of which skin type you have?
If your skin normally feels dry by the middle of the day, you likely have dry skin. Conversely, if you notice around midday that your skin is oily and your pores are enlarged in your t-zone, you are more likely dealing with an oily skin type. People with combination skin more often have skin that is dry on the cheeks but oily in the t-zone, making this type of skin is difficult to treat. Any of these skin types can have additional characteristics that make them unique. Some people have skin that is sensitive or acne-prone – each of which requires specific products free of irritants.
It is important to recognize that your skin type might change over time. If you haven’t recently, now might be a good time for you to reassess your skincare needs.
How do Skin Moisturizers Work?
Skin moisturizers and facial cleansers are the most important skin care products. Skin moisturizers work by sealing moisture into the outer skin layer and also by pulling moisture from the inner skin layers to the outer layer.
Most moisturizers contain a combination of three main ingredient categories: occlusive, emollients and humectants. If you find yourself scratching your head when reading these words, you are not alone. Here is a quick run-down of what these categories entail:
- Occlusives primarily work to lock moisture in the skin. Common occlusives found in daily moisturizers include lanolin, zinc oxide, petrolatum, mineral oil, dimethicone, coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba oil.
- Emollients smooth and soften the skin by filling in cracks. Ceramides, grape seed oil, cetyl alcohol, sesame seed oil and linoleic acid are common emollient ingredients.
- Humectants are responsible for bringing the moisture from the lower layers of skin to the top layer. Humectants are often paired with another category. Urea, hyaluronic acid, propylene glycol, lactic acid and glycerin are all humectants found in many moisturizers.
How to Find the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin Type
If you are in the market for a good skin moisturizer for your skin type, here are some tips to keep in mind when looking for the best products to hydrate your skin.
For Normal Skin
Just because your skin is not dry or oily, it does not mean you do not need a moisturizer. It is still important to maintain a healthy skin barrier and to protect it from damaging pollutants and UV rays. Look for a moisturizer with just a few simple ingredients, like:
Eminence Organic Skincare Eight Greens Whip Moisturizer, which helps your skin to maintain a healthy skin tone and youthful appearance.
For Dry Skin
Dry skin is often void of natural lubricants and oils, leading to a tight or itchy feeling. Thicker cream moisturizers are often better for dry skin as they are oil-based. The Eminence Organic Skincare line can help with this as well as:
For Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin can be tricky. Skin sensitivity can be due to a specific ingredient or environmental toxins. Using the right moisturizer can help by acting as a barrier against allergens or irritants.
Rhonda Allison Growth Factor Serum works wonderfully as a superior carrier agent to prevent penetration of other ingredients or irritants, making it also a fantastic option for skin that needs to heal.
For Oily Skin
If your skin is oily, you need to pay attention to one special word when looking at the product label for your skin moisturizer: non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic ingredients will not clog your pores, which is an important feature for those with oily skin who want to keep acne at bay. You may also want to try oil-free moisturizers. Try a gel-based moisturizer that is free of harmful ingredients, like:
Rhonda Allison Growth Factor Gel. This is a great moisturizer for oily skin.
For Mature Skin
Daily anti-aging skincare is important for mature skin, including protecting skin from damage while limiting the breakdown of collagen and treating fine lines and wrinkles. Our skin’s barrier diminishes with age and skin becomes more sensitive, which adds to the list of reasons mature skin needs daily protection from damage from UVA and UVB rays. Rhonda Allison Growth Factor Serum is our top pick as it contains a high concentration of Epidermal Growth Factor, helping to expedite tissue regrowth of healthy skin while balancing moisture content and protecting from free radical damage. You can check out more products specifically targeted for mature skin here.
For Combination Skin
When your face has contrasting needs in different parts of your face, it is vital that you use a moisturizer that works to satisfy all areas, being gentle and considerate of your skin. A light daily detoxifying moisturizer that treats oily skin while moisturizing it is a great option, like:
Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer. This is one of the best moisturizers for combination skin.
Additional Tips for Finding the Right Moisturizer
When shopping for a moisturizer, regardless of your skin type, keep these additional tips in mind:
- Opt for added sunscreen. Protecting your skin from sun damage is one of the best ways you can keep your skin looking youthful. Look for a moisturizer with SPF (sun protection factor) or broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30.
- Use a moisturizer with retinol before bed. Retinol is essentially vitamin A for the skin. It helps to increase the speed at which skin cells turn over. It is wise to use it slowly to start with as it may cause irritation in some people.
- Consider a prescription moisturizer if you cannot seem to find a product that works for your skin type.
What are your favorite moisturizers you love? Let us know in the comments below!