Find the right facial moisturizer for your skin

Keeping your skin hydrated is an essential part of any good skin care routine, but picking the best…
Find the right facial moisturizer for your skin
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Keeping your skin hydrated is an essential part of any good skin care routine, but picking the best moisturizer for your skin type is not always easy. Some are too light. Some leave your face feeling heavy or greasy. Others can be irritating. Does your moisturizer have sun protection, antioxidants, or replenishing ingredients? What will work well for you?

For an oily complexion, look for an oil-free lotion. Lotions are generally water-based and they absorb easily into the skin. If you are prone to breakouts, try a product that is labeled as noncomedogenic, which means that it will not block your pores. Use a toner after cleansing to swipe away any remaining dirt or oil. Wait until your skin is dry and then rub your lotion into your skin. To cut down on the number of products that you have to use, try a daily moisturizer that has a minimum sun protection factor of 15.

For dry skin, go for the heavier creams to keep your skin soft and to prevent dryness. Dr. Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, a practicing California dermatologist, recommends using a moisturizing cream with ingredients like grape seed oil or dimethicone to protect against moisture loss. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and green tea extract can help to protect against free radical damage. Apply your hydrating cream after cleansing while the skin is still damp to capture much needed moisture. Follow with your makeup and sunscreen.

As a general rule for sensitive skin, avoid fragrances, dyes, and other potential irritants. Using a natural facial moisturizer is your best option to keep your skin healthy and smooth without irritation. A study published in The Journal of Dermatology found that a depletion of ceramides in the skin may contribute to the development of sensitive skin. Ceramides are lipids that help to maintain the skin’s barrier function. Try a ceramide cream to soften sensitive or mature skin. If over-the-counter products are irritating or simply not hydrating enough, rub a small amount of a vitamin E oil into the skin after cleansing, such as grape seed, argan, or wheat germ oil. A study of herbal moisturizers found that a combination of aloe extract and wheat germ oil has a potent hydrating effect. Mix a little pure aloe (not a processed gel) with wheat germ oil for a soothing, natural, do-it-yourself treatment for your skin.

Use a facial moisturizer after cleansing no matter what type of skin you have. A good cream, lotion, or oil can help to keep your skin supple and healthy. Find one that is perfect for your gorgeous skin and use it twice a day for a remarkably radiant complexion.