Choosing the right moisturizer for you
Thursday, November 16, 2023
One of the most important steps in your skincare routine is moisturizer. A good moisturizer can help prevent dry skin and keep your skin healthy and soft. There are a variety of different moisturizers available that serve different purposes. If you choose one that isn’t right for you, it can leave your skin as dry as before or just plain greasy. If this sounds like you, don’t worry. By making a few simple tweaks, you can make your moisturizer work for you.
Choose which moisturizer is best for your skin type
If you find yourself panicking in the skincare aisle at your local drugstore and grabbing the first thing that looks like it might work, you’re not alone. With so many options, it can be challenging to figure out what you need. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, here are some common types of moisturizers and which skin types they may work best for:
Gel: Often water-based and tends to feel lighter on the skin than a lotion. This option is best for people with oily skin.
Cream: Thicker and has higher oil content than a lotion and gel, making it more hydrating. This option is best for people with dry skin and people older than age 50.
Ointment: The thickest of all, making it the most effective in remedying dry skin. This option is best for people with very dry skin.
Switch it up if it isn’t working
Now that you have your new moisturizer, how do you know it’s working? Watch for these signs when trying a new moisturizer:
If your skin is irritated, burning or discolored, stop using your moisturizer and try a different one.
If your skin is smooth, hydrated and feels comfortable, keep using it. Over time, if you notice your skin clearing up, this is a sign that your moisturizer is working.
Have chronically dry or oily skin? Check with your primary care physician or dermatologist to determine the right fit for you.
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