Knowing exactly what your skin needs will go a long way in helping you make the right choice. Go for a moisturizer that contains sunscreen.

When you are in a drugstore, are you overwhelmed about which skin moisturizer to buy for your dry skin? Well that’s the case for many when faced with hundreds of high-end cosmetics in department stores, health stores and beauty stores. Options can vary from a $1.50 jar of basic petroleum jelly to a $500 tub of designer skin moisturizer. These options and plenty more can take your head for a spin.

Although choosing the right face moisturizer can seem confusing, it actually is not so. It is much easier than most people think. It’s only a matter of following certain guidelines and not spending much money.

How face moisturizers work:

Moisturizers and cleansers make up the most important skin products for softening and soothing dry skin. A facial moisturizer works by covering moisture onto the outer layer of your skin and sucking moisture from the inner layers to the outer layer of the skin.

Crucial ingredients for retaining moisture are; mineral oil, Dimethicone, lanolin and petrolatum. Proteins, vitamins, glycerin and propylene glycol on the other hand help move water to the outer layer of the skin.

Certain moisturizers contain alpha hydroxyl acid which gets rid of all the dead skin. Alpha hydroxyl acid is the ideal choice for people with dry skin.


Finding the right face moisturizer for you:

This may take some trial and error, but what matters is your patience. Below are some guidelines to follow when shopping around.

  • Take note of the first 5 ingredients. Take note of the common ingredients such as glycerin, petrolatum and lanolin. Glycerin has less chances of causing an allergic reaction and also ensures that the moisturizer is made from a reputable firm.
  • Choose “with sunscreen”. The best thing you can ever do for your skin in addition to choosing the right moisturizer is protecting yourself from the sun. Buy a face moisturizer that contains at least SPF 30. You can do a bit of searching, but nowadays most moisturizers come combined with SPF.
  • Use different moisturizers for different areas. The skin on your face is much thinner and more sensitive than the skin on your body, so it’s always vital to use different moisturizers on your face and body. In addition to knowing your skin type and choosing a moisturizer accordingly, it is recommended that you go for one that says “non-comedogenic” because it does not clog your pores. If you have sensitive skin, go for one labeled hypoallergenic. If you have oily skin, go for one that says “light”, or “oil-free” and if you have dry skin, go for something heavy.
  • Use a retinol containing moisturizer at night. Retinol is as good as vitamin A for your skin. It boosts the rate at which your skin cells turnover, but use it cautiously as it can cause some irritation.

Once you find a product that suits you, apply it daily to prevent the formation of wrinkles and lines.

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