Saturday 17 August 01:54 AM
Choosing the right moisturizer seems so easy. All we need is something that will reduce trans-epidermal water loss. Right? Well, yes. But with the amount of moisturizers that exist today, it's just such a daunting task. Why? Because there are just way too many options. So, the MOST important thing is to read the ingredients list.
Let's recap some of the most important ingredients for your skin type.
Oily: Look for gel-based moisturizes as these formulations have less occlusives. You want to look for water-based ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid and Glycerin. Emollients such as ceramides and linoleic acid are good for almost all skin types.
Dry: Look for cream-based moisturizers as these formulations contain more occlusives and emollients to help trap water in your skin. Helpful ingredients include Oleic Acid, Mineral Oil (SAFE to use), Dimethicone (helps trap water by forming a silky layer on your skin, Shea Butter (very soothing).
Normal/Combination skin: These skin types can use almost any type of moisturizer. However, I'd say focus on gels and lotions as they are light weight and light weight moisturizers will almost always be less irritating than something that is heavy on the skin. Note - avoid all fragrances to achieve the best results.
Sensitive/inflamed skin: This skin type needs extra care. That means you need to look for soothing, hydrating and anti-inflammatory ingredients. These include: aloe vera, soy, allantoin, bisabolol, colloidal oatmeal.
It's always important to listen to your skin. If you ever feel like a moisturizer is causing you any type of irritation, discontinue use and try out a different one.
Note - the ingredients mentioned in this post may or may not be beneficial for your skin type. Skincare is all about trial and error. Do what works for you :)
I hope this post was helpful. Kindly feel free to let me know if you have any questions! :)