How to Pick a Good Moisturizer

Keeping the skin hydrated is the most important part of your skin care routine after keeping the skin clean. There is a common misconception that those with oily skin don’t need to use moisturizer, but don’t make this mistake. Skin that is not properly hydrated is prone to acne – yes, those with oily skin can still have dehydrated skin – and are likely to develop fine lines and wrinkles with age. In this article, we’ll take a look at different types of moisturizers to help you choose the right moisturizer for you.

Moisturizers generally come in five different types:

  • Cream moisturizers are the thickest and heaviest moisturizers available. These moisturizers are often best for those with dry skin and people with normal skin that live in areas that are very cold and dry in the winter.
  • Fluid moisturizers are lighter than creams and are more suitable for those with combination to oily skin. This type can also be used by those with normal skin through the warmer summer months.
  • The lightest weight moisturizers available are gel moisturizers and are the best for those with very oily skin. Gel moisturizers are absorbed in the skin very quickly, but be sure to avoid those gels that absorb into your fingers before they get to your face.
  • Oil moisturizers are appropriate for all skin types, but special attention should be made to the type of oil used. Good ones will include rose hip oil, which helps fight wrinkles and acne scars, or grape seed oil, which is rich in anti-oxidants. A bad oil moisturizer will leave your face feeling greasy.
  • Serums can be found somewhere between fluids and creams on the thickness scale and often have the added benefit of anti-aging or anti-wrinkle properties. Serums are generally stronger than other moisturizers, making them a good choice for dry skin, and light weight, which is good for those with oily skin.

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