The Different Skin Types
Probably the single most important factor to consider when you are buying facial moisturizer is the type of skin that you have. The moisturizer that will work best for one type of skin may have devastating effects for another skin type. What type of skin do you have? Whether you know your skin type for sure or have absolutely no idea, the information that follows will look at the characteristics of the different skin types and you will get some tips on how best to care for each one.
Skin that is not too dry and not too oily is considered to be normal skin. People who have this type of skin rarely have any skin imperfections and their pores are usually barely visible. Normal skin is also not very sensitive and so these people are usually able to use a wider variety of products on their face and body skin. You can identify normal skin by the radiant glow of the skin’s complexion without the use of skin products. People with normal skin should still moisturize it regularly, preferably with a moisturizer that has sunscreen so that it stays hydrated and protected.
Dry skin will need more TLC than normal skin for it to be moist. If you have dry skin then you should look for moisturizers with a lot of moisture and, ideally, soothing agents as well to counteract the dryness and give your skin the moisture that it needs. Oil based moisturizers containing ingredients such as glycerin, hydraulic acid, and lactic acid will work best with this type of skin as oil has more of a moisturizing effect; it helps to attract water, retain moisture, and soothe dry skin.
If you have oily skin you may think that you don’t need a moisturizer but in fact it is still recommended that you include one in your regular beauty routine. When you wash your face you get rid of all the oil that it produces naturally. If you apply an oil-free moisturizer directly after washing, the skin on your face will get most of the moisture that it needs and it will not be as likely to continue producing oil throughout the day, so your face will not be as oily.
For sensitive skin I think it is always best to do a test with the moisturizer that you want to get or, if you are shopping online, read reviews about it. This will help you to get a better idea of how your skin will react to it. Moisturizers that do not contain any dyes, fragrances, or acids are normally better suited for use on sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin you may also want to explore using all-natural facial moisturizers, as they are typically more gentle on skin.
It can be frustrating to have combination skin as it is dry in some places while oily or normal in others. Dealing with two or more skin types will require the appropriate types of moisturizers and so persons with combination skin will often find that they need to use two different moisturizers – one for oily skin, for example, and one for dry skin or normal skin as the case may be. There are also some facial moisturizers that are designed specifically for this type of skin and they are usually labeled as water-based or balancing moisturizers.