Different Types of Face Moisturizer

There are several different types of facial moisturizers and knowing what they are can help when you are deciding which one to get. You would not, for example, get a nighttime face moisturizer if you want to moisturize during the day time. The differences between them are not always so obvious however, so here are the different types and a little about their characteristics.

Regular Moisturizers

Regular moisturizers can either come in lotion form, which is lighter, or in a cream form, which is richer and heavier. Either one can be used for general moisturizing but you will need to use less in the cream form because it is normally so rich. These moisturizers are often used after the face is washed and after using other products like masks, scrubs, or toners. You can apply them before you put on your makeup, but it is best to wait for a few minutes to let the moisture soak in before you put any makeup on. You can also use regular moisturizers even if you do not wear makeup.

Tinted Moisturizers

Moisturizers that are made with a blend of sheer foundation ingredients are known as tinted moisturizers. Using one of these moisturizers can save you time and money if you happen to wear a lot of makeup as they will eliminate the need for your to get a separate foundation for your makeup. This does mean however, that you will need to be careful and make sure you are picking the right shade when you are buying one.

Moisturizers with SPF

The sun is a powerful force of nature that can cause harm to your skin. Fortunately there are face moisturizers that include SPF to help protect the skin on your face from sun damage and UV rays. If you are concerned about sun damage or just want to know that your skin is protected you should use moisturizers that have an SPF rating of 30 or higher. Moisturizers with SPF can also help prevent wrinkles and discolorations on your skin.

Nighttime Moisturizers

You may be sleeping but your skin is hard at work during the night making repairs – restoring and renewing itself. Night facial moisturizers are designed to assist in this process by supplying more moisture to the skin. They also usually contain anti-aging ingredients like glycolic acid and retinol. These ingredients will be able to do their jobs better in night time creams as there is usually no sunscreen to interfere with them. Nighttime moisturizers are typically very thick, heavy, and rich creams.

So if you believe that you need extra protection from the sun then you should probably get a face moisturizer with SPF, and if you want to possibly skip a step in your makeup application routine then a tinted moisturizer can help. It all depends on your individual needs, but this information will be able to help you in your search for the perfect face moisturizer for sure.