Facial Moisturisers Buying Guide
With all the different kinds of Facial Moisturisers out there these days, who can keep up? This guide is designed to help you find the best moisturiser for your skin. Whether you're looking for an inexpensive drug store brand cream, lotion, or a high end department store priced anti-ageing serum, we've got you covered.
Choosing a Moisturiser
- Picking the right moisturiser is usually a matter of personal taste, but more so about finding the right one for your skin type and age.
- You don't need to spend a fortune for a good moisturiser. Most drug store brands work just as well as the more expensive stuff. To make sure that you are getting the most for your money, check the ingredients label.
- Moisturisers are meant to provide your skin with the moisture that it needs--not to act as a miracle product.
- If a product says that it's 'dermatologist tested' or 'dermatologist approved', it doesn't always mean that it's the best product out there.
- If a moisturiser claims to reduce wrinkles , then it might be exaggerated. Your best bet is to check ingredients and make sure that the product is best for you.
- A moisturiser can lose its efficiency over time or when it's exposed to sunlight. Those moisturisers that contain SPF always have an expiration date which can be found on the label.
- Thick moisturising night creams are best for before bed since they are so rich. Overnight, they will seep into your skin and restore moisture. You can also use a heavier cream during the winter when skin tends to be drier.
- Light lotions are great for summertime when you heat and sweat get you down. A thin light coverage that won't clog pores is what you need.
- No matter what, sunscreen is absolutely necessary every day. Most signs of ageing are caused by UV rays, so the best thing you can do is to protect yourself. Make sure that your moisturiser contains SPF. If it does not, be sure to apply a sunscreen in addition.
- Tinted moisturisers are a good alternative to foundation. They help to even out your skin tone and provide coverage without having to add another step to your beauty routine.
The most important thing to look out for in a moisturizer is the skin type that it is formulated for. Usually a moisturiser will fall into one of these four types--normal, dry, oily, or combination. If you have combination skin, you can use other types of moisturisers aside from the ones specially designed for you. And for everyone, make sure to look for the specific effective ingredients that you like and you won't go wrong.
Dry Skin/Sensitive Skin
- Product Type- Moisturiser designed for dry or sensitive skin types.
- Ingredients- Alpha hydroxies, antioxidants, and emollients like vitamin E, shea butter, aloe vera, etc.
- Sun Protection- Go for a sunblock rather than a sunscreen, since they usually contain nutrients like zinc and titanium.
- Product Type- Oil-free moisturisers or non-comodegenic lotions.
- Ingredients- Salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and reinoids.
- Sun Protection- If you have acne, you should not try and skip an SPF because you think it will do more damage than good. Most acne medications increase sun sensitivity by a lot, so you should definitely still protect yourself. If you find a moisturiser that contains SPF, you will eliminate a step in your routine and be safe.
- Check out the Acne Treatments guide for more information.
- Product Type- For help fighting wrinkles, look for products that are natural collagen boosters and provide a lot of moisture.
- Ingredients- To reduce the appearance of fine lines, look out for exfoliating alpha hydroxies and beta hydroxies. Also look for products with glycolic and lactic acid or antioxidants like vitamins A, E, and C. Retin-A is a prescription product that is celebrated for its wrinkle reducing, but it can also dry out your skin severely. Try Avage for an alternative.
- Look at our Anti-Ageing Skin Care guide for more information.
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