How to Choose the Best Moisturizer for Your Face

Posted on: 24 March 2017

A good moisturiser can keep your face looking its best; without proper moisture and hydration, your face will soon show wrinkles and splotchy areas, and it may always feel dry and tight. Once you start shopping for moisturisers, however, you may get a little overwhelmed with your choices and options! Note a few simple tips to ensure you get the right choice for your skin and your needs.

Night cream versus day cream

Night cream is usually thicker than day cream and is meant to be absorbed slowly as you sleep. For women, night cream may be too thick to use under makeup and may not allow your foundation and blush to blend properly. Day cream is usually lighter and meant to be absorbed quickly so it doesn't make your cosmetics look uneven. Day creams will also typically have built-in SPF or sun protection factor, to protect your skin from too much exposure to the sun. Be sure you know the differences between these options and make your choice according to your needs.

Eye cream

If you tend to have puffiness or bags under the eyes, or wrinkles in the corners of the eyes, you may need a good eye cream. Puffiness may be the eyes retaining moisture if they're not properly hydrated, and bags and wrinkles may also be the result of dryness in this area. However, don't use your standard moisturiser around the eyes, but invest in a good eye cream; eye cream will be more delicate and with fewer ingredients that could irritate the eyes themselves, while providing the hydration your skin needs in this area.

For aging skin

Look for alpha hydroxyl or salicylic acid in a moisturiser for skin that is already showing signs of aging, to cleanse or polish away that top layer of wrinkles. Collagen in your moisturiser will also help to boost skin's suppleness and make it look younger and firmer.

For dry skin

If your skin is overly dry, you want intensive moisturisers; look for emollients, as these are meant to trap water and hydration on the skin and keep it in place while also adding hydration. Many emollients are plant oils, meaning coconut oil, grape seed oil, or cocoa butter.

Vitamins

Your skin needs vitamins for nourishment; vitamins will help rebuild skin's surface and cellular structure and make it look its best. Plain vitamin E oil can even be used as a moisturiser! For other products, look for vitamin A, C, and E in particular, as these are especially needed by the skin to stay soft and healthy.

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