To maintain and magnify the health of the skin, proper hydration is absolutely essential, no matter your skin type. Just as the body needs hydration for optimal function, so too the skin needs hydration to be healthy and appear young and vital.
It is hard not to admire the glowing, naturally hydrated skin bestowed on the young. As we age, our skin’s ability to attract moisture lessens, making the skin fundamentally dehydrated. Without help, that natural glowing complexion inevitably turns into a dull, lifeless complexion. On top of aging, environmental factors such as change of weather, air conditioners, and wind have damaging and dehydrating effects on the skin. Moisturizer not only protects and acts as a barrier to these factors but also replenishes the skin’s natural oils, giving the skin a smoother appearance and revitalizing its natural beauty.
Every skin type benefits from using moisturizer but choosing the right moisturizer is crucial to keeping the skin clean, clear, and glowing. Determine your skin type by taking the skin type test here.
- Normal Skin
Choose a moisturizer that feels light in your hands, contains aloe vera, and has no added oils. Since normal skin is a lower maintenance skin type, generally any light moisturizer will work, but for added protection, look for one with SPF!
- Oily Skin
An oil-free moisturizer with aloe vera and alpha-hydroxy acid is the best choice for oily skin. The combination will effectively hydrate the skin without clogging it or counteracting the products used for acne and oil removal.
- Dry and Mature Skin
Dry skin translates into skin that is more likely to wrinkle. Thus, dry and mature skin types obtain the maximum benefits from adding a moisturizer. Choose a moisturizer that is thick and rich with anti-aging ingredients, such as antioxidants, peptides, and vitamin C.
- Combination Skin
Combination skin will benefit the most from two moisturizers. Use an oil-free moisturizer on your slickest spots, but moisturize other areas, based on type, with the recommended choices from this list.
- Sensitive Skin
Choose a moisturizer with calming ingredients like green tea, chamomile, and aloe vera. These ingredients will soothe skin while hydrating. Avoid moisturizers that include acids or fragrances.
- Moisturize twice a day. After cleansing and toning, rehydrate your skin with the appropriate moisturizer in the morning and evening.
- Moisturize while traveling. It is especially important to apply moisturizer while flying, in high altitudes, or in dry climates. You are subject to rapid moisture loss in these instances.
- Moisturize with protection. Many moisturizers include sunscreen protection, too. A moisturizer with SPF 30 is a great choice for everyday use.