Choosing the correct moisturizer can definitely bring on skincare anxiety. You know it’s an important step in your skincare routine, but between all the creams, gels, ointments and ingredients, how do you know which one is right for your skin? The truth is it’s actually simpler than you think, and it all starts with understanding your skin type. So, relax and let us show you how to get the most out of your moisturizer based on your skin type.
Start By Analyzing Your Skin
Accurate skin analysis is the key to any effective treatments and home care skincare regimens. While you think you may have dry or oily skin, the real answer lies in your pores and they could be telling you something different. If you want your moisturizer to properly nourish and replenish your skin, make sure you know your “true skin type,” which is determined by the characteristics it displays, not by gender, ethnicity, color or condition.
Here’s how it works. Everyone has two skin types—a primary and a secondary. Primary skin types are:
- Dry: Two-thumb sizes of visible pores next to the nose
- Combo: Larger pores covering a third of the face
- Oily: Larger pores covering half the face
All skin types may be dehydrated and all products by skin type will address the need to hydrate the skin. However, if you have one of these issues listed below, your “secondary” skin condition should override primary skin type. Secondary conditions include:
- Mature Skin: Is either 40 years old or prematurely aged based on lifestyle. Loss of collagen and elastin means mature skin can greatly benefit from clinically-proven active ingredients such as retinol or vitamin C.
- Acne Skin: Can be dry combo, oily or reactive at any age with genetic or active chronic breakouts. Remember to look for ingredients that control bacteria without drying or dehydrating the skin.
- Reactive Skin: Can fall into Dry, Combo or Oily but reacts to ingredients with a rash, burning, or itching. It may include skin conditions such as rosacea, acne-prone skin, genetically sensitive skin, irritant or allergic reactions, and ingredient sensitivities.
Take a few minutes to determine your skin type by analyzing your pores with our custom developed skin type analysis.
Choosing the Best Moisturizer
Knowing your skin type and choosing the right moisturizer is one of the best ways to make sure your skin is looking its best. One of the last things you put on during your morning and nighttime skincare routine (other than your sunscreen), your moisturizer plays an important role in your daily skincare routine. Now that you know your skin type, here’s the type of ingredients to look for in a moisturizer.
Dry Skin: Use a product that is power-packed with nutrients designed to quench your thirsty skin. Hyaluronic acid, carrot seed, and shea butter have skin benefits that work to protect the skin barrier and help with moisture retention. Botanical ingredients work together to plump, protect and seal in moisture while softening and smoothing the skin.
Combo or Oily Skin: Nourishing combo or oily skin is all about finding balance. Some areas are dry, some are oily, but all need a moisturizer designed for the entire face. Moisturizers featuring a liposome delivery system can provide an express path for nutrients to help build and strengthen the skin. Ingredients such as lemon peel brightens, vitamin E moisturizes, while lavender reduces irritation, revealing a softer texture. Cypress oil and rosemary balance sebum production, minimizes pores and promotes circulation.
Mature Skin: Look for a moisturizer that is a concentrated antioxidant-rich cream. Ingredients such as bamboo silica, pea extract, squalane and glucosamine will help strengthen the skin and soften the appearance of wrinkles—leaving the skin looking firmer and tighter while protecting elasticity.
Acne Skin: Clear, condition and heal irritated skin with ingredients such as cajeput, tea tree and palmarosa to detoxify pores and clear acne-causing bacteria, while mushroom stem and rice bran help soothe, reduce redness, stimulate healing and improve overall appearance.Reactive Skin: If your skin is red and irritated, choose a lightweight, antioxidant-rich moisturizer that is packed with soothing extracts that offer many skin benefits. Green tea, aloe vera, avocado and shea butter repair, heal and condition, while algae hydrates and replenishes.