Find the Moisturizer to Match Your Skin Type
Have you been searching high and low for a moisturizer that does not leave your skin feeling greasy, dry or even worse, covered in acne? You are not alone, women everywhere are having the same problem. Finding the best moisturizer for your skin can sometimes be very difficult. The reason for this is that not every women has the same type of skin. Therefore, not all moisturizers are designed to target every skin type. Determining your skin type and choosing a moisturizer that is best for that type will help you get the right treatment.
How to Determine Skin Type
The first thing that you have to do in order to find the perfect moisturizer is determine what type of skin that you have. Follow these steps to find your skin type.
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove makeup, dirt and oils.
- Take a clean towel and pat your face dry. Do not rub because you may disrupt your natural skin texture.
- Wait one hour to continue with the skin type test. This will allow your face to relax and return to its natural state. Since certain characteristics determine skin type, this is very important. Also, make sure that you do not touch your face or expose it to any drastic elements during this hour.
- Take a tissue, roll it up and dab it over your entire face, paying special attention to the t-zone.
- Check to see if you have any oily residue on the tissue. If you do, then chances are you have oily skin. If your pores look very large it can also be a determining factor of oily skin.
- Pull your skin taught, if it shows flakes or dead skin and you have difficulty seeing your pores, you have dry skin.
- Combination skin will be a mix of both. The oiliness will be along the t-zone and the pores will be larger in the t-zone, but the rest will be dry with smaller pores.
- If you notice no oil, no flaking and your skin is smooth and supple consider yourself lucky. You are one of the few people that have normal skin.
- Your skin could also be considered sensitive or acne-prone. If you have redness, irritation and cannot use a lot of products then you have sensitive skin. If you are prone to a lot of acne you have acne-prone skin. Sensitive skin usually goes hand-in-hand with dry skin and acne-prone with oily skin.
Finding the Best Moisturizer
Now that you have determined your skin type, you can begin searching for the perfect moisturizer. Use the following guide as a reference.
- Oily Skin
In many cases, oily skin is soft, smooth and clean, but that is only the case if it is properly taken care of. The best way to moisturize oily skin is to use a oil-free moisturizer that is light and gentle. A water-based moisturizer is a great choice. Make sure that you don’t over-moisturize either. Try twice a day, but once a day may even be enough.
- Dry Skin
This is one of the more difficult skin types. Exposure to the sun, wind, chemical and even water can cause your skin to become overly dry. Usually, the skin is not producing enough natural oils to keep it moisturized. That is why it is important to use a heavy moisturizer on dry skin. Cream moisturizers, instead of lotions are best. Oil-based ones will also help keep your skin hydrated. Make sure you moisturize at least twice a day. When your skin is extra dry, increase the amount of times you moisturize each day.
- Combination Skin
This is the most common type of skin, but everyone has different results. The best way to find the best moisturizer for combination skinned ladies is through trial and error. In fact, you may need to have a few different moisturizers on hand at all times. If you notice your skin is extra dry one day, use a heavier oil-based cream. If it is extra oily, go for a water-based lotion. There are also moisturizers that specifically cater to combination skin.
- Normal Skin
Once again, consider yourself lucky. You can get away with using just about any moisturizer on the market. Keep track of how your skin reacts to each moisturizer to determine the best for your personal skin. Look for a medium-weight lotion or cream and use twice daily.
- Sensitive Skin
You will need moisturizers that do not contain harsh ingredients, chemicals or fragrances. Try to use one make from natural ingredients and that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.
- Acne-Prone Skin
If you have excessive acne, then you may have to go to a dermatologist to determine the best moisturizer for your needs. You will likely get prescribed a moisturizer with benzoyl peroxide to help treat the acne, while still moisturizing the skin.