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Moisturizers – How To Choose The Right One?

By Marilynn Syrett Published 11/3/2009 | Beauty
The wide range of moisturizers available on the market can be quite overwhelming. With so many varieties to choose from, selecting the right one for your skin becomes a daunting task. However, in order to make sure the moisturizer delivers good results, it is important that you choose one that is compatible with your skin type and addresses all your needs and requirements.

One of the common problems encountered by women is that of dry skin. In fact, everyone has to deal with dry skin at one level or another. An obvious solution to the problem is to moisturize with the correct moisturizer. However, the problem arises when one has to select a moisturizer from the various options that are available on the market

Moisturizers – What are they?

Moisturizers aim to preserve the moisture in the skin i.e. water contents in the skin cells by forming a layer of oil around the outer surface of the skin cells. Our bodies create these protective oils naturally but due to the daily wear and tear of the tissues, these oils get removed. Soaps and cleansers tend to scrape off these natural oils.

The best time to moisturize the skin is immediately after a shower when the skin is slightly moist. This is because the skin pores are open and readily absorb the moisturizing ingredients.

Choosing the Right Moisturizer

There is a huge array of moisturizing products available on the market in the form of creams, lotions, serums and gels. They contain specialized ingredients that supply the necessary nutrients to the skin and hydrate it sufficiently. Some contain ingredients that attract moisture from the environment while some contain ingredients that help lock in the moisture. As different are the formulations, so different are their methodologies to moisturize the skin.

According to Skin Types:

Dry Skin
People with dry skin should look for rich creamy moisturizers that contain intensive hydrating agents. This would compensate for the parched skin and provide the much needed moisture to the skin. Try the Kinerase Ultimate Night Moisturizer. It is an 8-hours hydrating cream that moisturizes your skin intensively.

Oily Skin
People with oily skin should consider using oil-free, lightweight moisturizing products, preferably lotions or gels. One of the major misconceptions among people is that oily skin doesn't require moisturization. This however is not true. Oily skin is a result of excessive production of oil (sebum) in the skin cells and not excessive moisture. Therefore, even if your skin is oily and greasy, it would still be lacking moisture. Moreover, lack of moisture in the skin cells make them produce more oil to compensate for the dehydration. So, don't skip moisturizing your skin and instead, look for one that caters to oily skin type. Kinerase HydraBoost Intensive Treatment is a good choice.

Combination Skin
People with combination skin type should use two moisturizing products – one that caters to normal/dry skin and the other for oily skin. People with combination skin usually have a oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) while the rest of the face remains dry. Therefore, you should use a oil-free moisturizer on the T-zone while continue with a regular one for other parts of the face like cheeks and décolleté.

Sensitive Skin
People with sensitive skin type should make sure their moisturizers don't contain any harsh ingredients and are free of any artificial fragrances and parabens. Look for labels like 'non-comedogenic' and 'non-carcinogenic'. Sensitive skin is highly intolerable to harsh ingredients. So make sure the moisturizer is mild and addresses the skin sensitivity. Try iS Clinical Poly Vitamin Serum.

According to Weather:

Summer
The summer months are associated with heat and high humidity. And the skin generally becomes greasy because of excessive sweating. Thus it is advisable to use light-weight moisturizers during the summer season. In fact, you should look for moisturizers that contain SPF in order to ensure continued protection against the sun.

Winter
Winter months are cold and plagued by chilly winds that rob the skin of all its moisture. Thus the skin needs intensive moisture during the season. Even the most oily skin types would notice a considerable amount of dehydration. Therefore, consider shifting to a richer and creamier moisturizing formulation that hydrates your skin succinctly and protects it against the extreme weather conditions.

Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a professional skin care expert and has valuable experience in reviewing discount skin care products. She knows what works and what doesn't and presents an honest review about various specialized products like those that cater to oily and dry skin.