Choosing the right moisturizer is one of the easiest ways for you to protect your skin. Moisturizing daily keeps your face looking young and fresh – and it’s a skin-saving step that takes just a few seconds. But finding the right moisturizer can be tricky. Moisturizers come in so many forms with long lists of ingredients, and some are better for certain skin types. Here’s how to find the one that suits your skin the best:
Know your skin type
Understanding your skin type is the first step in finding a moisturizer that’s perfectly suited for your skin’s needs. The five different skins are: normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive. Your skin type determines which kind of moisturizer you’ll need. For example, dry skin needs a thick cream to lock in moisture while sensitive skin needs products that won’t cause redness or irritation. Oily skin needs a lightweight lotion that won’t clog pores or increase oiliness. Figuring out your skin type is easy. You’ll want to assess your skin in its natural state, so you’ll need to wash your face. Remove any makeup, oil, and dirt. Wait for two hours without applying any products to your face – not even your usual moisturizer or lotion. After two hours, take a close look at your face in the mirror. Feel for oily or dry areas with your fingertips. You should be able to determine your skin type based on what you see and feel.
Moisturize after washing
You might have the best intentions when it comes to moisturizers but sabotage yourself by applying at the wrong time. The best time to apply a moisturizer is right after you’ve washed your face. The warm water you use while washing will remove oil and leave your face as clean as can be. Once your face is clean and dry, apply your moisturizer. Your skin will soak up the moisturizer, giving you a base that’ll hydrate your skin all day long. Aim to get into the habit of applying moisturizer both in the morning and at night before you head to bed and always wash your face first.
Allow it sink in
If you’re in a rush, you might be tempted to skip steps in your skincare routine. However, no matter how fast you need to get out the door, it’s important to give products time to work. When you’re applying moisturizer, you should let it sink in for about 60 seconds before you apply foundation or other products. Waiting just one minute allows the product to penetrate your skin, giving your cells the moisture they crave.
Use sun protection daily
One of the best ways you can protect yourself from skin cancer, skin damage, and signs of early ageing is by wearing sunscreen on a daily basis. Every day, you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher. No matter your skin type, you can find a speciality moisturizer that includes sunscreen. Make sure your daytime moisturizer includes an SPF so you’re applying sun protection before you head out for the day. You should wear sunscreen even when it’s overcast outside or you’re spending the day inside. Harmful UV rays can burn your skin even when you can’t see the sun or through windows when you’re indoors.
Avoid these ingredients
Not all moisturizers are created equal. Some moisturizers can actually do the exact opposite of what they claim, drying out or harming the skin. Many products even contain ingredients that may irritate or damage your skin. Avoiding the following ingredients is important for individuals with all skin types. Make sure you check your moisturizer’s ingredient labels for perfumes and dyes, an excess of acids, steroidal ingredients and alcohol.
By Damilola Faustino