Moisturizing for Every Skin Type


Woman applying moisturizer

Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the key components to healthy, great looking skin, but moisturizing isn’t as simple as just slapping some lotion on your skin and rubbing it in. It is very important to determine exactly what your skin type is before using moisturizers. Here we’ve broken down skin types into four categories to help you figure out what moisturizers will best suit your needs. The four categories of skin types are: oily, normal, dry and/or sensitive, and combination skin.

Oily Skin
If your skin is shiny and feels oily or moist, you probably break out easily, and might have clogged pores, blackheads, or acne. The easiest way to control oily skin is to clean your face in the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to sleep. Make sure to use a gentle cleanser that won’t increase oil production like a harsh soap might. It might seem backwards to think that you have to moisturize skin that is already oily, since oily skin means you don’t have dry skin. However, some products that you might use to combat oily skin will dry out your skin too much, so you need to find a balance between too oily and too dry.

Normal Skin
Lucky for you, you probably don’t have much to worry about when it comes to keeping your skin moisturized. However, during dry seasons like fall and winter chances are you’ll still need some kind of lotion, cream, or ointment. The good news is that you won’t have to worry as much about being picky when it comes to choosing which product to use. Normal skin doesn’t get easily irritated, so choose your favorite product and use it liberally!

Dry / Sensitive Skin
It goes without saying that dry and sensitive skin requires the most care and concern when it comes to skin care and moisturizing. Start moisturizing your skin as soon as you get out of the shower to prevent your skin from drying out and to trap extra moisture in. Try using heavier, creamier moisturizers such as Murad’s Ultimate Hydrating Cream instead of lotions, as they are less irritating. Shea butter and mineral oil are great ingredients to help dry skin. If your hands are often dry, make sure you carry a moisturizer with you and apply it every time after you wash your hands. If you suffer from eczema, holistic approaches are great, when they work, but depending on how severe your case is, you may need a stronger treatment that can be provided by your dermatologist.

Combination Skin
This skin type is one of the more common types, when your skin is neither dry nor normal or oily, but either a combination of all of them, or it varies between the different skin types based on your diet, time of year or other causes. Using multiple methods to treat each separate issue can be time-consuming, but necessary. This skin type will fluctuate given time of year and age, so it must be treated accordingly with multiple products.

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