The reality is there is no need to break the bank when looking for a quality facial moisturizer. Many products boast exotic and expensive ingredients that promise to transform skin, but the truth is, simple and affordable may just be your best bet. First, understand your skin type. Then, choose a moisturizer best suited for your skin.
Ingredients to look out for:
Pore-clogging ingredients – Although not a guarantee as the terms are not regulated by the FDA, use products labeled non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores. I always recommend checking your skincare products on CosDNA.com to avoid ones with acne scores of 3’s, 4’s, or 5’s.
Ceramides – These help decrease dry/irritated skin and can help boost results from acne treatment, making it a great ingredient for acne-prone skin.
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Colloidal oatmeal – Derived from oat kernels, it’s an ideal ingredient that supplies antioxidant benefits and helps maintain the skin’s moisture and natural barrier function.
Hyaluronic acid – Helps the skin hold moisture and has been shown to benefit wrinkles and skin elasticity.
Soy – Helps restore barrier function and replenish the skin’s moisture and provides antioxidant benefit to smooth and soften the skin.
How often to moisturize:
This is really up to you! Everyone’s skin is different, so some people may need to apply a moisturizer in the morning and night, some may only need to apply moisturizer once a day, and some may not need it at all. Listen to your skin. Test out different hydration methods in order to find the one best suited for you.
Moisturizers for your skin type:
Dry Skin: Look for thicker moisturizers that have a higher concentration of healthy moisturizers in order to replenish your skin’s moisture barrier. Try: EltaMD intense moisturizerRegenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream
Oily Skin: Use moisturizers that are more water-based and have a gel-like consistency. These will have the least amount of excess oils and waxes, meaning they will not over-moisturize oily skin. Try: Sebamed Clear Face GelDrunk elephant B-Hydra Intensive hydration gel
Finding a moisturizer for combination skin is more difficult since it’s oily in some places and dry in others. One solution is to purchase a moisturizer suitable for all skin types, and then apply more or less to different areas of skin. Another solution is to have one moisturizer for dry skin and another for oily, and then apply the different moisturizers to the different areas of the skin.
Try these moisturizers for combination skin:
Moisturizers for normal skin usually come down to personal preference! You can experiment with different types of moisturizers to see which one you like best. Try: Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15CeraVE AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
David Lortscher, MD, Board-Certified Dermatologist, Founder Curology.com
David Lortscher, MD started out at a dermatology practice in New Mexico. He saw how a person’s skin could have a huge social and economic impact on their life — and how many people experienced economic, geographic, and psychological barriers to seeing a dermatologist. That’s why he created Curology in 2014. Since then, David’s helped many more patients online. He still serves as a remote dermatology consultant for rural healthcare clinics in Arizona and New Mexico that lack specialty medical care.