The Rules for Using Moisturizer
- By Dr. Alan J. Parks
- November 10, 2016
Whether your skincare routine is 10 steps long or 3 steps long, one of the most important steps that should be included is the use of a moisturizer. Moisturizer is the step in your routine responsible for replenishing the moisture in your skin and keeping it soft and smooth.
What does moisturizer do for your skin?
Our skin is our biggest protector against the environment, and it tends to be pretty sensitive to changes in the weather, allergens and products we may apply on our skin. Our skin cells shed quicker than other cells in the body and allow newer and younger cells to appear, and this process requires moisturizer for the skin to repair itself. When moisture is provided for the skin to repair itself, it leads to less wrinkles in the long term, as younger and newer cells can more rapidly replace dead cells and keep the skin soft and smooth. Using moisturizer regularly also helps to keep your skin balanced and improves your overall skin tone. When we give our skin additional moisture, it allows it to perform necessary functions and supplements the moisture levels in our skin naturally to keep it looking and feeling its best. No matter what skin type, tone or concerns you have, it’s important to pick a moisturizer that works for your skin and use it regularly. Speaking of skin type, what kind of moisturizers work best with each skin type?
Dry Skin: If you find your skin often feels tight, dry, or dehydrated, or you experience flaking or peeling regularly, you’ll want to find a heavier cream to repair the moisture in your skin, rather than a lotion. The Jan Marini Transformation Cream is a hydrating and anti-aging formula all in one, with hyaluronic acid, peptides, aloe vera and Vitamins C & E for optimal skin moisture and hydration.
Oily Skin: If your skin is on the oiler side and tends to get greasy throughout the day, you’ll want to stick to oil-free or water based moisturizers that are more lightweight in comparison to a cream. SkinMedica’s Ultra Sheer Moisturizer is a great choice for those with oily skin, with its lightweight & oil-free formula that contains hyaluronic acid and antioxidants for hydrated skin without the extra oil.
Combination Skin: If you have areas of your skin are oily and areas that are dry, you likely have combination skin. When it comes to choosing a moisturizer for combination skin, you want to avoid sticking to heavy creams meant for dry skin or lightweight formulas meant for oily skin; you’ll want something in the middle of the spectrum that will balance and hydrate your skin, like a gel or lotion moisturizer. PCA Skin’s ReBalancemoisturizer is a lightweight formula with antioxidants, niacinamide and Vitamin E to soothe and hydrate your skin and balance its moisture levels.
Normal Skin: If you don’t usually find your skin looking more oily or more dry and it tends to react well to most products, you’re lucky to have normal skin! You’ll want to make sure that you keep it moisturized, however. For an all-in-one hydrating and anti-aging formula, the iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion with hyaluronic acid and copper tripeptide growth factor is a great choice for normal skin.
Sensitive Skin: If you find that your skin is easily irritated or can react harshly to certain allergens or products, you probably have sensitive skin. It’s important to find a moisturizer that will hydrate your skin without causing it to flare up and become irritated from the product. Avene’s XeraCalm A.D. Lipid Replenishing Cream is a gentle formula with Vitamin E to keep your skin soft and smooth without causing it irritation.
Acne-Prone: If you suffer from consistent breakouts, you may feel like you should stray away from moisturizer, but this is not the case. Every skin type needs a moisturizer, even acne-prone skin. You’ll want to look for an oil-free and lightweight formula for your skin, to make sure that you’re not making the breakouts worse. PCA Skin’s Clearskin moisturizer is formulated with niacinamide, Vitamin A and antioxidants in a lightweight but nourishing formula that won’t cause further breakouts.
As we age and experience different climates and environments, our skin types may change or shift, so it’s important to regularly pay attention to your skin type and how it’s reacting to the products you’re using or the environment. For any further questions about moisturizers or anything else skin related, please do not hesitate to reach out!