The Right Moisturizer for You!

Moisturizers are the hero in your arsenal of skin care and it’s often under used. Below you will find a breakdown of skin types and what moisturizers you might want to try…just in case you need a new one!

The Proper Order

Using your products out of order won’t really hurt you but you might not get the most benefit out of them. I figure our time is precious so we might as well make the best use of it. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Moisturizing 101, a good rule of thumb is applying lightest to heaviest. Below is a chart that you can go by…this is just a general list that you can tailor to fit your specific skin needs. For instance, oily girls will NOT every need to apply a face oil but dry skin girls should. Don’t worry if you don’t know what some of these things are I will cover them in future posts.

Morning
  • Cleanser
  • Exfoliant
  • Toner
  • Sunscreen
  • Acne Medications
  • Serums
  • Eye Cream
  • Spot Treatments
  • Moisturizer
  • Face Oil

Night

  • Cleanser
  • Exfoliant
  • Toner
  • Acne Medications
  • Serums
  • Eye Cream
  • Spot Treatments
  • Moisturizer
  • Face oil

Anti-Aging Products

Let’s be honest girls…what some of us want is to make those fine lines and wrinkles look less evident or to prevent them from appearing. Here are some products to help us in that endeavor.

Many of these products will contain Retinol (a form of Vitamin A that promotes skin renewal and enhances collagen production). It can also be drying and somewhat irritating to your skin. CAUTION…if you have never used a Retinol product don’t jump in the deep end. Slowly introduce it to your skin, maybe every other day, one product at a time. I currently use 3 different products that contain Retinol but I slowly added them to my routine over time. Also, if you get an eyebrow wax at the hair salon stop using these products a couple of days before because they will make your skin more sensitive. This is really why I started shaving my face (see “Girl Shave Your Face”) for more info on that.

Anyway here are some products to try and don’t worry I have lots of posts coming up on this subject! Click on the name for a link to Amazon but all these products are also sold at Walmart

ROC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

Roc Retinol Correxion Deep wrinkle Serum

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum

Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Oily Skin

In case you have oily skin, please don’t fall for the common myth…that oily skin doesn’t need moisturizing. That’s wrong…you do, every skin type needs moisturizing, just differing amounts of it. Oily skin needs the least amount of moisturizing products of all skin types.

Our skin is a complex organ, and it works hard to produce what it thinks is needed. Oily skin is caused from an excess of sebum (natural fatty oily substance produced by the body’s sebaceous glands.) 

Many might assume that oily skin needs cleansers that can clean the skin or try to dry out the oil. This will have an adverse effect. Instead of getting rid of the oil, it can make the skin produce even more oil. This overproduction of oil will lead to inflammation which makes your skin vulnerable to bacteria…then to a breakout.

Oily skin needs moisturizing…but the RIGHT kind of moisturizer. So, what kind?

The moisturizer you need to consider will be non-comedogenic (products that won’t clog pores). Definitely, stay away from products containing mineral oil, coco butter, lanolin and petroleum. They will be light weight and oil free. Consider products that contain glycerin, hyaluronic acid, aloe, or squalene (compound from shark oil that balances oil production providing just enough moisture to keep skin clear and is also great for anti-aging) 

Here are a few options you might want to try and of course they are all drugstore! Just click the name for a link to Amazon but they are also sold at Walmart.

Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Olay Total Effects 7 in One

Neutogena Hydro Boost

Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Control Moisturizer

Differin Oil Control Moisturizer with Sunscreen

Combination Skin

These girls have both oily skin along their T-Zone (forehead down to nose) and dry skin on their cheeks. These areas have different needs making their skin care harder to manage.

If you have combination skin choose mild oil-free products to take care of both areas. Any of the products listed above in the oily skin section would be a good option for you.

Remember, that it is not only about what product you choose but how much you use. Combination skin might need more cream on the dry areas than the oily ones.

Dry Skin

The weather can effect all skin types but for dry skin the winter months are difficult to manage. When the humidity drops, those fine lines and wrinkles pop up seemingly out of no where. Dry skin can flake, crack and sometimes bleed. I have shared that I have dry skin before so I know all of the above to be true.

If you have dry skin it’s important to limit those hot showers (which is a bummer), apply your moisturizing products immediately after bathing to help trap in the moisture, and to use products that are heavier like ointments and creams.

Here are some products that you can choose if you have dry skin. In Thursday’s post, I am going to share my skincare routine and some of these listed below are things I use. Again, they are all drugstore and click the picture for the link.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion

Bio-Oil Specialist Skin Care

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (yes, the same one listed in the oily skin section, this is awesome stuff!!)

Normal Skin

Moisturizing normal skin is not as difficult as the other types but it still needs moisture like all other skin. All skin types do well with the addition of hyaluronic acid (natural sugar found in our bodies that can hold up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water.) Our skin types change as we age…like everything else…right?…younger people are more likely to have normal skin than anyone else.

Here are some products to consider for those girls with normal skin. Click the name for the link to Amazon but check Walmart if your out and about.

Garner Soothing 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer with Rose Water

St. Ives Renewing Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb

E.L.F. Illuminating Moisturizer SPF 15

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