Soak up the secrets to choosing the best moisturizer for your specific skin needs.
Over time, our ability to lock in and retain moisture starts to diminish. If your face or skin feels tight, you need more moisture. And if you’ve been using the same formula for years, it may be time for a switch. Also, be sure to adjust your level of hydration as the seasons change. As humidity levels rise in the summer months, you should generally be able to use a lighter weight lotion than in winter. But pay special attention to your skin after a day in the sun and surf. You may need to rehydrate with a creamier, more emollient moisturizer. The best time to moisturize is while skin is still damp so that it really soaks in well.
In the long hot days of summer, dry skin can become even drier as sun, wind, heat, seawater and chlorine sap moisture. Look for richer creams for the best hydration. Products that contain humectants like Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Ceramides are a great solution. Humectants draw and seal in moisture from the air, giving you a fresh, dewy appearance. Sleep on this: sleeping with a humidifier is also an easy way to keep dry skin hydrated.
It may seem counterintuitive to moisturize oily skin, but oily skin needs hydration, too. Skipping moisturizer on oily skin can actually spur greater oil production, making skin even greasier, as your skin tries to compensate for a lack of moisture. The key is to choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that’s non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores. Formulas with Retinols or Alpha Lipoic Acid can help regulate oil production. Alpha Hydroxy Acids, like Alpha Lipoic or Glycolic can help keep pores clear, reducing the incidence of breakouts.
Sensitive, easily-irritated skin, especially those suffering from rosacea and eczema, benefit from moisturizers with less ingredients. Fewer ingredients means less potential for an adverse reaction and if you do have a breakout, it may be easier to identify the allergenic culprit. Look for hypoallergenic solutions without alcohol, dyes or fragrance. Be sure to steer clear of acids like Alpha Hydroxy, Glycolic and Salicylic. These acids can be beneficial for their anti-aging and anti-acne properties, but can be too harsh for people with sensitive skin. On the flipside, Allantoin has great moisturizing properties and has been known to help heal skin without irritation, making it a great ingredient for sensitive skin, especially those suffering from eczema.
There is a new class of multi-tasking moisturizers that do more than just hydrate. BB and CC Creams pair moisture with anti-aging boosters, sun protection and often a light tint for a warm, sunny glow. Products with antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, E, Resveratrol and Green Tea can help reverse the signs of aging by diminishing dark spots and wrinkles and evening skintone. When it comes to sunscreen, look for moisturizers that offer broad spectrum protection, shielding skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Some self-tanners do it all… firming, toning and hydrating all while bathing skin in gorgeous, sunkissed radiance.
The moisture needs for your body are much different than for your face. Waxy ingredients or richly hydrating oils like Shea Butter, Mineral Oil or Lanolin are too heavy and pore-clogging for your face, but are wonderful body hydrators. Lotions with Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid can help you smooth away the annoying red bumps of Keratosis Pilaris on the backs of your arms or fronts of your legs.
While you were sleeping, your body was hard at work doing its best repairwork. This is the best time to use your anti-aging moisturizers, when you’re at rest and your skin isn’t under assault from environmental aggressors. This will let the anti-aging ingredients sink deep into your pores and really work, so when you wake you’ll look even more youthful and refreshed.