Choose a Moisturizer That’s Right for Your Skin Type

We all know that not every moisturizer is created equal especially when it comes to our skin types. No matter what your skin type is, it’s without a doubt that a moisturizer is important for your daily skincare routine and yes, even if you have oily skin.

But how to pick one out from the a ton of products out there that’s right for your skin type? See the breakdown below.

So if you have:

Oily Skin
It is not uncommon for your skin to be oily in the summer due to overactive sebaceous glands, which makes the skin oily. With oily skin comes enlarged pores, blackheads and more prone to acne due to the overproduction and build-up of oil.

Look for:
• Water-based moisturizers and avoid any other products that add unnecessary oils.
• A moisturizer that has salicylic acid. It helps clear pores and prevents them from clogging in the future.

Dry Skin
Usually, dehydrated skin can appear dull and fine lines can appear prematurely. Your skin can feel itchy and tight, which can be explained by a natural lack of oil production in the skin or external factors like cold winter weather and chlorine.

Look for:
• A moisturizer that has glycerin.

  • Glycerin is humectant, which attracts moisture from the surrounding to your skin. This means that it holds moisture in the skin, making it an effective ingredient for skin care, particularly for dry skin.
  • Glycerin is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs water from the air.

• A moisturizer that has AHA lactic acid.

  • For severe dry skin, talk to your doctor about a prescription moisturizer containing AHA lactic acid–it will soften the top layer of the skin, helping moisture to be absorbed. AHA can make skin sensitive, so make sure to wear SPF to prevent sun damage.

Combination Skin
This is what I have. My skin tends to get oily on my T-zone with drier areas around my cheeks. This is probably the most common skin type.

Look for:
• A lighter, oil-free moisturizer you can apply all over your face, which will help prevent oily T-zone getting oilier, but retain moisture for dry areas.

Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is thin and sensitive to fragrance, chemicals and other external factors.

Look for:
• Products that state fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.
• A moisturizer that does not include many plant extracts as they can cause skin irritations.

Once you have the basics above, be sure that your moisturizer carries an SPF of 30 or above. I’ve been trying out Aveeno’s Positively Radiant moisturizer for a few weeks now and love how light the moisturizer is. It leaves my skin feeling nourished throughout the day and the non-greasy formula keeps shine at bay. This moisturizer also contains soy complex, which helps brighten up skintone.

Well, that concludes my series on healthy skincare brought to you by Aveeno. I had a great time doing these posts and even learned a few more things along the way. I hope you all enjoyed them. If you haven’t seen the rest, feel free to read them here (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)

Company brand statement:
AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion: Give your skin a naturally beautiful fresh start. This nourishing lotion improves the health of your skin in just 1 day! It contains ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal and is blended with rich emollients to help protect and soothe dry skin.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by AVEENO® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of AVEENO®

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  1. Great post! I have oily skin so I’m always on the hunt for a great moisturizer.