Your Guide to a skin loving moisturizer

Your Guide to a skin loving moisturizer

By Zahraa Raj

While some would argue that a moisturizer isn’t necessary, the truth is it is. Just as a face-wash is needed to cleanse the skin before carrying on with your skin care routine before you doze off for the night, a moisturizer is needed to seal in the hydration of your skin.

Your selection of the ideal moisturizer should be based on these certain observations..

Next time you go moisturizer shopping, keep this article open on your phone.

A. Moisturizers Based On Skin Type:

1. Dry as the desert:

That flaky feeling, rough to touch and itchy skin could be a point of skin distress that requires immediate action. Start looking out for ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid, and dimethicone which are key in skin hydration. Glycerine, propylene glycol, proteins and urea accumulate water to your skin while lanolin, mineral oil, petrolatum lock in moisture. If your moisturizer also contains Titanium dioxide as an ingredient which means you have additional sun protection with your skincare as well.

2. Acne Prone or Oily Skin:

If you don’t want to end up looking like Edward from Twilight every time you step into the sun, you may want to either carry a powder for touch up or just change your moisturizer. Here Alpha-hydroxy-acids is a suitable ingredient that will control excess sebum production, apart from that is also known for its anti-aging properties. Non-comedogenic ingredients such as aloevera, salicylic acid and shea butter are great for clogged pores and it’s acne fighting properties.

3. Sensitive Emotional, Skin:

You know that random redness that appears on your skin, or if you’re allergic to more ingredients than you can name, it is best if you go for a Hypoallergenic and fragrance free moisturizer. You may want to count the number of ingredients in your product, less than 10 would mean a lesser chance of you turning into a, you know what I mean. A combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide will help you in sun protection as well.

4. The One with Antioxidants:

The entire point of antioxidants in moisturizers is to keep the skin fresh and healthy. While antioxidants neutralize free radicals and molecules that break down skin cells, and help retain moisture and youth. Be on a look out for Green tea, Chamomile, Pomegranate and Licorice root extract. 

B. Avoid These Skin Triggers:

1. Color and Perfumes:

The difference between a perfumed or colored shampoo with a moisturizer is that the former gets washed away while the latter stays on your skin for hours, which could end up causing some damage since they can be unnecessary and irritating agents. 

2. Body Friendly Ingredients:

There’s a reason why body and facial moisturizers are differentiated and sold separately, is because what’s good for the body may not be good for the skin. While ingredients that could be harmful when applied to the face, it could do wonders in terms of moisturizing and keeping the skin soft, such as shea butter, mineral oil, lanolin and wax. It is always preferred searching for products by either facial and body cream than an impulse buy.

3. Too Many Acids:

This one goes without any explanation. Way too many acids in a moisturizer could cause a reaction to the skin and you could just turn out to be allergic to one of them. And we aren’t here for experimentation, are we?

The market for brands is increasing day by day so choosing a moisturizer that fits perfectly for you won’t be a hassle.


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