Not sure what ingredients to look for in a moisturizer? Here, a scientist at a major beauty company shares her recommendations.
Choosing the right moisturizer seems so easy. All we need is something that will hydrate our skin, right? Well, yes to a certain extent. But with the amount of moisturizers that exist today, it’s just such a daunting task. Why? Because there are just way too many options.
To make it easier for you, I recommend taking two important factors into consideration: skin type and ingredients that are needed to adequately moisturize your skin type. Read on to find out what those ingredients are.
Tips for oily skin types:
Oily skin types should look for gel-based moisturizes as these formulations feel light on the skin and don’t leave behind an oily film. Water-soluble ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin generally feel light on the skin while providing adequate hydration. These ingredients are known as humectants which means they attract water molecules from the dermis and atmosphere and hold onto them. This is what keeps your skin well hydrated.
Tips for dry skin types:
Dry skin types should look for a cream-based moisturizer. Anything that has a creamy texture usually contains occlusives and emollients. Occlusives seal in moisture while emollients also seal in moisture and help soften skin. Both terms can be used interchangeably. Helpful ingredients to look for in a moisturizer for dry skin include: Dimethicone, oleic acid, urea, and lanolin.
Product recommendation: Olivarrier Fluid Oil 100% Squalane
Tips for normal and combination skin types:
Normal and combination skin types can usually get away with any type of moisturizer. However, a good mix of both water-soluble and oil-soluble ingredients can be especially beneficial. Examples of common hydrating and water-soluble ingredients include hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Examples of common oil-soluble ingredients include ceramides, jojoba oil and dimethicone.
Product recommendation: Skinrx MadeCera Cream
Tips for sensitive skin types:
Sensitive skin types need extra care. When choosing a moisturizer, it’s important to choose one with a short ingredients list. The more ingredients present in a moisturizer, the higher the chance of irritation. Sensitive skin types should look for soothing, hydrating and anti-inflammatory ingredients. These include: Aloe vera, soy, shea butter, allantoin, bisabolol, colloidal oatmeal. Always start with using just a little or doing a patch test under your chin to see how your skin reacts. If your skin doesn’t develop any irritation or sensitivity, you’re good to go!
Product recommendation: Hanskin Real Complexion Moisture Cream