One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Why Your Skin Type Should Dictate Your Moisturizer

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There’s a reason why there are so many options when you check out the moisturizer aisle at the grocery store. A moisturizer is not a one-size-fits-all type of product. In fact, what works for you may not work for your best friend, sister, or mother – they all have unique skin types that require a more tailored product. By understanding what type of moisturizer works best for your skin, you can get rid of some of your skin issues-it’s dryness, oiliness, or something in between.

Dry Skin– If your skin constantly feels parched and you tend to have flaky patches around your nose, you have dry skin. Dry skin is practically crying out for moisture, so make sure that you give it everything it needs with an oil-based moisturizer that contains hydrating ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter. And since dry skin can look sallow and dull, think about choosing a moisturizer that is a bit pearlescent to help wake up your skin and make it look positively dewy.

Oily Skin- When you suffer from oily skin, the shine and clogged pores can have you wearing off any type of extra moisturizer forever. Unfortunately, opting to go moisturizer-free won’t help dry up excess oil, but it will dry out your skin. And, when your skin feels dry, your oil glands secrete more oil to help balance out your skin, which can result in overactive pores. Reduce how much oil your pores produce by choosing a water-based moisturizer that feels light and fresh. You can even find mattifying products if your biggest gripe is the shine that your oil causes.

Combination Skin- Having combination skin can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, your skin is pretty balanced. On the other hand, it’s like having skin with a split personality – sometimes oily and sometimes dry. But don’t forget that both require moisture, so invest in two types of moisturizer to keep everything in check. You’ll need a lighter moisturizer for your T-zone, where you usually get oily, and then a thicker, more intensive lotion for your dry patches, which are usually around the eyes, around the nose, and on the chin.

Acne-Prone- If your biggest skin problem is acne, putting new products on your skin can definitely make you break out. That’s why your best bet is a moisturizer that also contains acne medication, such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. When you apply your moisturizer, the medication will go to work to help dry up current breakouts, eliminate acne-causing bacteria and help you stay in the clear. Just avoid heavy moisturizers – water-based is best.

Sensitive Skin- Have skin that gets red and irritated if you even look at something new? That’s probably because you have sensitive skin that reacts to the added stuff sometimes found in moisturizer, such as colors and dyes. Protect your sensitive skin by choosing a moisturizer that is free of colors and dyes and instead includes soothing ingredients such as cucumber, green tea, and oatmeal for your skin to drink in. Don’t forget to look for a lotion that also contains sunscreen to help your sensitive skin avoid damage.

Skin Changes- One thing to keep in mind is the fact that your skin will change types throughout the years. Changes to hormones, ages, and even geographical location can mean that while your skin was once dry, it’s suddenly oily or your combination suddenly becomes more acne-prone. Assess the skin you have now and make sure you’re not moisturizing the skin you had ten years ago. It’s nearly impossible to continue using the same product for years and years, so to find the best moisturize for your skin type, you’ll need to reevaluate when major changes to your skin occur over the years.

Without a moisturizer, your skin is left to fend for itself against a drying environment, the abuse you put it through every day, and even the harsh rays of the sun. By making the moisturizer a part of your regular routine, choosing and using the best one becomes a no- brainer. Whatever type of skin you have, there’s a moisturizer out there just for you – and your unique skin.

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This is a guest post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer interested in topics related to health, beauty and fitness and she is currently writing on behalf of hylunia. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.

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