Choosing a Great Moisturizer

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated September 23, 2016)

Taking care of your face is one of those routines that you have to do everyday and you want to make sure that you're using the proper care. Your facial routine should consist of washing your face, perhaps using some toner, and applying moisturizer. Moisturizer is an especially important part of this routine, and you want to make sure that you're using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin type. When you go out to the drugstore to pick your moisturizer, you should keep a few things in mind, so here are a few tips on choosing a great moisturizer.

The biggest thing to remember when choosing a great moisturizer is your skin type. There are multiple moisturizers made for every type of skin, and so you need to determine what your skin type is and then move on from there to pick a moisturizer. If you have oily skin, then you'll want a moisturizer that has a more drying quality. If you have skin on the drier side, then you'll want a moisturizer that contains more oils. If you are prone to blemish breakouts, then you probably have oily skin and will want the more drying moisturizer; if your skin is flaky and chalky, then a more moisturizing moisturizer is the way you want to go. These are the two basic skin types, and if you feel your skin type doesn't fit into either category, then you might want to go see a dermatologist.

When it comes to picking the moisturizer that's just right for you, there's no one perfect answer. Most of being able to find the moisturizer that's great for you comes through trial and error. If you can, get recommendations from friends, family, and even your doctor. Just remember, that because one moisturizer works great for your best friend doesn't mean it will work great for you. You can try it, and if it dries out or aggravates your skin, then you'll want to try something else. However, you might have hit the jackpot and find a moisturizer that works great! In my own experience, I'll find a moisturizer that works great for a while, but after a few months, or even a few years in some cases, it will stop being so effective and I have to go and find a new one. If you are having consistent problems with every brand you try, then you'll want to see a dermatologist—your skin may respond best to a prescription.

So, now that you know the basics of choosing a great moisturizer, go out and try some of these ideas. If you persevere in your search, then you'll definitely find that moisturizer that's just perfect for you!

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