by Charlotte Wood
(last updated June 5, 2015)
Taking care of your skin may seem like an overwhelming task, because there are so many different products out there from which to choose. How do you know which products will be the best for your skin? How do you even know which ones you need? The most basic of skin care regimens includes a face wash and a face moisturizer. Face moisturizer is one of the most important skin care products you will ever own, and you always need some on hand.
Face moisturizer is like any other skin care product—there are a million products available, and for you to find the right one, you'll have to just dive on in and try them. Just like with face washes, face moisturizers are usually categorized by skin type. If you have oily skin, then you'll want a light moisturizer that doesn't add unneeded oil or moisture but still leaves your skin with the oil and moisture it needs. If you have dry skin, then you'll want a moisturizer that is more heavy duty, a heavier moisturizer that will add much needed moisturizer to the skin on your face. And then you have all of the moisturizers for in-between skin. It takes you knowing what type of skin you have and the dedication to really go out there and find what product will be best for you. You may even be well off to have a couple of different moisturizers at your disposal. With me, my skin is oilier some days and drier others; by having a heavier moisturizer on hand and a lighter moisturizer, I can treat my skin as I need to on any given day. You should also try and find moisturizer with SPF in it; if moisturizer can both moisturize your skin and protect it against the sun, you should use it!
As for using your moisturizer, you need to apply it religiously. Just as you should wash your face every morning and night, you should also moisturize every morning and night. And if you have dry skin and find your face drying out midday, you should take the time and reapply moisturizer during the daytime. Moisturizer is never a product to be neglected in skin care—your skin will suffer greatly if you blow off this crucial aspect of a healthy and beautiful complexion.
If the moisturizers you've tried don't meet the needs of your skin, you might want to consider going to see a dermatologist. A dermatologist will be able to best diagnose and treat your skin, and if you are treated by a dermatologist make sure to follow the prescribed regimen.
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