Feel overwhelmed when you want to buy skin moisturizer for your dry skin? That’s no surprise, as there are dozens to choose from at the drugstore and hundreds more at high-end cosmetics and department stores — creams, lotions, ointments, some with sunscreen, others with an exfoliant. Choices range from the basic $1.50 jar of petroleum jelly to a $500 five-ounce tub of designer skin moisturizer. And all the options in between can make your head spin.
While choosing the right skin moisturizer may seem confusing, it’s actually very simple if you follow a few guidelines, says dermatologist Monica Halem, MD, of ColumbiaDoctors Eastside in New York City. Dr. Halem’s first rule of thumb? Don’t spend too much money.
How a Skin Moisturizer Works
Moisturizers are the most important skin products, particularly for softening dry skin. A skin moisturizer works by sealing moisture into the outer layer of the skin and by pulling moisture from the inner layers of skin to the outer layer.
Key ingredients that seal in moisture are petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, and dimethicone. Glycerin, propylene glycol, proteins, urea, and vitamins help attract water into the outer layer of the skin.
Some skin moisturizers also contain an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which exfoliates dead skin, says Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and a spokeswoman for the Skin Cancer Foundation. AHAs are a good choice if you have very dry skin.
Finding the Skin Moisturizer For Dry Skin
It may take some trial and error, Halem says, so be patient. Follow these guidelines as you shop and, if you’re not getting the results you want, try a new one the next time:
- Note the first five ingredients. Look for common active ingredients, such as lanolin, glycerin, or petrolatum, Dr. Fusco says. Glycerin is less likely than lanolin to cause an allergic reaction, she says. She also recommends picking a moisturizer that’s made by a reputable company.
- Go for added sunscreen. Protecting your skin from harmful sun damage is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking young, so buy a moisturizer with a sun protection factor of at least 30. You’ll have to do some searching, but more companies are offering face and body moisturizers with sunscreen, Halem says.
- Make it skin-type appropriate. The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive, so it’s a good idea to use a different moisturizer on your face than you do on your body, Fusco says and recommends buying one that’s labelled “non-comedogenic” because it won’t clog your pores. Of course, choose one that’s right for your skin type. If you know you have sensitive skin, it’s always a good idea to look for a moisturizer labelled hypoallergenic. If you have oily skin, go with a light, oil-free moisturizer. If you have dry skin, get something richer. And if you have combination skin, go with a lighter moisturizer for your whole face and dot drier areas with a heavier cream, Fusco says. Keep in mind that you may need a lighter lotion in the summer, and a cream or ointment in the winter.
- Consider using a moisturizer with retinol before bed. Retinol is vitamin A for your skin, Halem says. It works by increasing the speed at which your skin cells turn over. You can find it over the counter or by prescription, but use it carefully as it may cause a skin irritation, red skin, or dry skin.
- Choose Non-Comedogenic and Gel-Cream Moisturisers
For those with an Dry or Slightly Dry Skin Type, your skincare routine should include an Non-Comedogenic and lightweight moisturiser to balance and deliver sufficient hydration to your dry skin.
The right moisturiser for dry skin with the correct application
Just because you apply more moisturiser does not mean that your skin becomes more moisturised.
Apply mositurisers correctly! We recommend applying a thin layer when your skin feels tight, especially if you are always in low humidity conditions such as in an air-conditioned office.
snowperk cream moisturisers, like its Gel-Cream counterparts, contain lower level of oils which will not make you feel heavy but still offer the required amount of hydration your skin needs.
Look for products that contains non-comedogenic ingredients. However, watch out for Isopropyl Myristate has higher comedogenic score which should be avoided for oily skin.
Humectant incorporated at proven efficacy level helps ensure that your skin can be sufficiently hydrated without being too heavy on your oily skin.
Minimally formulated, snowperk Revitalising Moisturiser Cream allows personalisation with different powerful actives for a more focused targeting to your specific skin concern.
Tested by consumers to be fast absorbing (93% agree), and lightweight with non-greasy feel (89% agree), the snowperk Revitalising Moisturiser Cream is perfect for those looking for a moisturiser that does not weigh down the skin and is quick to apply.
In just 14 days, snowperk Revitalising Moisturiser Cream garnered a overall satisfaction 83% of our consumers, agreeing that their skin has visibly improved to be more supple and hydrated.
Furthermore the 24 hour skin-strengthening moisturisation allows you to feel comfortable whether you work in air-conditioned environment or under the sun the entire day.
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