The right moisturizer is the MVP in your skincare routine. A morning moisturizer can protect your skin from free radicals and the UV by forming a breathable seal over your skin. An evening cream on the other hand, focuses on repair. Here are some tips to help you choose the appropriate cream for your skin type so you won’t feel overwhelmed.
Know your skin type
Skin type is the most critical factor in determining what kind of facial cream works best for you. There are no necessarily bad products, but sometimes people of different skin types will use products that are not suitable for their skin types. It is a danger for people with sensitive skin to use irritating ingredients like retinoic acid in their skincare care products. To others who have oily skin out there, you are actually the lucky ones here: oily skin can handle a wide range of ingredients but may sometimes trigger irritation or breakout as compared to other skin types.
How do you know what your skin type is? A suitable method is to clean your face with a facial cleanser, pat your face dry, and then examine how your skin feels. If it feels fine, you most likely have combination/oil skin. If it feels tight and uncomfortable, you probably have dry skin. However, if you are not still sure what type of skin you have, it’s necessary for you to visit a dermatologist to confirm. Once you understand your skin type, you can start choosing your facial cream and your other skincare products, like cleanser, toner, and sun protection.
There are various ingredients suitable for each skin type:
For oily skin: you may skip the face cream in your skincare routine out of fear. However, it is a light moisturizer that can hydrate by keeping water in your skin. Note that looking for products containing alpha-hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients can effectively control excessive sebum secretion, and hyaluronic acid will only produce hydration where it is needed.
For dry skin: Look for facial cream containing ingredients like super-hydration glycerin, collagen-boosting peptides, and skin-strengthening vitamin B3.
For sensitive skin: it can be a struggle to find a face cream for sensitive and easily irritated skin. But that doesn’t mean you should avoid all face creams. Instead, make sure you’re using a hydrating moisturizer with no added fragrances, which is essential to keeping your skin calm. Look for products containing natural and mild ingredients like aloe vera, oatmeal, and shea butter. There are good moisturizers that protect your outer skin layer from losing hydration.
If you are to choose a face cream based on friends’ recommendations, you should pay more attention to what type of skin they were dealing with instead of how good their skin looks now.
Choose ingredients that actually work on your skin
Every face cream formula will contain a variety of ingredients, many of which promote the appearance of beautiful-looking skin. Examples include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), retinol, and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3).
· Glycerin is the backbone of moisturizing products.
· Hyaluronic acid is critical moisturizing agents naturally found in skin, but our bodies produce less of it as we get older. Cream with it can help retain moisture and promote the appearance of young-looking skin.
· L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is an antioxidant that works to reverse damage from UV radiation and stimulate collagen production.
· Tocopherol (Vitamin E) promotes healthy, younger-looking skin and works best when it is combined with Vitamin C as a skincare power duo.
· Retinol is a key ingredient to seek out in your nighttime routine. It works to turn over skin cells and stimulates collagen.
· Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) adds moisture and leaves skin feeling smooth and nourished,
At the same time, you should also need to check for any potential damaging ingredients in the products, like fragrance, sulfates and parabens.
· Fragrance could add a distinct scent to the formulation. However, adding fragrances have a high prevalence of causing skin allergies and irritation.
· Sulfates are cleansing agents often found in body washes and shampoo. They strip hair and skin of its natural oil and can, cause irritation.
· Parabens work as a chemical preservative to prevent bacterial growth. They can have a harmful effect over time by throwing of hormonal balance.
Don’t pay too much
An effective product really doesn’t cost very much. The high price you pay for the product may have been used for its marketing, packaging, and its brand, but not its ingredients. There are many costly poor-quality products, but unfortunately, there are also many cheaper inferior products around. Thus, there are both cheap and expensive products that have excellent qualities around. You can safely assume that creams that cost less than 10 euros will not contain a sufficiently high concentration of active substances.