Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin

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Overview

It may seem simple enough to buy a moisturizer, but when you walk among the shelves you can find yourself in difficulty.

There are moisturizers for face, body lotions or ointments for dry, sensitive, bright or dark skin.

To these can add anti-aging ingredients and sunscreens and may increase confusion.


Contents

1. Overview
2. Tips
3. What to avoid when choosing a moisturizer


Tips

Follow the guidelines below to choose the right type of moisturizer for your skin

- Sun protection – No matter what kind of skin you have, every dermatologist recommended moisturizer that contain SPF of at least 15. For your face, you should buy a product that does not contain oils and perfumes and have an SPF 30.

- Antioxidants – Moisturizers with antioxidants such as green tea, chamomile, pomegranate, licorice root extract, helps keep fresh and healthy every skin type.

- Oily skin and acne prone, you might want to use alpha hydroxy acids, which have also an anti-aging effect. It is important to choose a non-comedogenic moisturizer that will not clog pores.

- Dry skin – In this case it would be suitable a highly moisturizing cream which contains hyaluronic acid and dimethicone to help moisturize the skin for a long time. Glycerin, propylene glycol, protein and urea have an essential role in maintaining skin moisture, while lanolin, mineral oil and grease acts as moisture barrier.

- Sensitive skin – Use a hypoallergenic moisturizer without perfume. In general, is indicated use one that contains more than 10 ingredients.

- Itchy skin – If using a hypoallergenic moisturizer fail to relieve itching, you can replace it with a 1% hydrocortisone cream skin, but not longer than a week.

- Skin rash – In this case, you should apply a thick moisturizer that contains grease or vaseline. Any of these will reduce the chances of cracking of the skin and maintain suppleness and elasticity.


What to avoid when you choose a moisturizer

In composite of moisturizers there might be some substances or ingredients that you should avoid:

- Dyes and fragrances – Whether you want to moisturize dry or sensitive skin, most experts recommend avoidance of unnecessary and potentially irritating ingredients such as dyes and perfumes. Antibacterial agents can deprive skin of its essential oils.

- To prevent facial acne – Experts suggest avoiding facial hydration that uses lanolin, mineral oil, wax and shea butter.

- For dry or sensitive skin – Avoid alpha hydroxy acids, glycol acids, retinoids and salicylic acid. Avoid products containing alcohol.

- For itchy skin – You should limit the use of steroid creams or ointment at one or two weeks. Excessive use of steroid creams can make skin very thin and, due to this other skin problems will occur.

- Eczema and cracking skin – Avoid creams that contain urea or lactic acid. Although these ingredients are recommended for very dry skin, these may aggravate skin irritation.

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