Dos and don’ts of skin moisturization

Skin moisturization

One needs to be aware of multiple things when looking for products for skin moisturization. From lifestyle, diet, weather, medication, dermatological conditions, and skincare regime, to hormones, multiple nuances come together to determine the best-pick moisturizer that suits your skin. The product that you choose for your skin is, obviously, tailor-made for the same. Products are chosen as per individual preferences and also play a vital role in choosing the correct moisturizer.

Skin moisturization

How to choose a moisturizer

The most significant consideration for choosing the correct moisturizer is nothing but your skin type. Noncomedogenic, lightweight, and gel-based moisturizers work best on oily skin. They help hydrate the skin without making it too oily. On the other hand, lotions or cream formulations work best on normal skin. As for dry skin, one may try choosing thick creams or ointment oil-based formulations. Moreover, lotions and creams also work well for sensitive skin as gels feel inherently drying. Aloe and chamomile are some other soothing ingredients that may help here.

Ingredients to look for in a moisturizer

It is significant for you to get a sneak peek at the list of ingredients displayed on moisturizers. You must try avoiding occlusives like lanolin or petroleum jelly if you have oily skin. However, these ingredients do well on dry skin. Now, if you have oily skin, you can opt for ingredients like kaolin and hyaluronic acid. Apart from that, research has also shown that niacinamide acts as an amazing sebum-controlling ingredient.

If you have sensitive skin, you can go for products with zero artificial dyes and fewer fragrances. Moreover, if you are someone with mature skin, try looking for additives in your moisturizer that may be antiaging or protective towards your skin. Moisturizers with SPF and antioxidants must be used during the day and the ones with the antiaging ingredients must be used during the night.

Application process

Skin moisturization

Dry and cold weather, dry skin, sensitive skin, low humidity, and the use of harsh cleansers may leave your skin parched. That is why you may need to re-apply your moisturizer twice or thrice a day. You can increase or decrease your ‘dose’ depending on how your skin feels after applying the same. You can try using a light moisturizer during the day and a heavier one during the night. Another useful tip here is to apply the moisturizer five minutes after cleansing your face or having a bath. It helps prevent epidermal water loss from your skin.