There are thousands of products on the market branded as “moisturizing” or a “moisturizer”, and from what you hear, it’s something you think you need if you don’t want to have dry skin. But the question is, do you really need it and if you are using a product, are you using the right one? The key to all the answers in the universe (ok maybe not a universal answer just about what moisturizer to use) is determining what skin type you have.
If you surveyed a random sampling of folks and asked them what type of skin they think they have, you might hear more often than not that they believe they have sensitive skin. As a wise woman once said, “When in doubt, check it out.” Therefore, a good way to determine your type is by examining how your skin feels at the end of the day. Take notice if your t-zone (the area above your eyebrows, and down the line of your nose) is oily, dry or somewhat normal.
Oily: If your skin errs more on the oily side, then seek out lotions instead of creams which are less heavy and greasy. Look for ingredients that will exfoliate the skin which removes excess oil.
Dry: Creams are your best bet for dry skin, specifically during the cold winter months when the cold air affects you more. They typically contain more oil making them better at coating your skin and protecting it from the elements.
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Combination: This skin type can be the toughest to combat, but your best bet is a lotion without any sort of acidic ingredient such as salicylic acid which can dry the skin out more.
Normal: Even if you don’t suffer from either dry, oily or combination skin, it’s still best to use something to protect it from the elements like an ointment.
Climate plays a huge role in the condition of your skin, no matter which type you have. It’s always best to err on the side of caution especially in drier desert environments, and in the chillier winter months when there is less moisture in the air. As always, you should consult your dermatologist if you’re ever unsure or decide to take on any form of aggressive treatments.