Finding a moisturizer you like can be one of the hardest things! Everyone is so different in their preferences. If you try one because you like the way it feels, it may not even be focusing on the issues you want. Or if you find one specifically for your acne breakouts, you may hate the way it feels on your skin. So what IS the best way to find a moisturizer that you’re going to like?
Decide What’s Important
The first thing you should consider before buying a moisturizer is deciding what is most important to you. Do you want one that makes your skin feel soft? Do you need one for your clogged pores and not care at all how it feels as long as it works? Decide what your top focus is and start there. Obviously if you hate the way thick creams feel on your skin, avoid looking at the thick creams even if it says it’s for your skin type.
There will be something out there for everyone, and you will find products that fit your needs. You just have to do a little research. So that means not just grabbing one and saying, “I’ll try this one” but instead reading several different bottles, from several different brands. If you’re not sure, you can always ask someone for help. I know that the ladies working at Sephora know their products and will take the time to find what’s right for you.
If You’re Going By Skin Type
If focusing on skin issues is top priority, then look for skin care lines that have a line specifically aimed at you.
Moisturizers for dry skin typically are richer and thicker creams.
Moisturizers for oily skin typically are light and more watery.
Moisturizers for aging skin lean more towards the dry skin category, but will use specific ingredients to help fight the aging process. Things like vitamin C, vitamin E, retinols, and alpha-hydroxy acids.
Moisturizers for acne prone skin lean more towards the oily skin category, but will use specific ingredients to help kill trapped bacteria and sooth redness. Things like alpha-hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and tea tree oil.
If You’re Going By Feeling
If you have pretty normal skin and just want to find one that feels good, then look at verbiage on the bottle. It will usually have a description on the bottle somewhere telling you about the product. Look for key words like cream, lotion, rich, sensitive skin, etc. to help you decide which one sounds like your preference. A lot of places will have testers out, so get a small amount out and try it on the back of your hand. That will give you a good idea if it’s one you’d like or not like.
Finding the right brand for you can also be an important factor. Every brand is different, so don’t just stick to ones you have used before. Skin care is always evolving so don’t be afraid to try something new. Who knows, you may just find a new favorite!