Everyone loves to have a beautiful and glowing skin. Skin moisturizer helps keep skin hydrated and prevent dryness. It acts as a barrier between the pores and the air molecules. This prevents water from leaving and maintaining the natural moisture of the skin. Moisturizer helps in treating the dryness, protection, masking imperfections, improving skin texture as well as skin tone.
The use of moisturizer differs from texture to texture as well as according to the age of the particular individual.
Here are some guidelines to use moisturizer according to your skin type:
- For Normal Type
It means people who have neither oily nor dry skin. Maintenance of this type of balance is required; a person with a normal texture should use a water-based moisturizer which has non-greasy or light amount of moistening contents. In this type of moisturizers, lightweight oils or silicon present is Cyclomethicone.
- For Oily Type
This type is prone to acne and breakouts. Although skin is oily but it still needs moisturizer of lightweight moistening especially after using the acne prevention products as most of time these products prevent oils but also make the skin dry. Noncomedogenic labeled products or water based products should be used.
- For Dry Type
Dry skin needs moisture; this texture needs heavy oil based moisturizers which help in the hydration of epidermis. Petroleum-based products are advised for cracked and dry skin. It is more powerful for preventing water in pores.
- For Sensitive Type
Sensitive skin is allergic to irritations, rashes, redness and itching. The people with this type should use moisturizer which is soothing and contains ingredients such as aloe or chamomile. Make sure the moisturizer you are using should not contain any dye or fragrances. People with this skin type should avoid the product containing acids which can irritate the skin.
- For Mature Type
Due to growing age oil producing glands become inactive and the skin tends to become dry. The moisturizer containing petrolatum as the base should be used as it helps in softening of skin and also helps maintain water in the pores. The skincare products containing alpha hydroxy acids and antioxidants should be used to overcome the wrinkles and sagging of skin. These key ingredients will help in holding moisture and will also prevent flaky and scaly skin.
Here are some tips on how to apply moisturizer more effectively:
- Moisturizer should be applied immediately after bathing, it helps water to trap in the surface cells.
- Moisturize hands and body amply;
- Apply moisturizer after washing of hands and before exercising outside.
Benefits of using moisturizer in winters
In winters skin becomes dry, itchy, dehydrated and irritated. To make it hydrated and glowing again, one needs to use moisture along with the nutritional virtues of heavy oils. Apply winter moisturizer at night on face, hands and legs. The skin will absorb the moistening cream better at night and in the morning you will feel fresh and rejuvenated after you get up.
Application of moisturizer must be proper. Natural moisturizers should be preferred to the expensive brands. If you are noticing any type of skin problems after using moisturizer, then consult your dermatologist. He will guide you in moisturizing your skin according to the skin tone.-By Shaambhavi Pathak