The 411 on Moisturizing Your Face

There’s a lot of information out there on whether or not you need to moisturize your face. As an aesthetician, I’ve got the inside track on what’s necessary and what’s not when it comes to skin care so here are some tips on moisturizing your skin, keeping it healthy and glowing!

First, it’s essential to know your skin type before testing out moisturizers. Just like a snowflake, everyone’s skin is different and the best way to gage how much moisture your skin needs is to find out just how it ticks. Easiest way to do this is to examine your skin’s T-zone (the part of your skin that makes up the forehead, nose, chin, and of course the area that circles the mouth) at the end of the day. Is it oily, dry, normal, or a combination of both?

Once you’ve done this, you can start choosing a moisturizer that will work well with your skin type. Here are some suggestions based on skin types:

1. Normal – If this if your skin type, you’re one of the lucky ones. You can use either creams or lotions without much trouble. Just make sure you find a moisturizer that has plenty of SPF to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

2. Dry – This skin type can be problematic and many of those with this skin type have somewhat allergic skin. Conventional moisturizers won’t work for dry skin since the top layer is so fragile. Avoid those moisturizers and cleansers that contain a mountain of chemicals and oil-based moisturizers to help with the dryness.

3. Oily – You won’t want an oil-based moisturizer for oily skin, since this will just make your face that much more lubricious. Look for lotions instead and exfoliate the skin every few days to help with the extra influx of oil.

4. Combination – Perhaps one of the toughest skin types to work with, combination skin occurs when you suffer from both oily and dry patches within your T-zone. Your best bet with this skin type is to avoid those moisturizers with chemicals. Try two types of moisturizers, one for night and one for day. Your night-time moisturizer needs to help balance the hydration, and vitamin B5 moisturizers that have water-binding properties can help hydrate cells, keeping them healthy. For day, look for a balancing moisturizer that’s packed with antioxidants.

When testing out new products, both cleansers and moisturizers, it’s essential to proceed with caution. If you have sensitive skin or have a history of skin irritation, test out products before putting them on your face. To do this place a small amount on the under-side of your forearm and cover it with a band-aide for a few minutes. Take the band-aide off and see if your skin has bubbled up or turned red. If it has, this is definitely not the product for you.

So there’s the 411 on moisturizing your face! Hopefully, this will give you a basic idea of what to look for and what to avoid depending on your skin type!

To your healthy skin!

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