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Select The Right Moisturizer For Your Skin

Posted On: - 2008-09-08 05:23:58


Moisturizers play a vital role proper skin care management. Moisturizers help maintain the hydration levels, prevent dryness, and  keep the skin soft and supple.

A regular skin care management routine is comprised of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Cleansing opens the skin pores and removes all the dirt and debris from within. The Obagi C Cleansing Gel removes oil residues and impurities from the pores leaving the skin soft and supple.  Toners remove residual debris and close down the empty pores. The all new Obagi Nu-Derm toner tones the skin and maintains the pH balance. Following cleansing and toning, the skin is moisturized to hydrate the epidermis and create a healthy glow.

Selecting the Right Moisturizer

Some moisturizers have anti aging properties while some have acne care formulations. There are even certain moisturizers that contain SPF and protect against the sun's rays. Therefore not only is it important to select a good moisturizer that complements your skin type, but it is also necessary to know how to apply it correctly.

The choice of moisturizer actually depends on your skin type, whether it is normal, oily, dry, combination or sensitive. Here are some ways to help you diagnose your skin type.

Normal skin
People blessed with normal skin have it easy. Just about any moisturizer will suit them whether it is oil or water based. However, do make sure to apply it in correct quantities depending on your skin condition and environmental factors.

Oily skin
Oily skin is characterized by its susceptibility to develop pimples and maintains a constant shine. The skin usually has large, visible pores that secrete large quantities of oil becoming a breeding spot for pimples, blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads.

People with oily skin need light moisturizers in limited quantities. Because the skin is always producing oil, this skin type hardly ever requires external moisturizing agents. When the skin does get dry, look for ingredients like salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide that will help control blemishes.

Dry skin
Dry skin generally looks tight and dull. Due to low moisture levels, skin tends to flake and becomes prone to developing cracks, wrinkles and fine lines. Thus ample quantities of moisturizers can be applied to replenish moisture levels.People with dry skin types can do well using a cream based facial moisturizer that are comprised of ultra hydrating agents like avocado oil, lanolin, and cocoa butter.

Combination skin
When the skin exhibits the tendencies of both dry and oily skin types it qualifies as combination skin. The T zone of the face generally is oily while the cheek areas remain dry. In such cases, the best solution is to use a light skin-balancing moisturizing lotion.

Sensitive skin
People with sensitive skin tend to be very reactive to skin care and other products that come in contact with the skin. Using any new skin care product requires caution. Here, it is best to use an oil free moisturizer that boasts of ingredients like chamomile, aloe vera, or vitamin E. It is  best to spot test the new product and monitor for reactions before applying to the entire face.

Determining the right moisturizer for your skin type will ensure more efficient results.

By Skin Care Heaven Make-up Consultant & Personal Care Editor