Now that fall has arrived, it’s time to start preparing your cold weather skincare regime. Your number one priority should be, if it isn’t already, moisturizing your skin thoroughly. Soon enough, we will be going back and forth between the cold outdoors and heated rooms, and this will drain our skin of much needed moisture.
These days, it can be difficult and overwhelming to find the right moisturizer, simply because there are so many different products on the market. They each have their own gimmick on what they’re supposed to do for the skin, so it’s important to identify what your specific moisturizing needs are before you head to the store. Hopefully this guide will help you with your search!
Here’s my guide to moisturizing:
Moisturizers specifically create a barrier between the environment and the skin, adding an extra layer of protection from the elements. It holds moisture in the skin, making it soft and supple. The differentiating factor in moisturizers is the water to oil ratio. Even products claiming to be oil-free can still contain small amounts. Sometimes the ratio can be found on the product label.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15, Clinique Moisture Surge, Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturizing Face Lotion, Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, Dr. Hauschka Moisturizing Day Cream
There are two types of facial moisturizers:
Oil-in-water emulsion – These moisturizers often contain humectants, a substance that is used to maintain moisture content. Oil-in-water emulsions will attract water to your skin.
Water-in-oil emulsion – These moisturizers form a barrier that traps water on the skin’s surface. A common ingredient is sodium hyaluronate, which will lock moisture into the skin and prevent it from going anywhere.
Your skin type is crucial to keep in mind when choosing a moisturizer:
Normal – Look for water-based moisturizers with lightweight oils like acetyl alcohol or silicone-derived ingredients.
Dry – An oil-based moisturizer with a heavier consistency is best here to prevent water evaporation. Look for products that contain propylene glycol, urea, or even petroleum to keep the skin moist.
Oily – Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t moisturize. Oil-free, water-based moisturizers work best, and make sure that the product is labeled “noncomedogenic,” which means it won’t clog your pores.
Sensitive – Avoid moisturizers with fragrances and dyes. Look for products that contain soothing ingredients like aloe or chamomile.
Mature – Look for products that will add an extra surge of moisture. Think oils, creams, and balms. Ingredients to consider are petroleum, lactic acid, and alpha hydroxy acids.
Make sure you are properly applying your moisturizer as well! Squeeze a nickel-sized dollop onto your hand, and warm the product between your palms. Then use firm, upward strokes and gently press the moisturizer into your skin until it’s been completely absorbed.
But remember, the best way to keep your skin hydrated is to drink plenty of water each and everyday. If your lips are chapped, it’s the number one sign that you need to hydrate more. Using lotions and balms won’t be enough to solve your hydration problems if you’re not taking care of your body from the inside out.
What are your favorite moisturizers for the cold weather? Share them in the comments section!
Photo Credit: The BeautyNook, Allure
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