Get the Right Moisturiser for Your Skin Type
Updated: Aug 6, 2018
If there is one thing that people are clueless about when they first start getting into skincare it’s what type of moisturiser they should use on their skin. After all, it’s just moisturiser. They only have one function. So it really shouldn’t make a difference which one you grab off the shelf, right?
Just like how there are different skin types, there are different types of moisturisers to cater to your specific skin type needs. Pick the wrong one, and your face may end up dreadfully dry or home to an oil slick. Neither of which are desirable options.
How does one determine what’s right for them, though? Take a look at the nifty info we’ve compiled for you below, and thank your lucky stars that Nuffnang is here to save the day.
Characteristics: Large pores, skin so oily that you could fry an egg on it and the risk of a pimple or two (or God forbid, cystic acne) popping up ever present… the woes that oily skinned folk are plagued with seem endless. The only good thing about it is that oily skin tends to age well, thanks to all of that excess sebum helping keep wrinkles at bay. Till then, though, can it please behave?
What to use: Your best bet with this foe is an oil-free moisturiser. This will make sure that your skin remains hydrated without turning it into an oil slick or depriving it of proper moisture- which will ironically only cause it to produce even more sebum.
Characteristics: On the other side of the spectrum, those born with dry skin have to deal with red, flaky and itchy skin, as well as a general, tight-feeling discomfort. As if those weren’t enough, they are also prone to wrinkles, fine lines and sensitivity. Lovely, we’re sure! Which is why it is all the more important for dry skinned folk to ensure their complexion is properly hydrated.
What to use: Moisturising creams is the way to go with this skin type. These tend to have a higher level of oil, water and wax, all of which will help replenish your skin’s moisture level and retain it.
Characteristics: Just like the name implies, those with this skin type have to deal with different skin types; combination skin is typically characterised by an oily T-zone and dry cheeks. It isn’t the worst skin type to be bestowed with, but it definitely does in some ways require more work in terms of upkeep.
What to use: It isn’t the most ideal solution, but what you can do for this skin type is to use an oil-free moisturiser on your T-zone and a moisturising cream on your cheeks. It’s costlier, but at the very least you’ll be using less of both on your face. This means they should last awhile.
Characteristics: If you have normal skin, then lucky you! This skin type has an even skin tone, and experiences no flakiness or oiliness. It’s essentially what other skin types strive to be.
What to use: A gel moisturiser should be The One for you. These tend to contain high water content as well as some oil; both ingredients will help replenish your skin while maintaining hydration.
It might seem like a bother to look for the right moisturiser and heck, even tempting to skip right to your sunscreen, but it is exactly what you need to combat premature ageing. So don’t dismiss this important player in your daily skincare; your skin will thank you for it.
Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini