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How to Choose a Face Moisturizer
with Sunscreen (SPF) By Your Skin Type

When looking for the right kind of moisturizer for your skin you should consider many things before just going and buying any product off the shelves. These things should be skin type, time of year, as well as cost of the product you are looking at.

First, Decided What Your Skin Type Is

  • Oily skin is described as shiny with a dull color to it. Chronically oily skin has large pores and often has blackheads or pimples that can be either large or small. There are many causes to this type of skin a few of which are hormone levels, heredity, diet, and the weather. Natural oils such as Olive oil are actually good for oily skin types, they help break down the body’s oil and replace it with good oil.

  • Dry skin can be described by a dull flat tight look. This skin type often suffers from a tight itchy feeling and the skin can flake or chap and crack easily. This skin type can be caused by a lot of the same things as oily skin such as heredity, diet, and hormones.

  • Combination skin is skin that has both oily patches as well as dry patches and is a very typical skin type for the face. Often the T zone is where the oily patches are; the T zone is the forehead, nose, and chin. Often this area is affected by acne or can be more greasy feeling then the rest of your skin. The dry patches are often the cheeks where they can become so dry some people may experience flaking or chapping.

  • Sensitive skin is skin that is thin or fine in texture. If you have sensitive skin you probably have allergic reactions to many products including detergents, cosmetics and alcohol that is used in many skin care products. Sensitive skin burns easily as well as can get windburned more easily.

Top 5 Things to Look for In a Moisturizer Cream

  • Get one with SPF: Dermatologists recommend that you always use a moisturizer that contains a sun screen. SPF is important to give you the sun protection you need. During the summer months you can even find moisturizers that contain tint for a nice tanned look.

  • Match it with Your Skin Type: Choose a moisturizer that is designed for your specific skin type. Not all moisturizers are created equal, some people need more hydration added to their skin than others. And, too much of a good thing can lead to oily skin in others. Not enough hydration will leave skin dry and flaky, and vulnerable to breakouts and burning.

  • Look for Antioxidant Ingredients: Look for moisturizers than contain antioxidant ingredients. These ingredients will help to minimize the development and visibility of fine lines and wrinkles by breaking down the free radicals that cause skin damage. Green tea, chamomile and pomegranate are commonly found in these products.

  • Be Careful with Added Fragrances: Fragrance free and hypoallergenic moisturizers are best for sensitive skin. Adding a fragrance to a moisturizer or cream does not make it work better, it is only added to give it a pleasant scent.

  • Look for Alpha Hydroxy Ingredients: Moisturizers that have alpha hydroxy acid as an ingredient will help to remove dead skin cells and encourage new skin growth while they moisturize your skin.
Choosing a product that is right for your skin will allow you to save money as well as find the right product for your skin type. If you have specific questions about your skin or a particular skin condition, it may be helpful to consult a dermatologist for advice.

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