No matter how much you spend on moisturizers, it's a waste of money to buy the wrong product for your skin type. Skin changes with age, so purchasing the proper moisturizer for your skin type is the first step to getting a good deal. This list can help you find the product that's right for you:
- Normal skin that's neither too dry nor oily needs a light, non-greasy water-based moisturizer. Look for products that contain cetyl alcohol or ingredients that are derived from silicone.
- Dry skin should be treated with oil-based moisturizers that tend to be thicker, thus keeping the skin moist. Look for products containing urea or propylene glycol.
- Oily skin also needs moisturizing. However, because it's prone to break out with acne, it's important to choose a light, water-based product to protect the skin. To ensure that pores don't become clogged, make sure to buy products labeled "noncomedogenic."
- Sensitive skin, which is prone to irritations and rashes, requires a moisturizer that is free of allergens like fragrances, dyes and certain preservatives.
- Mature skin is a fact of life. As oil-producing glands become less active with age, the skin becomes drier. Oil-based moisturizers with a petrolatum base and a lactic or alpha hydroxyl acid help maintain moisture and keep skin soft [source: Mayo Clinic].
After finding the moisturizer that suits your skin type, proper use will make it more effective and thus a better buy. Follow these tips to get the most out of your moisturizing routine:
- After bathing, pat your skin with a towel until it's barely dry and immediately apply moisturizer. This helps keep the water in the surface cells.
- Apply moisturizer to hands and body throughout the day, especially before exercising outdoors and after washing hands.
- Use heavy oil-based creams on legs, hands and feet and lighter products on your face.
We know that high-priced products are not necessarily more effective, and simple ingredients may not always be practical. Vaseline, for example, is 100 percent petrolatum, making it an effective moisturizer, but a poor choice for facial use. Let's take a look at some inexpensive options for moisturizing your face.