Just as you'd consider your skin type when searching for the right body wash, you should consider your particular skin needs when buying a moisturizer. If you have normal skin, the world of moisturizers is wide open to you. If you don't have normal skin, and many of us don't, you'll need to be a little pickier.
First, let's clear up a common misconception. If you have skin that's oily or acne-prone, you still need a moisturizer. Look for products that are water-based and noncomedogenic -- that means they won't add oils to your skin-care routine, and they won't clog your pores.
Dry skin sufferers need a product that's thicker -- look for moisturizers that are oil-based or contain hydrating ingredients such as glycerin or petrolatum. If your skin is sensitive, choose a moisturizer that's gentle, without chemicals that promise to reduce wrinkles, for example. You should also look for a fragrance-free moisturizer because fragrance is a common cause of skin irritation and allergic reactions.
Use a moisturizer after showering and hand washing, preferably while skin is still damp. As an added benefit, try a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen.
Want to learn more about great hygiene products? Check out the links below.
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- American Academy of Dermatology. "Dry Skin & Keratosis Pilaris." 2009. (Feb. 20, 2011) http://www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/skin_dry.html
- American Academy of Periodontology. "Study Drives Home the Importance of Tooth Brushing and Dental Flossing." Aug. 1, 2006. (Feb. 20, 2011) http://www.drgums.com/blog/study-importance-tooth-brushing-dental-flossing/
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Hot Stuff: Facts and tidbits about sweat." (Feb. 20, 2011) http://www.roanoke.com/entertainment/pdf/extra_0710_sweat.pdf
- Freeman, David. "Flossing Teeth for Dummies: No More Excuses!" WebMD. 2010. (Feb. 20, 2011) http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/flossing-floss-sticks
- Grossman, Anna Jane. "Cast Aside Underarm Protection, if You Dare." The New York Times. Nov. 8, 2007.
- Hoffman, Laura et al. "Benefits of an emollient body wash for patients with chronic winter dry skin." Dermatologic Therapy. Oct. 6, 2008. (Feb. 20, 2011) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1529-8019.2008.00225.x/full
- Kramer, S.M. "Fact or Fiction?: Antiperspirants Do More Than Block Sweat."Scientific American. Aug. 9, 2007. (Feb. 20, 2011) http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fact-or-fiction-antiperspants-do-more-than-block-sweat
- Mayo Clinic. "Moisturizers: Options for softer skin." Dec. 16, 2010. (Feb. 20, 2011) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/moisturizers/SN00042
- Packaged Facts. "Men's Grooming Products: A Global Analysis." Nov. 1, 2009. (Feb. 20, 2011) http://www.packagedfacts.com/Men-Personal-Care-2293646/
- University of Maryland Medical Center. "Oral Health: Flossing." May 22, 2009. (Feb. 20, 2011)http://www.umm.edu/oralhealth/flossing.htm
- UPI. "Dental floss may lower heart disease risk." Dec. 17, 2008. (Feb. 20, 2011)http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2008/12/17/Dental-floss-may-lower-heart-disease-risk/UPI-81571229574870/
- WebMD. "Periodontal Disease and Heart Health." (Feb. 20, 2011)http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/periodontal-disease-heart-health
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