Choosing the Right Moisturizer

By now you know that moisturizing is important—even if you’ve got oily or acne prone skin. You know how and when to moisturize. You even know the right way to wash your face before applying that much needed moisture.

But do you know what to look for when buying a moisturizer?

No two faces are exactly the same, so you’ll probably have to do a little research (trial and error style, unfortunately) until you find the right moisturizer for you.

However, in the interest in helping you narrow down your choices, I thought I’d give you a crash course on some of the key words you might want to keep an eye out for when hitting the drugstore for your moisture fix.

Be on the lookout for:

1)OIL FREE: Obviously, you don’t want a moisturizer that adds oil to an already oily complexion. Instead, look for a water based moisturizer—they’re more effective on acne prone skin. Make sure GLYCERIN is the featured ingredient (as opposed to mineral oil). The glycerin retains moisture and keeps skin hydration balance in order, without greasing up your skin.

2)NON-COMEDOGENIC: “Non-comedogenic” literally means that it won’t clog pores. These kinds of moisturizers help prevent breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads by preventing the pore clogs and blockages that bring them on in the first place.

3)ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Certain ingredients, when present in your moisturizer, can help treat or prevent future and present breakouts. Among some of the most popular are salicylic acid (for clearing up dead skin cells), alpha hydroxy acids (commonly referred to as AHA), retinol, and benzoyl peroxide (which kills bacteria and helps fight off acne).

Natural ingredients that can be found in moisturizers that claim to be acne friendly include jojoba oil, tea tree oil, and aloe vera gel.

4)SPF: Protection from the sun’s harmful rays is an essential part of any skin care routine. Fight off sunburn, skin cancer, and premature wrinkles by choosing a moisturizer that contains sunscreen—especially if you’re using acne medication (such as retinol) that can make you photosensitive.

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