Face moisturizer tips

As a general rule, we should never, ever let our skin get too dry. When we get flaky, patchy skin it can lead to dark spots that take forever to go away So ladies, keep your facial skin hydrated and happy using the best moisturizer. Of course, if your cleanser leaves your skin feeling moist and supple, or if you have very oily skin, you can pretty much call it a day after you cleanse. If not, listen up!

First Things First

The skin on your face is delicate - it is not like the skin on your body. So, the way you apply body lotion does not fly when we are talking about moisturizer. I would not go so far as to call it an art, but there is a certain level of technique involved.

1 . Apply moisturizer when your face is still damp from cleansing. This will prevent the water from evaporating.

2. Dab it on with the pads of your fingers.

3. Gently massage in the moisturizer with upward strokes . Do not rub, tug, or pull!

Find the Right Moisturizer for your skin type

Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Unless you are using acne medication that leaves you flaky, you probably do not need moisturizer. In the acne-meds case, use a gel or serum formula only on the dry areas. Or, use a moisturizer containing salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide, all over.

Moisturizer for Dry Skin
If your skin is dry or flaky, go for a rich cream based formula - avoid gels, lotions, serums. Look for ultra-hydrating ingredients like shea or coca butter, avocado oil and lanolin. Keep in mind that even dry skin can break out, so if you are acne-prone, try an oil-free moisturizer.

Moisturizer for Combination Skin
To avoid aggravating both your dry and oily areas, stick to a light skin-balancing lotion or hydrating toner.

Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
Stick to light, oil and fragrance free formulas contaning skin-soothing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile or vitamin E to calm down an irritated or reactionary complexion.

Moisturizer for Hyper pigmented Skin
Yes, even women of color need SPF. First of all, we do get cancer - not as often as fair-skinned women, but it happens. On an aesthetic level, sun overexposure can give you dark spots, freckles and patches. Prevent this by always wearing an SPF-infused moisturizer. To treat existing spots at bedtime apply a fade cream containing hydroquinone, retinol or glycolic acid over the dark area. If the marks do not fade with over-the counter treatments, consult a dermatologist.

Moisturizer for Normal Skin
Try a lightweight tinted moisturizer. Think of it as the skin-care equivalent of Ashanti: light, complicated, pretty.

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