How to Choose the Right Moisturizer for Your Skin Type

The right moisturizer can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. But with so many different types of moisturizers available on the market, it can be difficult to know what will work best for you. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to choose the right type of moisturizer for your skin type.

Ointment, Creams, and Lotions – Oh My!

When it comes to choosing a moisturizer, you have three main options: ointment, cream, or lotion. If you have dry or itchy skin, opt for an ointment. These are typically thicker and create a barrier that locks in moisture. Creams are thinner than ointments and are great for normal skin as they help hydrate without being too heavy or greasy. Lastly, lotions are the lightest option (with water being their main ingredient) and are great for oily skin as they don’t clog pores as heavier creams and ointments do.

Day vs Night Moisturizing

If you want maximum hydration without overloading your skin with oils and creams all day long, try using a lighter moisturizer during the day (like a cream or lotion) and opting for something heavier at night (like an ointment). This will ensure that your skin is always getting just the right amount of moisture without becoming too weighed down by cosmetics and other products throughout the day.

Ingredients Matter When Choosing A Moisturizer

When selecting a moisturizer, look for those that are labeled “dermatologically tested” which indicates that it has been dermatologist approved; and “allergy tested” labels which guarantee no allergic reactions after application.  If you have oily or combination skin or have problems with breakouts, it is also helpful to find those that are labeled “non-comedogenic,” since that indicates that it doesn’t clog pores.  Avoid those moisturizers that have ingredients that can be harmful to skin such as parabens, sulfates (SLS/SLES), fragrances, preservatives etc.  These can cause irritation or breakouts particularly in those with sensitive skin.

Patch Testing for Sensitivity

If you have sensitive skin, one further step is helpful.  Complete a Patch Test, which consists of placing a small amount on your inner arm.  Since this is generally one of the most sensitive areas of your body, if you don’t have any adverse reactions there after a few hours you can feel safe to use the moisturizer elsewhere on your face and body.


Choosing a moisturizer doesn’t have to be complicated if you know what type of product works best with your skin type—be it dry/itchy/oily/sensitive etc.—and familiarize yourself with key ingredients that may cause irritation or breakouts if used regularly on your face or body. With these tips in mind plus some trial-and-error experimentation along the way, you’ll soon find yourself with glowing healthy-looking skin!

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