What Kind of Moisturiser Should I Use for My Skin Type?

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As the skincare industry continues to grow and flood every social media outlet possible, it is quite likely that you’ve begun to curate the perfect routine for yourself. Perhaps your Sephora basket is filled with the likes of Summer Fridays, Tatcha, or Josie Maran, but you may still find yourself wondering, “Is this the right moisturiser for me?” We are constantly bombarded with the classic, “Hey guys! I just wanted to hop on here and rave about my latest great find that’s sure to be my holy grail moisturiser by the end of the month!” But oftentimes, we are left a little apprehensive, as it’s tough to tell if our favorite influencer’s glowing skin has the same needs as our own.

To put your mind at ease, we have provided a simple breakdown for finding an effective, high-quality moisturiser with the best ingredients for you. To start, let’s take a look at the different skin types and how to determine which one you have.

Choose based on your skin type and goals.

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The golden rule of skincare is to cater your regimen to your specific skin type and your overall goals. Understand that skincare takes weeks and oftentimes even months to show any sort of change, let alone any drastic change. So allow ample time to see results before tossing your latest anti-wrinkle concoction. Your regimen should be tailored to your skin type. If you don’t know what your skin type is, then a simple way to find out is to take an oil blotting sheet at the end of the day and blot it all over your skin. If no oil shows up on the sheet, then you’re most likely a dry skin type. If a small amount shows up mostly in your T-zone, you’re normal. And if a lot of oil is transferred to the sheet, then you have oily skin. Many oily-skinned people often believe that since they’re oily, they don’t need to apply a moisturiser. This is incorrect! They are in need of moisture just like anyone else, just not as much.

Look for certain ingredients.

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Now that you’ve discovered your skin type, it’s important to understand what ingredients are used for what purpose in skincare. If you have dry skin, look for ingredients like shea butter and glycerin to enhance hydration. For normal skin hunt for ceramides and peptides, and for oily skin look for moisturisers that are gel formulas with hyaluronic acid to plump skin. If you’re acne-prone, niacinamide is a dermatologist’s saving grace, and if your skin is sensitive to even the most gentle of products look for an oatmeal-filled moisturiser.

Dermatologists recommend steering clear of products with fragrance if you have sensitive skin, and if wrinkles are your main concern, incorporating retinol is the best thing since sliced bread for you. A little easy trick to retinol is to ask your doctor to write you a prescription. Oftentimes, it’s much cheaper than a store-bought product, and depending on your insurance, it potentially may be free! When incorporating a new product into your routine, always begin by performing a patch test on your neck or inner wrist to see if you will have an adverse reaction to the product. With retinol and other exfoliating products, begin with only one night per week and work your way up depending on your skin’s reaction and tolerance. Last but certainly not least, always remember to apply sunscreen every single day, even if you’re only going to be sitting indoors. Harmful UVA and UVB rays beam through your windows, wreaking havoc on your beautiful skin. With this information at your fingertips, your skin will be glowing in no time.

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