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Comfortable in Your Own Skin: How to Choose a Good Skin Moisturizer

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When it comes to choosing a face moisturizer the sheer volume of products on the market can be a bit overwhelming. Which of the many brands do you choose, and how do you make sure it’s the best one for your skin? You’re going to use it every day, so it’s important that you find one that you love. Here are some tips on how to choose a good skin moisturizer.

Consider your Skin Type

Think about your skin type so that you can narrow down to the face moisturizers that are right for you. Many of them are designed specifically for dry skin, and these contain special ingredients that help the skin to stay hydrated. If you’re at the other end of the spectrum and suffer from oily skin then look for moisturizers that are designed to combat this issue. Using a moisturizer that doesn’t match your skin type can make your current problem worse, so it’s definitely worth considering.

Check Reviews and Ratings

Once you’ve whittled down your search and identified the right kind of moisturizer for your skin type, it’s a good idea to see what other people have to say about them. Read impartial online reviews written by people with the same skin type. Moisturizers with positive user reviews and ratings tend to be a safe bet. You can also assess things like value for money. If a cheaper moisturizer seems to perform just as well as a really expensive one then you could save yourself some money without compromising on quality.

Will it protect your skin?

If you want to keep your skin healthy by moisturizing then the chances are you’ll also want to protect it from damage that can lead to signs of ageing. The sun is one of the biggest culprits — and perhaps it always will be — when it comes to premature skin ageing, so choosing a moisturizer that has added sun protection will offer daily defence against harmful rays. Look for SFP on the packaging and go for something over 30 for the best protection.

Is it the best for your age group?

For more mature ladies it can be best to go for a moisturizer that is designed to fight relevant signs of ageing. Different ingredients target different signs. If you have issues with lines and wrinkles then find a moisturizer that targets these problems. Likewise, there are moisturizers specifically formulated to combat discolouration and dark spots.

Oh, and just more thing, to keep your skin looking fresh and preserving its elasticity, remember to drink plenty of water. This will flush out the toxins in your body and also helps to prevent acne from rearing its ugly, unwanted head. Drinking water can keep dark circles forming under your eyes (as can not having too many late nights, of course) too.

In the end you may find that you try out several moisturizers before discovering your favourite, but by following these tips you can narrow down the search and ensure that you’re on the right track to better-looking skin. Go, you!