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The AG Guide: Finding the right moisturizer

by AG SKIN SG on 20 November 2016

Feeling lost when you want to buy skin moisturizer for your dry skin? There are dozens to choose from at the stores and hundreds more at high-end cosmetics and department stores ranging from creams, lotions, ointments, some with sunscreen, others with an exfoliant. All the options can make your head really spin and confused.

While choosing the right skin moisturizer may seem confusing, it’s actually very simple if you follow a few guidelines.

  1. How does a Skin Moisturizer Works

Cleansers and moisturizers are the most important skin products, particularly for softening dry skin. A skin moisturizer works by sealing moisture into the outer layer of the skin and by pulling moisture from the inner layers of skin to the outer layer.

Key ingredients that seal in moisture are petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, and dimethicone. Glycerin, propylene glycol, proteins, urea, and vitamins help attract water into the outer layer of the skin.

Some skin moisturizers also contain an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which exfoliates dead skin, are a good choice if you have very dry skin.

2) Choosing the Skin Moisturizer For You

Make it skin-type appropriate. The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive, so it’s a good idea to use a different moisturizer on your face than you do on your body,

If you have oily skin, go with a light, oil-free moisturizer. If you have dry skin, get something richer. And if you have combination skin, go with a lighter moisturizer for your whole face and dot drier areas with a heavier cream. Keep in mind that you may need a lighter lotion in the summer, and a cream or ointment in the winter.

Once you find the right product, moisturize every day and it’ll go a long way toward preventing dry skin and even camouflaging wrinkles. Whichever moisturizer you choose, it will work better if you apply it to damp skin.

 

Xoxo,

AG Skin Admin

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