How to Find the Right Moisturizer

How to Find the Right Moisturizer

Just like monotonous routine calls for a change, the way you’re hydrating your skin needs to be changed too. Just as the weather changes, you have to change your beauty regime, especially if it’s not working for you.

So here you are drinking your water, and eating your fruits and veggies daily…but what else can you do to maintain the radiance of your skin? Use moisturizers!

Of course, the very questions that bug us while thinking of using a moisturizer is which moisturizer to use, what kind of moisturizer to use, what moisturizer to use for my skin type, which brand is the best…But you don’t have to keep this dilemma with you anymore because below are some amazing tips for you to keep in mind when you’re on a mission to find the right moisturizer for your skin.

When to use ointment, cream, and lotion

So, lets clear this up right now, whether your skin is dry or oily, you need a moisturizer. A moisturizing cream is recommended for normal skin; a moisturizing ointment is suitable for the itchy and dry skin to help it lock the moisture inside and since the lightest of all the moisturizers is a lotion, it is suggested for oily skin, or combination skin.  I have extremely oily skin, and although I am tempted to skip this part of my regime, I know it’s the most important.  Let’s take a closer look at how to find the right moisturizer for the different skin types.

Oily Skin

Choose the moisturizer according to the type of skin you have. As mentioned above, if you have oily skin, using a light oil-free moisturizer.  Using an ointment or cream would only bring more oil to your skin instead of keeping it healthy and radiant.  Doing this will create more skins problems, such as acne.  I have extremely oily skin and my favorite moisturizer is Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – Combination Oily To Oily Skin Clinique 6.7 oz Moisturizer For Unisex.

Combination Skin

You may have a combination of dry and oily skin. Combination skin is tricky; this means that you have oily areas and dry areas.  The oily part of the face is usually in the t-zone area (forehead, nose, and chin).  So how do you pick the right moisturizers for that. Well, lucky for you, there are many products out there for combination skin.  For you, it is best to test a small area with a heavy cream or a non-greasy lighter lotion, after which you can decide which one is more suitable.  For combination skin, you must realize that not one size fits all.  So, make sure not to use products formulated for dry skin or oily skin only.  The trick is to find an oil-free moisturizer formulated for combination skin.  Some moisturizers, such as Paula’s Choice SKIN BALANCING Invisible Finish Moisture Gel Moisturizer with Antioxidants and Niacinamide  is formulated for combination skin.

Dry Skin

Dry Skin is another type of skin that requires a moisturizer specific to that skin type…hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  For dry skin, you will need a moisturizer that will absorb quickly and will soothe the skin. This will transform you skin to a radiant glow.  Clinique has two moisturizers that works wonders on the dry skin:

Sensitive Skin

Some of us have really sensitive skin, and must choose moisturizer free of perfume, dyes, or other harsh ingredients such as gylcolic, salicylic acid.  If not, you will end up with itchy and sometimes red skin.  I would recommend Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin With Broad Spectrum Spf 15.  

Normal Skin

Normal skin…what is this exactly?  This skin type has the perfect balance of moisture, the skin is neither oily or dry. This type of skin has small pores and the skin tone is even.  Do you believe that most people fall under this category?  I don’t know about that, but that’s what the experts say. Clinique has the perfect moisturizer for an already perfect face.  Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

More Tips

  • Avoid moisturizer having unnecessary ingredients in them. Unnecessary ingredients may include alcohol, antibacterial agents, colorings, numerous acids like; retinoic acid, glycolic acid etc. and body-friendly ingredients like; shea butter, wax and mineral oil that only may cause irritation.
  • Look for SPF 15 or higher in the ingredients of the sunscreen. What could be better than having a moisturizer that can combat damaged skin from ultraviolet rays?
  • Take notice of the labels on it; look at the labels for words such as, ‘allergy tested’ and ‘noncomedogenic’ (less tendency to clog pores).

There are so many moisturizers on the market today. You have moisturizers to fight acne, to get rid of wrinkles, for nighttime, for daytime, with SPF, so as you can see getting hold of the right moisturizer is not less than a challenge. Finding it may seem like a trial-and-error exercise at times because of so many on the market, but one thing is for certain, you must have one.

Your turn

Do you have a favorite moisturizer and why?


  1. Wow! Thank you for the information! I have sensitive combination/oily skin and I have to admit that moisturizing is a step I fail miserably at. I had no idea that I should still be moisturizing with my skin type. So I should be using a lotion based on what I read correct?

    Thanks again!

    • Katie,
      Yes, you should certainly follow the guide. You must be extra careful with the products you choose because you have sensitive skin. Thanks for visiting.

  2. When I was young I have a Healthy and shiny face no dark spots and no small pores. But now I have oily face and I want to buy cream based powder shared by Dani Baretto (a blogger too). Your blog helped me in a way that it gave an understanding about oily skin on the face and what to avoid. Now I realized why my face became more oily because i tried ointment before which is Bioderm. Thanks for you article.

    • You have to choose the right brand. I love Clinque. Another good brand is Prescrptives. I have a oil factory on my face, so these are my go to products. Thanks for visiting.

  3. I’ve recently started using La Roche Posay Effacular K and it’s doing great things for my oily T-zone. It has some salicylic acid in it which is great for acne prone skin too. Thanks for your post 🙂 Leanne

    • Leanne,

      Thanks for sharing. I will certainly check out the products. Unfortunetly for me, the salicylic acid is a no no for me. I have oily sensitive skin…go figure.

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