We’ve all had those moments where we skip through various creams and lotions while shopping looking for the ideal moisturizer. It is truly mind-boggling to find the perfect moisturizer that suits your skin and does the job well in a sea of different lotions. In Sri Lanka, with its highly unpredictable weather across the country, a moisturizer is essential to keep your skin nourished and baby-like. The following three steps are the most recommended by dermatologists in your quest for the ideal moisturizer: be it a lotion, cream or an ointment.
Step 1: Identify your skin type
Do you know your skin type? If you don’t, that is the first task to be done to find your moisturizer. Your skin type may vary through out your body, depending on factors such as:
- Water levels in the body
- Oil content on the skin affecting the softness
Accordingly, skin types are mainly categorized to three.
- Dry/ itchy skin
Dry or itchy skin can be recognized by its tell-tale features like hardly visible pores, dull and rough complexion and visible lines. Dry skin may be prominent on the face but is most likely seen on legs and outer elbows.
- Normal skin
Normal skin follows its namesake with fewer imperfections, barely visible pores, radiant complexion and less sensitivity. Finding a moisturizer is not a tedious task for normal skin as most moisturizers are catered for normal skin.
- Oily skin
Oily skin boasts of enlarged pores, dull or shiny complexion, blackheads, pimples and other blemishes that annoy you. The most common oily region in your body is your face popularly known as the “T-Zone” (Forehead and Nose) where the blemishes are most prominent and, in that case, a remedy highly preferred.
Skin types are debated ranging from three to five, but dermatologists insist that the other variations of skin types are a combination of the three above.
Step 2: Find your moisturizer
Voila! You’ve found your skin type. Now it’s time to get into the business of looking for the moisturizer that is right for you.
- Dry/Itchy skin
For dry/ itchy skin, ointment-based moisturizers are appropriate as they lock in moisture with the density and keeps the moistness on your skin longer given its tendency to dry up fast. Moisturizers with ointments may feel thick as you apply, but the results are phenomenal on the long run.
- Normal Skin
It is fairly easy to find a moisturizer that suits normal skin. Creams that are thinner than ointments are best suited as they help hydrate and are not as thick as ointment-based moisturizers that will feel heavier and uncomfortable on normal skin.
- Oily skin
Lotions are the best moisturizers for oily skin as they are light with water being the main ingredient. The lighter the lotion the better, because you wouldn’t want to feel your moisturizer gradually evaporate when the oil in your skin emerges.
Step 3: Sort your day and night, face and body variations
Yes, your moisturizer needs to change according to the time of day, face and body. Skin care professionals insist the use of two different moisturizers for day and night, face and body to keep your skin optimally moisturised.
- Day and night
It is recommended to use a light moisturizer with more water content during the day given the heat as it could melt a heavy moisturizer and make you feel uncomfortable. At night, a slightly heavier moisturizer that suits your skin is better to hydrate your skin during the course of your beauty sleep.
- Face and body
Lighter moisturizers are recommended on your face as it is one of the most sensitive areas in your body. Moisturizers that are lightweight protect the skin on your face without overwhelming it with the nutrients in your lotion.
A heavy moisturizer is best for your body as the skin on the rest of the body is more exposed to elements and require supplements to stay hydrated and nourished.
That’s it! Simple and perfect guide to find the perfect moisturizer. Essentials.lk offers an exclusive range of local and international brands that are just right for any skin type at affordable rates. Now that you are educated on THE ideal moisturizer, start browsing and add your favourites to cart to keep your skin nourished and radiant!