Finding the right moisturiser for your skin type can be a tricky task. There are so many different moisturisers on the market, all with different ingredients - how can you possibly know which one will work for you without a huge trial and error experiment? The first thing you need to do is to figure out what type of skin you have, is it dry, oily, combination or acne-prone? This article will provide tips on identifying your skin type and will advise on ingredients to look out for to help your skin look amazing.
You are likely to have dry skin if it regularly feels tight after washing and you may sometimes experience flaking of the skin. A face moisturiser for dry skin should be oil-based because this will help to restore oil levels in the skin. You should also look out for ingredients such as sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, or algae, because these all attract water to the skin, which is delivered straight to the skin cells. The key with skincare for dry skin is to choose a product that is going to lock that moisture in, since you really want to avoid the skin drying out as you go through your day. A product such as Sidekick Day Cream from Sönd will lock in moisture and protect the skin's barrier throughout the day as well as soothing irritated skin.
If your face often appears shiny or greasy and you struggle with blackheads or the other odd pimple, it might be that you suffer from oily skin. Oily skin does tend to hold on to quite a lot of moisture, but don't be tempted into thinking this means you don't need to apply moisturiser - oily skin can still become dehydrated. The best face moisturiser for oily skin will be lightweight, so as not to clog the skin up any more, and will also contain silica which nourishes the skin from the inside and soothes symptoms of oily skin.
Unfortunately, you will know about it if you are suffering from acne. The oily skin, painful red spots and the blackheads are a giveaway. When looking after skin suffering from acne the most important thing is to prevent further infection, you can't do anything about the spots you already have but you could prevent more appearing. The best face moisturiser for acne prone skin, therefore, is one that acts as a barrier and protects the skin from re-infection. Try Midnight Feast Night Cream from Sönd, a rich cream that includes coconut oil to actively repair the skin's barrier.
If you have combination skin, you are likely to have an oily T-zone and dryness on other areas of the face. Your skin tone might also appear uneven and you might suffer both with breakouts and dry skin at the same time. You might think that you need two separate moisturisers to care for both skin types, but this isn't necessary. A good face moisturiser for combination skin will have a slightly higher pH level than water, so will effectively be alkaline. This means there is more oxygen in the moisturiser which allows the skin to retain more moisture where needed, but it is not too heavyweight for oily areas.