Our expert, cosmetologist Nupur Gupta, CEO and master trainer at the Nupur Gupta Academy as shared her tips on how to pick the right moisturizer according to your skin type.
- Oily skin
Oily skin is essentially caused due to the overproduction of sebum on your face and makes it look greasy and shiny. For this skin type, it is best to go for light moisturizers or oil free lotions. These types of moisturizers will not only hydrate your skin by a sufficient amount, they will not make it appear oily. Another thing that can be seen with this skin type is visible pores as the excess sebum tends to highlight your facial pores. If you deal with this problem, you should look for non-comedogenic moisturizers. These will help reduce blockage of visible pores and make the skin appear smooth.
2. Dry skin
Dry skin is usually characterized by itching, scaling and visible flakes. There are many factors which can cause this skin, such as cold weather, dry environment, inadequate hydration etc. For this skin type, it is best to go for heavier moisturizers. These moisturizers will provide much needed hydration to your skin and eventually reduce symptoms such as itchiness and flakes. It is important to look for a moisturizer that contains ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and dimethicone as they keep the skin hydrated. Urea and glycerin are helpful in attracting water, and lastly lanolin and mineral oil as they will keep this moisture locked in.
3. Combination skin
Combination skin is a mixture of both, dry as well as oily texture. Most of the times the t-zone of your face is oily and everywhere else is extremely dry. In this case, it is important to use a moisturizer that doesn’t irritate any part of your face. With this skin type, you should go for a light, gel or water-based moisturizer. The goal will be to hydrate the skin just the right amount, and not make it look too greasy. Gel based/ light moisturizers work great, as they provide enough hydration for the dry patches but are not oily. More product can be applied on the dry patches to make sure sufficient moisture is being provided.
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