3 Tips to Decide Which Moisturizer is Right for Your Skin-Type

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Image by: Katie Tegtmeyer
By: MacKenzie Nelson-Greene

Oh Joy! Winter is coming! Let the bells ring and the snow fall.  Let the holidays commence! Let our faces peel from windburn?  (I mean, they don’t call it blistering cold for nothing)

Yep! It’s that time of year again.  Jack Frost is on his way to chap up our skin, and suck away all of our natural oils.

Build your defenses against scaling, peeling, chapping, and patchy dryness by choosing a moisturizer that best fits your skin type.

“But MacKenzie!  Moisturizers leave greasy residue on my skin, and I end up glistening like a buttered bun!”

I hear you, ladies! And, trust me there is a moisturizer that is right for you, regardless of your skin type!

#1) Oily Skin

Those of us with oily skin have a tendency to avoid moisturizers altogether.  As a matter of fact, we tend to reach for harsh astringents and alcohol-based pore-scrubbing cleansers to ditch that sheen that crops up.

According to Sarah Carrillo of TotalBeauty.com, “Oily skin types might use moisturizer less often, but you actually need it just as much. Because people with oily or acne-prone skin often put drying products on, your skin may start to produce more oil to balance it out…”  This is not good.

She goes on to explain that a little light moisturizer can help get the excessive oils off of our skin and balance everything out.

#2) Dry, Flaky Skin

As the winter months approach, I know to expect scaling, cracking, and peeling on my face and legs.

Sarah Carrillo of TotalBeauty.com encourages those with dry skin to use “products that deliver intense hydration that lasts all day without causing breakouts or greasiness.”

I also avoid abrasive exfoliates and lean more toward gentle exfoliates in the winter time to reduce peeling.

It’s a good idea to add to the hydration of your skin by choosing face washes and body washes that are infused with moisturizers.  This will give you another layer of hydration to help you keep your skin protected throughout the day and night.  They are a little more expensive, but I really only use them in the winter months, so the extra money spent is money well spent.

#3) Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you know that when the leaves start falling, you begin to hear the battle march of the on-coming winter.  Don’t sit idly by and take it this winter! Fight back!

According to Sarah Carrillo, “Most sensitive skin will benefit from a basic moisturizer without a lot of added chemicals or preservatives.”

Because you have sensitive skin, you may be used to reading the backs of bottles.  You know how scary those lists of chemicals can be.

Check out organic moisturizers.  To ensure you are getting certified organic moisturizers, make sure it has the USDA Organic official stamp.  If it isn’t stamped, the term “organic” can be a little misleading, and sometimes an altogether fib by the company selling it.

Another great trick for those with sensitive skin is to make your own moisturizer.  I found this amazing recipe online: ½ cup Coconut Oil, 1 tsp. Liquid Vitamin E, 5-7 drops of tee tree oil or lavender oil.

Making your own moisturizer can help you save money (the recipe above only costs around 5 dollars per ½ cup yield).  Another great thing about it is the fact that you know exactly what is going into your skincare products.

Warning: If you have sensitive skin, make sure you are not sensitive to the specific ingredients you use in your homemade skin care products.  If you are allergic to coconut oil, try olive oil.

So ladies, as you look for a moisturizer to fit your budget, keep these things in mind: if you have oily skin, moisturizer is not your enemy; if you have dry, flaky skin, moisturizer is your best friend; and if you have sensitive skin, avoid chemical-packed moisturizers.  What is your favorite moisturizer?  Do you have any recipes for homemade moisturizers?  Share with us below.


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