How to choose the right moisturizer for your skin

Cream, Lotion or Oil?

If you head out to the skin care aisle, you will be baffled by the choices that confront you. The confusion grows with the variety of face creams, facial and body moisturizers, lotions or ointments for dry, oily or sensitive skin. Add to these, natural ingredients or anti-aging and sunscreen properties, and you could be spending an improportionate amount of time deciding.

No matter what type of skin you have, it is important to use a moisturizer always.

Moisturizing Product Guide

  • Oily skin prone to acne

For this skin type, it is important to look for non-comedogenic facial moisturizer that does not clog pores which causes acne to flare up. Choose moisturizers with high penetrative ability that will allow the skin to breathe. Synthetic moisturizers eg. Vaselin, derived from petroleum jelly acts as a water barrier to trap moisture on skin but also clogs pores and locks in bacteria.

  • Dry skin

Those who suffer from eczema are prone to very dry skin which can be itchy. Being able to use a moisturizer throughout the day whenever needed is important, not just for its moisturizing function but also to soothe the itch. So choose a natural product free from steroids which will afford you peace of mind to apply multiple times without fear of long term side effects. Avoid Urea or Lactic acids. Cream based moisturizers with high oil content will be beneficial.

  • Sensitive Skin

A weakened immune function can manifest itself in very sensitive skin such as eczema and psoriasis. Ingredients such as synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals and additives in many moisturizers can irritate skin and are often triggers of eczema flare ups. Look for unscented or natural plant scents, hypoallergenic moisturizers.

Avoid “anti-aging’ chemical agents such as retinoids, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA) eg. Glycolic, salicylic, tropic acids which causes sun sensitivity, burning and inflammation based on FDA findings. If you have been experiencing these symptoms, it is time to examine the labels of your moisturizers or cosmetics closely.

  • Normal & Combination Skin

Combination skin means having an oily forehead and area along the nose known as “T-zone” while having normal skin around the cheeks, chin and jaw area. It is still beneficial to use natural and light moisturizers that will nourish skin to protect skin from free radicals.

What to avoid when choosing a moisturizer.

Many synthetic chemicals used in the beauty industry are skin irritants, skin penetrators that can disrupt our bodily systems eg. Endocrine and may be carcinogenic. They are commonly found in skin and body care products eg. moisturizers, cosmetics, body wash, shampoos, conditioners, cleansers

The following quick reference list of 10 toxic ingredients is not exhaustive:

  1. Parabens
  2. Synthetic colors
  3. Fragrance
  4. Phthalates
  5. Triclosan
  6. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
  7. Formaldehyde
  8. Toluene
  9. Propylene Glycol
  10. Sunscreen Chemicals

Other tips to keep your skin moisturized

  • Diet – eat clean, drink lots and avoid chemical laden processed foods that causes inflammation
  • Use room humidifier where you spent a huge amount of time in eg. Bedroom or air conditioned office
  • Take quick, shorter showers
  • Use warm rather than hot water for showers
  • Use facial wash that is not over drying
  • Apply moisturizer immediately after wash or shower

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Emu Oil Moisturiser is the secret to younger, healthier looking skin. You will be pleasantly surprised at the quick results – so will your friends!

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