It is a myth that moisturizers actually hydrate the skin. The fact is that, moisturizers lock the skin’s own moisture to prevent it from drying and cracking. The more oil a moisturizer has, the more effectual it is in protecting your skin.
Basically moisturizers are of two types; ‘oil-in-water’ and ‘water-in-oil’ emulsions. The ones you select should suit your skin type. People with oily skin can use oil -free moisturizer, while a water -based moisturizer with a little oil is best for dry skin. For combination skin, an oil-free product should be used on the greasy areas and a light moisturizer can be used on the dry areas.
Stay away from scented fragrances or, opt for ones where the fragrance is at the bottom of the ingredient list. This ensures that it isn’t one of the chief ingredients. Go for the most natural ones. Look for ingredients such as lactic acid, glycerin, urea, liquid paraffin and lanolin.
Apply moisturizers regularly and generously twice a day. It is best when applied to moist skin, perhaps after a shower or a bath. While applying, use an upward circular motion and assure that you don’t stretch it harshly. The best way to apply a moisturizer is to take a little on your fingertips and gently apply it, instead of spreading the moisturizer on the palms and smearing it on the face.