After cleansing, moisturizing the skin is the most important step in a skin care regime. A good moisturizer helps hydrate the skin by holding water in its outer layers, but depending on the formula, it can also help brighten your skin tone, mattify your skin, improve skin texture or form a protective barrier for sensitive skin. The key is choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type, so you wind up with healthy, hydrated skin.
If you battle dryness, you need a rich, heavy moisturizer that can penetrate chronically dehydrated skin. Dermalogica Super Rich Repair is an ideal option because it’s a super concentrated formula that effectively replenishes moisture levels. It works especially well with mature or aging skin because it contains peptides that help jumpstart collagen production and an acid-free smoothing complex to improve the skin’s tone and elasticity.
Normal to combination doesn’t require such a heavy moisturizer. A light-weight, water-based formula usually works best to maintain healthy moisture levels in the skin. Try Dermalogica’s Active Moist, an oil-free moisturizer that is designed for combination skin. It contains silk amino acids and plant extracts that fight surface dryness and improve skin texture. Active Moist doesn’t have artificial colors or fragrances so it’s a good choice for sensitive skin too.
If have oily, acne-prone skin, you may be tempted to skip a moisturizer all together. But acne products and intensive exfoliation treatments that target oily skin can be very drying, so it’s important to replace lost moisture. The key is choosing an oil-free formula that won’t clog your pores. Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion works especially well for oily skin because its light, oil-free formula actually contains microspheres that absorb oil from the skin’s surface. It also helps prevent clogged pores and leaves skin with matte finish that’s an ideal base for makeup.
Sensitive skin requires a gentle moisturizer that can help repair the skin barrier and protect it from environmental and internal factors that are potential irritants. Dermologica Barrier Repair actually helps strengthen the skin barrier with its waterless formula. Using Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Complex, Barrier Repair helps soothe the burning, itching and redness associated with sensitive skin reactions – and it doesn’t contain any artificial colors or fragrances that might irritate the skin either.
Once you’ve chosen the right moisturizer for your skin type, it’s important to apply it correctly. After cleansing, apply a dime size amount to the face and throat with gentle, upward strokes. To really lock in the moisture, make sure to apply your moisturizer when your face is still slightly damp.
With the right moisturizer, you can have healthy, hydrated skin along with a slew of other benefits targeted to your skin type.