Your Ultimate Guide to Moisturizers

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Everyone knows that the key to healthy and glowing skin is moisture. But what most don’t know is that not all moisturizers are one-size-fits-all. With endless options, picking the best moisturizer for your skin can be overwhelming. 
Don’t know the difference between a facial lotion and a night cream? Today we answer those questions and more. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the types of  moisturizers.
Lightweight Moisturizers/Lotion
A lightweight moisturizer, like our Fragrance Free Body Lotion,  absorbs into your skin quickly and is easy to spread. This type of moisturizer is perfect for the warmer months and for those with oily skin. 
One thing that distinguishes lotions from cream moisturizers is their ingredients. Lotions are water-based and don’t contain the same moisture-locking ingredients.
Have oily skin and need extra hydration in the winter? Opt for a lightweight moisturizer during the day and thick cream at night. 
Moisturizing Creams
Unlike lightweight moisturizers, moisturizing creams contain half oil and half water. Also, the texture is denser and richer. Our Hydrating Body Milk is a great example.
Moisturizing creams, like our Q10 Protection Cream, are most beneficial for those with normal to dry skin. They are also formulated to keep skin hydrated during the colder months. 
Did you know your skin loses moisture during the night hours? Thus, cream moisturizers are best to apply at night. Their rich ingredients help to nourish skin and prevent moisture loss. 
different types of moisturizers
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Gel Moisturizers
Gel moisturizers are lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin. Since it doesn’t contain oils, this moisturizer is ideal for acne-prone and oily skin. Gel moisturizers are also soothing in nature. So, they’re perfect for alleviating inflammation or redness.
Looking for a light moisturizer that doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue? The Sebamed Visio Hydro Gel provides ultra hydration and improves skin’s elasticity. Another great option is The Clear Face Care Gel, which quenches thirsty skin and helps keep skin blemish free.
Oil-Free Moisturizers
An oil-free moisturizer contains ingredients that work in the same way as oils do. Oil-free moisturizers create a barrier to seal in moisture without feeling heavy.
They’re also formulated with humectants — which pull moisture from the environment. Have combination or acne-prone skin? Reach for an oil-free moisturizer.
Honorable Mentions
 Facial serums aren’t considered moisturizers, but they can have the same hydrating properties. Serums are made up of small molecules that deeply nourish the skin. 
They typically contain active ingredients and antioxidants. Although some serums contain moisturizing ingredients, they aren’t moisturizers. This is because they don’t create a hydrating barrier on top of the skin.
 Although many think emollients are moisturizers, they’re not. They are ingredients used in some moisturizing creams and lotions.
When your skin gets dry, it cracks and flakes, often leaving spaces in your skin cells. This is where emollients come in. They fill these spaces with fatty substances or lipids, which help to soften your skin. 
Emollients are for those who suffer from conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. For best results, apply an emollient at least three minutes after showering while your skin is still damp

Author: Ashley Austin

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