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The Best Face Moisturizer: Is There Such a Thing?

how to find the best face moisturizer for your skin type

First things first, what exactly makes a face moisturizer the absolute best face moisturizer? Maybe you’ve perused countless drugstores and makeup counters, browsing the plentiful amount of facial moisturizers that all claim to be the “very best” on the market. Some claim to provide better results, others claim to have acne-fighting antioxidants. How do you know which one to choose?

First, you need to determine what exactly a moisturizer is and what it does. A basic moisturizer adds hydration to your skin and retains it.

Well, which one is actually going to work well for your skin type and not someone else’s? It all starts with accessing your skin’s needs. Is your skin super-sensitive, or is your skin more prone to looking shiny once 3 o’clock hits?

Choosing a Facial Moisturizer Based on Your Skin Type


dry skin

Without adding hydration to your dry skin, it’ll become flaky and itchy in no time! For dry skin, you’ll want to use a light moisturizer to include ingredients to deliver hydration all day and won’t cause you to break out or feel greasy.

For parched skin that just craves moisture, the Skinceuticals Pro Size Hydra Balm is ideal for sensitive or dry skin. Designed originally as a healing ointment, this lightweight formula provides a protective barrier over the most sensitive skin for the luxurious moisture your skin deserves.



 If you have oily skin, you may be thinking that you shouldn’t moisturize because it’ll make your skin look even shinier. But no, you’ll still need to moisturize, just not as often as someone with dry or normal skin. In fact, if your skin is acne-prone and oily, and you’re applying drying products (such as a face wash and toner), your skin may actually start to produce more oil to balance it all out. If you use a light moisturizer, you can help keep skin in check.

You’ll want to keep your skin hydrated without drying it out, and using a product like Murad Age Reform Skin Perfecting Lotion to hydrate skin and control oil and shine. Making sure you choose a product labeled “noncomedogenic” or non-pore-clogging is essential. As a lightweight daily moisturizer containing natural ingredients, this lotion is perfect for an everyday application after nighttime or morning cleansing.

This moisturizing lotion contains arnica, a perennial plant used to treat acne, wounds, and bruises to control skin’s redness. This lotion is combined with retinol to restore skin and hydrate it. This lotion supplements you skin with the moisture it desires. Your skincare formula should combine the right formula to result in a happier and healthier complexion.

Combination Skin

combination skin

Prone to oiliness on your forehead, nose, and chin, while the rest of your skin is more on the dry or normal side? That means you have combination skin. For combination skin, you’ll want to find a healthy balance of ingredients to complement your skin.

Using a light moisturizer and making sure you wash your face with a cleanser that won’t dry your skin out, like the Dermatoligica Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer is all-important. This moisturizer controls the most oily parts of your skin for a matte, shine-free finish.

Acne-Prone Skin

acne prone skin

With acne prone skin, you’ll want to use an oil-free product that won’t block your pores, otherwise known as a “non-comedogenic” product. The best face moisturizer for acne-prone skin is the Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer | SPF 20, which not only controls acne but also provides protection against harmful UV rays to prevent the formation of premature wrinkles. Your skin will feel and look more radiant.

Sensitive Skin

sensitie skin

If you have sensitive skin prone to redness and flare-ups, you’ll want a moisturizer that can help calm your skin. The ideal skin moisturizer should have soothing, natural ingredients for optimal skin health without any unnecessary irritants that many moisturizers may contain. Using a gently moisturizing product such as the NeoStrata Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream restores your skin by gently exfoliating and moisturizing it as it helps calm and strengthen the protective barrier of sensitive skin. Your skin is sensitive, so it deserves the utmost care.

Mature Skin

mature skin

As you get older, your skin becomes more dry because your oil-producing glands are less active. You’ll want to keep your skin hydrated, so using an oil-based moisturizer, such as the Eminence Coconut Age Corrector Moisturizer, helps combat wrinkles and reverse the signs of aging. Filled with electrolytes, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous, this anti-aging moisturizer works to deeply moisturize the skin and help to correct any signs of aging.

Preventing aging skin starts with holding in moisture! Give your mature skin a little TLC.

All Skin Types

normal skin type

If you’re lucky enough to have a normal skin type, you can benefit from a light, water-based moisturizer to keep your skin satisfied. Many people think “normal skin” and assume that means a completely flawless face without a pore in sight, which is inaccurate. Normal skin just means your skin isn’t too oily or too dry and feels, well, normal. Just because you occasionally have oil on your nose and dry spots in the winter doesn’t mean you have oily or dry skin. Everyone’s skin changes in different climates and temperatures, but if your skin isn’t excessively dry, you don’t need to associate your skin type as being “dry.”

Cellex-C Sea Silk Oil-Free Moisturizer is oil-free and ideal for all skin types. With a non-greasy formula, the skin moisturizing effects of this moisturizer are immediate and become even more noticeable after 6-8 weeks.

Knowing Your Skin Helps You Find the Best Face Moisturizer

choosing a moisturizer based on your skin type

Your skin changes over time, so what once worked for you may not work for you now. Finding the right product for your skin may seem overwhelming and never-ending, but finding the best product with simple, natural ingredients to help moisturize your skin can bring you to a whole new level of luxury.


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5 Skincare Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

skin-care-mistakesSkin Care regimens can quickly get complicated and confusing when using multiple products. Be sure you are not making one of the 5 common mistakes below!

1.) Forgetting about Your Neck

Most people think of the face when you mention anti-aging products, but neglecting your neck is a sure-fire way to show your age before you’re ready. The fragile skin on your neck and décolletage has different needs from the skin of your face, and if not protected and nourished appropriately can lose hydration and look flabby. Try Revision Nectifirm to cater to the neck’s specific needs with 8 active ingredients working together to strengthen the dermal-epidermal junction.

2.) Not Eating Correctly

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5 Reasons to Add Masks to Your Regimen

mask1. Masks are powerfully concentrated. Masks are able to contain these higher levels of key ingredients because chemists do not have to be concerned with how blendable a product is that is rinsed off after a few minutes – or thrown away, if you use a sheet mask. Sheet masks, like SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative Masqueare single-use masks that are individually sealed. These masks have extra muscle because they are sealed and protected from the air, which oxidizes and weakens many of the key ingredients.

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To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze?

Pop-A-PimpleAn unexpected whopper just showed up on your face. Like a mosquito bite or scab, you want to touch it. You want to pick at it. You really, really want to pop it. But should you? While most skin care professionals would prefer you left it alone, the truth is that YES, you can – but only if your blemish is white. Here’s how: On clean skin, use two Q-tips to gently press on either side of the blemish. Dab what comes out with a tissue (if you see blood or feel pain, stop!), then use an antibiotic spot treatment. We recommend Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix, Dr. Dennis Gross Correct and Perfect Spot Treatment, and Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix. After that, hands off!

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How to Layer Your Skin Care Products

layeringblogimageWhen it comes to layering your skincare products, there’s a right way and a wrong way. In fact, the order in which you apply your products is just as important as what’s inside them. You know the first step to use a cleanser, then a toner…but what comes next?  Don’t fret. Learn to layer products like a pro, with our guide to skin care layering below.

Morning regimen order

1. As a general rule, apply your lightest product first. Serums, which can range in texture from liquid to gels are applied first because they deliver the highest concentrated of active ingredients most efficiently. Pick two or three serums that each treat one of your concerns. For wrinkles, we recommend formulations with added peptides, like PCA Skin ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum. Look for serums, like SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense, that contain salicylic acid is best for oily skin types.

2. Use targeted treatments for problem areas nextlike Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix on that persistent blemish, or cover your crow’s feet with your favorite eye cream. We recommend one with an SPF like DDF Protective Eye Cream SPF 15 or Dermalogica Travel Size Total Eye Care SPF 15.

3. Then, apply full-face treatments, like an antioxidant treatment or acne treatment for the entire face.

4. Moisturize to seal in your other products. Facial oils, like John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil or Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil, can be applied after to any dry spots you find after moisturizing. If you’re using two or more serums under your moisturizer, skip any facial oils to avoid becoming too greasy. Remember, facial oils can penetrate moisturizers but not vice versa, so always apply your moisturizer before a facial oil. If you choose a moisturizer with an SPF, opt for one with UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection with a minimum SPF of 30. We recommend a lightweight, oil-free moisturizing SPF, like Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46.

5. SPF. You’ve heard it a million times, but we’ll say it a million-and-one. Never leave home without an SPF on your face. We’ll leave it at that.

Night regimen order

1. Retinols need to be applied directly to clean skin to be most effective. However, if you have sensitive skin, applying a serum or moisturizer before hand will help the retinol to penetrate with less irritation.

2. After your first layer has absorbed, apply any targeted treatments, like a rich eye cream (we recommend Neocutis Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Balm), or if you have any other spot specific treatments, like NeoStrata HQ Skin Lightening Gel for dark spots and discoloration, now is the time to apply.

3. Finish with a moisturizer.  Apply a heavier night cream, like SkinCeuticals Emollience, for drier skin types. If you have oily skin, opt for a lotion, instead of a cream as they are less hydrating. Many are specifically for problem or acne-prone skin. We like Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Lotion.

Morning or evening, remember to wait for a few minutes between for each layer to allow for the product to absorb.  This way each product is able to penetrate and deliver its specific benefits without interfering with the function of the next product layer.

The SkinMedix Team

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