Skin Care: Moisturizing Tips for Every Skin Type

Guidelines on picking the best facial moisturizer for your skin type.

ByABC News via logo
August 25, 2010, 10:38 AM

Aug. 25, 2010— -- Moisturizing is an essential part of every daily skincare routine. After washing your face, no matter your skin type -- dry, oily or sensitive -- you need moisture to help improve skin tone and texture, and cover up imperfections.

It's always beneficial to use a moisturizer that includes an SPF, but the type of moisturizer you should use varies depending on your skin type.

Check out these guidelines below on how to pick a facial moisturizer that's right for you.

For oily skin: Many people with oily skin are afraid of moisturizers since they're prone to breakouts, but all skin needs moisture! Look for water-based products that are noncomedogenic, or not likely to clog pores. Try an oil-free moisturizer or a serum to give your face the moisture it needs, without the extra shine. CLICK HERE for more tips for oily skin.

For dry skin: Moisturizing is essential for dry skin. If your skin is cracked, try oil-based moisturizers that contain propylene glycol or urea, which help keep skin moist. For excessive dryness, look for heavier, creamy moisturizers. If you're just starting a routine, you may have to reapply moisturizer a few times daily to keep skin moist. CLICK HERE for more tips for dry skin.

For combination skin: Choose an oil-based or cream moisturizer and apply it liberally when the skin is dry. When skin is normal, a water-based moisturizer that has a light, non-greasy feel is best.

For sensitive skin: Opt for moisturizers designed for sensitive skin types. Typically, these don't have fragrances or dyes, which can irritate skin. Also, make sure that your moisturizer has an SPF to protect you from UV rays, which tend to thin out the dermis, trigger the appearance of free radicals and increase the likelihood of allergy attacks for sensitive skin. CLICK HERE for more tips for sensitive skin.

CLICK HERE for more information on moisturizers from the Mayo Clinic

CLICK HERE for recommendations for facial moisturizers for every skin type and at every price point

CLICK HERE for tips on finding the right facial cleanser for your skin type