Your skin is important, and obviously needs to last you a long time. It’s worth looking after properly, no matter your age or stage of life.
Look for one without unnecessary ingredients. The simpler the better; added perfumes and preservatives can be irritating and don’t add anything to the effectiveness of the product.
More isn’t always better when it comes to the list of ingredients in a moisturiser. To get the most benefit for your skin, avoid some popular extras.
Sensitive skin. Use a hypoallergenic and fragrance-free moisturiser. Fewer ingredients mean fewer potential interactions with fragile skin.
Colourings and perfumes. Whether you want to moisturise dry skin, sensitive skin, or something in between, most experts say to avoid unnecessary and potentially irritating ingredients, like added colours and perfumes. Antibacterial agents can also be unnecessarily harsh, stripping skin of essential oils.
Body-friendly ingredients. What’s good for your body isn’t always good for your face.
Too many acids. Avoid alpha-hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, retinoic acid, and salicylic acid if you have dry or sensitive skin. These ingredients may penetrate the skin too deeply and trouble delicate skin. Stay away from products with alcohols as well.
Moisturisers that contain urea or Lactic acids can be very useful for extremely dry skin.
Dry skin. Aim for a heavier moisturiser and look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and dimethicone, which help keep skin hydrated. Glycerin, propylene glycol, proteins, and urea also help attract water to your skin. Lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum lock in moisture.