Hey titefam! Have you ever wondered how your favorite moisturizer works?Today we will be discussing moisturizers. There are so many in the market that it can get very overwhelming. What are they? What do they do? Do they work? Are they good? Allow me to break it down to you and simplify things.

To summarize:
Gel- combination to oily skin type
Creams- dry to combination
Liquid/lotion- combination and depending on formulation, oily skin type may be suitable.


Remember to choose a light moisturizer for day and a heavier one for nighttime.


When choosing the right moisturizer consider these things:

1. Antioxidants

Moisturizers with antioxidants such as green tea, chamomile, pomegranate, or licorice root extract may help keep any skin type looking fresh and healthy. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals -- molecules that break down skin cells.

2. Sun protection

No matter your skin type, just about every dermatologist recommends getting a moisturizer with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30.


Best option for skin types:

Dry skin

Aim for a heavier moisturizer 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.

Sensitive skin

Use a hypoallergenic and fragrance-free moisturizer. “In general, choose one that contains less than 10 ingredients. Fewer ingredients for less sensitivity.

Itchy skin

If a hypoallergenic moisturizing cream doesn’t relieve itching, try a 1% hydrocortisone steroid skin cream for one week but no longer.


Use a thick moisturizing ointment containing petrolatum, or simply use petroleum jelly to help sooth cracks and keep skin supple.

The best time to apply a moisturizer is when the skin is still moist