Proactive skin care can help keep your skin youthful and healthy. Start with skin care rule No. 1 — protect yourself from the sun. When you're outdoors, wear protective clothing and use generous amounts of sunscreen. Then consider other skin care basics, such as avoiding strong soaps and managing stress.
Of course, skin care goes beyond sunscreen and daily cleansing.
Hydrating moisturizers prevent and treat dry skin, but that's not all they do. Moisturizers can protect sensitive skin, improve skin tone and texture, and mask imperfections.
Demani Hydrate moisturizer hold water in the outermost layer of skin and also act as a temporary barrier.
Normal skin. Normal skin is neither too dry nor too oily. To maintain this natural moisture balance, use a water-based moisturizer that has a light, nongreasy feel. These moisturizers often contain lightweight oils or silicone-derived ingredients, such as cyclomethicone. Dry skin. To restore moisture to dry skin, choose a heavier, oil-based moisturizer that contains ingredients that help keep your skin hydrated. For very dry and cracked skin, petrolatum-based products are preferable. They have more staying power than creams do and are more effective at preventing water from evaporating from your skin. Oily skin. Oily skin is prone to acne and breakouts. Though oily, such skin still needs moisture, especially after using skin care products that remove oils and dry out the skin. A light moisturizer can also help protect your skin after washing.
Lotions generally contain a higher percentage of water than creams, are easier to apply and are less likely to aggravate acne-prone skin. Choose a water-based product that's labeled noncomedogenic, which means it won't clog pores.
Sensitive skin. Sensitive skin is susceptible to skin irritations, redness, itching or rashes. Look for a moisturizer that contains soothing ingredients, such as chamomile or aloe, and doesn't contain potential allergens, such as fragrances or dyes. Also, avoid products containing acids, which can irritate sensitive skin. Mature skin. As you age, your skin tends to become drier because your oil-producing glands become less active. To keep your skin soft and well-hydrated, choose an oil-based moisturizer that contains petrolatum as the base, along with antioxidants or alpha hydroxy acids to combat wrinkles. These ingredients help hold in moisture and prevent flaky, scaly skin. Keep in mind that skin type can vary, depending on environment, hormonal changes that occur in pregnancy and menopause, and disease.
Getting the most out of your moisturizer To make the most of your moisturizing routine:
Be willing to experiment. Find a moisturizer that fits your skin type and makes your skin look and feel soft. You may need to try several combinations with varying pre-routine cleanser and rejuvenation serums.
Protect yourself from the sun. You may choose a moisturizer that contains sunscreen, which performs double duty by both hydrating your skin and protecting it from sun damage.