Moisturizing your skin is absolutely important to its health, luster and feel. No one likes having super slick greasy skin, but everyone hates flaky, scaly skin that can happen when it’s overly dry. With so many products on the market claiming to cure your skin ailments, it can be hard to figure out what is going to work for your own skin. As a beauty and skin expert, and a girl who struggles with dry skin, here’s my easy guide to skin moisturizers for any skin type.
Lotion is the most widely used product to moisturize your skin. Lotions are usually quite watery or thin and their primary ingredient is water. While you can get thicker lotions, they’re really great for summer when your skin doesn’t need heavy moisturizer. Lotions are generally very inexpensive and you can get them almost anywhere. Check the ingredient list before you buy, though, because some lotions actually contain drying agents like alcohol, meaning you’re going to have to use a lot more lotion to get your skin moisturized. My favorite lotion I always have in my purse is Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion. It’s great for hands and doubles as a stretch mark cream for expecting mommies.
Body butter is a thick, rich moisturizer for your skin. Think of the consistency of whipped butter or margarine, and you’ve got body butter. You can get body butters almost anywhere, but the best kind I have found are usually all natural or contain extra oils like almond or olive oil. Body butter is best in dry climates or the winter when the humidity is low. If you’re like me, though, and have dry skin no matter what the weather is like, you can use them daily. I like to dry off and put it on right after the shower while my pores are open to get the most moisture in my skin. Try my favorite body butter, The Body Shop’s Chocomania to help enrich your skin and smell delicious.
Nourishing oils are a great way to moisturize your skin, no matter the season. They’re usually light weight, and absorb quickly, so they’re great after a day at the beach. Spritz on or massage an oil in while your skin is still slightly damp to get the most benefits from the product. I like using oils when I’ve been in the sun and they’re great for when you need to give you or a loved one a massage. There are even oils, like tea tree oil, that have added benefits like clarifying your skin while moisturizing. Try Neutrogena Body Oil, a personal favorite of mine, to help your skin soak up moisture. I like to keep the bottle in the shower with me or soaking in a sink full of hot water to make the oil warm.
The best product for your skin is one that matches your skin type the best. If you’re prone to being greasy, use a lightweight lotion or whipped body butter so you don’t overload your skin. Girls with dry skin really should focus on body butters, and anyone can benefit from the occasional oil treatment. Another thing to remember is upping your water intake will also help your skin be more moisturized. Guzzle at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day for maximum skin and body health