In a survey conducted by Nivea, 12% of Canadian women revealed that moisturizer is the one thing that they cannot live without.
We couldn't agree more.
The problem is, the majority of moisturizers on the shelves are actually not all that good for you, or your skin.
Even products that are labeled to be free of harmful ingredients are often not what they seem. In a study conducted by Reuters, approximately 83% of moisturizers labeled as hypoallergenic contained one or more potentially allergenic ingredients.
If you are on the hunt for the best natural face moisturizer - that is truly beneficial for your skin - you may feel like you're up against a tough challenge.
Fortunately, if you know what to look for, finding an amazing moisturizer does not need to be that hard.
Which is why we are going to show you just what to look for in a moisturizer to ensure that you are buying a fabulous product. One that will get your glow on, without exposing you to toxic ingredients.
So, if you can't live without a great, safe, moisturizer - read on!
Cater to Your Moisture Needs
The first step to finding a great moisturizer is figuring out what will cater to your skin's moisture needs. This will depend on whether you have dry, oily, normal or combination skin.
Once you know what your skin type is, you can pick out a moisturizer that contains the correct amount of moisture for you. The aim of the game is to apply enough moisturizing ingredients to get a dewy glow, without going overboard and ending up with an oily, shiny face.
Dry skin is characterized by tightness and is usually flaky or rough to the touch.
If you have dry skin then the best facial moisturizer for you will be a thick ointment or a thick oil serum. You want to lock in as much moisture as you possibly can, and these types of moisturizers are designed to do just that.
Extra Dry natural face cream by Beaver is also a great moisturizer to try for combating extremely dry skin.
If you have oily skin, you generally know about it. Oily skin is characterized by... lots of oil, to the point where one's face shines with it. Oily skin types can also experience other problems such as acne and enlarged pores
If you have oily skin then the best moisturizer for you will be one that is lightweight, such as a lotion. Even though it doesn't seem like your skin needs any extra moisture, moisturizing regularly can help to bring your skin's oil production into balance.
If oily skin is your bane, then check out Verdura's Acne/Oily skin regime set.
If you are blessed with normal skin, you already have a great balance of oil production going on.
To lock in a little extra moisture, without overloading your pores, a good face moisturizer is a cream. Creams are lighter than ointments and slightly thicker than lotions.
Combination skin is a mixture of oily and dry skin. For example, if you have high oil production in your T-zone, but have dry cheeks, this means that you have combination skin.
Combination skin can be a little tricky to find a good face moisturizer for. One way to work around this demanding skin type is to use a medium duty moisturizer such as a cream.
Or, you can double up with two moisturizers, one that caters to the dry areas and another lighter weight moisturizer for the oily areas.
Highly sensitive skin has a weakened immune function which can often manifest itself in conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
If you have moderately sensitive skin, you probably find that you react strongly to harsh facial products and weather conditions.
Moisturizers for sensitive skin should:
- Be free from synthetic chemicals
- Be suited to your skin's oil levels
- Contain calming ingredients such as chamomile, lavender, green tea or calendula
For people who have sensitive skin, it is doubly important that they find a good face moisturizer that is free from irritants and is soothing to their skin.
Look for Active Ingredients That Are in Line with Your Other Skin Care Needs
Besides having either oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin, you probably have a few other skin care needs as well. You can look for active ingredients in moisturizers to ensure that they help you to meet your other skin care needs.
Skincare needs generally fall into three categories. Anti-aging, fading dark marks or scars, and fighting breakouts.
Here are some of the key ingredients to look for in moisturizers to help with these areas.
Active Ingredients for Anti-Aging
If you are looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and slow signs of aging, then keep your eyes peeled for these key ingredients.
- Vitamin C
- Carrot oil
- Vitamin A
- Natural retinol
- Hyaluronic acid
- Co-Enzyme Q-10
- Other antioxidants
- Lotus, jasmine and hibiscus extracts
- Frankincense oil
These are some of the most effective natural anti-aging ingredients and are commonly found in natural anti-aging moisturizers.
Active Ingredients for Fading Dark Marks and Scars
If on the other hand, your area of concern is dark marks or scars, try to pick a good face moisturizer that contains some of these active ingredients:
- Aloe vera
- Vitamin E oil
- Omega fatty acids (such as rosehip seed oil)
- Frankincense oil
- Castor oil
A combination of these active ingredients in your moisturizer can help you to fade dark marks and scars over time.
Active Ingredients for Fighting Acne
Lastly, if you are fighting acne, you can harness your moisturizer to help you win the battle. Here are some of the best ingredients to look for in a moisturizer to help you combat breakouts:
- Aloe Vera
- Lavender oil
- Tea tree oil
- Rosehip seed oil
- Orange blossom extract
- Witch hazel
- Green tea
These popular acne-fighting ingredients provide an antiseptic action as well as a soothing effect to reduce redness and inflammation during breakouts.
Load up on Anti-Oxidants
Besides these specific ingredients, a great category of active ingredients to look out for is general antioxidants.
Antioxidants benefit the skin in numerous ways. This is why they are a common component of many a good face moisturizer.
Here are some of the potential skincare benefits of antioxidants:
- Reduced appearance of fine lines
- Accelerated scar tissue healing
- Reparation of sun damage
- Skin firming and brightening
As you can see, antioxidants can act as a multipurpose tonic for the skin over time.
Here are some of the top antioxidants to look out for when shopping for a great moisturizer:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Coenzyme Q10
- Vitamin B3 (also known as niacinamide)
If you want to snag a rejuvenating moisturizer that is loaded with vitamin C (a popular antioxidant amount dermatologists) then check out Crawford Street's restorative beauty balm.
Avoid Harmful Ingredients
When on the hunt for the best moisturizer for your face, besides looking at what you want in it, you also need to consider what you don't want in it.
Here are some common ingredients found in moisturizers that you definitely do not want on your skin:
- Artificial fragrance
- Mineral oils (white oil, liquid paraffin, and pariffinum liquidum)
- Polyethylene Glycol
Always check the ingredients when looking at a moisturizer. If you come across one of these substances, you will know that it is not the best moisturizer.
Factor in the Climate
Besides working out your skin's moisture needs, there is another component to optimal moisturizing. And that is adjusting one's moisturizer to the season.
An estimated one-third of Canadian women change their skin care in response to the seasons. Here's why.
In winter, conditions are harsher and the air is much dryer than in summer. Therefore you may find that for winter time you need a more heavy duty moisturizer. Then for summer, the best moisturizer will often be a lighter one, such as a lotion.
Don't Forget About Sun Protection
Even if one is indoors most of the day, sun protection is a crucial part of skin care. Therefore, you must factor this in when buying moisturizers.
You can either go with a moisturizer that has built-in sunscreen, or you can choose a lightweight spray such as Cocoon Apothecary's mineral sunscreen to go along with your moisturizer.
Built-in SPF protection is not always the strength that it should be in moisturizers. Which can make natural spray sunscreens a better option.
Now You Are All Set to Find the Best Natural Face Moisturizer for Your Skin
With the plethora of products available in stores, picking out the best facial moisturizer can be tough. Some skin-care products are also harmful to the skin, which is an added worry.
Thankfully, you don't need to stress about how to select moisturizers anymore. Because we just shared with you exactly how to identify the best natural face moisturizer for you.
So that you can get your glow on, meet your skin care goals, and avoid harmful ingredients.
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