How do I Choose the Best Gel Moisturizer?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

When choosing a gel moisturizer, the first step is to find options that offer a great deal of moisture without causing the skin to become oily. Next, narrow down those options according to one's specific skin needs. A gel moisturizer is often ideal for people who have oily skin who are concerned about treating their skin with moisture to keep it healthy and prevent the signs of aging. Gel moisturizer is also ideal for those who are trying to moisturize their skin while targeting other skin issues such as age spots, wrinkles, acne, and even the scars that are the result of acne.

Gel moisturizers might be effective in the treatment of facial blemishes, including scarring from acne.
Gel moisturizers might be effective in the treatment of facial blemishes, including scarring from acne.

For those who are able to afford it, one of the best ways to choose a gel moisturizer is to get a recommendation from an aesthetician as part of a facial at a reputable spa. An aesthetician will be able to perform a professional assessment of the skin during the facial and make recommendations about the best products for one's specific skin needs. The drawback to this process is that facials can be rather pricey. Furthermore, the products that are sold in spas are often rather pricey as well.

Gel moisturizer is often best for people with oily skin.
Gel moisturizer is often best for people with oily skin.

Those who are willing to do a bit of research and at-home testing can usually save quite a bit of money and still find product that works well. Create a list of gel moisturizers that meet all of one's needs. Then find out whether samples are available. A number of skin care companies offer free samples online and in their stores. Finally, try each product out and choose the one that seems to offer the best results.

Be sure to also consider when the gel moisturizer will be used. It is common for skin care companies to sell two kinds of gel moisturizers in their product lines. Companies tend to have one product that is rather light and can be worn during the day and another that is more intense and is meant to be applied before bed. The lighter formulas usually work well under makeup whereas the night formulas might cause the makeup to smear or cake. There are also some products that are formulated for use during day and night.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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Gel moisturizers are fine if you're not sensitive to something in the mixture. My daughter had a spate of acne and the gel moisturizer she used just made bad matters worse. She has sensitive skin and it made her skin very red, which, on top of the pimples, was a miserable experience.

So, during spring break, since we didn't go anywhere, I made her go without makeup for the whole week and made her use some collodial oatmeal lotion to soothe her skin. It helped so much, that's what she uses as a moisturizer now. She loved the way the gels felt on her skin, but the redness was just too much of a drawback.


I got some gel moisturizer as a sample in a gift kit and I loved it! It was so light on my skin, but it still made it feel great. That was a while back, so I don't know if I could still use it since my skin has dried out a *lot* the past 10 years or so.

Find a moisturizer that works is just kind of a trial and error effort, anyway. But I'm glad that gel moisturizers are available for people with oily skin and acne issues, especially. For too many years, they've had to do the best they could with astringents like witch hazel and little bits of cream moisturizer. A gel certainly mates the best of both worlds.

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