How do I Choose the Best Moisturizer?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In order to choose the best moisturizer, it is important to first consider the kinds of skin conditions that the moisturizer should address. In addition to adding moisture to the skin, there are a number of benefits that a moisturizer can provide. There are some moisturizers for aging skin that help to firm the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Some moisturizers can also help to reduce the appearance of discoloration in the skin that may be the result of sun damage. There are also moisturizers that can be used to help control oil and others that help to fight acne.

Some moisturizers reduce the appearance of brown spots caused by the sun.
Some moisturizers reduce the appearance of brown spots caused by the sun.

When choosing the best moisturizer for one's skin, it is important to consider the part of the body on which the moisturizer will be used. There are a number of kinds of moisturizers that are intended specifically for use on the face, or the feet, or the hands, while there are other moisturizers that are acceptable for use on the entire body. The best moisturizer for the hands and feet is usually a thick moisturizer that may even come in the form of a balm. The best moisturizer for one's face, on the other hand, is usually much thinner and less viscous in consistency.

Some moisturizers are formulated specifically for hands.
Some moisturizers are formulated specifically for hands.

For some people, the best moisturizer for any part of the body is one that is hypoallergenic. This is particularly true for people who have a number of skin allergies or who have very sensitive skin. There are a number of skin care companies that sell hypoallergenic product lines that include moisturizers. Of the available hypoallergenic moisturizers, there are formulas for the hands, feet, face, and body just as with other types of moisturizers.

People with frequently dry skin should buy moisturizer that comes in a larger bottle.
People with frequently dry skin should buy moisturizer that comes in a larger bottle.

There are also a number of companies that sell all-natural and organic moisturizers. This is a consideration for some people who prefer to use natural and organic products in all areas in their lives from the food that they consume, to the coffee that they drink, to the kinds of fibers used in their clothes and bedding. For these sorts of people, all-natural moisturizer made with organically grown products is probably the best moisturizer to use. Just as with the other varieties of moisturizer, moisturizers made with organic, natural products come in formulas for all different types of skin and all different parts of the body. These are often the most expensive kinds of moisturizer.

People with sensitive skin should choose a moisturizer that is hypoallergenic.
People with sensitive skin should choose a moisturizer that is hypoallergenic.
Moisturizers made from organic, natural products are often among the most expensive.
Moisturizers made from organic, natural products are often among the most expensive.
Sample tubes of moisturizers may be available for trial use.
Sample tubes of moisturizers may be available for trial use.
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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