How to Pick Facial Cleanser and Moisturizer for Your Skin Type

How to Pick Facial Cleanser and Moisturizer for Your Skin Type

Plus crowdsourced cleanser and moisturizer recommendations!

If I’m being honest, I’ve been in dire need of facial cleanser and moisturizer for awhile now. In the final months of pregnancy I was busy getting ready for the baby and I let my skincare routine go by the wayside. I’ve been using Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser and I had been using Goop’s Replenishing Night Cream until it ran out.

I decided it’s time to do some proper research and find the right products and skinare routine I should be using for my oily skin. There’s a lot of info out there and I tried to find some simple basic skincare rules to follow. Here’s what I found about picking the right facial cleanser and moisturizer for your skin type. I’ve also included crowdsourced recommendations from my followers and friends on Instagram!

STEP 1 – Determine your skin type

This sounds basic but we gotta make sure we get the basics right! There are 4 main skin types: dry, oily, combination and sensitive. It’s worth nothing that “sensitive” is often combined with “dry” and “oily” is often bunched together with “combination”.

I have always wavered between having oily and combination skin, especially while living in dry Colorado.

STEP 2 – Choose the right products for your skin type

FACIAL CLEANSER

Dry Skin:

Stick to light moisturizing face cleansers with lotion in them and/or a milky texture.

Crowdsourced recommendations from Instagram:

Oily or Combination Skin:

Choose a face cleanser that provides a deeper clean such as foaming or gel cleansers. This can include exfoliating ingredients such as salicylic acid or lactic acid to help remove excess oil from pores.

Crowdsourced recommendations from Instagram:

Sensitive Skin:

Opt for hypoallergenic face cleansers that are fragrance-free and gentle on the skin. A good option is water based cleansers.

FACIAL MOISTURIZER

Dry Skin:

Your skin will benefit from a heavier, oil-based creams and ointments rather than lotion. Dry skin sufferers will see benefits from products that include hyaluronic acid, ceramides and glycerin which seal moisture into the skin.

Oily or Combination Skin:

You’ll benefit from a lighter, water-based moisturizer.

Sensitive Skin:

Choose soothing ingredients like aloe that won’t be harsh on the skin. Sensitive skin is also dry so ingredients that boost hydration and have healing properties are key– ceramides, hyaluronic acid, soy and colloidal oatmeal.

Step 3 – Trial & error: keep a skin diary

I know, this doesn’t sound fun or sexy. However, I do think being mindful and checking out your skin every morning and evening will help you understand if your chosen products are working for you or not. This is a KEY part of Step 2’s “trial and error”.

I recommend making this as easy as possible and baking it into a routine you already have. For instance, examine your skin each morning while the shower heats up. 

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