Moisturizers come in all shapes and sizes, and unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all.” Everyone has different skin needs, and our skin’s needs change as we age and as the seasons change. To find the best moisturizer requires more than running into your local Nashville drugstore and seeing what is on sale today!
Feeling Smooth is Not Enough
Many moisturizers are basically made of water, a protectant which seals the moisture in and keeps other things out, and some preservatives that prevent a fungus from taking root in your moisturizer. While the lotion or cream may feel good going on and cause the skin to feel smoother when applied, it is other ingredients which are frequently missing from cheap, over-the-counter moisturizers which effect real change and benefit to the skin. In fact, while Vaseline and White Petrolatum (pictured above) are commonly used as moisturizers and moisturizer ingredients, they do little more for the skin than to trap some moisture on the surface.
More than a Lube Job
One very basic rule of thumb is that a lotion is usually water based and better for oily skin, and a cream is usually oil based and better for dry skin. However, a good moisturizer should address more specific needs, not just provide a temporary lube job to the skin.
Determine Your Skin Type
You must determine if your skin is oily, dry or sensitive and if you want to address other concerns including: wrinkles, brown spots, acne, sun damage, and rosacea, to name a few. As mentioned in Top ten tips to winterize your skin, it is beneficial to use a different moisturizer for morning and night use. In Nashville, finding a moisturizer which includes a sunscreen is a must. Once you know what you want out of a moisturizer, you are better prepared to go find the best one for your skin type and needs.
Moisturizers – daytime facial moisturizers
Your face and eyes show the signs of aging, dry skin first. Your daytime moisturizer should provide the right benefits to your face 24/7, especially for the exposed, delicate skin of the face and neck. Look for ingredients like peptides, lipids, antioxidents, retinol, hyaluronan, as well as humectants, protectants and sunscreen in a daytime moisturizer for the face.
I like the Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Moisturizer With SPF 30 moisturizer for the face and neck because it contains peptides to help strengthen skin’s structure to reduce wrinkles and firm skin, as well as lipids, antioxidents, hyaluronan, humectants, protectants, a sunscreen and is great for most skin types.
Moisturizers with Sunscreen
Do you want a sunscreen in your facial moisturizer? YES! It doesn’t matter if it is summer or winter, or whether you are fair-skinned or dark, young or old — the sun ages all skin, especially in a southern city like Nashville. UV rays lead to lines, crowns feet and wrinkles. The sun causes brown spots and other hyper-pigmentation. Too much sun leads to leathery dry skin with darker brown spots, and eventually even skin cancer. That’s why it is important to practice safe sun in Nashville.
A good daytime facial moisturizer will include a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher to protect the face and neck from the sun which can damage your skin in the time it takes you to drive to work. We are more likely to wear a sunscreen if we don’t have to stop and think about applying it as a second step, so make sure your moisturizer is SFP 15 or higher.
Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin
For sensitive skin, there are also some good options including an Aveeno product, the Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF-30.
Moisturizers – daytime body moisturizers
Since good facial moisturizers contain expensive ingredients like peptides, many people, myself included, opt for a less expensive daytime body moisturizer. While the skin of the face is more delicate, shows age faster, and needs special care, don’t neglect the rest of your body. Hands, arms, chest and legs need moisturizing and protecting, too.
Body Moisturizers with Sunscreen
Today more and more skin care companies are making body lotions that also come with sunscreen and other good ingredients.Below moisturizers are perfect for daytime use and a SPF refresh before heading out to lunch during work, but you should always wear higher SPF in prolonged sun exposure.
Moisturizers with Peptides, Hyaluronan & Better Ingredients
However, if your budget will accomodate it, there is tremendous benefit to using a great moisturizer with peptides, lipids, antioxidents, retinol, hyaluronan, humectants, protectants and sunscreen on the entire body. While the old wives tale says there is no difference in moisturizers, with the recent advent of peptides, hyaluronan and other potent new skin care ingredients, that is no longer the case. Spending a little extra money on a moistuizer with more effective ingredients can make a big differense in how our skin looks.
The best time to apply your body moisturizer is right after you get out of thebath or shower when your skin is hydrated and clean.