Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Moisturizers protect your skin’s top layer, the stratum corneum, by holding in water and smoothing surface dryness. They also prepare your skin for makeup, which glides on more easily and looks prettier on a smooth complexion. But most important, moisturizers make the skin on your face are more supple skin hides its fine lines better.
Choosing the right moisturizer is to keeping skin smooth while not clogging the pores. Moisturizers come in a variety of types, including ones that are oil-based, water-based, oil-free, and vitamin-enriched. To choose the best moisturizer for you, you’ll need to consider your skin type and seasonal change.
While moisturizers can’t get rid of wrinkles, you can buy products formulated with ingredients thought to discourage them. Moisturizers formulated with alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), mild acids derived from natural substances like fruit and milk, appear to make skin look smoother and brighter, while products that contain certain vitamins called antioxidants are thought-but not proven-to fight age related skin damage caused by free radicals.
But the best wrinkle-deterring moisturizer ingredient containing sunscreen, which guards you skin against photo damage.
For Oily Skin: women with oily skin can typically forgo a moisturizer unless your skin gets dry in winter. In that case, opt for an oil-free moisturizer that hydrates the skin.
For Dry Skin: Moisturize two or three times a day, depending on your needs and your skin on a given day. During winder, use rich cream or lotion designed for dry skin and during summer, use water based lotion or creams.
For Combination Skin: Apply a water-based lotion once or twice a day to the dry areas of the skin only. You will not need to apply the moisturizer to the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin).
For Sensitive Skin: Follow the guide for oily, dry, combination skin, but choose your moisturizer carefully. A water-based formula may be best. Avoid ingredients that can irritate your skin, such as alcohol, lanolin, retinol, vitamin A or fragrance.
For Normal Skin: Apply a water based moisturizer once a day.

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