How to Choose the Best Facial Moisturizer for your Skin Type

A facial moisturizer is a skincare formula that helps you restore and maintain your skin moisture. It is available in different forms – lotions, ointments, gels, and creams – and for different skin types – dry, oily, mature, normal, and sensitive skin.

Choosing the right facial moisturizer for your skin type

Choosing the best facial moisturizer for your skin type can be challenging as there are many options to choose from. To remedy this, we provide the following methods.

Your skin type

Confirm your skin type before you choose a facial moisturizer. This is because each skin type requires different ingredients, so what works for a specific skin type may not work for another.

For instance, ultra-dry skin requires heavier moisturizers to get as much moisture as possible, while oily skin requires lighter moisturizers.

Below are five skin types and their required moisturizer forms:

  • Dry skin – Requires heavier, oil-based moisturizers
  • Oily skin – Requires lighter, water-based moisturizers
  • Mature skin – Requires oil-based moisturizers to retain moisturizer
  • Sensitive skin – Requires soothing ingredients that are tender on the skin, such as aloe vera
  • Normal or combination skin – Requires lighter, water-based moisturizers

If you aren’t certain of your skin type, get a few rolls of tissue paper and press it to different parts of your face. The amount of oil the paper picks up will indicate how oily your skin is.

Check the label

A good facial moisturizer does not contain any harmful ingredients. Hence, you need to confirm that the moisturizer you intend to choose uses trustworthy, non-harmful products.

Fortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires manufacturers to list their product’s ingredients on the label. So, you can easily confirm whether the ingredients are effective and harmless or not.

Look out for the following in your preferred moisturizer’s label.

Active vs. inactive ingredients

Most, if not all, facial moisturizers contain two ingredient types: active and inactive ingredients.

Active ingredients are those components that work to execute the specific product’s function. For instance, a facial moisturizer that blocks UV rays may contain titanium oxide as an active ingredient. Conversely, inactive ingredients do not perform a specific function; instead, they support active ingredients and help to create the final product.


This term describes a product that claims to be non-clogging or oil-free. It means that the product will break down excess oil. And as such, it will prevent clogged pores.

Also, it won’t rid your skin of moisture.


This refers to a product that is unlikely to cause allergic reactions. However, that a product is labeled as hypoallergenic doesn’t mean it won’t cause allergy reactions.

For this reason, you want to make further research on the product’s ingredients to confirm whether or not they are safe.

Natural vs. organic

Natural products contain ingredients that are made from botanical sources, with or without the use of chemicals. Organic products, on the other hand, use ingredients grown without chemicals, artificial fertilizers, or pesticides.


This indicates that the product blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

Many moisturizers today offer broad-spectrum, instead of sunscreen. If you don’t want a moisturizer that doubles as sunscreen, buy sunscreen separately. Then, apply it as a follow-up to your moisturizer. 


Parabens are preservatives used to extend the shelf life of cosmetics. Some common parabens are methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben.

Parabens are considered safe for use in cosmetics at low levels, ranging from 0.01% to 0.3%.

Final words

Finding the best moisturizer for your skin type can be challenging. But considering the above when shopping for a moisturizer will make it easier to choose the right one.

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