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Finding the Ideal Moisturizer for Your Skin

Using a moisturizer after washing your face and body is important, as it brings moisture back onto your skin's surface layer. How do moisturizers work? They simply add a bit of water to your skin and combine that water with a greasy layer so the water doesn't evaporate. In essence, all moisturizers have the same effect, though some add a little extra if combined with other unique ingredients. Here are some things to consider when choosing a moisturizer.

How should you select a moisturizer for your skin type?

Companies have become relatively specific with their creams and lotions, meaning they are made to help different types of skins. If you have oily skin, you'll need a lotion that is light on the greasy layer. On the other hand, if you have dry skin, you'll need a cream that is heavy on the moisture and heavy on the greasy layer, too. Sensitive skin should have little grease as the grease from the lotion can affect your skin and make you break out.

eBay offers moisturizers for the following types of skin:

  • All Skin Types
  • Dry Skin
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Combination Skin
  • Mature Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Normal Skin
Are there anti-aging moisturizers?

Yes, despite having a rather simple formula, there are ingredients added to face creams and lotions that are packed with extra nutrients for your skin. One such nutrient is Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which means it prevents damage to your skin cells caused by oxidation from the sun and air pollution. What does this mean in a nutshell? It means Vitamin E helps protect your skin from damage. In addition, Vitamin E easily dissolves in oil, a quality that makes it perfect for use in a lotion or cream.

What are the additional ingredients found in moisturizers?

Aloe vera gel is another common ingredient found in lotions, face creams, and gels. Like vitamin E, aloe vera gel is an antioxidant and protects your skin from damage. It is also an anti-inflammatory gel, so it is ideal to put on your skin if you have a burn or allergy. Another ingredient to consider is cocoa butter and oatmeal. In fact, many face masks contain oatmeal, as oatmeal helps with eczema. There are numerous body lotions, gels, and face creams that help with acne, as well, or specific serums that help with repairing dry skin.

Which formulations of moisturizers are available?

Moisturizers are available in different forms, and the best type will depend on your own preferences. Here are some:

  • Gel
  • Cream
  • Lotion
  • Serum
  • Oil
  • Balm
  • Emulsion