6 Tips for Choosing the Right Facial Moisturizer

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Last week I explained why you need a separate facial lotion in addition to body lotion. That was easy. Now comes the hard part: Buying one. If your drugstore is like mine, there are scores to choose from. I’m here to make the process a little easier for you.

Here are 6 steps for choosing a facial moisturizer:

1. If you have sensitive skin, then look for fragrance-free and oil-free moisturizers, such as Eucerin’s Daily Protection with SPF 30 (about $8) or Aveeno’s Ultra Calming Facial Lotion with SPF 15 (about $16).

2. If you’re prone to acne, then look for moisturizers labeled “non-comedogenic,” which means they won’t clog pores. Consider Neutrogena’s Rapid Defense Acne Clear Facial Lotion (about $7) or Eucerin’s Daily Protection with SPF 30 (about $8), the latter which is both fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.

3. For normal to oily skin, choose a non-greasy, water-based moisturizer with silicone-derived ingredients, such as dimethicone. Consider Neutrogena’s Rapid Defense Acne Clear Facial Lotion (about $7) or Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer SPF 30 (about $15) which has a matte finish to combat shininess.

4. For dry to very dry skin, try heavier oil-based products made with mineral oil, glycerin.  or hyaluronic acid. For dry skin, consider Oil of Olay Active Hydrating Cream (about $15) and for very dry skin, try old-fashioned facials creams such as Pond’s Dry Skin Cream (about $7), or moisturizing creams made with shea butter or olive oil.

5. Be flexible. Realize that many factors affect your skin, including weather, hormones, medications, and age, so if your moisturizer doesn’t seem to be working, consider trying a different one. In fact, you may like a heavier one for the cold weather months, and a lighter gel or silicone-based one for warmer weather.

6. Save your money. You don’t have to buy expensive designer facial moisturizers. Whether it’s $50 or $15, they’ll likely have the same active ingredients. Most over-the-counter facial moisturizers are under $20 and do the job. In fact, one of my most frequently recommended products is Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (about $15). It’s in my bathroom drawer at home.

And, remember, always apply facial moisturizer to still-damp skin after cleansing and allow to set for several minutes before applying make-up.

Got any facial moisturizers you like? Please share them with us in the comment section below.

Photo credit: FCC, daniela vladimirova

12 thoughts on “6 Tips for Choosing the Right Facial Moisturizer

  1. I’ve been using Lubriderm, Eucerin, and Mary Kay’s Velocity facial moisturizers forever now. My face is extremely sensitive to everything and is allergic to everything (I have no food allergies) I’m normally okay with. Those moisturizers are amazing for my face!

  2. I have acne prone skin, so I am very careful about using moisturizers. I found that Olay Complete is perfect for me. It has UV protection, SPF of 15 and vitamins E&C. It is 100% oil free, it won’t clog the pores and it feels wonderful. My skin stay clear and smooth with it. Love it! (And no, I have nothing vested one way or the other for the product.) It is just a great product, and under $10. ;)

  3. Thank you for this very informative post. i have problems with my skin due to allergy – my fingers get all scaly and dry which really really hurts so I only use skin care products recommended by my dermatologist. I also used Curel lotions which is I think the best one though i find myself also using Aveeno. :)

  4. I am prone to acne, and also to dry skin. I use Neutragena Light Sesame unscented Body Oil for my face. It works great for me…a light application after I wash and my face feels great, and not greasy! No harsh chemicals for my sensitive skin, and no heavy residue some creams leave behind.

  5. I was an avid user of Neutrogena’s Rapid Defense Acne Clear Facial Lotion. But then it appears they changed the formulation and I now break out when I use it. It feels heavier now and I tried it again after a break of 6 months (in case it was me and not the lotion!) but I broke out again! They changed it!

  6. I have acne prone and oily skin as well, since I was a teen. I used to not use any moisturizer at all because the initial ones I used gave me serious breakouts (I didn’t know about non-comedogenic back then). After years of using very harsh facial washes without moisturizing, I started to notice many fine lines in my late twenties. Now, I have been using Neutrogena Rapid Defense for some time now and have to say I really like it. It doesn’t clog up my face or give me breakouts, and feels very light with a mild fragrance. Interesting to see Aramis comments that the formulation seemed to have changed, because I haven’t really notice any significant change. It could be just different people with different skin types reacting differently to products I guess.

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