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The best moisturiser for your skin type

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The best moisturiser for your skin type
Face and body

Whether your skin is oily, dry or sensitive, finding the right moisturiser for all skin types to suit it can be tricky. There are countless brands and types of moisturisers on the market, so how can you tell which will work best for you? The key to picking out a good moisturiser is to think about what your skin type needs from it in order to stay healthy and happy – and then pick the product that addresses that need.

Skin Type

The first step in finding the best moisturiser is figuring out what your skin type is. Oily skin has more sebum that can be seen as shine or grease on the surface; dry skin lacks oil and will look flaky, tight, or scaly; normal skin has a balance of both oils and moisture levels. 

If you have oily or combination skin, use a lighter lotion with an oil-free formula. These are typically non-comedogenic because they won’t clog pores with excess sebum. Mineral oil is usually one of these ingredients so read labels carefully.


Moisturisers come in all different shapes and sizes. You might have oily skin or acne prone, or maybe you just want to use natural products. Whatever the case, it’s important that you take care of your skin. Here are some tips on what ingredients you should be looking out for when picking a product:

– Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can exfoliate dead cells and help with acne. – Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) can be used as a treatment for adult acne and can also unclog pores. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, ask your dermatologist! They’ll know how much exfoliation is needed based on what’s going on with your skin.


Moisturisers work by forming an oily barrier over the surface of your skin and trapping moisture in. This can help keep your skin feeling hydrated and looking healthy. Depending on which type of moisturiser you choose, it can also improve texture, reduce any redness, dry patches or blemishes, and even out your complexion.

But with so many different types of moisturisers on offer at beauty counters, how do you know which one is right for you? There are three main types of facial skin that fall into four categories:

Normal/Combination/Oily Skin; Dry/Sensitive Skin; Mature/Aging Skin; and Sensitive Eyes. Here’s a guide on what would be best for you.

main photo: unsplash.com/Clarissa Watson

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