What is a good Face Moisturizer? And how can you find the best one for your skincare routine?
Everyone over the age of sixteen, male and female, no matter their skin type, should be using a good facial moisturizer! But you might be asking, "Sonia, what is a good face moisturizer for my skin? I don't know what kind of skin type I have?
Have no fear, kitten britches, we're going to take a deep dive together and figure this out.
When it comes to choosing a face moisturizer one uses is dependent on a number of different factors. I'm also a big believer in a day time moisturizer and night time moisturizer for certain skin types as well. When it comes to moisturizer, we have to learn who, what, when, where how to find one, and we'll include a little info on makeup primers included for good measure.
How To Find The Best Face Moisturizer For Your Skin
The first step in discovering the best facial moisturizer for your face is to know your skin type. The best way to determine what type of skin you have is to touch and inspect your skin an hour after you have cleansed your face. Does it feel rough or tight? Does your skin look dull or can you see any flakes? Also, take a good look at it under a powerful light, such as the Meira by The Makeup Light. Observe any fine lines or wrinkles, tightness, your pore size, whether your skin is flaky and rough, or if it’s already producing oil, also referred to as “sebum”. Finally, in determining your skin type, give your skin a little rub and see if it turns pink. If so, your skin is “touch sensitive”.
Once you have determined your skin type, the next step is to learn what kind of facial moisturizer you should be using, as there are a number of different types of moisturizers on the market today, and there is something for everyone, and there are many ingredients that have different functions.
Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin?
If you have sensitive skin, then you should be using a moisturizer with gentle ingredients. Steer clear of any moisturizers that include acids such as salicylic or glycolic as they will irritate your skin. On the label, look for such words as “gentle”, “soothing”, and “calming”. In addition to a sensitive skin moisturizer, consider another great option to deliver hydration to those with sensitive skin with Sonia Roselli’s Water Elixir. This is a very lightweight serum-type of product which has ceramides in it to offer a boost of hydration to replenish the skin.
Moisturizer for Dry, Mature Skin
What is considered mature skin? Well, to an esthetician, it's over the age of 25. But for the beauty industry, usually over 40. It really depends on who you ask. As a woman of 50 myself, I noticed my skin drastically changing at 45. So I think this answer really is dependent on the person and when they feel they need to step up their face moisturizing game.
When looking or shopping for a face moisturizer for dry or mature skin, the best face moisturizer for these skin types, products would use the descriptors in their descriptions as “rich”, “replenishing”, and “nourishing”.
If fine lines and wrinkles are a factor, or for a preventative measure, using an anti-aging moisturizer is a great idea. Keep an eye out for glycolic acid and retinoids for effective ingredients in an anti-aging moisturizer. A great option for a facial moisturizer for mature or dry skin is Sonia Roselli Beauty’s Water Balm.
Water Balm is a gel moisturizer that delivers a huge boost of hydration to the skin by leaving tiny droplets of moisture on the skin, which is then absorbed into the skin over a few minutes. The effect is plumped lines and a blurring effect on the skin - like an Instagram filter, but in real life! If you have very dry skin or want a serious shot of extra hydration, try Water Oil. It’s lightweight, it dries quickly, and it will make your skin feel like you just slipped into some soft lingerie.
Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, the best type of moisturizer to look for is a gel moisturizer with a label that might have the words “oil-free”, “lightweight”, and “exfoliating”. Most facial moisturizers are non-comedogenic, but especially those of us with oily skin should be sure to use a moisturizer that won’t clog the pores. Be advised if you have oily skin and want to learn how to make your own facial moisturizer, using coconut oil is a huge no-no here as it is in fact very comedogenic (pore clogging, beware!). The best gel moisturizer for oily skin is Sonia Roselli Beauty’s Water Balm, as it is lightweight, non-comedogenic, and includes a primer - thereby using fewer products on your skin.
One of the main reasons to moisturize the skin on your face is to prep the skin prior to applying makeup. After applying your facial moisturizer, a makeup primer is also an absolute must for a beautiful application and to make the makeup stay in place on the face for a longer period of time. Makeup primers also fill in fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Makeup primers should be applied after you moisturize your face, and Water Balm has a makeup primer built right into it to save a step when getting ready for the day.
Add A Facial Serum To Your Moisturizer
Another great addition to a good facial moisturizer is to use a serum prior to applying your moisturizer. Serums can be effective in different ways and deliver a number of ingredients directly to the skin, including an extra boost of hydration. Serums can contain more concentrated ingredients such as retinoids, glycolic acid, or vitamin C. Look for what your skin needs most and work it into your routine prior to applying your moisturizer.
Make a Facial Moisturizer at Home?
Wanna try your hand at making a facial moisturizer at home? If you are, you’re in luck! There are many ingredients that you can whip up at home for a great natural moisturizer.
Shea butter or olive oil can be used as a base, and you can add in ingredients as you require, for example if you want a little brightening action for your skin, squeeze in some lemon juice. If you want to add some antioxidants, brew some green tea and mix that in for a fantastic natural face moisturizer.
But here's the trick bag you may find yourself in...there is a very limited shelf life. As in a couple of days. So don't make too much in one go. And keep refrigerated!
What is a Natural Face Moisturizer?
It’s important to include a quick word about store-bought products that might be labeled a “natural face moisturizer” - the best natural face moisturizer is the one that follows the science. A moisturizer needs certain ingredients to be effective and to be shelf-stable so it lasts longer than five days outside of a refrigerator, and the “natural” label isn’t regulated by any authority. Be very cautious about purchasing something labeling itself natural, as there is really no way to know what the company means by using that word. In other words, it is sometimes just a smoke screen!
As you can see, there are so many considerations in choosing a good facial moisturizer. The best moisturizer for face is going to be one that works well for your skin type, and ideally one that serves more than just one purpose. Water Balm is great for most skin types, in fact, as it is an all-in-one product that contains your toner, primer, moisturizer, serum, and eye cream! You can’t go wrong with Water Balm to deliver hydration to your skin no matter what type of skin you have.