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The Best Moisturizers for Every Skin Type

Finding a skin type-friendly moisturizer is the key to an effective skincare routine.
14 Jan 2022

It goes without saying that moisturizer is an important part of any daily skincare routine. Applying a daily cream in the morning helps to not only keep skin hydrated throughout the day but also protect it from environmental aggressors and lock in moisture, preventing it from becoming dehydrated. But that doesn’t mean there’s one cream that fits all skin types. Once you determine your skin type, you can then determine the best moisturizer, whether your skin is dry, oily, sensitive or somewhere in between.

Dry skin

Using a nourishing cream is an absolute must for dry skin, as it’s already naturally lacking moisture. Incorporating a moisturizer into your daily routine can help reduce issues like eczema, itchy patches and inflammation, all of which can occur when skin is not hydrated. The best moisturizer for dry skin is one that is gentle, provides lightweight hydration and won’t cause irritation. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive Riche is an excellent option for dry skin as it’s an oil-free fragrance-free moisturizer that contains thermal prebiotic spring water to help repair the skin barrier and reduce sensitivity. It has a rich, creamy texture and provides skin with 48 hours of comforting hydration.

Oily skin and acne-prone skin

Although oily skin and acne-prone skin often naturally produce more oil than a drier skin type does, it’s important to use a lightweight daily moisturizer to keep the skin barrier balanced and hydrated without clogging pores. Oily skin can benefit from using a cream with a matte finish that will help curb daily oil production. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Matte Cream is one of the best moisturizers for oily skin as it refines the look of pores and helps control oil production to keep shine at bay. If breakouts are your concern, try La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) Global Acne Treatment. This oil-free moisturizer and acne treatment in one offers 24 hours of lightweight hydration while treating blemishes with Salicylic Acid. Also included in this moisturizer for acne-prone skin is Procerad, a patented ceramide that helps protect the skin against acne marks.

Combination skin

Combination skin is skin that has more than one type; it’s often dry in some areas and oily in others. Dry skin typically tends to occur on areas like the cheeks and the sides of the face, while oily skin tends to occur on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin). When you’re selecting a moisturizer for combination skin, it’s important to choose a product that won’t create more oil on the skin but is still hydrating enough for the drier areas. A cream like La Roche-Posay Hydraphase HA Light Face Cream offers lightweight hydration in a formula packed with hyaluronic acid, a super-hydrating ingredient that will help retain moisture while feeling light on the skin. If you’re looking to add another non-greasy product to your combination-skin routine, reach for La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Anti-Aging Serum. This hyaluronic acid serum pairs well with the Hydraphase cream to deliver an added boost of lightweight hydration.

Sensitive skin

Similar to dry skin, sensitive skin requires that you use a daily moisturizer to keep it properly hydrated and maintain a happy and healthy skin barrier. La Roche-Posay has great options for sensitive skin, including daily moisturizers with or without SPF. Toleriane Sensitive Crème is a prebiotic-rich fragrance-free moisturizer that contains ceramides to help repair the skin barrier function and reduce sensitivity. It also comes in a formula with sunscreen, as daily sun protection is a must for all skin types, especially sensitive. Toleriane Sensitive Crème UV SPF 30 is one of the best moisturizers for sensitive skin as it has soothing ingredients like glycerin and niacinamide while also providing the skin with non-irritating sunscreen filters to keep skin protected. For sensitive skin that’s more combination or oily rather than dry, Toleriane Sensitive Fluid is a lightweight moisturizer that contains a high concentration of prebiotic thermal water to repair the skin while providing 48 hours of comforting hydration that won’t clog pores.

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