Moisturizer is one of our favorite steps in our daily skincare routine. After a long day, is there any better feeling than pampering parched skin with a boost of hydration? We don't think so.
For many, a great moisturizer is the lynchpin of their routine and elusive to get juuuuust right.
It's true that the right moisturizer for your skin type can make all the difference, replacing dull dryness with supple, glowy, lasting hydration.
When you're choosing a facial moisturizer, there are several factors to consider, like:
- Moisturizing ingredients
- Your skin type
- Product texture (this mostly comes down to personal preference!)
- Your environment
Let's go into more detail about each one:
Best Moisturizer Ingredients
Unsure what to look for in a daily face moisturizer? Here's a cheat sheet of ingredients your skin will drink up.
This moisturizing ingredient mimics your skin's oils, leaving skin hydrated and soft.
A skin replenishing ingredient, it helps smooth and plump the skin while promoting a healthy skin barrier.
If you need a moisturizer that'll perk you up and energize your skin, look for products with caffeine.
Other common ingredients you'll find in moisturizers are:
- Shea butter
- Petrolatum (an occlusive that helps lock in moisture)
Best Moisturizing Ingredients For Your Skin Type
Choosing a moisturizer comes down to knowing the best ingredients in a face moisturizer for your skin type. This isn't always clear cut, because you might be sensitive to certain fragrances, ingredients, or actives and not even realize it.
The best moisturizer for dry skin types is likely going to be a thicker formulation with lots of glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which attract moisture to the skin. Creams and oil-based moisturizers are going to be a dry skin girlie's best friend.
Oily skin needs a moisturizer that won't add to the natural production of oils in the body, so water-based moisturizers and gel-like textures will be key for oily skin types.
The best moisturizers for sensitive skin tend to be fragrance-free and not contain a ton of ingredients. Look for anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera, ceramides, or cica.
(Explore more benefits to a fragrance-free skincare routine in our handy guide.)
How the environment affects your skin
Your skin can have different needs depending on the season. For example, dry skin in the winter may benefit hugely from a rich, cream moisturizer but, come summer, need a lightweight gel texture instead.
If you're living in an urban environment, there's likely pollution and allergens that affect the overall health of your skin, which can contribute to dehydration and worsen symptoms of aging.
Check out more info on how to tailor your skincare routine for the seasons here:
Get to Know Covey's Last But Not Least Moisturizer
For a year-round, daily moisturizer packed with nourishing ingredients like glycerin, squalane, and sodium hyaluronate, look no further than Covey's Last But Not Least Moisturizer.
It provides both water and oil-based hydration for ultimate friendliness across allllll the different skin types and environments. Plus its lightweight, whipped texture melts into skin — leaving your face hydrated and glowing, not slick or greasy.