What type of cream or lotion do I need to use for my skin?

When choosing a skin care product it's important to first determine your skin type, i.e., dry, oily or combination, because lotions are formulated for specific skin types.

Next, shop for a product containing organic or natural botanicals and organic oils, such as sunflower, flax, jojoba and coconut. Choose products free of petro-chemicals and preservatives.




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If you tend to be extremely dry, you can use a cream or lotion containing a humectant such as glycerin or an antioxidant emollient such as tocopherol acetate (vitamin E). For oily skin, go with a gel, spray, or lotion with a high water or alcohol content that will evaporate quickly from your skin, try one of the new SPF cleansers, or use a mineral suncreen powder. Look for "oil-free," "hypoallergenic," and "noncomedogenic" on labels. Those with sensitive skin should try a water-based lotion with physical UVA blockers, since chemical sunscreens often irritate their skin. Blue Lizard is a favorite brand for people with extremely sensitive skin.

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Skin Moisturizing

Moisturizers can treat try skin and conditions like eczema, offer some sun protection and improve the appearance of skin all over your body. A basic moisturizer helps hold water in the skin's outer layers. Emollients fill in tiny ...

crevices between surfaces to keep skin smooth, while humectants draw water to the outermost layer of your skin for a dewy glow. Depending on your skin type, you may not need to moisturize your face or other areas as often as others. Your moisturizing routine could change based on the time of year and your environment. Find out more about moisturizers and how to apply them with expert advice from Sharecare.

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