Where to start
It’s a real jungle out there when it comes to choosing a good moisturizer for your face. I suggest you start by experimenting with a couple different creams to determine which one is best for your skin type and provides the kind of results you’re looking for. Below are some tips that will help narrow down your search and put your best face forward.
As a rule of thumb, the richer the cream is in terms of concentration and texture, the better it is for your skin. Unfortunately, that also means it might be a little greasier, harder to apply, and probably less aesthetically pleasing. But as you can imagine, there has been a lot of progress in this area and you can now find creams that are easy to apply and non-greasy, yet extremely potent…but they will cost you.
Ingredients to look for
A good facial cream should be rich in essential fatty acids and oils, vitamins and minerals, nutrients, botanical extracts, and antioxidants, which help prevent skin damage caused by the sun, pollutants, and other harmful environmental elements. Below are some ingredients you should look for when shopping for facial moisturizers.
Shea butter: Shea butter is used for its rich texture and strong hydrating properties. It is known as a particularly good moisturizer because it penetrates the skin quickly, leaving it feeling smooth and with no oily residue.
Glycerin: Glycerin is present in all natural and synthetically manufactured fats. It is used in moisturizers because it seems to attract and retain the right amount of water in order to maintain balance in the skin.
Silicone: Silicone is a slippery, water-binding agent used in some lotions and creams to offer long-lasting protection. But be careful with this one because creams that contain too much silicone can leave your face looking greasy.
Green tea: Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, and along with grape seed extracts, has become a very popular cosmetic ingredient.