CHOOSING A MOISTURIZER
In a previous post we wrote about winter skin care, but we didn’t tell you how to pick a good moisturizer. If you’re like us it’s easy to get overwhelmed with claims about dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, organic, all natural, and fragrance or perfume free creams, lotions, and rubs. You want to keep your skin hydrated to prevent itching, dryness, and inflammation, but some moisturizers have ingredients that produce exactly these reactions in your skin. If your skin is sensitive, pick an option that doesn’t contain any fragrances, parabens, or tocopherols. These chemicals are a common cause of uncomfortable skin reactions. Additionally, if you have allergies or sensitive skin, consider switching up your moisturizer every so often. The chance of a reaction increases the longer you use a product.
For normal skin, lotions are a good option due to their higher water content than creams or ointments. They absorb quickly without leaving a greasy residue and they’re less expensive than other products. Choose an unscented version if you have sensitive skin. A cream, ointment, or butter is a richer option for drier skin, but be careful to avoid products with skin-drying olive oil. Choose something with sunflower oil, coconut oil, or shea butter instead.