Fall Moisturizers For Every Skin Type

By November 11, 2013 4 Comments

Fall Moisturizers For Every Skin Type

It’s inevitable that the fall and winter climate will lead to dry skin – cracked lips, calloused hands and a dull complexion. Hydrating from the inside – drinking 6-8 glasses of water (try hot water infused with lavender, basil or even orange!) – will significantly help, but there isn’t a cure all for the plight of dry skin. Well, except moisturizing… a lot. An ordinary moisturizer will give you momentary relief, an extraordinary moisturizer will give you beautiful skin all season.

There are hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of face moisturizers on the market. It’s really about finding what’s right for you. Trial and error. Here are our suggestions for the best moisturizers for every skin type:

Normal – Normal skin is classified as not too dry, not too oily, and not too sensitive. You have few pores, an even skin tone, and little to no redness. You’ll want your moisturizer to keep your PH balance on par, and infuse hydration into the skin.

Moisturizers to Try:
Eminence Guava & Bamboo Age-Defying Moisturizer ($58) – I am a huge fan of the Eminence product range. The ingredients are healthy and the products are reliable. This particular moisturizer is great for normal skin that also wants added anti-aging benefits. Bamboo hydrates while guava increases cell turnover. A mix of antioxidants, vitamins and proteins protect, firm and brighten the complexion.
Epicuren Colostrum Cream ($80) – This lotion like cream will brighten and hydrate your skin with its impressive blend of ingredients such as kukui, avocado, seaweed protein extract, and bitter orange. Colostrum aids in building strong and healthy skin cells while evening skin tone. The citrus scent is merely a bonus!

Combination – Combination skin can have areas of oily (mainly the T-Zone) and areas of dry. You may be prone to breakouts and dry patches… it’s kind of like the worst of both worlds. Your moisturizer should neutralize dryness without causing breakouts.

Moisturizers to Try:
Arcona Magic White Ice ($40) – A gel/ cream moisturizer packed with hyaluronic acid, vitamins B-5, C and E, anti-microbial totara extract, and grapefruit complex to moisturizer, neutralize and clarify. This formula gives combination skin a run for its money, combatting both dryness and shine.
Sunday Riley Adrenaline Anti-Aging Gel Cream ($185) – This is one of my favorite moisturizers (my skin is somewhere between combination and oily/ acne prone) because the consistency is thick yet it doesn’t leave a greasy residue. In fact, my skin soaks up the abundance of natural ingredients like rosehip seed and pomegranate seed oils. It also provides incredible anti-aging benefits… without making you break out!

Oily/ Acne Prone – Oily skin is marked by excessive shine, enlarged pores, and, in some cases, acne. While most people with oily skin tend to skip moisturizer, this can actually make your skin more oily. You don’t want to dry out an oily complexion, instead find a moisturizer that offers hydration without added emollients like mineral oil. A mattifying moisturizer, or a product with acne-fighting ingredients is ideal.

Moisturizers to Try:
Ayur-Medic Clearifying Cream, for Oily to Acne Skin ($49) – This is one of the best moisturizers for oily/ acneic skin. It won’t make you break out, thanks to a healthy dose of salicylic acid, yet it doesn’t dry you out. The oil-free formula reduces inflammation while it hydrates and promotes a clear complexion.
Antonia Burrell Pure Therapy Facial Serum ($95) – My friend is the co-owner of Shen Beauty, a wonderfully curated beauty store in Brooklyn. Upon returning to NYC from a trip, I suffered a terrible breakout. She gave me this product, swearing that it would clear up my complexion… and it did! While the product is an oil (crazy, I know), it contains a special blend of 21 pure plant extracts that heal, disinfect, purify, refine and balance sebum production. I love this stuff!

Dry – Dry skin can be mistaken as sensitive, but the primary concern of someone with dry skin is a lack of moisture. This can lead to redness, itching and visible cracks or lines. Your moisturizer should be chock full of vitamins, essential oils and anti-aging ingredients.

Moisturizers to Try:
Weleda Skin Foods ($19) – I’ve dubbed this the “affordable La Mer” as it is a wonderfully rich balm that heals even the most dehydrated skin. A delightful combination of essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, organic rosemary, pansy and calendula nourish, protect and repair.
La Prairie Cellular Time Release Moisturizer ($180) – My mom suffers from dry skin and this is her absolute favorite moisturizer. This rich, soothing cream has a time-release delivery system that continues to hydrate for 16 hours! While it’s definitely and investment, your complexion will most certainly thank you.

Sensitive – Sensitive skin can be painful, marked by red splotches and inflammation. Basically, sensitive skin is allergic skin. Steer clear of fragrances, harsh ingredients and drying agents. Your moisturizer should be gentle and mild.

Moisturizers to Try:
Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer ($13) – The entire line is formulated for sensitive skin and is made without dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh irritants. This moisturizer combines vitamin B5 with Allantoin, glycerin, and bisabolol to nourish and soothe.
Pai Chamomile and Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream ($36) – An amazing moisturizer for even the most sensitive skin. Rosehip, Matricin, and Azulene repair and soothe, while chamomile calms and antioxidants and Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 hydrate.

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