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How to choose the right moisturiser – a complete guide

Everyone wants healthy, soft and supple skin. Ask us what’s the key to it and we’d say abundant nourishment and hydration. While cleansing, exfoliating and using a sunscreen are also crucial for the health of the skin, the essence and importance of a moisturizer is simply irreplaceable.

The benefits of a moisturizer are multifold and goes beyond the maintenance of the skin’s hydration levels. For instance, when formulated with ceramides, a moisturizer does the job of repairing the skin’s compromised barrier. When infused with broad spectrum SPF, it also doubles up as a sunscreen. And when mixed with a slight tint, it becomes a tinted moisturizer that reduces your summer makeup layers allowing your skin to breathe. Additionally, a moisturizer is also often created with ingredients that combat specific skin concerns like sensitivity, acne, hyperpigmentation and signs of ageing.

How to choose the best moisturizer?

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As essential as using a moisturizer twice daily is, choosing the one that’s meant for your skin type and its concerns is equally necessary. For that matter, any skincare product that’s not meant for your skin can have adverse and negative effects on it and worsen its condition. Hence, here are a few things to consider before you set out on your search for that perfect moisturizer.

  • Ingredients

Always choose a moisturizer that’s formulated with ingredients that cater to your skin type. For instance, if you have dry skin, look for hydrating components like hyaluronic acid, shea butter, oils like coconut, almond or jojoba, vitamin E and barrier-repairing ceramides. For oily skin, moisturizers with ingredients like green tea, tea tree, niacinamide and salicylic acid work the best whereas, soothing ingredients like aloe vera, ceramides and shea butter are perfect.

  • Formula

Apart from the ingredients, what also matters and you should be careful about is the formula and consistency of the moisturizer. If you have oily and acne-prone skin, non-comedogenic moisturizers that have a lightweight, water or gel-based formula should be your go-to. Similarly, if you have dry skin, rich and creamy-textured, milk-based concoctions work the best whereas, normal or combination skin will benefit with a consistency that’s neither too watery nor too heavy.

  • What to avoid

No matter what your skin type is, make sure that your moisturizer is formulated without any alcohol, artificial dyes and fragrances or harsh chemicals and toxins. It is also recommended to opt for dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic skincare products.

Here’s a fail-safe guide to finding the best moisturizer for your skin care routine

The best moisturizers to buy according to your skin type

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Check out some of the best moisturizers that are ideal for your skin type, will enhance your skin’s radiance and give you that dewy look.

The best natural moisturizer for face for soft and dewy skin 

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Know which is the best natural moisturizer for face for soft and hydrated skin. Check out some of our favourite picks.

Best moisturizers with SPF for hydration and sun protection in a single step 

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A moisturizer with SPF is a hybrid skincare product that combines two of the most important needs of our skin — hydration and sun protection.

The best tinted moisturizers for a healthy and flawlessly radiant skin

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Formulated to fit the best of both worlds, skincare and makeup, a tinted moisturizer is also a great solution to everyday makeup woes.

Achieve a glow-from-within look with these illuminating moisturizers 

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An illuminating moisturizer offers you a lit-from-within look and natural dewiness. Here is a list of the best illuminating moisturizers.

10 best K-Beauty moisturizers to achieve the glass skin of your dreams 

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The beauty industry can’t get enough of Korean skincare! We’ve compiled a list of the best K-Beauty moisturizers that you’re going to love.

Why is it expensive: Crème de la Mer, world’s holy grail moisturiser costs over HK$19,978

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At $90 (HK$706) for a mere 14 grams of product, it goes all the way up to $2,545 (HK$19978) for a 487 ml bottle of its Moisturizing Crème de la Mer Cream. What makes the moisturizer worth the moolah? We take a look. 

How to choose the right moisturiser – a complete guide

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