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The idea of choosing a face moisturizer seems pretty simple. Your skin is dry, so you head out only to find that you have no idea which one you should choose.

With so many options to choose from, it’s not surprising that you feel overwhelmed. From drug store formulations to designer concoctions, finding the right moisturizer can be broken down into a few simple steps. Here’s what you need to know about buying face moisturizer.

Skin Type

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Your skin type is the most important factor that goes into choosing a moisturizer. If you have oily skin, you need to look for blends that won’t cause acne flares. If your skin is on the dry side, look for moisturizers that are richer and keep your skin drenched longer.

Creams are thicker are usually thicker than lotions, so look for brands that offer both. You should also look for brands that are free of perfumes and color. These types can irritate already sensitive skin, drying it out even more.


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Facial moisturizer needs to do more than soften your skin. You need to choose one that offers anti-aging properties as well. Whether you’re looking at lotions or creams, the one you choose should contain antioxidants as well. Look for blends that contain vitamin A and E. You should also be using ones that contain retinol. Retinol is what helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Some hemp face moisturizers also offer healing benefits, such as reducing the appearance of scars, so look into these all-natural types as well. These work particularly well for people with sensitive skin or rosacea.

Sun Protection

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Just as important as the moisturizer factor is sun protection. Even on cloudy days, your skin needs to be protected. The higher the SPF, the better, so never use products that have less than 15 to 30 percent sunscreen protection.

When it comes to choosing a moisturizer, it all comes down to your skin type and what added benefits you want it to provide. Since finding the right moisturizer is usually done through trial and error, don’t get discouraged if you haven’t found the right one yet. You can always trial a few, equally spaced apart, and see which one works the best. To make this happen, head to Sephora and ask for samples. Both men and women are allowed three samples without purchase. Try them out and if you like the results, you know you’ve picked a winner.