Every woman knows that once she reaches her mid- to late 20s, including face and body cream in her beauty regimen is a must in order to battle — or, to be more candid, delay — the signs of aging. This is even more important for ladies who, unfortunately, have dry skin. Yet, with the slew of so many beauty products (e.g. face creams) in the market nowadays, it’s no wonder that so many women often feel that mental paralysis once they’re asked to decide which one to get. Purchasing the best cream for dry skin can be quite tricky as each woman’s skin type is unique, with some being drier than others so the moisture content should be adjusted to your own skin type.
Here are a few simple, easy-to-follow guidelines to help newbies — and even seasoned shoppers — choose the best cream for dry skin.
1. Look for the right ingredients — and formulation.
It’s generally known that the best cream for dry skin must contain the necessary amount of oil and moisture to hydrate the skin and keep it soft and smooth and far from dull and lackluster. However, there are “good” oils and “bad” oils. Experts recommend examining the ingredients list carefully — there are certain kinds of oil that won’t clog the pores, such as mineral, primrose, almond, avocado, and the trendy argan oil.
As for the other ingredients, petrolatum, lanolin, glycerin, urea, vitamins, propylene glycol, and dimethicone get the thumbs-up because they help the skin absorb water and moisture more.
Also, while you’re out browsing for the right cream for your skin type, you’ll most probably encounter two kinds: oil-based and water-based. For women with dry skin, oil-based moisturizers are their best bet, as these can weather any season (no pun intended!) so they can streamline their beauty regimen and need not switch creams as seasons change.
2. Use samples first.
Before going through with the purchase, try out the samples being offered at beauty counters in malls and department stores. Your friend may swear that this type of cream has done wonders for her, but it may not be the same for you. So, its better to take the cautious route and do a skin test with the samples you’ve gotten. Put it on overnight, literally sleep on it, and then see how your skin responds to each one. Check if it caused allergies or was too harsh on your skin, or if it made your skin smoother and less flaky. Was your face greasy upon waking up, or did it feel softer? From there, you’ll be able to narrow down your options.
3. Have a different cream for the body and the face/neck area.
It’s advisable to use separate creams for the body and the face/neck, as facial skin — especially on the eyes and neck — is thinner than the rest of our body. In fact, the skin around the eye and neck areas is known to be the thinnest in the body. You may need a more delicate cream for the eyes and neck, while the body may be able to withstand one with a more potent formulation.
4. Don’t forget the SPF!
Protect your skin from drying up even more by choosing a day moisturizer for dry skin that contains SPF. The sun’s harsh rays can cause your skin to dry up further, and a cream that’s boosted with SPF will not only protect your skin, but will also provide it with moisture retaining benefits. Experts suggest getting a cream that has an SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30.
5. Consider your skin’s other needs and problems.
You may have dry skin, but you may also have other skin problems, such as acne, eczema, and those ever-pesky nuisances — signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and the like. Before you make your final decision, you ought to factor in these concerns. There are plenty of creams and moisturizers out there that provide a knockout combo — for example, a day moisturizer for dry skin that contains SPF and also provides anti-aging and whitening benefits. (And just think of how a multitasking cream can save you time and money: No need to shell out precious bucks for three different products when one can address all of your skin’s needs!)
One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to buying beauty products is that the more expensive it is, the more effective it is. However, beauty experts have debunked this myth. As long as the product contains the aforementioned ingredients and does the trick, then regardless of how much it costs, you will have found the right cream for you. (It goes without saying, however, that it’s best to buy a brand that you’re familiar with than try your luck with a brand you’ve never heard of.)