If you have oily skin, you should use a
non-comedogenic or oil-free moisturizer.
There are a small percentage of people
who actually have dry skin on their face. Common factors for dry
skin are being over 50 years of age and working outside in rough
elements. If you are one of these people, your skin will be dry
on your cheeks and jawline. A creamy moisturizer in a lotion or
cream is very effective, and if you do not have sensitive skin,
you can wear whatever products feel good. The reason for the small
number of people who have dry skin on their face is that there is
an abundance of sebaceous glands there to prevent dryness. These
glands are particularly active in young people, in men, and in many
women with normal skin. If your skin is scaly in the center of your
face, that is, your central forehead, around your nose, and on your
central chin, you may have seborrheic dermatitis. If you have this
condition, using a heavy moisturizer could lead to acne.
Most people have oily skin on the forehead,
nose, and chin, (called the T-zone) and dryer skin on the cheeks
and neck. When the humidity is low, it may be necessary to moisturize
your face. If you have this type of skin, your best choice for a
moisturizer is a non-comedogenic moisturizer, which contains a minimum
SPF of 15 in it for daily use. There are legions of such products,
reasonably priced, which will prevent cancer and photoaging.
There are very few sebaceous (oil) glands
on your arms and legs, so applying moisturizers there is very important.
Winter, dry climates, and windy climates are very hard on your skin.
Many body lotions incorporate sunblocks for a daily routine. This
is very important for sun-exposed skin.
Often heavy moisturizers such as petrolatum, Aquaphor®, Cetaphil®
cream, Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula, and other jar or tube
moisturizers are necessary if you live in a dry climate. What may
be appropriate for facial skin may be too thin for your arms, legs,
hands, and feet.