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Skin Moisturizers for Different Skin Types

Oily skin:
If you have oily skin, you should use a non-comedogenic or oil-free moisturizer.

Dry skin:
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.

Normal/Combination Skin:
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.

Moisturizers - Body Skin:
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.

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