Decide When to Spend
If you’re going to buy an expensive skin-care product, make it sunscreen or even retinol. Many dermatologists prefer sunscreens with physical filters, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, because they aren’t irritating and don’t break down quickly.
But here’s the catch: They have to be formulated well to blend in easily and invisibly on the skin, and feel so light and silky that you’ll actually use the product.
In its purest, most effective form, retinol (which improves fine lines and dark spots, stimulates collagen production, clears minor blemishes, and even reduces pore size) is an expensive ingredient, one that has to be carefully formulated to maintain stability and minimize irritation.
Cream, Lotion, or Ointment?
Picking a moisturizer is a must, no matter what kind of skin you have – oily, dry or a combination of both.
If you have dry or itchy skin, you’ll probably want to lock in moisture with a thick ointment. Creams are thinner, help hydrate, and are good for normal skin. Lotions are the lightest (water is their main ingredient) and are a good match for oily skin.
Base the thickness of your moisturizer on when and where you use it on your body. Choose a light moisturizer for day and a heavier one for nighttime.
You can also use a thicker cream for your body and a lightweight moisturizing lotion for your face. Stick with lighter, hydrating moisturizers in the summer months.