What To Look For In A Moisturizer
Before we discuss finding the best water-based moisturizer for your skin type, it’s a good idea to understand the gist of what the best moisturizer for your skin type should be like—water-based formula or not. Everyone’s skin is different, and a moisturizer that works for one person won’t necessarily be the best option for someone else. When you’re searching for a new go-to moisturizer, definitely keep your skin type in mind.
If you have oily skin…it may seem counterintuitive to apply moisturizer (your skin has plenty of oil already, right?), but you shouldn’t skip this crucial step in your skin care routine. The reason why: When you don’t moisturize, your skin will compensate by producing even more oil, which will make your face look even shinier. Opt for a lightweight, water- or gel-based moisturizer, and consider using one that’s oil-free and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog pores).
If you have dry skin…your complexion is begging you to quench its thirst. You can handle hydrating moisturizer creams, balms, and gels—and applying them a couple of times a day is typically tolerated by this skin type.
If you have combination skin…think about which areas of your face are oily and which ones are dry. When you have combination skin, it’s best to apply a lightweight moisturizer to the oilier parts (like your T-zone) and a heavier one to wherever you’re drier (like your cheeks).
Something else you should consider, regardless of skin type: Will your moisturizer actually keep you moisturized all day long? You may want to check the label to see if your moisturizer boasts long-lasting hydration before applying it.