When you want to be kind to your skin body cream choices should be at the top of your list of important things to consider. Whether it’s a conditioning body cream, moisturising body oil, or nourishing hand cream you have it mind, it’s important to choose a formulation that suits the particular needs of your skin.
There is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to cosmetics. For instance, one study revealed that as many as 80% of respondents were washing their faces incorrectly because they did not understand their skin type, and were ill informed about their skincare options.
Men, it seems, are worse than women in this regard. In fact, this study showed that 33% of all men surveyed admit to not even washing their face every day – not to mention moisturising!
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the five basic skin types and the kind of body cream that is most suited to each:
Unproblematic or eudermic skin is well balanced – neither too oily nor too dry.Pores are normally not very pronounced and there is good blood circulation, which leads to a soft and smooth texture without any blemishes.
People with unproblematic or ‘normal’ skin can get away with using a very basic moisturising lotion that absorbs easily, and a thicker cream in winter when the air is dry.
Dry skin produces less sebum, which means it doesn’t have sufficient lipids to retain enough moisture and keep the skin barrier intact.This skin typeneeds a thicker formulation, ideally a heavier cream with more oil than a lotion would have.
Ointments can also be considered for certain very dry areas, such as the heels or elbows, where skin can crack if it leaches too much moisture.
Oily skin produces too much sebum, often has a glossy shine and comes part and parcel with large, visible pores.If you have oily skin, go with a lighter, oil-free body moisturiser that won’t add any needless moisture to the equation.
Combination skin features a mix of skin types across different parts of the face – for instance, many people have an ‘oily T’ across their forehead, nose, and chin, and unproblematic skin elsewhere. In cases like these, the oily areas normally tend to be on the face, which means a heavier body cream is still suitable for people with combination skin.
Sensitive skin often feels itchy and tight, and has tendency to become oily in winter and dry in summer. It also reacts to skincare very easily.People with sensitive skin should avoid ingredients that may be irritating and invest products that are fragrance-free, paraben-free, and also does not contain animal-derived ingredients like lanolin. Look for a body cream labelled hypoallergenic.
Please note: Certain rules of thumb apply to the different skin types, but it’s always best to consult with your dermatologist or general practitioner if you want to get a professional opinion regarding your skincare from someone who has examined your skin in person.
If you want to be kind to your skin, body cream choices should be made at the hand of the needs of your particular skin type. When you give your skin the TLC it needs, the benefits are always apparent. Find a cream that ticks all of your must-have boxes, and get ready to greet the world with soft, supple skin that can.
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