Choosing a moisturizer is not a cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all approach to keeping the skin from getting too dry. Many variables affect your skin’s moisture levels at any given time, which can make choosing the “right” moisturizer difficult.
Answer these questions to help choose the appropriate moisturizer in Arizona
- Do you naturally have oily, dry or combination skin?
- Are you male or female? Men tend to have oilier skin than women.
- How old are you? Age influences how skin behaves and heals. Women’s skin usually becomes drier after menopause affecting how well your skin can retain water and lipids. On the other hand, some women (and men too) may use some form of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) potentially making skin oiler. And of course, there is puberty, which increases oil production in skin.
- Climate (Where you live or vacation) influences your skin’s moisture levels. Humidity levels influence skin’s water or moisture content. Heat triggers oil production. In hotter climates and in summer months, people tend to have oilier skin. In colder climates and winter months, skin tends to become drier. Turning on the heater in your home, at work or in your car reduces moisture levels in the air, and, therefore, in your skin too.
- Skin care regimen. What types of products you use can affect whether you will need moisturizer and to what extent? Many skin care ingredients can be stripping intentionally or not intentionally. Alpha hydroxy acids, retin a, benzoyl peroxide for example can strip the skin causing it to need or feel like it needs moisturizer.
So you may be asking yourself… “Ok, so now what?”
You live in Arizona. This climate is VERY DRY, not much humidity except for the summer monsoon season. Also, it is wintertime as of this writing. So far… two strikes against the skin. If you come to Celebrity Skin for services, 9 times out of 10 I will have you on some sort of “acid” which will slightly strip and dehydrate the skin (don’t worry its worth the insult for collagen production, pigment reduction, acne reduction and smooth skin. It is not an option to give acids up). That is a Strike 3! So here is what you can do…
- If you are typically oily, it is not abnormal to need a light moisturizer during winter months. If your skin feels dry apply it, if it does not, skip the moisturizer. You can also spot treat with moisturizer as well.
- If you already use moisturizer regularly, you may need something a bit more emollient/hydrating temporarily to get you through the season.
- NOTE: Use discretion when applying moisturizer if you are going to be following it with sunblock and/or liquid foundation. This would be like wearing three moisturizers because each of these is an emollient layer to some degree. The less layers of product on your skin, the less likely a breakout will occur.
Of course, we help you assess the appropriate products for your skin, your lifestyle, and the time of year in order to ensure that your skin remains healthy and hydrated all year long!