Signs You Might be Using The Wrong Moisturiser For Your Skin Type

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We’re very keen to trust the moisturiser label when it tells us it will cure any itchiness, dryness and tightness our skin may be experiencing. However, the 56% of women above the age of 30 using moisturisers may actually be using the wrong type of moisturiser for their skin type.

The abundance of products available today on the shelves makes it difficult to sift through what will really work for you, that is why it is important to know what suits you and what kind of ingredients you should be looking for to tackle your skin problems.

According to Suzanne Frielder, M.D., a NYC-based, board-certified dermatologist, everyone should be using moisturiser as it helps to ‘rebuild a barrier that protects your skin’ after you’ve cleaned your face. Moreover, we should be using the right moisturiser because it may also act as a healing solution protecting your skin from pollutants or damaging effects of your environment.

So now to the main point, how do you know that you’re using the wrong moisturiser?

You are getting redness straight after application Redness and rashes are one of the most common signs that you are not using the right moisturiser for your skin type. Sometimes, it may simply be because you have sensitive skin or are allergic to the ingredients in your moisturiser, one of the most common allergens and irritants being fragrance.

“Mild, bland moisturisers are best for this category of patients. Remember, simplicity is the key,” said Dr. Corey L. Hartman, founder and medical director of the Skin Wellness Centre of Alabama. “While it is easy to be enticed by products that boast retinol and hydroxy acids (that are great for anti-ageing), these ingredients are notoriously irritating and may not be best for sensitive skin types.”

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However, rashes and redness are nothing to play around with as it can turn into a deeper irritation and may cause lasting damage to your skin layers, therefore any product that irritates your skin should be immediately discontinued and you should seek a dermatologists advice.

You are breaking out Acne breakouts are the second most common sign that you are using the wrong moisturiser.

Dr. Hartman says: “Heavier lotions and creams can worsen congestion of pores and lead to increased oil production that can exacerbate acne breakouts. The label should say oil-free or non-comedogenic to be sure.”

The moisturiser you are using may be too oily or heavy-duty for your skin, especially common in oily skin types. Instead, Dr. Hartman suggests using lighter moisturisers or completely replacing your moisturiser for a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum followed by gel-formulated, water-based SPF, depending on the season.

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Your skin feels itchy Feeling itchy and dry after applying moisturiser may be a sign that your skin is dry and may be in need of a helping hand.

“In the winter with the heaters and humidity down, people's skin gets really dry, so that’s when you want to use a thicker moisturiser,” says Dr B. Fred Bodie of Springhill Dermatology Clinic in Alabama.

Other reasons for experiencing this are because the water hardness in your area is too high or, because you’re not drinking enough water. Regardless, Dr. Bodie recommends using oils to take off makeup and moisturise with, as this may help ‘get the skin barrier back’ by sealing water in. Additionally, steer clear of products containing alcohol and preservatives.

“Don’t be afraid to use Vaseline sparingly to moisturise around eyes and oil sparingly to moisturise your face,” he says.

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In conclusion Knowing what’s best for your skin without the brain of a dermatologist is tough, so seeking advice whenever something doesn’t feel right is important especially when it comes to your skin health. Never use a product that causes discomfort and always seek professional advice. While your waiting for you're next derm appointment, you can take our quiz to find personalised matches based on you skin concerns!