Moisturizers are designed to prevent and treat dry skin, but they also can protect sensitive skin, improve the tone of skin as well as the texture. In some cases, moisturizers will mask the skin’s imperfections. The beauty industry offers a product for nearly every specific function the user might require. Most include some combination of humectants and emollients as well as other ingredients.
Moisturizers hold water in the outermost layer of the skin, acting as a temporary barrier for the skin.
Humectants are substances that absorb water from the air and hold the moisture in the skin. This may include glycerin, urea, alpha hydroxy or other similar elements. Emollients which can include lanolin, mineral oil or petrolatum fill in the spaces between cells in the skin and thereby reduce the feeling of dry skin.
Oil based emollients last longer but can feel heavier, water based emollients feel lighter but may not last long. Most moisturizers also include fragrances, which may be the element most likely to cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Some products include one or more preservatives to prevent bacterial contamination; they too may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Vitamins, minerals, sunscreens and sunless tanners may also be ingredients in the moisturizer.
Consumer Search.com reviewed the top 5 best moisturizers in a number of specific categories. For the best overall facial moisturizer they rated Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 15 as the best moisturizer for skin of all ages. The best moisturizer for sensitive skin was Aveeno’s Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF15. For a luxury moisturizer at $110 for 1.7 oz, RevaleSkin Night Cream offers a rich, creamy moisturizer that InStyle Magazine says sinks into your skin. For anti aging and wrinkle reduction, Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream with retinol is the best choice according to Consumer Search.
Tinted moisturizers are a broad range of products that can be slightly tinted to just shy of a full foundation level coverage. The most common element in tinted moisturizers is the ability to offer some level of imperfection coverage, even out skin tone and still maintain a breathable feel.
Many women choose a tinted moisturizer for daily use and switch to a foundation for more impressive moments. Sensitive skin might benefit from a tinted moisturizer with a soothing component like chamomile. Drier skin might benefit from the addition of retinol or extra hydrating components. Bobby Brown’s tinted moisturizer includes shea butter, squalane and glycerin. DuWop’s Revolotion Face uses light reflecting pigments to enhance the appearance of the skin. When using a tinted moisturizer, it is important to consider the texture of other products. A crème blush will add color without sticking in one spot. A lip gloss to add more moisture instead of a heavy lip color will keep the fresh look going.
A review of the top luxury brands of moisturizers generally ranks Re’ Vive Intensite’ Cream Luster at the top of the heap. At $315 for 2 oz, it is indeed a luxury purchase. The Style Group selected it for its ability to repair current damage while preventing future blemish outbreaks.