Choosing the right facial moisturizer for your skin type and skin care needs can often be more complicated than the task at first appears. Just take a visit to a local cosmetics counter or beauty products store and behold the endless array of skin care products, those with SPF, those without SPF, those with anti-aging or skin smoothing or blemish concealing or wrinkle reducing or an unending list of other supposed benefits from choosing this facial moisturizer over a competitor's product. However, rather than focusing on pure price, or pure promises, the best approach is to instead spend more time investigating your own skin, what it seems to be having problems with, where you feel it could use a moisturizing boost, and go from there to pick your facial moisturizer. This may be a process that can feel like trial and error, but once you find the right facial moisturizer for your unique skin type and skin care needs it will be well worth the added effort. If you go to a major department store you can also ask the beauty consultants for input on the right skin moisturizer for your face, and this may help narrow your search.
The first thing to look for in a facial moisturizer is if it will be a protectant to your skin. Facial moisturizers with added SPF (skin protection factor) will protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays that can prematurely age skin and put you at risk for skin cancer. Stay within a range of 15 to 30 SPF as higher concentrations may cause pore blockages. You will also want to pay attention to your skin type. If you get blemishes just in certain areas, you may have combination skin type. If you frequently get irritation, dryness, or rashes from skin products, you may have sensitive skin. If your skin always feels dry or oily, you may fall into one or the other skin type. So you will look for a facial moisturizer that can address those needs. Beyond that, if you have special concerns such as wrinkling, aging, or skin tone blending, you can find a facial moisturizer that also offers this benefit. Start with protectant factors, continue with your skin type, and end with special needs to find the best facial moisturizer for you.
Here are a few top picks for facial moisturizers with SPF in various skin type formulations. Purpose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 is great for normal skin types as is Lancome Aqua Fusion with SPF 15. C.O. Bigelow All-In-One Protective Day Lotion with SPF 25 is great for oily skin types, as is DDF Ultra Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew with SPF 115. Sonia Kashuk Replenish Essential Face Creme with SPF 15 is great for dry skin, as is Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Day Creme with SPF 15. Finally, if you have sensitive skin try VMV Hypoallergenics Creamy Rich Intensive Moisture Milk with SPF 15 or La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with SPF 15.