How To Actually Find The Best Moisturizer For Your Skin Type

If you’ve ever so much as looked at any women’s magazine or blog, you probably already know what I am about to tell you: If you want good skin, you have to–like, you absolutely must–moisturize. Doing so keeps your skin supple. Staves off excess oil production. Makes sure that you don’t get those weird, dry patches in the creases of your nose and corners of your mouth. Wards off death, probably.

So, yes, it is clear–much like the too-often quoted opening of a certain Jane Austen book, it is a truth universally acknowledged that any girl who is in possession of a face that also has skin on it must, in no uncertain terms, be in want of a good moisturizer. That much is certain. You know what’s not so certain, though? Exactly which moisturizer you need to be using, because there are so many freaking types of moisturizer out there. It almost seems as though for every article published extolling the benefits of moisturization, skincare lines release a new kind of moisturizer. You’ve got your oil-based ones. Gel-based versions. Lotions. Creams. It’s confusing. Fortunately, though, it doesn’t have to be–we’ve compiled a guide for you that will tell you the very best moisturizer for to use, based on your skin type. Check it out here:

Acne-Prone Skin

If you've got skin that veers towards breakouts, you need a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that won't clog your pores or cause it to create excess oil. We like Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Moisturizer, since it's lightweight, non-comodogenic, and contains salicylic acid, which will help fight against acne throughout the day. Plus, even though it's an all-natural brand, it's easily accessible--you can get it at pretty much any drugstore.

Buy it at Amazon for $14

Oily Skin

If you've got oily skin--like, your T-zone gets sleek and shiny every day by noon without fail--it doesn't mean you can skip moisturizer. In fact, it's almost more important that you do so, since dry skin tends to produce more oil. So, look for a gel-based moisturizer. These have a high water content, so they're light enough to avoid adding to the oil you've got an your face, but will still quench any dryness in your skin. Our favorite is Fresh Effects Hydrating Dew  Moisturizer from Olay.

Buy it at Amazon for $13.99

Dry Skin

If you've got dry, flaky skin, you probably already know that you need moisturization help. For this, you should turn to CeraVe Moistruzing lotion--it's not flashy, but it packs a lot of hydration in with its drugstore price.

Buy it at for $11.49

Combination Skin

If your skin is sometimes-oily and sometimes-dry, you've probably got combination skin. If this is the case, try Neutrogena's Combination Skin moisturizer. It's lightweight and oil-free, which will keep your skin balanced no matter what it decides to be doing at the moment.

Buy it at Ulta for $11.99

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin tends to freak out at, like, everything. It won't panic over this Simple facial moisturizer, though--it's specially conditioned for sensitive skin and doesn't contain any potential irritating dyes or perfumes.

Buy it at Amazon for $14

Don't Know

No clue what kind of skin you have, exactly? You should still moisturize--try out Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer. It's non-comodogenic, so it won't eff up your skin, and it contains SPF to help protect against the sun's rays.

Buy it at Cetaphil for $10

What’s your skin type? Did I forget your favorite moisturizer? Let us know in the comments!

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