Establishing a Moisturizing Routine

You’ll need two moisturizers: one for morning (with sunscreen in it), and one for bedtime (without sunscreen). Many moisturizers now also contain renewal products, such as vitamins and antioxidants, but save these mostly for nighttime.

Never sacrifice using your sunscreen for a renewal product. First, pick a moisturizer for your face with sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. You’ll put this on every morning after you wash your face, under anything such as foundation or moisturizer. Try Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 (sold in drugstores) or Olay Complete UV Defense Moisture Lotion (sold in drugstores).

Second, choose your night moisturizer. Use your renewal product (such as Renova, topical vitamin C, alpha-hydroxy acids, and so on) first on clean skin and let it dry for a few minutes. Then, if you still feel dry, put on a little moisturizer. Try Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion or Cream (sold in drugstores), or Neutrogena Visibly Firm Night Cream (sold in drugstores).

Choosing a Good Moisturizer

Many lotions out there claim to be moisturizing. They make your skin feel moist, but they are only working on the surface.

A tip, read the labels. If they have alcohol, as an ingredient, they may actually be drying out your skin. Look for shea butter, soy and oatmeal in the list of ingredients. Shea butter and soy are known for absorbing into the deeper layers of the skin. Oatmeal is known for its anti-itching properties and is good for rashes or chicken pox.

Occlusive or Humectant Moisturizers

Occlusives work by retaining the water that is already present on the skin and locking it in. Some occlusive agents found in various products include lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum.

Humectants work by attracting water to the top layer of skin from the lower layers. Glycerin, urea, and alpha hydroxyl acids, such as lactic and glycolic acid, act as humectants.

The Nexcare- Body Lotion is a lighter moisturizer meant for all-over use on mildly dry skin.

Burning and Stinging Sensations

Some people may experience light burning or stinging when they are new to the regimen. The skin may be sensitive from the benzoyl peroxide and this may cause an uncomfortable sensation when the moisturizer is applied. This usually goes away within a week or so as the skin adjusts to the new products. If it doesn’t, you may want to try a different moisturizer. Also, be sure you did not start out with one of the AHA moisturizers.

Moisturizer Addiction

There is a proven risk of addiction associated with moisturizers. Moisturizers plump up the dead layer of cells on the surface of the skin, which signals your body to stop making its own oils. If you stop using the moisturizer, it may take weeks or months for your body to start making the natural oils again. This leaves your skin feeling dry and flaky, which will lead to more use of moisturizers.