Blindly selecting a cleanser and moisturizer could work out -- or it could leave your skin a complete mess. This quiz should help you narrow it down.
It doesn't matter if the product is natural or organic -- people with dry or sensitive skin should steer clear of scented cleansers.
No matter what skin type you have, facial cleansers should always be soap-free.
Foaming cleansers are too drying for very dry skin -- a creamy cleanser is the way to go.
People with dry and/or sensitive skin should always go alcohol-free, but it's OK for oily skin.
An oily epidermis can benefit from an acidic cleanser, like an alpha-hydroxy product, which does a better job of breaking up sebum -- the skin's oily secretion that can lead to clogged pores.
Exfoliation can harm dry or sensitive skin, so it should be avoided.
Contrary to popular belief, moisturizers aren't for everybody. They're great for dry skin, but can make oily skin even worse.
Yes, many moisturizers do contain alcohol, so those with sensitive skin should read ingredient lists carefully.
The original statement is correct. There's really no difference in effectiveness between chemical and physical sunblocks, though.
If you don't get enough vitamins from your diet, you might try a vitamin-C cream or another product that contains antioxidants.
They can work both ways. Occlusive moisturizers block water from escaping, and humectant moisturizers draw water from the inner dermis toward the top the of skin.
Most people probably could benefit from noncomedogenic (nonclogging) products, but they're most important for oily skin.
There are exceptions to every rule, of course, but the key is to examine the list of ingredients. Many drugstore products contain the same active ingredients as the pricey products.
The time of year that you shop for a daily facial moisturizer can influence what type you should buy -- typically, winter calls for heavier, more moisturizing products.
Among over-the-counter products, retionl (a vitamin A compound) has shown the most promise for temporary wrinkle reduction.
Yes, moisturizers can exfoliate, too, but it's hydroxy acids that do the job.
Soy compounds may even out skin tone and build collagen fibers that give skin its smooth texture.
Retinol is derived from vitamin A, which doesn't go well with vitamin C.
Normal skin needs non-greasy, water-based products with silicone-derived ingredients -- oil-based products are really just for dry skin.
We can't say it enough -- the most important additive in a daily facial moisturizer is sunscreen.