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How to Choose Moisturizers
By Dr. Rick Lin and Dr. Dan Ladd
Jun 18, 2003, 23:51

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Keywords: choose moisturizer, facial moisturizers, reduce wrinkle, dry skin


There are hundreds of skin moisturizer products on the market.  How do we choose the right moisturizer?

There are many factors to consider when choosing a moisturizer:

Aesthetic preference

Different moisturizers have different attributes. Each product has its own texture, absorption, and feel. Most of the products on the market will have similar effects on skin moisturization, thus the aesthetic properties of each product will greatly influence our choice. While there are people who like thicker cream, some will prefer lighter and more elegant texture. Some may like product that is more heavily fragranced while others may like lighter scents.

Skin Type

There are four different skin types. These are: normal, oily, dry, or combination. Most of the product lines on the market today have different formulation to accommodate different skin types.

Ethnic skin

There are different demands for skin moisturization for the skin of different ethnicity. Although the skin physiology is practically identical between fair skin and dark skin individuals, the dryness will accentuate much more in ethnic skin. In another words, the same amount of dryness maybe unnoticeable in fair skin yet produces dramatic "ashyness" to the dark skin. For the visual appearance along, there is much more demand for skin moisturization for ethnic skin.

Emotional factors

Consumer will select product base on brand loyalty and perception of its effectiveness.

Body parts

There are different products within each product line specific for different body parts. For example, facial moisturizing lotions are distinctively different from hand lotions.

These are some of the criteria based on which the consumers select their products. These factors should all be considered when selecting you skin care product.

The following products are some of our recommendations:


Kinerase Cream 40 gram Tube - Kinerase is a new anti-aging product which reduces fine lines and wrinkles with no irritation, photosensitivity or exfoliation. The skin feels softer upon application and makeup goes on smoother. Kinerase Cream: A creamy, non-greasy formulation for normal to dry skin types enabling the skin to retain more moisture, leaving it with a softer, smoother feel. 

MD Forte Advanced Hydrating Complex Cream
 - Glycolic Free. Absorbs immediately into skin, restoring moisture for softer, more supple skin. Ideal for cold/dry climates.

Wellskin Advanced Moisturizing Lotion - This emollient lotion is specially formulated for dry, thickened skin, but may be used by all skin
types. It utilizes the unique Novasome Microvescile delivery system to time-release the soothing and moisturizing benefits of white petrolatum. WellSkin Advanced Moisturizing Lotion leaves even dry, rough hands, feet, and elbows feeling smooth and soft.

Revision Anti-Oxidant Daily Protectant Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 18 - Daily moisturizer that contains light-activated enzymes that use
visible light to reverse the damage caused by UV radiation. Contains Parsol 1789 that protects from UVA rays which may contribute to damage and premature aging of the skin. Antioxidants vitamin A and green tea extract neutralize free radicals from anti-aging benefit. 

Pevonia Body Moisturizer with AHA
 - Silky smooth, this hydrating and toning combination blends to render skin soft and smooth. Use after bath or shower.

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The medical information provided in this site is for educational purposes only.  Any topic discussed in this article is not intended as medical advice. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice and shall not create a physician - patient relationship. Consult a dermatologist, if you have a specific question or concern about a skin lesion or disease.
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