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Moisturizers
Moisturizers

Keep your face’s moisture and hydration in check with a moisturizer, whether it’s oil-based, water-based, or occlusive. No matter if you have dry skin, oily skin, or somewhere in between, our experts’ recommendations have an assortment of options for you.

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More about Moisturizers
Moisturizers are skincare products used primarily for maintaining an adequate balance of moisture and hydration in the skin — working to prevent excessive levels of dryness or oiliness. They are also among the best products for protecting your skin from acne, sun, and dryness, improving texture, and slowing signs of aging. Moisturizers should be applied after your cleanser, as well as after any exfoliants, toners, serums, and eye serums you may integrate into your routine. When deciding what moisturizer is best for your skin, it’s important to know your skin type and what your skin may be sensitive to in order to make the best decision. Moisturizers come in three types: oil-based (emollients), water-based (humectants), and occlusive moisturizers. Emollients are a great choice for dry skin because they are oil-based. These moisturizers are used to rebuilt lost lipids, protect and provide your skin with the hydration it’s craving, and of course smooth out dry, textured skin. These are also great for reducing swelling and inflammation if your skin is prone to it. Humectant moisturizers are water-based, and are good to work into your routine if you happen to use other products (like alcohol-based products) that could be drying your skin out. These moisturizers also contain amino acids, glycerol, lactic acids, and hyaluronic acids. Occlusive moisturizers are the thickest in consistency on the market, and come in the form of wax-based, silicone-based, and oil-based products. These are especially beneficial for those with super dry skin; the rich texture allows it to act as a barrier for the skin and keep hydration in. Shop My Shelf experts like Dr. Shereene Idriss, Dr. Zion Ko Lamm, and Dr. Muneeb Shah are just a few of many that have provided their moisturizer recommendations on their shops, as well as on their Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube channels.
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