Choosing the best moisturiser for the face is essential to guarantee healthy glowing skin. All cosmetic moisturisers for the face have the function of making the skin soft, but their presentation – in cream, lotion or gel – may interfere in the result the product generates and the type of skin it is indicated for. Additionally, the texture may influence whether it is more or less indicated for a determined season of the year.

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In the daily rush, we hardly pay attention to this, do we? This could also explain why your facial moisturiser is not working as well as it could.

Because of this, in today’s article we explain the three types of moisturiser for the face and show you the best way to get the most out of them. So to understand which is the best moisturiser for your face and your type of skin, check out our tips below!

Best moisturiser for the face vs. Skin types

As we said before, to choose from among the diverse types of moisturiser - cream, lotion and gel - first it is necessary to know what your skin type is and understand the kind of care it requires. Below there are some tips on how to determine what type of skin you have:  

Oily skin 
This type of skin normally presents a more intense shine compared with other types. This intensity is due to the high production of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Other characteristics that may be noted in people with oily skin is the tendency to have blackheads and pimples, more dilated pores and a stickier sensation caused by the excessive production of oil. 

Dry skin 
Different from oily skin, the production of sebum by the sebaceous glands is considerably lower, and for this reason the skin has a drier appearance and may even peel and be itchy. Other characteristics of dry skin are an absence of radiance and vigour and, in more serious cases, cracks and sores.  

Normal skin 
Normal skin is considered to be the point of equilibrium between dry and oily skin types. In this case, the sebaceous glands produce the correct quantity of sebum ensuring that the skin is neither excessively shiny nor lacking in vigour and softness. However, normal skin can be subject to the appearance of spots and redness

Best moisturiser for the face: how to choose correctly

Now that you know what your skin type is, it is time to choose the best moisturiser for the face from among the existing versions: cream, lotion or gel. Let’s look at the differences between them and the main indications? Carry on reading!

Facial moisturising cream 

Easily encountered everywhere, cream is one of the most popular products for the skin. This is not surprising because its thick formula contains a high quantity of moisturising and nutritive active ingredients. It could be the best moisturiser for people who have drier skin that requires greater hydration. Its thicker consistency is ideal for this kind of case. Cream is capable of restoring the water the face needs, even in cases of severe dryness. 

However, people who have oily skin should be careful when using a facial moisturising cream because it could block the pores and result in a saturation of oil in the face. To avoid this kind of problem, there are specific versions of cream moisturisers for this type of skin, such as Night Serum for Oil Control and Pores Refiner

For those who have dry skin, the suggestion is to use Aqua Auto-Replenish Gel Hydrator, also from Tez, soon after showering, when the pores are dilated and the product penetrates the skin more effectively. In any case, cream tends to be the best kind of moisturiser for drier faces requiring special moisturising care. 

Facial moisturising lotion 
Less sticky and rather more liquid than cream, this version is absorbed more rapidly compared with the previous one. For this reason, it is indicated for nearly all skin types, and preferentially for people with normal skin

Demand for facial moisturising lotion tends to be higher on hot days, since it does not leave the skin so sticky. Its active ingredients are able to hydrate the skin, maintaining its natural humidity and making it ideal for daily use. In the summer, it is better to use products with sun protection, such as Ultra Light Multi Protective Fluid for normal to dry skin. 

Facial moisturising gel 

This version is preferred by people who have oily skin or who do not like the sticky sensation of creams. This is because gel and gel cream have a very light texture and are oil free, meaning the skin does not feel greasy. 

This type of product is the best facial moisturiser for people who are looking for rapid absorption and a dry touch after application. While it is a good choice for hot weather, it is not such a good alternative for people who have very dry skin or a tendency to dry out. If this is not the case with your face and you want to enjoy the smooth, refreshing texture of gel, try Night Serum for Oil Control and Pores Refiner for mixed and oily skin. 

How to apply moisturiser to the face 

Make the most of the moisturising moment and give yourself a face massage! The average quantity could be the equivalent to a Brazilian five cent coin, but you can increase or decrease the amount in accordance with the needs of your skin type. Check out the step by step process for applying moisturiser to the face: 

1. Cleanse your face with your preferred products, either in the morning or at night. Use a soap indicated for the face and complement the cleaning with a facial tonic. 

2. When you exfoliate the skin on the face, follow it with a moisturiser. The procedure increases the absorption of the cosmetic. 

3. Apply the indicated amount of moisturiser to the face and massage the region well. Start massaging from the centre outwards, applying moderate pressure with the tips of the fingers. 

4. In the mornings, after moisturising your face, wait a few minutes for the product to be absorbed. And always apply a facial sun protector according to your skin type. 

5. If you do anti-signs of aging treatment at night, you do not need to use moisturiser together with the product. It also hydrates the skin deeply. 

Still in doubt about the best moisturiser for your face? 

If you are still in doubt about how to choose the best moisturising option for your type of skin, have a look at the following summary: 

1. Oily skin: If you identified your skin type as oily, opt for gel versions of face moisturisers. These are absorbed much more rapidly by the skin and provide a dry touch after the product is applied. 

2. Dry skin: Because it is thicker, cream is the best kind of moisturiser for dry skin, because it helps hydrate the skin profoundly, preventing the appearance of sores and extreme dryness. 

3. Normal skin: In this case, the best facial moisturising option is the lotion version. In addition to ensuring more rapid absorption, it guarantees a touch of hydration without overdoing the oiliness.  

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