MidAmerica Plastic Surgery: Ryan Diederich, MD
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 288-7855
Monday & Wednesday: 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

The Spa at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 307-6233
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Moisturizers for Your Skin Type

Utilizing a moisturizer is key when it comes to reducing problems of the skin caused by being too dry or too oily. However, moisturizers are commonly misused because they are not a one size fits all situation. With the rise of social media, influencers and other forms of advertisement throw so many products at us. “You HAVE to try this moisturizer…” this is the best product on the market…” However, most of the time these ads are not discussing which skin type the product caters to. Just like with all skincare, choosing a moisturizer should be based on your skin type. Using the wrong moisturizer can worsen skin problems. If you have oily skin, you wouldn’t want to use a thick moisturizer and if you’re more on the dry side, a thin moisturizer won’t cut it. Finding the right moisturizer can feel intimidating, but it is important to pay attention and listen to your skin. This might entail going through a period of trial and error to determine what works for your skin, and what does not.

The Spa at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery, located just outside of St. Louis, MO, has a team of trained providers who are ready to discuss your skin concerns and make proper recommendations. If you’re not completely sure which skin type you have, they can also assess that for you. Finding the right moisturizer starts with being informed about all of your options. Consider these tips, based on each skin type, when deciding on a moisturizer! 

Oily/Acne Prone: 

To our oily and acne-prone readers, remember that your skin’s oil is an asset, even a blessing if it is well looked after! Oily skin is caused by the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands. This excess oil production can be from stress, hormonal factors, and environmental factors. Contrary to what many believe, you should still be using a moisturizer if you have oily skin. Skipping a moisturizer will dehydrate the skin and cause more oil production to compensate for the lack of moisture, which will in turn lead to more acne. The key is finding a moisturizer that is compatible with your skin type and that is water-based, not oil-based. Heavy, oil-based moisturizers and creams will not be absorbed well by the pores and tend to sit on top of the skin. Our providers recommend Renewal Lite Facial Lotion by Epionce or Daily Moisture by SkinCeuticals. Both products are lightweight and provide long-lasting hydration.

 Combo:  

For all our combination skin type readers, we see and hear you! It can feel frustrating having dry areas that feel tight and dehydrated, combined with areas (the T-zone area is quite common) that are oily and occasionally prone to acne. If you notice two or more different textures of the skin, it is a sign that you have combination skin. Changes in the season can also cause your skin to lean more into the oily or dry realm. Paying attention to areas of your skin that need some extra hydration is key. Especially if you are occasionally throwing in a salicylic or glycolic acid serum to treat your oiliness- remembering to properly hydrate and moisturize is important. These serums are beneficial for treating oiliness, but they could be irritating and strip the dry areas of your skin. It’s complicated, we know. A good moisturizer is key. With the changing seasons, you might even consider swapping moisturizers in and out, thicker in the winter, and lighter in the summer. Pay attention to how your skin responds. Our providers recommend The Spa’s Lipid Replenishing Cream and Renewal Facial Lotion by Epionce. Both products provide proper moisture and hydration but are still lightweight enough to sit comfortably on the face.  

Dry:  

Our dry skin readers know the significance of using a moisturizer religiously in their skincare regimen. Dry skin can be caused by multiple environmental factors, as well as lack of nutrient intake, improper skin care, and genetic/hormonal reasons. Winter can be especially rough on those with dry skin. Itching, flaking, redness, tightness, and even cracking are potential issues that arise if dry skin isn’t managed properly. Dry skin can also make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable on the surface of the skin. Applying your moisturizer immediately after cleansing, before the tightness sets in, is important to trap any existing moisture in the skin. It may be more beneficial to use a cream over a lotion, especially in the dryer months. Creams are thicker and effectively lock in moisture. Thicker lotions and moisturizers typically have emollients and oils that provide maximum hydration and restore the skin’s barrier. Our providers recommend Triple Lipid Restore by SkinCeuticals or Intensive Nourishing Cream by Epionce. Both are thick, hydrating moisturizers that also have anti-aging properties to combat signs of premature aging caused by dryness.

 No matter what skin type you have, it is essential to incorporate a proper moisturizer into your skincare routine. If you are still feeling overwhelmed about choosing a moisturizer, we recommend contacting our office by phone at 618-307-6233 or online by filling out a contact form to schedule your complimentary skincare consultation. To view the products listed above, visit our online store or stop by our office, located in Glen Carbon, IL, to purchase. 

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