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Four Tips for Choosing the Right Moisturizer for Your Skin

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As an athlete, you have better things to worry about than whether your skin is getting proper moisture, yet moisturizing is an important step in skincare. That makes picking the right moisturizer a challenge worthy of your time. Your skin has a unique set of problems and sensitivities, which means that only a process of trial and error can help you find the right moisturizer. However, these tips will shorten the search.

  • Determine skin type: Depending on whether your skin is oily, acne-prone, dry, or combination, you will be looking for different kinds of moisturizers. For those with oily skin, a gel moisturizer that lays down a thin layer of moisture is the best bet. With acne-prone skin, it is important to buy a moisturizer that is hypoallergenic, which means it won't clog pores. Those with dry skin should look for heavier moisturizers or even creams. If you are combination - shiny in your T-zone and dry on your cheeks - look for a medium-strength moisturizer or get both a gel moisturizer and a cream to use in different places on your face.
  • Include SPF: Particularly if you are an athlete who spends a lot of time out of doors, be sure your moisturizer includes sunscreen. Protecting skin from UV rays not only decreases the chances of skin cancer, but also will decrease wrinkles later in life.
  • Watch for allergies: Some people have sensitivities to various products found in moisturizers, causing their skin to break out or become irritated. Check the ingredients on the bottle to decrease your chances of having an allergic reaction. Look for a moisturizer with glycerin instead of lanolin, as fewer people are allergic to glycerin. Also be sure to watch for scented versus unscented moisturizers if you tend to have sensitive skin. The ingredient to look for is parfum.
  • Be weather-wise: Finally, note that changing seasons may mean changing moisturizers. Most people experience drier skin in winter, due to the increased use of dry, central heat. Be aware of how your skin is changing season to season, and change your moisturizer accordingly.

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