Moisturizers, Explained

Moisturizers, Explained

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What your skin wants. Everyday. After cleansing and treating the skin, moisturizers act as the finishing seal to restore and lock in much-needed nutrition. They help balance oil production, repair the moisture barrier, maintain elasticity, lessen signs of aging and so much more.

Ohlolly Moisturizers

There are two main types of moisturizer, occlusives and humectants. Occlusives hold water in after it has been applied to the skin through moisturizer. Humectants attract and draw in water from beneath the skin’s surface and from the air (in humid conditions). While both are effective in retaining moisture in the skin, skin type plays a huge role in which moisturizer will provide long lasting, effective care.

Below is an overview of skin types and which moisturizers may provide the best long-term nourishment for each:

Normal Skin

Normal skin isn’t considered too dry, but isn’t overly oily either. A lightweight moisturizer is generally the best option to protect the optimal balance of oil and moisture and keep the skin looking fresh. Since your skin tends to be well-balanced, focus on products that are gentle, balancing, and protecting.

Try these:
HaruHaru WONDER Black Rice Hyaluronic Cream
Sioris Stay With Me Day Cream
Dr. Ceuracle Royal Vita Cream

Sioris Stay With Me Day Cream

Dry Skin

Dry skin is typically due to a lack of oil in the skin (not to be confused with dehydrated skin, which we explain here).

If your skin feels tight soon after washing your face, then this might be you. Richer moisturizers can be ideal for dry skin, and Ohlolly carries many that deliver deep hydration without a heavy or greasy feeling. Look for ingredients like ceramides, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid, which help the skin retain moisture and reduce evaporation.

Try these:
Pyunkang Yul Intensive Repair Cream
Etude House SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream
Dr. Ceuracle Pure VC Mellight Cream

Oily Skin

Oily skin tends to be difficult to pair with a moisturizer, but even oily skin needs proper hydration. Since oily skin overproduces sebum, an ultra-lightweight or oil-free moisturizer will help best maintain the skin’s oil/water balance. Keeping moisture locked in and maintaining that balance will, in a sense, notify the skin that it doesn’t need to work overtime to produce more sebum.

Try these:
Dr. Ceuracle Tea Tree Purifine 80 Cream
Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap)
Celloom Focus on the Essence Serum*

*Though technically a serum, this one is creamier and great for building application as you need it.

Celloom Focus on the Essence Serum

Combination Skin

Combination skin is the most common skin type. It means that certain areas of the face are dry, while others tend to produce more oil. Look for a buildable moisturizer that focuses on hydration and repairing to best balance the skin’s oil and water levels. A helpful tip is to apply one layer of cream to oilier spots and double-up in the areas that feel tight.

Try these:
Huxley Fresh and More Cream
Benton Snail Bee High Content Lotion
Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream

Cosrx Snail All in One Cream

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin calls for gentle moisturizer. Look for products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, and that focus on soothing ingredients like aloe, honeysuckle or calendula. Avoid active ingredients like AHAs, BHAs, alcohol, or other exfoliators (lactic acid, salicylic acid, etc.), which can be harsh on sensitive skin.

Try these:
Pyunkang Yul ATO Cream Blue Label (Renewed)
Kosmetic Immunity Luminous Skin-Defense Moisturizer
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Cream

Kosmetic Immunity Luminous Skin Defense Moisturizer

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