At its most basic, moisturizers help the stratum corneum, the topmost layer of the skin, function well, so you won’t be looking old with dry and flaky skin, which makes it easy for bacteria to enter this first line of defense and cause various skin problems.

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On the other hand, using moisturizers that your skin can’t tolerate can cause irritation, cancelling out the benefits of the moisturizer. Hence, it’s important to use moisturizers based on your skin type, because no matter how highly rated they are based on their ingredients, if your skin can’t absorb them because they are not compatible, then applying moisturizers won’t be of much use.

Choose Moisturizers Based on Your Skin Type

The right kind of moisturizer can serve as an early face wrinkles treatment because they can delay the onset of fine lines. However, the kind of moisturizer that works for you depends primarily on your skin type, and also on other factors such as your age and whether you have specific skin conditions such as acne. To find out which type of moisturizer works best for the skin you have, consult the guidelines below.

Normal skin

If your skin is neither too oily nor too dry, then you have normal skin. Your primary goal is to maintain this natural moisture balance, and a non-greasy variety will work perfectly with this type of skin.

Dr. Sylvia Skin Care Advanced B5 Hydration with Resveratrol provides just the right moisture level to all skin types including mature skin. Containing DL-panthenol, this serum strengthens the skin’s cellular matrix so skin cells grow healthier (which is crucial for aging skin). This serum also contains resveratrol, a known powerful antioxidant that helps strengthen the dermis, smooth out wrinkles, and redefine facial contours from the inside out.

The Advanced B5 Hydration is part of a holistic skin rejuvenation treatment developed by Dr. Sylvia Ramirez, a Harvard-trained skin care specialist who heads a leading anti-aging clinic in Singapore.

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Dry skin

Moisturizers can double as an early fine lines treatment especially if your skin is the dry type. Moisture loss often leaves the skin looking dull, highlighting fine lines that can often be masked by the right moisturizer.

Dry skin types need non-sticky moisturizers to seal in moisture and keep dry skin hydrated. If your dry skin borders on sensitive, a light texture moisturizer that disappears on the skin ensures that you are getting protected without further causing irritation that could make dry skin worse.

Advanced B5 Hydration also works well for this type of skin, especially as it contains phyto hyaluronate that provides not only moisture but also enhances the product’s water-binding qualities to make skin feel supple and look smooth.

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is highly susceptible to itching, redness or rashes, so avoid moisturizers and other skin care products that contain potential allergens such as dyes and fragrances, and choose ones that have soothing properties such as tea tree oil.

Dr. Sylvia Skin Care Clarifying Moisturizer not only contains essential oils but also Asafetida (a type of spice) extract that suppresses melanocyte activity to help fade brown spots or blemishes that are often left behind after the redness or itching subsides. This medical grade-moisturizer is a non-greasy variety that is quickly absorbed by the skin without leaving rashes or causing itchiness.

Oily skin

Oily skin is prone to breakouts, so it’s no surprise that such types of skin are vulnerable to acne. It may not make sense to use moisturizers on skin that’s already oily, but a good moisturizer can actually regulate the production of sebum so the skin doesn’t become clogged with it (along with trapped bacteria and dead skin cells that make acne worse).

Popular among Singapore aesthetic clinic patients, Botanical Hydration Gel from Dr Sylvia Skin Care promotes normal sebum production and at the same time provides the type of moisturizing needed by oily skin. This moisturizer also contains licorice root extract to help calm down irritation that normally accompanies breakouts.