Cream – how do face creams differ, how discover your skin type, how to choose the best face cream?

Before you invest a fortune in an expensive cosmetic cream, it would be good for you to figure out what face cream is right for you. There are hundreds of different creams on the market, each of them is recommended for a different type of skin, has different properties, and is designed specifically for the needs of a specific skin type. How do you choose this perfect cream?

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What is the difference between face creams?

Some creams treat skin defects, such as acne. Others, in turn, correct wrinkles, provide the skin with adequate protection against the sun, or are created to moisturize your skin strongly. When choosing a face cream, you should know the skin types and which one you have. If this is a problem for you, go to a beautician for advice. The right specialist will be able to determine your skin type based on your medical history and visual assessment.

How to check your skin type?

There are four basic skin types, i.e. normal, oily, dry, and combination skin. Also, they may be characterized by excessive sensitivity, and a network of dilated blood vessels may be visible on their surface.

Normal skin is elastic, soft, and enlarged blood vessels or dilated hair follicles are not visible on its surface. This type of skin is characteristic of children. With age, the skin changes, and defects begin to form on its surface. Normal skincare is limited to mild preparations with a simple composition. During colder days’ additional protection of this type of skin in the form of rich cream is necessary.

For oily skin, a shiny coating that covers the entire surface, i.e. sebum, is characteristic. On its surface are the visibly enlarged mouth of the hair follicles, the skin tends to breakouts and blackheads. The advantage of this type of skin is that it ages much more slowly. Daily care should be based on the use of light formula creams that will moisturize and smooth the skin and normalize sebum production. During the day, you can use matting creams that will prevent the unsightly shine of the skin.

The opposite of oily skin is dry skin. People with this type of skin will notice wrinkles forming on its surface much faster. Also, the unpleasant feeling of skin tightness is characteristic of dry skin. When choosing a face cream, reach for creams with a rich, creamy consistency. They can be fatty creams that contain more lipid ingredients. Such a cream rebuilds the hydro-lipid layer of the skin and provides it with a feeling of comfort.

Quite difficult to care for skin type is mixed complexion. In this case, the skin parts located on the forehead, nose, and chin – become greasy. In turn, the skin around the cheeks is very dry. You should watch your skin carefully. Sometimes combination skin may be greasier, and sometimes it will be drier. As a rule, during the summer you should use light moisturizing creams. In turn, in the winter, this type of skin dries more and then you can use creams with a richer texture.

If your skin is delicate and sensitive, use hypoallergenic creams. Such a cream should be odorless and should contain a small number of ingredients. Before buying, be sure to try a sample of the preparation. Try to change the cream as little as possible. If the skin tolerates the preparation, use it as long as possible. If redness and blood vessels are visible on the surface of the skin, use strengthening creams. They contain raw materials, such as vitamin C, arnica, and chestnut extract, which will constrict blood vessels.

How to choose the best face cream?

The perfect cream is one that is matched to the type and needs of your skin. A cream that works great on your friend’s skin will not necessarily be right for you. Therefore, do not always follow someone else’s opinion. Find out what your skin’s requirements are and carefully select each of the cosmetics.

Joanna Fisher - beautician

Joanna Fisher - beautician


Joanna Fisher is a graduate in cosmetology at Boca Beauty Academy, Boca Raton, FL, where she obtained a master's degree. She currently works as a cosmetologist in the clinic of aesthetic medicine.