Moisturizing your skin
While all skin needs moisture to stay healthy, those with dry skin will
usually require heavier products. The higher a product's oil-to-water
ratio, the better it will moisturize. Petroleum jelly is generally
considered the most effective moisturizer. However, its greasy
consistency makes it impractical to use on a regular basis.
petroleum jelly is worn only at night and may be covered with old
cotton gloves or clothing to prevent staining of bed linens. Ointments
also work well, but like petroleum jelly, are oil-based and messy. Next
in line are moisturizing creams, a heavy product with more oil than
water, but less greasy than ointments.
For general use, lotions are the
most common choice. Lotions have more water than oil, so they're
absorbed more quickly. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you'll want
to use an oil-free moisturizer in those areas. Oil-free moisturizers
are water-based and may be labeled as non-acnegenic (ak-nee-JIHN-ihk)
or non-comedogenic (coh-mee-doh-JIHN-ihk).
To get the most benefit from
any moisturizer, apply it after washing, while your skin is still damp.
Normal skin typically needs moisture once a day. Extremely dry skin
should be treated with an emollient at least three times a day.