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Moisturizers often make up the last step of the skincare routine (or second last if you put on a physical sunscreen). Albeit its name, moisturizers do so much more than just hydrating the skin.
When you apply moisturizer, you’re strengthening your skin barrier thus making your skin more resistant to breakouts and dullness. Moisturizers also plump the skin and may give an immediate reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
Moreover, adding a layer of moisturizer over the skin protects sensitive skin from pollutants and allergens as well as improving the texture of flaky skin.
And if you already apply toner and serum after cleansing, using a moisturizer prevents water loss and prolongs the retention of active ingredients in the skin. So the benefits of other skincare ingredients might be more prominent.
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If you haven’t already incorporated a moisturizer into your daily routine, it’s high time you do so. Without further ado, here are our top picks of the best moisturizers found in Malaysia for different skin types.
1. Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
If you have very dry skin, a lightweight, water-based moisturizer might not be good enough for you. Instead, choose a heavier moisturizer with a high oil ratio, like this one from Cetaphil.
The reason is that occlusives like petroleum jelly are much stronger at preventing water loss from the skin. This moisturizer also contains glycerin, a humectant that retains moisture really well.
If you’re fairly new to heavy moisturizers, it might take some time to get used to how this feels on the skin. But the hydration effect on the skin is almost immediate and you wouldn’t be left with greasy skin afterward.
Like other moisturizers, use this one over damp skin, in the morning and evening.
Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Water Gel
Another user favorite for dry skin is the Neutrogena Hydro-Boost water gel. This moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin that attracts water to hydrate the skin.
Unlike other dry skin moisturizers, the Neutrogena Hydro-Boost water does not contain any oil-based ingredients. Instead, it offers intense hydration by using a gel-matrix technology which is a common strategy in formulating eye drops.
If you’ve decided to give this product a try, expect to achieve maximum results in a week.
Because it is completely water-based, this product absorbs very quickly. Perfect to use alone or under make-up.
2. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion
Best Moisturizer for Combination Skin
People with combination skin usually find their faces to be oily in some areas but dry in others. Using an unsuitable moisturizer might be too heavy on the oily parts of the skin or not moisturizing enough for dryer areas.
A great moisturizer would not worsen the two contrasting areas of the skin. One such moisturizer is the CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion.
This moisturizer is oil-free and non-comedogenic so it wouldn’t cause acne to the T-zone.
The CeraVe Hydrating Lotion contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Hyaluronic acid helps keep moisture in the skin while ceramide repairs the broken skin barrier.
3. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer
Skin dryness tends to disrupt the skin barrier, making the skin more sensitive to irritants. So it’s important to use a suitable moisturizer to protect and hydrate the skin.
Most people with sensitive skin would develop redness and itchiness towards acids, sulfates, and fragrances. A great option for sensitive skin would be a moisturizer free of these ingredients.
The Neutrogena Oil-free Moisturizer with SPF 15 is one that’s friendly on sensitive skin. This lightweight lotion is quick-absorbing and is free of exfoliants and fragrances.
This drugstore moisturizer is great for everyday use in the Malaysian hot and humid climate. It contains glycerin which is a humectant to moisturize the skin.
It might be worth mentioning that the CeraVe and Cetaphil moisturizers listed above are also great options for sensitive skin as they contain ceramides to restore the skin barrier.
4. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat
People with oily and acne-prone skin sometimes get repulsed by the idea of adding more oil to the skin. Unfortunately, letting the skin become severely dehydrated might cause even more oil production as a defence mechanism to lock in moisture.
The key is to find an oil-free and non-comedogenic moisturizer. Taking it up a notch, the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat contains lipo-hydroxy acid that treats acne and exfoliates the skin.
Another important ingredient is perlite, a powder derived from volcanic rocks to absorb excess oil and reduce shine.
The moisturizing agents in the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat are glycerin and dimethicone. No oil-based ingredients are used to prevent greasiness to the skin.
5. Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol Oil-Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30
Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin
This oil-free moisturizer from Cetaphil is a user’s favourite for oily skin. It is non-comedogenic, so it nourishes and hydrates the skin without clogging pores.
The Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol moisturizer absorbs excess oil so your skin does not appear shiny. This ceramide-infused lotion leaves a matte-finish to the skin.
What’s great about this product is it includes broad-spectrum SPF 30 for added protection against UVA and UVB. As with other Cetaphil products, this moisturizer caters to sensitive skin by using a lower concentration of sunscreen filter that might cause irritation to some people.
Being fragrance-free and lightweight, the Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol Oil-free Moisturizer is a great daily moisturizer for oily skin. Just make sure not to get any product in your eye as it may sting a tad.
6. Simple Kind To Skin Light Moisturizer
Best Moisturizer in Watson Malaysia
The Simple Kind-to-skin light moisturizer with glycerin, pro-vitamin B5, and vitamin E is a lightweight and oil-free moisturizer.
Vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5 promote skin health and strengthen the skin’s immune system. Some studies also show that pro-vitamin B5 promotes wound healing while hydrating and softening the skin.
This product is fragrance and dye-free. You’ve got to love this affordable Watsons slash drugstore moisturizer as it’s not only great for you, but it’s even cruelty-free and packed in recyclable plastic.
Whether you have oily skin or not, everyone needs a good moisturizer. It hydrates the skin for a better texture, promotes a good skin barrier, and protects the skin. Just be sure to get one that’s gentle and with the right ingredients for your skin type.