How to choose a simple moisturizer

Figuring out the best face moisturizer for you

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Curology Team
Oct 17, 2019 · 3 min read

We’re here to share what we know — but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider if you have questions.

At Curology, we know that everyone’s skin is unique, but did you know that your skin can also change from one week to the next? One day, you need a face cream for dry skin. The next, one for extra sensitive skin. And if you struggle with acne, fine lines and wrinkles, or all of the above? Ugh.

Figuring out how to fix complex skin situations can be an absolute nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. Custom skincare company Curology now has two moisturizers specially formulated by dermatologists to be as versatile as your individual skin.

Wait — what is my skin type?

In general, when we proclaim our skin type, we decide whether our skin is more oily or more dry. But all sorts of things can impact your skin state — from the body’s natural aging process to the weather outside — which can cause the skin’s natural oil production to fluctuate. So if you need to think outside of the dry/oily binary, think of your skin’s oil production as being on a spectrum, and choose a daily moisturizer that addresses your current skin concerns. For example, if you’re prone to seasonal dryness, a deeply hydrating rich moisturizer is right for you. If you’re prone to oiliness when it’s hot outside, a gel moisturizer with a more lightweight formula may suit you best.

Which moisturizer is right for me?

Our gel moisturizer is our best moisturizer for oily skin. If you prefer the feeling of a cool, lightweight texture on your skin, our gel moisturizer has a cloud-like texture designed for you. And if you’re experiencing ramped-up oiliness in your skin due to a hot summer season, our gel moisturizer helps your skin breathe while keeping it hydrated and protected — without weighing you down.

If you are prone to seasonal dryness, or if your skin often feels dehydrated, choose the rich moisturizer. Specially formulated to be one of the best moisturizers for dry skin, the rich moisturizer has a creamy texture that works twice as hard to add moisture to the skin and keep it there. With 6 hydrating ingredients, the rich moisturizer soothes dry skin symptoms such as skin flakiness, redness, or tightness.

Which one pairs best with anti-aging creams?

If you’re wondering how to reduce wrinkles, one of Curology’s dermatology providers will work with you to build a custom cream with prescription-strength ingredients to address common skin issues like signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. With the complete Curology set, you’ll also get a cleanser and moisturizer designed to pair with your custom cream. But now that we offer two great moisturizers, which one is the best for aging skin?

While both of Curology’s moisturizers have hyaluronic acid (a natural part of your skin that decreases with age), the rich moisturizer packs in some added hydration to benefit aging skin, including plant-based squalane, allantoin, and shea butter. Because our skin tends to become drier as we age — and because anti-aging creams don’t always pack in enough moisture on their own — the rich moisturizer is a good choice for anyone concerned about signs of aging.

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Which one is the best moisturizer for acne?

If you’re acne-prone, you have options! All of Curology’s ingredients are non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog pores. When you sign up for Curology, one of our in-house dermatology providers prescribes a custom cream with ingredients that can fight your acne, signs of aging, or both. Take your pick — the gel moisturizer for more lightweight hydration or the new rich moisturizer for deeper hydration — when you sign up for a free trial and choose the complete Curology set for just $4.95 (plus tax) to cover the cost of shipping and handling.

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