We can think of a couple of different reasons why moisturizing at the end of a long and eventful day is important. Some moisturizers have anti-wrinkle or anti-aging benefits, some help make your complexion look less dull and flaky (anything that is a peel or with retinol comes to mind), and some help control acne or oily overproducing sebaceous glads (think clogged pores). Plus heavy moisturizers or treatments often don’t mix well with your makeup routine so doing anything treatment related is often best left to the evening hours so it can work overnight.
The mornings are best to apply something more basic that is less likely to interact and cause makeup slip and slide (a moisturizer with sunscreen for instance).
So how do you find a moisturizer that will work for you? To do that, you need to know what skin type you fall under. The most common skin types are: Dry, Oily, Combination and Normal. Humorously enough most people’s skin types don’t fall under normal. Sounds a lot like the rest of life right?
If your skin is often itchy and flaky chances are you are dry, you should look for common active ingredients, such as glycerin, or dimethicone. These ingredients help with keeping the skin hydrated. Find a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic, and will not clog your pores. A lot of women with dry skin even use oils like Argan or coconut to moisturize.
For the women that looks shiny shortly after you have washed it, you should look for labels that says water-based, noncomedogenic, non-acnegenic (won’t cause acne) and/or oil-free. Don’t skip the moisturizer because you feel like you have naturally oily skin. This will only trick your skin to produce more natural oils to leave you feeling more greasy!
Lastly, if you have a oily t-zone (forehead and nose area), and a drier skin on the cheeks, we suggest finding a heavier moisturizer for the dry areas like your cheeks, and using a lightweight or oil-free cream on your t-zones. and only applying on areas where it is needed. You can find some options over at The Gloss (thanks for the photo guys)