How to Choose Face Creams for Your Skin

If you have sensitive or dry skin you probably need to use a face cream daily.  There are many different products on the market.  Some face creams are very expensive and others are quite affordable.  In general, these creams are meant to hydrate as well as giving some anti aging or sun protection.  It may take some trial and error, but you will find a product that works with your skin type and skin issues, such as acne and sensitivity.

If you are using anti aging products with strong ingredients like Vitamin C or retinoids, a milder face cream can still be a good addition to your routine.  Many times your skin will benefit from taking a rest from these ingredients for a day or so.  Your best bets are natural face creams that have anti aging botanical ingredients.  Although most people like to stick with anti aging ingredients that have scientific evidence backing their claims, some traditional botanical ingredients don’t get much attention from science and are often over looked.

Synthetic moisturizers

Most people use face creams that contains synthetic moisturizers such as silicones.  These ingredients are safe, popular, and affordable.  Although there is some discussion that synthetics are harmful, most people do not have issues with them.  They do well to moisturize your skin, but aren’t the best choice for people with wrinkles, acne, or sensitive skin.  Natural moisturizers are much better.

Many face creams are a hybrid of synthetic and natural ingredients; so don’t ignore expensive face creams just because they may contain the same synthetic as a much cheaper cream.  Synthetics are not just cheap; they can also improve texture and absorbability in certain formulas where it isn’t possible to be all natural.


Preservatives are controversial ingredients in skin care products, but are necessary in any product that contains water, including most face creams.  The preservatives that concern most people are parabens, because they have been loosely linked with breast cancer.  If you’re concerned with synthetics, avoid those to begin with.  In general however, the panic associated with preservatives is a bit over the top, and glosses over the fact that they are simply necessary for a safe product.

Preservatives are essential because products that contain water along with moisturizers are an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and mold.  The impact that these impurities will have on your skin is much more dangerous than the risks associated with preservatives.

Some natural face creams are preserved with natural preservatives or are self preserving with extracts and alcohol.  This is a difficult process and is best left to large natural products manufacturers with the resources available to challenge test the product.  A natural system may be difficult to replicate and have to be specifically formulated for each individual product.  Be careful from buying from tiny cosmetic companies, especially if they sell lotion and creams that are naturally preserved.


Many times natural moisturizers are oils and butters.  Many people have an unnecessary fear that these ingredients will automatically produce acne.  This is seldom the case.  Do not be afraid to use face creams that aren’t marked oil free.  This is especially true if you have dry, aging, or sensitive skin.  In many ways these natural moisturizers are far superior to their synthetic counterparts.  They naturally provide a wide range of beneficial additives, such as helpful acids like oleic acid, and antioxidants like Vitamin E.

Antioxidant Face Creams

Antioxidants are very popular in skin care products.  These ingredients fight free radical damage, a major factor in aging.  Some of them also help heal sun damage.  Most of them are also nutrients that benefit the skin in other ways, such as faster healing of acne or increasing collagen production.  There are many, many ingredients that work as antioxidants.  Some are common, like Vitamin A, C and E, and others are exotic botanicals.

Most antioxidants are used in skin care to fight off aging, but don’t do well by themselves to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Don’t be afraid of using anti aging face creams that primarily work with anti oxidants and botanicals because you are still young.  They are unlikely to be too strong for you, and will help you keep your skin naturally young for longer than just using basic moisturizers.

Botanicals and Phytonutrients

Natural, botanical based ingredients are a wonderful addition to face creams.  These botanicals are often seen in the form or essential oils, extracts, and infusions.  Sometimes a powerful botanical can be the cornerstone ingredient of a very popular anti aging product that gives result that rival traditional anti aging actives.  Some of these extracts are very rare and are often found in high end face creams

These botanicals contain chemicals called phytonutrients.  There are thousands of these substances and they are only just being studied by science.  They have stood the test of time of royalty throughout the years however.  Aging happens every day, don’t wait for science to give you the okay.  Try for yourself.

Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra for expensive floral ingredients.  These are great for aging and sensitive skin.  Many people find the work so well, that they make it into their anti aging regimen’ regular rotation, along with better proven products that contain Vitamin C and retinol.  Botanical formulations seem to enhance other anti aging active and make them work better.

Face Creams for Sensitive Skin

There are many face creams specifically formulated for sensitive skin.  They often contain healing anti oxidants and soothing botanicals.  Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, you may want to look into these products.  They often contain the best ingredients because sensitive skin reacts badly to cost effective alternatives.  They also make good facial treatments to hydrate your skin after using strong anti aging creams or chemical peels.

Face Creams for Acne Prone Skin

If you have acne prone skin, you may still need moisture.  Drying out acne prone skin can lead it to overproduce sebum, which causes more acne flare-ups.  Look for face creams that contains salicylic acid, as this ingredient keeps pores clear.  Sensitive skin formulations are often helpful as well.

You may wish to look or oil free moisturizers.  This isn’t necessarily the case however.  Some oils, such hazelnut, do not aggravate acne as much as a synthetic oil free moisturizer.


Many people prefer to use a moisturizing sunblock lotion or cream.  Sunscreen or sunblock is a very important skin care step to avoid aging.  Many people find that the creamy base is enough moisture for the day.  If you are looking for a more natural product, opt for sunblock over sunscreen, as most sunscreens are synthetic chemicals.  If you are using chemical peels or retinoids, sun protection is a must.

Eyes and Neck

Many face creams are a bit too strong for use around the eyes, even sensitive formulations.  You should invest in a separate eye cream, as this skin has unique needs compared to the rest of the face.

Your facial cream may work well for your neck.  Don’t forget to use anti aging treatments on your neck as well as your face.  This area is often over looked and can tell your age if it develops a mismatched appearance against your face.

You can make face creams work even better by introducing exfoliation into your routine. Exfoliating away the dead skin helps the product moisturize better by improving absorbability.  Try a facial scrub or microdermabrasion system.  You should also be sure to wash your face daily with a good face wash to avoid build up.