Which Moisturizer is Best for You?

Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin.

Moisturizer Basics


Many moisturizers hydrate temporarily, but the water simply evaporates. This leaves a film on the skin surface that basically sucks more moisture out! The best moisturizers have properties that both deliver moisture into the skin and help hold it in there. A moisturizer can be emollient, humectant, or occlusive. You don’t have to choose, though! The best moisturizers contain a combination of these different moisturizing properties—including the Curology moisturizers, which have all three!

A humectant, such as hyaluronic acid or glycerine, has a liquid texture that absorbs quickly into the skin, and draws moisture from the skin and the environment to increase the skin’s ability to hold water. Hyaluronic acid is especially good at delivering water into the skin and keeping it there! Humectants work best when combined with emollients (that’s why our moisturizers have both!), so if you’re using a serum with hyaluronic acid, try topping it off with a layer of an emollient cream.

An emollient delivers water directly into the skin using a carrier oil—such as grape seed oil, sesame oil, or silicone oil—and leaves the skin with a soft and supple feel.

An occlusive leaves oil on the skin’s surface to slow water loss—such as mineral oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, evening primrose oil or silicone oil.


The skinny on good fats


Acne-prone skin has less of the naturally occurring fats in the skin (lipids called ceramides). But that’s not a good thing! Without them, the skin doesn’t function as a protective barrier, which can mean more pimples. We know it can be a headache — acne treatments can make your skin dry, which harms the skin barrier. It’s good to reach for moisturizers that contain these ceramides, such as CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30.

You will also want to make sure it passes the CosDNA test—this is an online check on ingredients to be sure they won’t clog your pores!

Step 1: Search on CosDNA.com by product name.

CosDNA Pore Clogging Ingredient Index

Put product name in input field and click search.

If your product is not listed, go to the tab that says “Analyze Cosmetics” and copy and paste your product’s ingredient list into the field.

It will show up as a grid. Look under the Acne or Irritant column and if the number is higher than a 3 it may not agree with acne-prone or sensitive skin!

Whatever you pick, make sure the moisturizer doesn’t block your pores. If your skin is dry and feels itchy, we recommend trying Theraplex Clear lotion. Work it in immediately after cleansing or showering, while your skin is still damp.


Moisturizers should feel good and help you look great, so be mindful of what you use that may not be ideal for your situation. If a moisturizer is irritating your skin, causing breakouts, or not hydrating enough, set it aside and try something else.

Here are a few highly recommended moisturizers:

Like with any product, don’t be afraid to try more than one until you find the elixir you love. If your skin seems to like a certain moisturizer—as long as it passes the CosDNA test—go with it!

Repost from Curology website.


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