How to choose a moisturizer

Find the best moisturizer for your skin

As the saying goes, the simplest things are sometimes the hardest to understand. When it comes to skincare, the product that most often stumps my clients is also one of the most common: moisturizer!

.Inevitably, they’re either using one that’s not right for their skin, or none at all. (And having oily skin doesn’t absolve you from this step! Read why below.) Moisturizing regularly keeps skin young, healthy and wrinkle-free longer, but finding the right product for your skin type can be surprisingly tricky. Here’s my guide to choosing a moisturizer that won’t clog your pores or irritate your skin.

Daytime moisturizers

For daytime, most people (especially in warmer months) need only an antioxidant-rich sunscreen to stay moisturized. If you have combination/oily skin, try Jan Marini Physical Protectant SPF 45. For dry skin, I recommend PCA SKIN Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30. If your skin is very dry, apply your SPF over a separate moisturizer. Read on for my favorites!

Nighttime moisturizers

Everyone should use a nighttime moisturizer. The question is only what kind and how often.

  • People with normalsensitive and dry to very dry skin will benefit from moisturizing every night.
  • All skin types should moisturize after using active ingredients like glycolic acid (AHA) exfoliators, retinol and benzoyl peroxide. Moisturizing helps these powerful products work more effectively, plus you’ll be able use them more often because your skin will be less irritated.
  • If you’re acne-prone, moisturizing helps your skin heal faster after a breakout.
  • If you have oily skin, moisturizing will help curb your production of oil.


 Dry Skin

Glymed Plus Cell Science Daily Repair Mega-Moisture Cream

This is one of my most popular products! The lightweight formula protects the skin’s moisture barrier to help slow and reverse the signs of premature aging. It boosts skin’s radiance for a more vibrant complexion. It also has antibacterial properties to help prevent breakouts.

Normal Skin

Jan Marini Transformation Face Cream

My #1 best-selling moisturizer, this will immediately leave your skin feeling silky and smooth. It firms and plumps fine lines and wrinkles so skin looks healthier. It helps the skin heal and repair, making it ideal for use after laser treatments or other procedures.

Sensitive Skin

Phytomer HYDRACONTINUE Radiance Energizing Cream

This lightweight, vitamin-rich formula hydrates and firms skin. It stimulates the natural regrowth of skin cells, leaving a softer, more youthful texture. And like all Phytomer products, it smells like a dream!

Combination & oily Skin

Glymed Plus Cell Science Ultra Hydro Gel

This ultra-light gel is rich in hyaluronic acid—perfect for dehydrated, oily skin. It improves skin’s moisture levels without adding unneeded oil. It stimulates the healing process, calming inflammation and speeding recovery after peels, waxing or acne treatments.

Acne-Prone Skin

PCA SKIN Clearskin

This antioxidant-rich formula is exceptionally calming for oily, breakout-prone and sensitive skin. It improves skin tone, reduces discoloration, diminishes pore size and helps balance skin’s moisture levels. You’ll be left with a brighter, clearer complexion!

Cheers to great skin,