3 Different Types of Moisturizers

3 Different Types of Moisturizers

Hey FaceTory Fam! 💝

So, we all know about moisturizers right? The product that makes our skin smooth and soft? Well, they do much more than that! They are extremely important and beneficial for the skin! But honestly, it can get a little confusing with all the different moisturizers out there. So how do you know which one is right for you and which one will make your skin freak out? We break it down for you in this blog post! Read on to learn more.



Moisturizers are important because they help keep your skin from getting dehydrated, even oily skin types need to moisturize. That’s why moisturizers should be the last step in your skincare routine. Hydration should come first (so things like your toner, essence, and serums) then moisturizer is applied over all that to seal in all the hydration. Without a moisturizer, the hydration on your skin can easily evaporate, leaving your skin dry and dehydrated. Moisturizers (thank goodness) will help lock in hydration while smoothing out your skin, allowing your skin to heal and regenerate properly!

Now, let’s get into the formulation. Moisturizers usually incorporate a combination of 3 specific kinds of ingredients: humectants, emollients, and/or occlusives. Some moisturizers may lean heavier towards one type of ingredient than the other.  You’ll find moisturizers that are either a gel, cream, or liquid. Here is the breakdown on these special moisturizing elements and how they work as moisturizers:

Humectant dominant/based moisturizers:

    • Moisture-drawing ingredients great for all skin types, especially oily skin types
    • Draws water to skin cells to keep skin hydrated
    • Binds water to the skin to help keep it on the surface
    • Absorbs very quickly
    • Lightweight consistency
    • Look for: Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Honey, Aloe Vera
    • Think: Gel formulas

Emollient dominant /based moisturizers

    • Space fillers- great for normal, dry, and combination skin types
    • The lipids and oils fill in all the cracks on the skin, helping smooth out the surface of your skin and helps repair your skin’s barrier
    • Creamy consistency
    • Look for:  Silicone (Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone), Lanolin, Shea Butter, Squalane, Grape Seed Oils, Ceramides, Rosehip
    • Think: Light cream or light lotion formulas

Occlusive dominant/ based moisturizers 

    • Moisture sealers - mature, dehydrated, dry skin types
    • Occlusives are thicker in consistency
    • Blocks the evaporation of water- perfect for dry skin
    • Look for: Mineral Oil, Lanolin, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Shea Butter
    • Think: Balms, thick creams

Different types of formulas and consistencies work and feel better on certain skin types. We listed the general matches below:

  • Gel -  combination to oily skin type
  • Creams- Dry to combination skin type
  • Liquid/lotion- combination skin type and, depending on the formulation, some oily skin types can use liquid/lotion type of moisturizers

We hope this blog post helped! The next time you search for the perfect moisturizer, keep these things in mind to ensure you get the right one for your skin type! Thanks for reading and as always, just keep glowing!

Love,
FaceTory 💝