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The day cream is an indispensable part of any skin-conscious person’s arsenal, and one that by no means should be ignored or left out. We’ve established already that day creams are necessary due to their unique position in the skincare realm as the protector (whereas the night cream is the healer), guarding your skin against damage from the sun, the wind, pollutants, etc, etc. But that still leaves the question: which one should I use? There are a myriad assortment of day creams on the market, all of them tailored to meet slightly different needs, and which one is best for you depends on a variety of factors. Today, Vine Vera is going to give you a few handy pointers on how to find your day cream today.
No matter what your skin is like, or your individual needs, everyone must use broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to properly counteract the potential harm of the sun’s nasty UV rays. Many day creams include SPF, and we highly recommend using one that does, rather than having a separate day cream and sunscreen that you need to apply individually, adding an unnecessary extra step.
If your skin burns easily, consider using an SPF higher than 30. SPF 50 gives excellent and thoroughly sun protection, and you can find sunscreens and day creams that go even higher if need be.
One of the biggest determining factors of what kind of day cream you should be using is your skin type. Your skin type determines much of what you should be doing and what your skin needs.
If your skin is naturally dry, you need a heavy day cream with moisture-attracting ingredients like hyaluronic acid. The goal here is to promote a healthy lipid balance, which means supplementing your scant natural skin oil.
For sensitive skin, you want relief from irritation and protection from irritants. Get something hypoallergenic, and ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile and other naturally soothing ingredients are always a plus. Go for a higher SPF too (as in higher than 30), if possible, since sensitive skin can react more badly to a sunburn.
Oily skin requires a lightly moisturizing day cream that can replenish a small amount of the oil stripped away during cleansing, but not too much. Matting ingredients can also go a long way toward preventing unsightly shine from oil buildup throughout the day (remember that your pores are pretty much always secreting sebum, aka skin oil). You might also consider using a day cream with salicylic acid in it, if your oily skin is prone to breakouts (as oily skin often is).
Combination skin is trickier, but your best bet is to get a heavy moisturizer, following our recommendations for dry skin above. Then, before you apply it, carefully apply a toner to the oily parts of your face, rendering the whole face effectively dry as the astringent toner constricts your pores and pulls out the oil from them. You may now apply the heavy day cream all over.