Moisturizers are definitely worth using.

Particularly if you have dry skin, moisturizers will help to prevent fine lines and improve the appearance of your skin over time. We’ve all had the experience of being dry, applying a moisturizer, and having our skin look instantly better.

Moisturizers work to retard your skin’s natural loss of moisture.  They also add moisture back in.


In general, if you have oily skin or acne, you’ll want to use a moisturizer like a gel that will hydrate (add water to) your skin but won’t add more oil.

If you have normal skin, you’ll want a lotion or light cream. If you’re very dry, use a heavy cream that takes a minute or two to absorb into your skin.  And apply it more frequently than once or twice a day.

Everyone should use a moisturizer around their eye area and on their necks because we all have very few oil glands in those areas. If you’re oily through the T-zone area, just use your moisturizer on your eye area, your cheeks, and your neck.

Each of the basic types of skin is both a blessing and a curse. If you have oily skin, you have your own natural moisturizer and less tendency toward wrinkles. But you’ll have more of a tendency toward acne and larger pores.

If you have dry skin, you’ll have a greater tendency toward wrinkles but much less tendency toward acne and large pores. There’s something positive about each skin type.

Here are some good moisturizers.

I have created a list of some of my favorite facial moisturizers for you. I have indicated which skin type each moisturizer should be used with. Forbody moisturizers, here are some good body products.

Here are some drugstore and department store options that are really affordable:

  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion—for normal, sensitive skin (available at your drugstore)
  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream—for dry, sensitive skin (available at your drugstore)
  • EstéeLauder Clear Difference Advanced Oil-Control Hydrator—for oily and blemish-prone skin (a bit more expensive; available at department stores)
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Lotion—for normal to dry skin (available at your drugstore)

Watch a Video Demonstration on How to Apply Skin Care Products.

Good luck!

Dr. Irwin

See Dr. Irwin’s expert answers to other reader’s questions on moisturizers:
Do I Need to Change my Moisturizer for Different Seasons?
Which Moisturizers are Good?
How Can I Tell if I Need a Moisturizer?