We’ll get straight to the point here: moisturizer, in general, is good for all complexions, but some ingredients are bad for certain skin types. That’s the probably the reason why you find yourself facing a bad zit-uation every time you pack on your current hydrator. Check the ingredients—it might contain an oil or extract that’s triggering your breakouts!

Our advice? Shift to a safer pick, like one of the lathers we’ve listed below. Bye-bye, pesky pimples—hello, perfect hydration.

FOR DRY SKIN

Fed up with flaking? You want a rich, potent moisturizer that can penetrate your tiny pores for deep-seated relief. A formula with hyaluronic acid and honey will instantly soothe dehydration, while olive, almond, and avocado oils help increase moisture retention.

TRY: Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel, P855
TRY: Nuganic’s Aqua Waterdrop Cream, on sale at P1,710

FOR COMBINATION SKIN

Look for jojoba on the ingredient list—it’s nice and hydrating but also helps control shine! Our tip: generously apply your moisturizer to your cheeks, chin, jawline, and around the mouth; then, wipe only the residue over your T-zone. Combination skin needs very little hydration in the inherently oily nose-and-forehead area.

TRY: Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference Skin Balancing Cream, P3,500
TRY: VMV’s Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer, P825

FOR OILY SKIN

Anyone born with greasy skin is bound to be obsessed with oil control. Keep an eye out for grapeseed, which regulates sebum production, as well as omega fatty acids, which hold on to moisture so your skin isn’t stripped of the good oils. For mattifying action, look for rice or moringa content!

TRY: My Prime’s Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer, on sale at P1,680
TRY: Novexpert’s Anti-Aging Mattifier, P2,500

FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

Go for pure, organic hydration that’s gentle enough for any skin type—certainly delicate ones! Olive oil, for instance, has been used for years as a natural moisturizer. Good old aloe works like a charm, too—no burn, no sting.

TRY: Aloe Derma’s Daily Moisturizing Cream, on sale at P491
TRY: Instituto Español’s Skin Depth Care Cream, on sale at P424

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