Different Types of Moisturizers for Skin Types | Know it All!



When it comes to achieving a healthy, radiant complexion, one of the essential steps in your skincare routine is moisturizing. But with myriad moisturizers available on the market, choosing the right one for your specific skin type can be a daunting task! In this guide, we'll delve into the world of moisturizers, exploring their types, how to use them effectively, and most importantly, how to choose the perfect one for your skin type.

What is a Moisturizer?




Moisturizers are skincare products designed to hydrate and nourish the skin. They help maintain the skin's natural moisture balance, preventing dryness and promoting a supple, smooth complexion. Moisturizers typically contain a combination of water, emollients, and other active ingredients tailored to specific skin needs. 

How to Use Moisturizer Ways to Apply




Applying moisturizer is a crucial step in your skincare routine. Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, the way you apply your moisturizer can impact its effectiveness. Here are some methods to consider:

  1. Dab and Pat: Gently dab small amounts of moisturizer onto different areas of your face and neck. Pat the product into your skin using upward motions. This technique is excellent for sensitive skin. 
  2. Massage In Circles: For those with drier skin, massaging the moisturizer in circular motions can help improve absorption and promote blood circulation, giving your skin a healthy glow.
  3. Layering: Especially if you have combination skin or multiple skin concerns, consider layering different types of moisturizers on specific areas. For example, use a lightweight moisturizer on the T-zone and a richer one on drier areas.
  4. For all types of skin, apply moisturizer right after your morning shower. Don’t allow your skin to dry before application!

Types of Moisturizers




Understanding the different types of moisturizers is crucial for selecting the right one for your skin's unique needs. There are three main categories: emollients, humectants, and occlusives.

Emollients: These moisturizers soften the skin by filling in the gaps between skin cells, providing a smooth and hydrated surface. Common emollients include shea butter, cocoa butter, and plant oils.

Humectants: Humectants attract water to the skin, keeping it hydrated. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vegetable glycerin are popular humectants.

Occlusives: These moisturizers create a protective barrier on the skin's surface to prevent moisture loss. Beeswax is a common occlusive.

Choosing the Right Moisturizer for Each Skin Type




Dry Skin: People with dry skin should opt for richer, cream-based moisturizers that provide intense hydration. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, collagen & elastin, vitamins C+E, and vegetable glycerin.

Oily Skin: For oily skin, lightweight, oil-free moisturizers work best. Gel-based products with non-comedogenic ingredients help moisturize without clogging pores.

Normal to Combination Skin: Individuals with normal to combination skin can choose a versatile moisturizer that offers balanced hydration. Water-based products are often suitable for this skin type.

Sensitive Skin: Sensitive skin requires a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer with ingredients like soothing aloe vera and other reparatives like plant stem cells, Resveratrol, and bilberry extract. Avoid products with potential irritants.

Esthetician’s advice: Avoid moisturizers with any type of petroleum (petroleum jelly, paraffin wax, mineral oil, benzeneIt), which can clog your pores and prevent other active ingredients from fully penetrating into the skin. Email us for the full list of petrochemical-derived ingredients. Keep an eye out for added parfum or fragrance - 95% of chemicals used in fragrance are from petroleum.

BelleCôte Skin Regimen




Day Light Moisturizer BelleCôte Paris offers a standout product in the form of our Daylight Moisturizer. This lightweight, hydrating formula is perfect for daily use, providing essential moisture and repair without feeling heavy on the skin. To use, apply a small amount in the morning after cleansing, gently massaging it into the skin for a refreshing start to your day. This 24h cream with phytostem cells can be used at night too.

Mineral Double Sun Protection Cream (SPF) Enhance your skincare routine with BelleCôte's Double Sun Protection Cream, combining moisturization with SPF benefits. Apply in the morning after the Daylight Moisturizer, zensuring your skin stays protected throughout the day.

DRY SKIN: Ultra Lifting Day Cream is a perfect choice for thirsty skin! With an opulent amount of  fatty acids, lipids, peptides and black caviar extract to nourish and repair dry and aging skin, this cream works as a super anti-aging agent.




OILY SKIN: Marine Moisture Gel provides total hydration while healing the skin and reducing redness. This formula is non-sticky and non-greasy, fast-absorbing, and comes  with antibacterial properties.




NORMAL TO COMBINATION: Wrinkle Erasing Serum works as a moisturizer and perfect hydrator. With hyaluronic acid and green algae, its thermo-active cells create a Botox-like effect.




Esthetician’s advice: Though we might love the way it makes us look, makeup damages our skin. Using a protective layer, like caviar cream, can relieve those effects. Cosmetic foundation sits very well on caviar as a base.

In conclusion, achieving healthy, radiant skin involves more than just applying any moisturizer. Understanding your skin's needs, choosing the right type of moisturizer, and adopting a consistent skincare routine can make a significant difference. With the right products and techniques, you can nourish your skin and enjoy a complexion that radiates vitality.


What is the correct way to moisturize your skin?

The correct way to moisturize involves applying the product in gentle, upward motions, ensuring even coverage. Tailor the application technique based on your skin type and the consistency of the moisturizer.

How do I find my skin type for moisturizing?

Identifying your skin type involves observing how your skin behaves throughout the day. Dry skin may feel tight, oily skin may appear shiny, while combination skin will exhibit characteristics of both.

How do I choose the best moisturizer?

Choosing the best moisturizer requires considering your skin type, specific concerns, and personal preferences. Experiment with different formulations, and pay attention to how your skin responds. For ideas on which products are ideal for your skin type, check the Bellecote website.

When is the best time to use a facial moisturizer, day or night?

You should use a moisturizer both day and night for optimal skin hydration and nourishment.

Do I use the same one both day and night?

The timing of moisturizer application can impact its effectiveness. During the day, opt for a moisturizer with added sun protection, while nighttime is ideal for richer formulations that aid skin repair. At night the skin is in repair mode, so you should use a night cream formulation, preferably with a natural retinol. Bêllecôte’s Ultra Nourishing Night Cream over PM Perfect serum is an excellent choice.

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