Autumn’s best moisturizers for each skin type

We love autumn—bracing weather, an abundance of pumpkin-themed items, and cozy bonfires. But the crisp air that feels so wonderful soon starts to take its toll on our skin, making us reach for the moisturizers and creams. Here is a guide to help you choose the best moisturizer for your skin type.

For oily skin


Gel moisturizers are fairly new to the skincare scene, but they’re ideal for oily, breakout-prone skin because unlike many traditional creams, they’re water-based, not oil-based. They help your skin retain moisture with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. Neutrogena makes a powerful, lightweight formula for both your face and body. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling smooth, soft and hydrated throughout the cold, dry winter months


You’ve heard that your diet can benefit from antioxidants, but did you know that your skincare routine can, too? Antioxidants like resveratrol have powerful anti-aging, anti-inflammatory properties, which are incredibly beneficial when applied to your skin. In nature, resveratrol functions as part of a plant’s defense against stress or infection, and it has similar protective effects on our skin. Resveratrol has been shown to reduce dryness, shield the skin from environmental damage, smooth skin texture, and improve the appearance of wrinkles. It also prevents the formation of damaging free radicals and stimulates collagen synthesis, leading to healthy, more youthful-looking skin. We love LovelySkin’s LUXE Mattifying Antioxidant Moisturizer, which goes on sheer and leaves a smooth, matte finish.

For dry skin


Retinol is an ingredient similar to Vitamin A, which has been shown to improve skin complexion and texture while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But those with sensitive skin might find some products with retinol or retinoid to be too harsh. These patients typically better tolerate products with retinaldehyde.

Retinaldehyde has been shown to increase skin’s firmness and elasticity, which can be severely affected during the cold, dry winter months. We recommend trying Glytone skin renewal cream, a rich night cream with retinaldehyde that visibly evens skin tone, reduces sun spots, smooths fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves your skin hydrated and soft.

For sensitive skin


Those with skin prone to rosacea, rough patches or itchiness know that the dry, winter months only exacerbate these issues. Botanical ingredients can create a natural barrier, shielding the skin from environmental and internal triggers that cause stress.

Dermalogica’s barrier repair UltraCalming Complex uses a combination of primrose oil, borage seed oil and silicones such as Vitamin C and E to combat free radicals and restore your skin’s lipid barrier. You can apply it both in the evening, before bed, and in the morning, before applying makeup, because the lightweight solution creates a smooth, even base for other products.

Look for these ingredients to keep your face moisturized this season, regardless of your skin type. And don’t forget to contact the experts at Coastal Dermatology for all your skincare needs!