Actives, acids, or active ingredients are made to target specific problem areas, from acne marks to hyperpigmentation, that your average face wash-and-moisturizer combo can't fix. But because they're so potent, they’re highly reactive.
Retinols, for one, don’t mesh well with AHAs and BHAs, and other strong ingredients. If you have this vitamin A in your P.M. routine, mixing it with moisturizers that contain chemical exfoliants (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, etc.) can throw your skin out of whack.
As the saying goes, opposites attract—and this applies to skincare. Actives like retinols are best paired with no-fuss moisturizers that only get one job done, and that’s simply to hydrate. Try these gentle moisturizers below:
1. Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer
This non-sticky lotion is fragrance-free, dye-free, oil-free, and harsh chemical-free, so you're pretty much safe from unwanted irritations!
SIMPLE Hydrating Light Moisturizer, P229, Watsons
2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
CETAPHIL Moisturizing Lotion, P344/118 mL, Watsons
3. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream
Got oily skin? Try this clear gel moisturizer that immediately sinks into the skin for a matte but smooth finish.
KIEHL'S Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream P1750/50mL, Greenbelt 5
4. Celeteque Dermo Science Hydration Facial Moisturizer
For a water-based gel moisturizer that won't break the bank, this drugstore find containing aloe vera provides light, nonsticky hydration.
CELETEQUE DERMO SCIENCE Hydration Facial Moisturizer, P250, Watsons
5. The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Moisturizer
This low-irritant item has a slightly thicker cream consistency compared to gels so it's perfect for ladies who deal with dry patches on the skin.
THE FACE SHOP Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Moisturizer, P1060, Estancia Mall
6. Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion
As retinols can be drying, you'll be needing all the hydration you can get. This popular Japanese lotion contains four types of hyaluronic acid to give you that bouncy, "glass" skin. It's alcohol- and fragrance-free so it'll mesh well with your potent serums.
HADA LABO Hydrating Lotion, P685/170 mL, Watsons
This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.