10 ways to master moisturising
Your age, skin type, skin concerns and even the time of year (or month) can all impact on your complexion but selecting the right type of moisturiser could make all the difference. Experimentation is key to finding what works best for you, but it’s likely you’ll require different moisturisers for your face and body as well as night and day.
Use this article to help decide which moisturiser best suits your skin.
Finding the right formulation for your skin type is a great way to maintain clear and balanced skin whether you suffer with acne, oily, dry or dehydrated skin.
Our range of moisturisers uses tried and tested ingredients including Aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, coral seaweed, fresh royal jelly, hydrolysed silk protein and jojoba seed oil to provide formulas well suited for all skin types.
As we age, our skin loses elasticity; it is one of the most common signs of our skin losing moisture. This means vulnerable areas of the skin, such as the face, neck, hands and feet, will require more attention than the rest of our bodies.
Ageing and drying skin can promote the development of wrinkles, fine lines and even dehydration lines. Using a moisturiser such as a serum or a rich night cream will help to lock in moisture and shield against external pollutants, bacteria, fungal infections and viruses.
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Using a moisturiser in your day/night time skincare routine helps to lock in the other products and their ingredients, allowing them to get to work. After showering or soaking in a hot bath, the skin becomes dry quickly due to the temperature of the water. Applying a creamy night moisturiser the moment you step out of water helps to hydrate the skin as well as locking in essential moisture.
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Know the differences between dry and dehydrated skin; dry skin is lacks oils or lipids whereas dehydrated skin is a condition that has a lack of water in the outer layers of the skin.
Choosing a moisturiser – or even a hydrating facemask - with ingredients to help strengthen the skin’s barrier, will help keep moisture in and avoid dehydrated skin. Vitamin C is great for recovering your skin’s barrier function whilst hyaluronic acid, collagen, plant oils (such as jojoba oil or olive oil) and glycerine, help to improve the moisture balance in the skin.
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Moisturisers help to shield the skin from external pollutants, bacteria, fungal infections and viruses but heat and light can also cause impact. Look for formulations that offer SPF (sun protection factor) as these offer defence against the sun, air conditioning and changes in temperature.
Note: A moisturiser alone cannot protect the skin against all of the sun’s UVA/UVB rays. Adding an SPF to your routine is a crucial step towards helping to guard against the harmful effects of the sun.
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Make-up never applies well to dry, flaky or dehydrated skin as it clings to dry patches and creates a rough and sometimes creased skin texture. Applying a moisturiser that best suits your skin type will create a great base for make-up.
Although we may think a moisturiser is the best way to fix dry, flaky skin, it’s vital not to overlook the crucial step of exfoliation in order to first remove dead skin cells. Using a high-quality polish is vital to let your favourite moisturiser do its work.
However, exfoliation is not ideal for all skin types. Those with oily skin tend to reach for polishes and exfoliators to reduce the production of sebum, however this can actually cause an overproduction of sebum. A lightweight facial gel is a great way to balance the skin’s moisture and pH levels to reduce the sebum production.
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By incorporating moisturisers into your skincare routine, the skin’s overall texture will look and feel renewed and replenished. Over time, the regular use of a lightweight facial moisturisers or richer day and night creams will improve the skin’s tone and may even help reduce uneven, dry patches.
If the skin is left without a protective barrier, the skin becomes prone to infections, dehydration and dryness. In turn this can contribute to itchiness or inflammation.
Other key causes of irritation can be during seasonal changes in temperature, humidity, winter weather and even internal heating and air conditioning.
If the skin is suffering from dehydration, chapped lips or inflamed complexions, a moisturising balm will provide concentrated formulas to ease irritations and speed up recovery.
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Daily use of moisturising creams, balms, hydrating facemasks and gels can deliver that plump and firm feeling to the skin. Try a few days without moisturiser, followed by a few days of hydration and let your skin decide which it prefers.