Moisturiser: Simply designed to keep the Skin happy. It seemed like a long post so I had to split it into two parts. In case you missed the first part of this edition, please click here.
Previously, I wrote on what a Moisturiser really is and that the key ingredients a good moisturiser should have are: Humectants, Ceramides, Emollients and Occulusives. I also specified what type of skin would need those.
Choosing the right Moisturiser
When choosing the right Moisturiser, two things should come to mind: Your skin type and your skin concerns.
I would assume you know your skin type by now. You might want to check here to be sure. Let’s get to knowing how to get the best Moisturiser based on your skin type. I’ll start with the lightest.
They are basically designed to be oilfree without any Emollients or Occulusives involved (These are explained in the previous post). They hydrate the skin with lots of humectants such as hyaluronic acids, allantoin or glycerin. You’ll find that gels are very lightweight and sinks into the skin without leaving any oily or greasy residue. Technically, they do not clog the skin as they do not have any fatty acids, oil or butter.
Gels are not very popular but great at repairing the skin with plant extracts which are water soluble. Overnight masks are bae. Suitable for oily or acne prone skin.
Water and oil do not mix. In order to make it happen, you must use an emulsifier. Once an emulsion is involved, you either have a lotion or a cream.
Lotions have a higher ratio of water to oils. This means that they are lightweight and sinks into the skin. Depending on the type of oil used, a good lotion would have Ceramides, Occulusives, Humectants and Emollients to soften, protect, seal in moisture and hydrate the skin.
Suitable for normal to not so oily skin
An emulsion, just like a Lotion, but it will definitely have a thicker consistency to it. I don’t know Creams to be lightweight and they don’t usually come in pump bottles but hey, maybe they do now, for sanitary purposes. A good Cream would have Ceramides, Occulusives, Humectants and Emollients to soften, protect, seal in moisture and hydrate the skin.
Suitable for combination and normal skin types.
Butters, Balms, Salves (or even ointment, although they are made with antiseptics for soothing and healing
With the main concentration on Body Butters, they are supposed to be anhydrous; meaning they do not have water in them. I have seen and read of butters and salves having water (Rose water or Kerwa water) in them but as soon as water is involved, you have an emulsion. Emulsions are Creams and Lotions.
The real essence of butters/ salves is that they should have no water in them. They are thick; thicker than Creams and are made of fats and oil. That means butters and oils essentially. Maybe essential oils too and herbs. They are also very rich in texture and smell. A good body butter will have Occulusives & Emollients.
Suitable for Dry and extremely dry skin
If you have a dry and dehydrated skin, you can layer your skincare products from the lightest to the heaviest as a rule of thumb, for easy penetration. I usually use hyaluronic acids when my skin is dehydrated then body butters or creams for dryness. That’s how I treat skin concerns.
When you’re faced with skin concerns, you might want to use Moisturisers at the last stage of your skincare routine, before a Sunscreen.
Luckily, treatments come in form of Serums which are very concentrated (I would always purchase treatments in forms of Serums). This is because Serums are usually water soluble and potent, they get absorbed into the skin. You might want to treat the skin first, particularly to get the most of the products to treat your concerns, before slathering your Moisturiser on your skin.
Since most Moisturisers are oil soluble and act as a barrier on your skin and seal in moisture, nothing else penetrates the skin after it is applied; so treat (with Serums as they have smaller molecules to get absorbed by the skin, hydrate by using ingredients and products that would draw water from the air and hold it onto the skin then seal in moisture with a good Moisturiser based on your skin type.
Here is a video if you prefer to listen than read
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