Despite our bodies being composed of about 65% water, a variety of factors - environmental conditions and temperature, chemicals, harsh products, UV, and time/age - cause daily skin dehydration, emphasising how a moisturiser/hydrator is essential for most skincare regimens. Excessive hydrating products can cause unwanted breakouts and oiliness, while too little can result in the skin becoming dull with loss of elasticity and firmness. So how do you choose the right formula to keep your skin looking healthy, supple, firm, and shine-free?
• Sensitive Skin
For skin that’s easily irritated or highly sensitive, finding a lightweight product that is perfume-free, with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients, is the best way to go. Avoid products that have stronger acting ingredients such as retinol, acids, and even high-concentrations of Vitamin C. Look for ingredients such as peptides, aloe vera, oat proteins, and algae extracts. These supply a calming, moisture infusion for the skin which also helps give the protective-barrier a nutrient boost.
• Dry Skin
For skin that is prone to severe dryness, it is important to look for products that are infused with highly hydrating blends of antioxidants, bioactive (marine) minerals, amino acids, proteins, and certain oils. These replenish and restore suppleness and elasticity. The best solution is to find a non-comedogenic cream moisturiser that will provide more hydration and protection than a serum.
• Oily and Acne-Prone Skin
Oily skintypes need to be extra careful when looking for a good hydrator. This is because you need to give your skin proper moisture and hydration without clogging pores or creating a greasy sheen. Look for products that are non-comedogenic and stay away from highly fragranced or harsh ingredient-based formulations which can irritate or further dry out your skin, where it can respond by creating more sebum (worsens your oily skin). Aloe vera-based formulas absorb quickly and are packed with skin-nourishing elements that help to support a healthy skin barrier. Other ingredients to look for include Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract which helps to balance skin pH, minimise pores, and reduce the appearance of shine. Oleanolic Acid, a second ingredient, promotes the restoration and rejuvenation of acne-prone skin.
Moisturising your skin should be a part of your morning and nighttime skincare routines – no matter what your skintype may be. For healthy and glowing skin, keep it hydrated, well moisturised and nourished. This will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, balance your skin’s natural oil production, and even allow your makeup to apply better.