Repeat after us: Moisturiser is absolutely necessary!
There’s a good reason why moisturisers are the most prescribed products in dermatology. Don’t go skipping it now! It is all about finding the right fit for you. Once you do, trust us, you won’t look back.
Luckily, when it comes to hydration, traditional cream moisturisers are not your only option. You’ve also got your serums, oils, gels and lotions. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry, we’re going to break it down for you.
But before we dive into finding your perfect moisturiser, let’s take a step back. Why exactly is skin hydration important?
Why is it important to moisturise your face?
Your face and neck are often exposed to harsh elemental factors. We’re talking the sun, extreme heat and cold, wind and pollution. When faced with these elements, you’re looking at some pretty dry skin.
When your skin gets dry, the first thing you’ll start noticing is a bit of tightness and discomfort, especially after hopping out of a hot shower.
A lack of hydration can also speed up the aging process. Dehydrated skin loses its elasticity which can cause fine lines and sagging skin. Plus, a moisture deficiency limits the skin’s ability to heal itself. That’s a hard pass from us!
In a nutshell, moisturisers work in two ways; they add hydration to your skin (win!) and they form a protective barrier that stops hydration from leaving your skin (double win!). Both of these help you feel more comfortable, keep your natural glow and slow down those wrinkles.
Depending on the type of moisturiser you use, the level at which it adds moisture and stops moisture from leaving varies . Like we said, it is all about finding what suits your needs best.
What products can you use to moisturise your face?
The usual moisturiser go-to is the classic cream. It’s the one you were probably first handed as a teenager. Now, that’s not to say it doesn’t have its place, but many cream moisturisers don’t come with a huge amount of ingredients that actually boost your skin’s health. They do help with dreaded hydration loss, but if you’re in need of a hydration boost, we recommend pairing your cream with a little something extra.
For those on the dryer side, say hello to your new best friend - facial oil. Find one that is non-greasy and addresses dryness, dehydration and signs of aging.
Facial oils are a type of emollient, which is just a fancy way of saying they help to strengthen the outer layer of your skin to prevent water loss. Many are packed with hydrating, antioxidant and anti-aging ingredients. Plus, they feel incredibly luxurious when you apply them which is a major bonus!
Hydrating serums are like the Beyonce of skin care products; they’ll change your life for the better and you’ll wonder what you did without them.
Many contain lipid-replenishing elements that nourish the skin. Much like oils, serums contain powerful active ingredients that hydrate and combat aging. They are fast-acting and made of tiny molecules, so they can get deep into the skin and really work their magic.
If you’ve never heard of hyaluronic acid, you’re going to want to write it down. The superstar addition to any hydrating serum, hyaluronic acid helps your skin hold on to moisture and keeps you looking radiant.
As hyaluronic acid is a hydrator (not a moisturiser), it is beneficial to follow this hydrating serum up with a moisturising oil to lock in all that goodness.
What moisturiser is best for me?
Which moisturiser you should be reaching for really depends on what you need it to do, and that comes down to your skin type. If you’re not sure what yours is, head to our website for a free skin consultation. We’ll figure it out in no time!
If you’ve got oily skin, chances are you’ll feel the need to skip moisturiser, but not so fast!
In fact, not moisturising can cause your skin to dry out and produce more oil, so you’re not doing yourself any favours by skipping this step.
Instead, your best bet is to use an oil-controlling facial oil like our Peppermint Green Oil. It is lightweight and non-acnegenic so you don’t need to worry about it clogging up those pores.
Lacking some serious moisture? You need the high-performance stuff. Try the 24K Gold Nourishing Oil for a non-greasy blend of nourishing coconut, jojoba and avocado oils. It is rich in skin-saving fatty acids and combines powerful vitamins with antioxidants.
It is also great for combination skin on areas that are feeling a little dry.
The gold flakes make it extra luxurious and the oil smells like you’ve just spent a day at the spa! Top with your favourite cream moisturiser to lock it in.
Just because you’re not feeling too tight after a shower doesn’t mean your skin won’t love some of that sweet, sweet hydration. Enter: the Hydrating and Nourishing Acai Duo. Hyaluronic acid replenishes the skin cell’s water content while the acai oil and essential fatty acids nourish skin ensure a soft, balanced complexion. It is quick-absorbing and fights dehydration to help plump skin, minimise lines, and boost radiance.
With sensitive skin, having calming and nourishing ingredients is key. The Probiotic Skin Mylck plus Hydration helps target dehydration in sensitive complexions with helpful bacteria to balance your skin’s microflora, restore damaged skin barriers, and increase hydration.
If you’re looking for something that gives your skin a tall drink of water and fights fine lines, a luxe facial oil packed with vitamin E, amino acids and vitamin A should be your go-to.
The secret weapon for all skin types
When you’re on the go and feel that dreaded tightness of your skin come on, keep a hydrating mist handy. You won’t find us leaving home without our Refreshing and Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist.
It works perfectly over makeup and makes you look glowy and refreshed. The best part? It works on all skin types so no one gets left out!
If you’re still a little unsure about which moisturiser will save your skin, get in touch with an esmi Skin Consultant on our website.
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