You may have bought moisturisers for your skin a thousand times, but have you ever thought if you are buying the right kind of moisturiser for you? Having to choose a moisturiser that suits your skin is tricky. It gets more difficult when you may normally have dry skin but feel oily during the summers. That's because skin types change! It could be due to factors like the weather, age or hormonal changes. Your skin is also affected by different moisturisers with different ingredients and textures. So, before you go out and buy your next face moisturisers, think about the following factors to ensure that you get the best for your happy skin! Have fun reading!
How Does a Moisturiser Work?
What does a moisturiser or cream precisely do? Surely does not add water to your skin; depending on the formulation, of course, it either helps retain water in the skin's outer layer, keeping it hydrated or add oils. Moisturisers contain humectants that draw water into your skin, as well as emollients that help form a protective barrier and trap water in the skin. So, important for everyone to moisturise.
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Types of Moisturisers
There are particularly three types of moisturisers based on different skin types.
Emollients are oil-based moisturisers that help your skin regain the lost lipids. They hydrate, protect and smooths out your dry, rough skin. These are available in the form of gels, lotions and ointments. They are great for normal, dry or combination skin types.
Humectants are gel-based moisturisers that draw water from the surrounding environment and seal it inside your epidermis. Amino acids, glycerol, lactic acids and hyaluronic acids are all humectants. They are recommended for oily skin types.
This type of heavy moisturiser prevents water loss by acting as a physical barrier for your skin. These are made of wax, silicone or oil. These moisturisers have a thick consistency and are recommended for extremely dry skin.
How to Apply a Moisturiser?
Correctly applying a moisturiser depending on your skin type is equally important as finding the right moisturiser. Below are three easy steps to apply a moisturiser correctly.
Step 1: Wash your face with lukewarm water and a gentle face wash.
Step 2: Take an almond-sized amount of the moisturiser (whether gel-based or cream-based) depending on your skin type for each application.
Step 3: Apply a small amount of moisturiser to various parts of your face and spread it out evenly with your fingertips.
According to conventional wisdom, it is recommended to apply moisturisers twice a day, in the morning and at night. It ensures that your skin's moisture content remains constant for 24 hours.
Moving on, here are some simple guidelines to help pick the right moisturiser for your skin:
Identify Your Skin Type.
When picking a moisturiser, it is critical first to identify your skin type. If you're not aware of your skin type, here's what you can do.
After washing your face with a gentle face wash, let it dry for about a minute and dab your T-zone (nose and forehead) and cheeks with soft tissue.
- If you experience an oily feel on your nose, you have combination skin.
- If the oily feel is on your nose & cheeks, it's oily skin.
- If there is dryness on your face, it's dry skin.
- If there is neither oily nor dry feel, then you have normal skin.
One thing solved! Here's the next one — It might get a little tricky because your skin type may vary. So, we recommend that you go for moisturisers based on the weather. If you tend to feel dry during the winter, apply an intense moisturiser to combat the dryness. Similarly, if you notice greasy skin during summer or if you have combination skin, consider using lightweight gel-based moisturisers that will hydrate your skin without weighing it down.
Check the Ingredients.
You may frequently skip checking the label on the back of the product, but you may learn a lot from it if you pay close attention — the ingredients list. Look for products with Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, etc.
Furthermore, ensure they are clinically tested, tested for allergy (to ensure they do not cause an allergic response) and free from skin irritants like parabens. Additionally, for those will oily and acne-prone skin, go for the ones that are non-comedogenic (less likely to clog your pores).
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Check the Texture.
The texture of your moisturiser has a significant impact on your skin. To find out, give it a go yourself, or simply check the product description on the pack or its website.
If you have dry and flaky skin, get a thick cream-based moisturiser. A light, oil-free moisturiser should do the work if you have normal, oily or combination skin.
Sun Protection is a Must!
It is usually preferable to use a moisturiser with SPF 30 or higher rather than a standard moisturiser. The sun's damaging rays frequently damage your skin, making it appear drab and dry. As a result, it is recommended that SPF be used every day!
At night, you can switch to a different moisturiser. The only reason for this is that your skin heals at night, so providing it with more nourishing and potent active ingredients will help it get all of the hydration it requires.
Consider Your Age.
When it comes to moisturisers, age is an important consideration. Starting a basic skincare routine at the age of 12 is generally recommended. This routine should include basic cleansing, moisturising and applying sunscreen. Depending on your skin type, you may need to switch products as you approach puberty (your skin type changes with age). If you are in your 20s, you can step up your skincare by incorporating anti-ageing products. Use salicylic acid and antioxidant creams to help combat ageing skin and decrease sebum production.
If you are in your 30s and 40s, you can start using natural amino acid products to reduce wrinkles and ageing.
Your skin is a delicate and sensitive element of your body that should be handled with care. Applying anything on your skin without adequate understanding may cause damage in the long run. When it comes to pampering yourself, always go for the best because you deserve it.Get the best moisturiser for face in India from a brand with 23 years of skin expertise and a reputation for creating the best for women. Visit The Pink Foundry to get the greatest skincare products online. Remember, your skin is gorgeous and one-of-a-kind!