All of us love healthy and glowing skin, and the best way to make it happen is to moisturise, but that is only half the battle. In order to have healthy and supple skin throughout the year, you need to ensure that you are using the right kind of moisturiser. What worked for you in one season might not work the same in the other seasons. You cannot use the same moisturiser all year round. It might feel like complex science to find the right moisturiser that can work for you, but all you need to do is understand your skin’s needs. While you can try out new products, always test them out by doing patch tests to make sure they suit your skin.
Moisturisers can be found in oil, lotion, cream or ointment form. You can always tell if a moisturiser is right for you. When you apply the right moisturiser, it will feel nice and pleasant, and leave your skin feeling hydrated. If it does not agree with your skin, it will leave your skin too dry or oily. Consider your skin type and the season before you invest in a moisturiser.
Important Elements In Moisturisers
1. Shea butter: Shea butter is derived from the nut of the African shea tree, and it is highly moisturising. However, it can be too rich for oily skin types. The moisturisers are most pure and organic if you find grade A shea butter like the L’occitane Shea Butter Rich Body Lotion. It goes well with other oils, and if you mix it with other oils, it can give a lovely scent as well.
2. Glycerin: Glycerin is used in a lot of moisturisers. It is an ultimate moisturising element and is ideal for dry skin. Look for glycerin in all your skin care products. It is a super-hydrator and will leave your skin moisturised and smooth.
3. Hyaluronic acid-based moisturiser: Hyaluronic acid is basically a protein which is found naturally inside the body. It is found in the skin, joints, eyes and connective tissues. The acid is a very strong hydrator and has an ability to hold water in the skin and in your body. It helps lubricate the joints inside your body and will repair the damage to your body after an injury.
Best Moisturiser For Oily Skin
Oily skin means you manage to retain moisture better than any other skin type, but you are also susceptible to the cold and harsh weather. It means that you might need to take extra care of your skin in the cold months. Avoid oils like coconut oil in order to reduce the heavy feeling and the greasiness on your face. Oily skin types can do excellent with oil-free moisturisers that consist of glycerin and hyaluronic acid. You need products that do not feel very greasy and leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. Shiseido’s Waso Colour Smart Day Oil Free Moisturiser is perfect to hydrate the skin without making it oily!
Best Moisturiser For Dry Skin
Those with dry skin do not have it easy in the harsh season of winter. No matter the amount of moisturiser you put on your face throughout the day, it is never enough. You need to opt for lotions and moisturisers that have jojoba oil, coconut oil and shea butter. It will give you the right amount of hydration and will leave your skin feeling smooth. People who have eczema especially tend to have dry, flaky skin, so they might need more intensely moisturising cream than most. You can also try cream-based lotions like The Face Shop Chia Seed Hydrating Lotion since there is more oil in the cream. Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72 Hour Hydrator contains lactic acid, mineral oil and hyaluronic acid that are great to moisturise dry skin.
Best Moisturiser For Sensitive Skin
Those with sensitive skin have a weak immune function, which is similar to those who have eczema or psoriasis. It means they tend to get easily irritated with certain fragrances or ingredients in the moisturiser. People with sensitive skin need to be really careful when it comes to choosing a lotion or a moisturiser. You need to opt for unscented moisturisers that contain ingredients that soothe skin such as chamomile or aloe such as the Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Gel or The Face Shop Fresh Jeju Lotus Soothing Gel. Try to avoid any anti-ageing ingredients like retinoid or alpha hydroxy acid in your moisturiser as they may cause flare-ups.
Best Moisturiser For Normal Skin
Normal skin is not too oily nor too dry. This is considered as the best skin type, and a lot of people envy those who have normal skin, but it still needs moisturising! People with normal skin can use a light moisturiser through the day. It can be light, neutral and non-greasy. There are many moisturisers available. Try to choose those that have lightweight oils or contain silicon-based ingredients. Try Shiseido’s White Lucent All Day Brightener that cleanses skin without stripping it of its natural moisture level.
Best Moisturiser For Combination Skin
Choosing products for combination skin is tricky. It means you have normal skin type around the cheeks but have oily skin around the nose and forehead, called the ‘T-zone’. You do not need any extra moisturising around the oily area but need heavy moisturising around dry patches like the forehead, chin and the sides of your jaw. You can pick products that are similar to those with normal skin. Opt for light moisturisers that you can use all across your face and don’t feel heavy. Anything that is simple and light will do the job. The Face Shop’s Dr Belmeur Clarifying Moisturiser and Clarins Womens Hydra Matte Lotion is tailored for different skin types, so will work great on combination skin.
Once you understand the kind of skin you have and know the type of moisturiser that suits your skin, stick to it. This will give you lasting results.
Beauty Tip: Do not experiment with a lot of moisturisers in the cold months of winter because it could do more harm to your skin by causing breakouts.
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