How can I find the right moisturizer for my skin type?

Every day, moisturiser ranks as the leading product that we all apply, and that's a wise choice. If you're selecting a single skincare product to depend on, make it a moisturiser.

Just as our bodies require water for hydration, our skin does too. In the short term, moisturising revitalizes the skin, lending it a healthy plumpness. Over the long haul, consistent moisturisation aids in reducing the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles.

However, some of you might have encountered challenges in discovering the perfect formula for your skin type. If your skin is parched, flaky, or irritated, opt for moisturizers that "prevent water loss and mend the skin's moisture barrier". Key ingredients to look for encompass ceramides, cica (Cica is short for centella asiatica, a medicinal plant), vitamin E, and, naturally, Glycerine or hyaluronic acid. Opting for rich, oil-based options like the our 28 Day Skin Pro-Moisturiser is a wise decision, especially for mature skin where a thicker moisturiser is preferable.

For those with oily, acne-prone skin, lightweight, water-based moisturizers with gel textures are the way to go. And remember, actually applying it onto your skin is crucial. A common misconception is that oily and acne-prone skin doesn't require moisturisation, but in reality, it does.

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you find the perfect moisturising match:

  1. Identify Your Skin Type: Determine if your skin is oily, dry, combination, or sensitive. This is the foundation for choosing the appropriate moisturiser.

  2. Consider Your Concerns: Do you want to address dryness, acne, aging, or sensitivity? Look for moisturisers that target your primary concerns.

  3. Read Labels: Look for keywords that match your skin type and concerns. For example, "oil-free" or "non-comedogenic" for oily skin, "hydrating" for dry skin, and "fragrance-free" for sensitive skin.

  4. Texture Matters: Choose a texture that suits your preferences and skin type. Creams are richer and better for dry skin, while gels or lightweight lotions are ideal for oily skin.

  5. Ingredients: Opt for moisturisers containing beneficial ingredients like hyaluronic acid for hydration, glycerin for moisture retention, niacinamide for calming, and antioxidants for protection.

  6. SPF Addition: If you're looking for daytime moisturisers, consider one with built-in broad-spectrum SPF for sun protection, but don't rely on this as your only SPF.

  7. Patch Test: Test a small amount of the moisturiser on a patch of skin to check for any adverse reactions or sensitivities. We provide a free patch test with every skincare product, so you don't even need to open the product and a full refund if it's not for you.

  8. Read Reviews: Look for reviews from people with similar skin types to see how the product worked for them.

  9. Consult a Professional: If you're unsure, a dermatologist can offer recommendations based on your skin's specific needs.

  10. Trial and Observation: Once you've selected a moisturiser, give it time to see how your skin responds. It may take a few weeks to determine if it's the right fit - skin works in cycles of around 4 weeks, so 12 weeks is typical to see a real noticeable difference.

Remember that everyone's skin is unique, and what works for someone else might not work for you. It's also possible that your skin's needs may change seasonally, so be prepared to adjust your moisturizer accordingly.



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