Moisturising The Skin

Moisturising the skin is on the agenda today. Have you read my tips on Cleansing and Exfoliating the skin? If not, I recommend you check those post out first and then come back to this one.
So then…moisturisers! There are so many on the market and it can be a little bit overwhelming when it comes to choosing the right one. Here is a few things to think about when you go to purchase.

What is your skin type?

Dry skin- If you have dry skin, then a thicker ‘cream like’ moisturiser is what you want to look for. It will keep your skin feeling soft and give it all the nutrients it needs. If your skin is dry, then you have to make sure that you keep it well moisturised as you will be more prone to ageing!
Oily skin- Throughout my career, I’ve had so many clients tell me they don’t moisturise because they have oily skin. This is such a common mistake people make. Even if you have oily skin, you should still moisturise as you need to keep it well nourished. In this case, you would choose a lotion which sits a lot lighter on the skin and doesn’t feel too thick.
Dehydrated skin- First of all, I just want to clarify something. Dehydrated skin is lack of WATER in the skin, whereas dryness is lack of OIL. These are two separate things. Therefore, it is possible to have an oily skin with dehydration. If your skin is dehydrated, it may feel ‘tight’ and you could have fines lines and flakiness. It is also not a ‘skin type’, it’s actually a ‘skin condition’. This means that the skin can be be dehydrated due to your environmental conditions (whereas a skin type is genetically determined)
If you feel your skin is dehydrated, the best thing you can do is drink plenty of water so that you can treat it from the inside, and use your selected moisturiser to treat it from the outside.

Does your moisturiser contain SPF?

If you didn’t already know, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It is extremely important to protect your skin from the skin EVERY SINGLE DAY. Even on rainy and overcast days (which accounts for quite a few days here in the UK!)
The suns rays can still damage the skin through clouds and through glass! During the winter months, and SPF15 is fairly substantial, however I would increase it to a minimum of SPF30 in the summer months.
Some moisturisers (and foundations) will have SPF built into it and others won’t. So make sure you check your label so you are protected.

I would however recommend that you use an additional SPF on the skin. This is because the SPF will me more affective because it is only doing one job! I have recently tried out the Aenea Modern Shield which has an SPF of 35 and protects against UVA rays (the type that age you) infra-red radiation and pollution. It has a great consistency which doesn’t lay heavy on the skin. It has the added benefit of being slightly tinted, so if you aren’t a make up wearer, this would be all the coverage you need. Or, if you’re like me and feel a little naked without foundation, it makes a great base.

What about day and night moisturisers?

In an ideal world, we would have separate moisturisers for day and night. At night, our body and skin repairs itself and when you wake up in the morning, your skin can be left dehydrated. Not only is this because our body is working hard as we sleep, but the night air can also cause evaporation of water from the skin. Night moisturisers tend to be a little heavier in order to compensate for this.
Thats not to say that you can’t use just one moisturiser day and night- anything is better then nothing. Lets face it, not everyone had an unlimited budget when it comes to skincare.

Moisturisers for the eyes

The eye area is much thinner then the skin on the rest of your face so it does require extra attention. Some people like them to help fine lines, while others prefer to treat dark circles. Luckily, there are many to choose from and they come in a variety of consistencies depending on what you want it for. All you need is an amount the size of a gain of rice. Any more can result it a build up of product which can cause irritation and Milia (small white lumps under the skin) Use your ring finger to gently press the product onto the skin following the bone that surrounds the eye. Do not go too close to the eye itself. If your concerned with crows feet, press the product over the cheek bone and towards the hair line also.

Don’t forget the body and the lips!

The skin on the body requires different care as it is much thicker. There are SO many moisturisers out there. I love Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula and recently the Palmers Stretch Mark Cream has been my HERO product in helping keep those dreaded pregnancy stretch marks away. I also love to use a moisturiser with a little bit of shimmer in if I’m off our for a night out or a special occasion.

Moisturising your skin on a daily basis will help to keep skin smooth and supple. It can help prolong and reduce the signs of ageing and it can give us a healthy glow. It is such an important step that many do skip.
If you decided to start moisturising, you may feel that your skin feels a little greasy at first. Its important to remember this is quite normal. Your skin has been used to not having any help in that department, so it can take around 28 days in order for it to settle down and get used to what you are using.

MY TOP PICKS

As you can probably tell from the last few photos, Coconut is my go to scent for moisturisers! What’s yours? Leave a comment with your favourite moisturiser below!
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