What is your skin type?
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
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.