With so many components to a healthy skincare routine, moisturising can seem like another chore especially after a long day or if you’re caught in an early morning rush. However, moisturising is one of the most important aspects of your skincare routine. But how does it do it? Find out about the Magic of Moisturiser below!
Using the correct moisturiser based on your skin type and season will allow your skin to maintain its optimal balance of oils which reduces the likelihood and frequency of acne breakouts. Typically, if you have dry or wrinkle prone skin you will want to use oil-based moisturisers as their richness is ideal for hydrating your skin. While if you have oily skin, water-based oil free moisturisers are excellent for keeping your skin hydrated but not oversaturating it with oil which may actually cause more skin issues. Additionally, moisturiser assists the skin in maintaining it’s natural barrier which will prevent sensitive skin from becoming irritated, excessively dry or red.
Moisturiser by its design is made to hydrate your skin, allowing it to rapidly repair itself and develop new skin cells. Moisturisers accomplish this by locking in water with ‘occlusives’ which prevents water loss to wind or heat. They also use ‘humectants’ which attracts moisture from the surrounding air to skin cells to replenish any lost moisture. Another active ingredient are ‘emollients’ which are softeners that smooth out dry or flaky skin. These all combine to provide noticeable anti-aging benefits, where a study in the British Journal of Dermatology found that people who moisturised developed wrinkles at a fraction of the speed of those who forgo it.
Many moisturisers on the market today are combined with vitamins and antioxidants which can improve your skin’s health and look by fighting free radicals. These free radicals can damage your skin by causing inflammation, skin conditions and premature aging meaning it is imperative to control them for your overall health. Additionally, vitamins have a range of benefits for your skin based on the classification of the vitamin and the skin type you have. If you’d like to explore more, check out our blog post on the essential vitamins based on your skin type.