Moisturising isn’t just a post-shave lifesaver, you know. Your skin isn’t supposed to be as dry as a bone; it ought to be naturally moist in order to retain its resilience, health and attractiveness. With such a bewildering array of products on offer though, how do you choose the right one for your skin? From utilising the best routine to how different products can affect an individual’s skin, here’s what we think everybody ought to learn about moisturising.
Some people seem to think that moisturisers are only used for people that suffer from dry skin, but that isn’t the case. Moisturising is just as useful as a preventative measure as it is a curative one. Using a moisturiser can help to protect your skin and improve its resilience, helping to prevent against skin imperfections, irritation, red marks and dryness. They can also help to prevent your skin from becoming too greasy, deterring that unattractive oily sheen and helping to stave off the dreaded acne. Greasy skin is your body trying to rectify dry skin, so if you cut out the first problem, you should soon see an improvement in other areas too.
Choosing a moisturiser
There are three main types of moisturiser, and choosing the right one very much depends on your skin type and what you’re looking to repair / protect it from.
The main types of moisturiser are:
Humectants – These are water-based moisturisers, designed to replenish skin and reduce dryness. They work by absorbing moisture from the air and transferring it to your skin. They’re great for those whose skin is naturally dry and prone to flaking and soreness.
Occlusives – Occlusives are thicker, oil-based moisturisers designed to prevent your skin from losing its natural moisture and becoming dry. These moisturisers keep your skin hydrated by forming a water-resistant layer on the skin that helps to prevent the transfer of moisture from your skin to the air around it, but may exacerbate complaints such as oily or spot prone skin. They’re great on the legs and body, and even better with a touch of sunscreen.
Restorants and emollients – These work through restoring the natural moisturising agents that are present in healthy skin. Often favoured by those prone to severely dry skin or eczema, these are great for when nothing else will touch your dry skin, and are akin to slathering it with Body Lotion and hugging it with moisture and hydration.
When you’ve found the right moisturiser for you, you need to develop a routine to get the best out of your product; it’s no good trying to combat your skin complaints with a good moisturiser if you aren’t looking after your skin properly in the first place. When washing your face, use a gentle dedicated face-wash, preferably unscented if you have very sensitive skin. Massage the product into your skin and rinse away with warm or cool, rather than hot, water. Once your face is clean, gently pat dry with a soft towel (make sure it’s clean, you don’t want to spread bacteria onto your face immediately after washing it!) and while your face is still damp, apply your moisturiser. This routine is best to follow immediately following your bath or shower and before you go to sleep. Using a thicker, night moisturiser can pay dividends too. Don’t forget to protect other areas where your skin is thinner, like your under-eyes, neck, chest and legs immediately post-shave.
No matter your skincare or beauty problem, you can be sure Direct Cosmetics has an effective solution at a wallet-friendly price.