Choosing the right moisturiser for your skin is a little like choosing your ideal partner – you want something that brings out the best in you, will take care of you, but more importantly, won’t break the bank.Given the wide choice of moisturising products available, how exactly do you go about selecting a moisturiser that best matches your needs? Well before you settle for the first product that you see, the most important factor in determining the best moisturiser for your skin comes down to – skin type.
Oily, sensitive, dry or combination?
Expert Jennifer Bradley – owner of her name-based skincare range – shares her specialist knowledge.
“With oily skin, you need to be in a good cleansing routine. You need to cleanse morning and night,” Bradley said.
Managing oily skin patches requires more than just soap and water, and can be dealt with more effectively with the use of citrus-based cleansing products. Additionally, using the natural plant oil of bergamot can ease irritated skin.
“Bergamot takes away redness and inflammation, something that is common in oily or combination skin,” she added.
So how do we handle dry and flaky skin? The best piece of advice is to stay away from lotions containing alcohol, as this dries out the skin. Bradley suggests applying a light serum under the moisturiser for improved hydration: “If you use cream alone, it doesn’t penetrate into the skin,” she said.
When treating sensitive skin, ALWAYS read the labels. Any products featuring pore clogging (comedogenic) ingredients such as lanolin and perfumes are a no-no, as these can lead to breakouts – so opt for moisturisers with grape seed oil for a clog-free complexion.
For an ingredient to suit all types, you can’t go wrong with hyaluronic acid – thanks to its fine-wrinkle fighting properties along with giving skin a plumper look.
“Hyaluronic acid is more like an amino acid; it’s a binder so it works well with the cream or moisturiser,” explained Bradley.
Reading the small print
Deciphering the different skincare lingo can be quite the task, so here’s a how-to guide to ensure you know exactly what you’re getting:
> Products with antioxidants offer sun protection throughout the day
> For night use, retinoids, growth factors or peptides help repair the skin
> SPF products are designed to prevent sun damage
> Growth factors assist in boosting collagen along with producing elastin
> Peptides are responsible for stimulating collagen production.
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