How To Pick Out The Right Moisturiser For Healthier Skin

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The most basic skin routine involves a ‘moisturiser’ of some sort, be it a nourishing serum, hydrating sunscreen or a heavy-duty moisturiser, we all need a little hydration to give our skin that extra oomph.

Many of us buy moisturiser on a whim, itching our flaky skin praying for something to curb the disaster unleashing on our faces. Most of the time we buy moisturiser without considering how it will suit our skin, simply trusting the labels of ‘anti-ageing’, ‘moisturising’ and ‘hydrating’, oblivious to the fact that, while it all sounds like the same thing, they're all affecting your skin in different ways.

"A moisturiser's job is to maintain an outer armour on the skin, which prevents against infection and helps skin conditioning," says Dr Sweta Rai, from the British Association of Dermatologists. "If you're using a good moisturiser for you, then it will be doing a good job for your skin."

Are you using the wrong moisturiser right now? There are some vital factors to consider when choosing your moisturiser like whether or not it’s causing you any discomfort such as redness, itching, dryness, acne or excessive oiliness. These may be signs that you are already using the wrong moisturiser.

Things that matter when picking out a moisturiser Ingredients Moisturisers often contain extra ingredients to give your skin that extra oomph, depending on the season of the year, you could be picking out moisturisers with extra goodies such as SPF, antioxidants and boosters such as green tea, vitamin C or pomegranate extract. All which are great at providing a protecting barrier against free radicals.

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Lavera, Organic Tea Calendula Mattifying Balancing Cream For combination Skin, £24.00

Weather Where you live plays a vital role in the type of moisturiser you should be using. A lot of environmental factors may contribute to your biggest skin concerns such as dryness (potentially caused by water hardness and low humidity), acne/black heads (due to high humidity and pollution), dark spots and premature wrinkles (extreme sun exposure). The list goes on and on.

This is why it’s important to visit a dermatologist or take a personalised skin care quiz to find out what exactly your skin type needs depending on where you live.

Skin Type Different skin types may need different formulations of moisturiser. The adjectives they use to describe moisturisers such as ‘hydrating’, ‘nourishing’ and ‘moisturising’ sound the same but are all aimed at different skin types.

Oily and combination skin types need lighter moisturisers that are oil-free, with ‘hydrating’ ingredients.

“Seek out moisturisers with primary ingredients like glycerine, dimethicone and niacinamide,” suggests Suzanne Frielder, M.D., an NYC-based, board-certified dermatologist.

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La Roche-Posay, Toleriane Ultra Fluide, £11.66

Dry and sensitive skin types should seek out more gentle solutions with ‘nourishing’ and ‘moisturising’ ingredients. Heavier formulations like creams and oils work well for these skin types.

“Especially in the colder months, individuals with dry skin need to seek out moisturisers that are rich and help to lock in your body’s natural oils,” explains Friedler. “Opt for products that contain ceramides, which are naturally occurring lipids found in the upper layers of our skin. Additionally, hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that is both a natural component of our skin and can attract and retain water up to 1,000 times its weight in a single molecule.”

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Neutrogena, Hydro Boost Water Gel, £9.74

Sun exposure Returning to the topic of sun exposure, it is very important to use protection when exposed, especially if you live in a particularly sunny or hot place! Chances are if you do live in a place with lots of sun, you are sweating a lot. That is why it is important to consider the type of sun protection that suits your skin type such as gels, oil-free and fragrance-free formulations to avoid irritation and breakouts.

If you do live in a place with a lot of sun exposure, you may even opt out of using moisturiser, instead replacing it with hydrating and protecting serums consisting of hyaluronic acid for the morning and vitamin C for the night, always using a good and strong SPF to protect your skin and give it some extra moisture whilst not clogging your pores with excess product.

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