Choosing the right moisturiser for your skin is more important than choosing the right boyfriend. When you find THE ONE, it’ll change your life. It’s no joke—some moisturisers will be too heavy and will make your skin feel clogged, some will worsen a break out of spots and some will make you look and feel greasy.
Fundamentally, a moisturiser is supposed to help your skin’s natural processes for keeping it hydrated and provide added support to counteract lots of the external things that make our skin unhealthy, such as air pollution and additives in our modern diets that create small reactions in our skin. They do this by locking in the skin’s natural moisture and draw moisture to the surface of the skin.
It is essential to consider what it is that you want to achieve by putting on a moisturiser. Is your skin, say, dry, greasy, sensitive, or blotchy? Are you concerned with wrinkles? Do you want the moisturiser to have a slight fragrance or do you want it to be parsimonious with its ingredients so that you don’t interfere too much with your skin’s natural processes in your attempt to bolster them? Do you want to use both a day and a night moisturiser or do you want one comprehensive product? How much are you willing to spend on this part of your beauty regime?
Obvious stuff first. If your skin is already greasy, you should aim for a moisturising lotion that isn’t too rich or oily. If your skin is dry, you should use a thicker moisturising cream. If your skin is a combination of these conditions, you should opt for a lighter moisturiser, but look into investing in a richer specialist night cream to put on areas of your face that feel drier. Also, choose a lighter moisturiser than you would usually go for in the summer and a richer one in the winter, as weather has a big effect on the thin skin on our face. Whatever you do, look out for “non-comedogenic”, as these won’t clog up your pores and create more skin problems. Ideally, you want one that is quickly absorbed, so that it doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky, but also leaves your skin feeling deeply hydrated.
If you’re not fussed about having a fragranced moisturiser, it’s probably better to opt for a fragrance-free one, as minimising ingredients is never a bad thing when it comes to cosmetics. Fragranced moisturisers are often worse for sensitive skin, too. If you are concerned with your skin looking aged, you should get a moisturiser that has SPF 15 or above, but try out a few, as these creams tend to be richer and slower to absorb.
It’s ultimately a matter of trial and error. Go for a brand with a good reputation and don’t fool for marketing ploys.