We know some people find it a chore to put on their skincare products after a long day of work. They are tired, they are sleepy and all they want to do is curl up on their bed after a nice, hot shower. However, personally we love spending that 10 to 15 minutes of our time, putting on our carefully curated skincare products that suit the needs of our skin.
Even on days when we are feeling under the weather, at the very least, we make it a point to never skip our toner and moisturiser. In fact, we find that if we do not use our skincare products, we feel uncomfortable, as if we are missing out on an important aspect of our daily routine.
The moisturiser is, in our humble opinion, the most important step of a skincare routine. Irrespective of the type of skin you have, you will need to use the most suitable cream or lotion for moisturising your skin. This will help to keep your skin looking radiant and glowing throughout the day.
Benefits of Moisturising Your Skin
Here are some of the benefits you will get when you moisturise your skin on a daily basis:
- A suitable moisturiser can help to mask minor imperfections and prevent skin problems like blemishes.
- It helps your skin to stay young, as daily loss of skin cells leaves your skin vulnerable to dryness.
- It fights wrinkles and prevents giving you an aged appearance.
When is the Best Time to Use a Moisturiser?
Apply moisturiser to your damp skin immediately after a bath. As your skin is still moist, the moisturiser will penetrate into the skin properly. If you forget to moisturise immediately after your bath, one tip is to prep your face with a spray mist before you moisturise.
"Which Moisturiser Suits My Skin?"
The beauty market is saturated with all types and brands of moisturisers. Just take a walk into Sephora or Watsons — the selection of moisturisers alone is enough to make your head spin. Do not panic though. To find the right moisturiser for you, it depends on factors, like your skin type, age and if you have any specific skin conditions like acne, eczema and so on.
This is a general guideline for choosing moisturisers based on the type of skin you have:
If You Have Normal Skin
Congratulations! You have the skin type that everyone aspires to have. Normal skin is neither too dry nor too oily. In this case, to maintain the natural moisture balance of the skin, it is recommended to use a water-based moisturiser that is light and feels non-greasy.
If You Have Dry Skin
As your skin is dry, you need a moisturiser that helps to restore and replenish moisture to the skin. Use a heavier oil-based moisturiser that contains moisturising ingredients, as such products will help to keep your skin properly hydrated.
If You Have Oily Skin
Are you thinking: My skin is oily; therefore, I do not need a moisturiser? Well, you are wrong. Oily-skin-type users tend to also have acne-prone skin and are susceptible to breakouts. They will be inclined to using products that strip away the excess oil on the face. However, all skin types require oil to keep skin soft and to maintain the barrier that keeps moisture in and environmental irritants out. When stripped of these essential oils, the sebaceous glands will produce more sebum, to compensate for the perceived dryness. Thus, your face becomes even more oily. Though your skin is oily in nature, what you will need is a suitable lotion moisturiser with a lightweight consistency that helps to replenish vital oil, to keep your skin happy and well-balanced without any excess shine.
If You Have Mature Skin
Aging is unavoidable. We all wish to retain our skin that we had in our 20s, but that is just a pipe dream. As you age, your skin tends to become drier, as your oil-producing glands become less active. To keep mature skin well-moisturised, choose an oil-based moisturiser that holds in moisture, prevents flaky skin and can combat wrinkles.
Things to Take Note:
Now that you know what type of moisturiser to choose for your skin type, do take note of some mistakes people usually make with their moisturisers:
Using the Same Moisturiser for Day and Night Routines
There is a reason why you find day moisturisers and night moisturisers in the market. Your skin in the morning is practically abused by an endless onslaught of contaminants, like polluted air, make-up and bacteria. At night, your skin goes into ‘repair and replenish’ mode, which means your skin is better at absorbing active ingredients into a deeper level. Hence, you should consider using a more intensive, active-rich formula at night for your skin to reap the biggest benefits of your moisturiser.
Not Using Your Products in the Correct Order
The proper order of skincare application is to go from thin to thick, thus the viscosity of the products will determine how they are absorbed into your skin. If you apply a watery serum after layering on a thick cream, you will not be able to receive the full benefits of the thinner product, as the cream will prevent the serum from being absorbed.