Posted: Feb 20 2015
1. Why you should use moisturiser
Moisturising is an essential part of everyone’s beauty and grooming regime. Whenever we wash our faces, we also wash away the natural oil that our skin produces, leaving our skin vulnerable to pollution and other trials of everyday life. By moisturising, we replace this protection and help to combat irritation and premature aging, whilst keeping our skin healthy, attractive and hydrated.
2. What you should look for in a moisturiser
There is a great variety of skin types, including dry skin, oily skin and combination skin. There are also a few lucky people gifted with ‘normal’ skin, that is, skin that isn’t particularly oily or dry. Luckily, there are hundreds, if not thousands of moisturisers available, so you’ll be able to find your perfect partner.
No matter what skin type you have, it is recommended that your moisturiser should contain SPF 15. As one of the leading causes of premature aging and adverse effects on the skin, a basic level of sun protection can help to prevent unnecessary skin damage.
The vitamin A compound retinol is often used in age-defying moisturisers, as it has shown to have the best capacity for temporary wrinkle reduction. A moisturiser with vitamin C will encourage your body’s natural collagen production, leaving skin plumper and softer.
Due to the oil-stripping qualities of facial washes recommended if you have oily or acne prone skin, you will be exposing your face to cycles of extreme dryness, and you won’t be diminishing your acne, either. The best solution is a light, water based moisturiser that can balance and protect your skin, without exacerbating your skin’s natural oiliness.
A richer moisturiser will be required if you have dry skin, or you’re experiencing hot or cold weather with low humidity, conditions that will dry out skin. Dry skin is caused by the underproduction of your skin’s natural oil, so a rich moisturiser can be used to prevent the cracking, itchiness and flaking associated with this skin type.
3. Using moisturiser in your beauty regime
Whilst moisturiser is an essential in its own right, you can use it as part of a wider skincare and beauty regime to ensure you look after your skin as well as possible. Firstly, your skin needs to be cleansed to remove all dirt. An ideal cleanser would be Ling Skincare Triple Action Exfoliator. Not only ideal for skin prone to blemishes, but perfect for if you want smooth and soft skin.
After cleansing, the next step in your regime should be a facial toner; particularly useful for oily skin, or if you’ve worn a lot of make-up. Using a cotton wool swab, gently sweep the toner over your face, paying extra attention to your T-zone and any other oily areas. Suki Skincare Concentrated Strengthening Toner will calm and soothe oily and acne prone skin perfectly.
Once your face is completely dry from the toner, you’re at the ideal stage in your skincare regime to use any specialist treatment, such as acne cream or a lotion to minimise the appearance of scarring, as this is when your skin will most be able to reflect their benefits.
At this point, you can then apply a serum such as Bioeffect EGF Serum. Due to the lightness of serums, they should be applied at this point to ensure that they’re efficiently absorbed into the skin. They’re often used to improve your complexion, as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles, pores and pigmentation by stimulating and accelerating natural skin renewal.
Like serums, eyecreams are also very light products, and as a result, should be used next in the order of your skincare regime. Using the pad of your finger, gently apply an eye cream, such as Ling Skincare Re-Lite Eye Gel to give your eye area the specialist attention it requires.
At this point, you can then apply the correct moisturiser to your face. This will replace all the natural oil you stripped from your face when washing, cleansing and potentially toning, depending on the type of toner you use. By choosing the moisturiser that most matches your skin type, you’ll give your skin the best level of hydration. Our recommendation is for Argentum Apothecary's La Potion Infinie, specially designed to be perfect for all skin types. For deep wrinkles, we also recommend Stratum C Menopause Protect Cream.
The advantages of facial oil can really be seen when you gently pat a product such as Living Nature Radiance Night Oil over the drier zones of your face to brighten skin. Whilst oil can penetrate through your moisturiser, this can’t happen the other way round, so this must only be applied after moisturising your face.
UV exposure is one of the leading causes in skin blemishes and premature aging, so an SPF of at least 15 is essential to your daily skincare regime. If you apply it at the beginning of your regime, it would render all other products useless, but by applying it towards the end of your skincare regime, you can ensure your regime really works for your skin.
At this point, if you were planning to apply makeup, starting with a good primer would ensure the most flawless wear possible from your foundation and other pigmented makeup. Primers can also be used as part of your ongoing treatment against spots and oily skin.
4. How to best apply your moisturiser
Contrary to popular opinion, the ‘Five Dot’ method of applying moisturiser, that is one dot on the forehead, one on each cheek, one on the nose and one on the chin, before massaging the moisturiser into the skin, is often too much moisturiser to apply, leaving you in risk of clogged up pores and potentially break outs.
A preferable way of applying your moisturiser is to apply it in the same way a beautician would when you go to get a facial.
You will only need a small, pea-sized amount of moisturiser in the palm of your hand. Next, spread the moisturiser between the palms of your hands. You are only spreading the moisturiser across your palms, not actually rubbing it in, but the slight heat will allow for a more even spread when you apply it to your face.
Starting with your cheeks, gently apply the moisturiser to your face, before your forehead and finally your chin and nose. Due to the moisturiser being warmed on your palms, it should also be easier for your skin to absorb and tolerate the product.
This method should ensure that your face is feels plump and moisturised without feeling oily, and make your moisturiser last longer, as you’ll be using less.
A Couple of Final Thoughts
Whilst this method works extremely well with lotion moisturisers, gel moisturisers tend to work better with the ‘Five Dot’ method.
It really is worth the time and effort to invest in a structured skincare routine, your skin will not only look, but feel so much better for it. Moisturising is one of the easiest and most basic ways of helping to keep your skin healthy, and with such a wide range, you’ll definitely find the right one for your skin.