Here on the Green Keratin blog, we thought that it was about time we discussed one of the very foundations of skincare: Making sure you are using the perfect moisturiser for you. Because, you can hardly make the most of your moisturiser when you are using the completely wrong product for your skin type.
The majority of people will use a moisturiser or a face cream every day without even thinking about it. This is something that has been drummed into men and women from the moment they hit puberty. However, there are still some people out there that either shun the use of moisturiser altogether, or are using a product that is completely incompatible with their skin type. Using the wrong moisturiser for your skin can actually aggravate any skin problems you already have. Which is why increasingly people are blaming moisturiser altogether for their skin woes.
Recently, I have seen a surge of this condemnation of moisturisers and face creams in the online beauty sphere. People who are claiming that they haven’t used moisturiser for a year, their skin is better than ever, and they haven’t looked back since. However, these people are failing to focus on the fact that while they have binned their face creams, they are still avidly using serums and other lotions and potions. Which actually can be more potent moisturising agents than face creams themselves. This leads me to think that perhaps these people weren’t using the right moisturiser in the first place, which is why they began to shun the practice. They are turning against moisturising simply because they do not know what the best product is for their skin type.
And while these people are still moisturising in some shape or form, there are those out there who (shock, horror) do not even moisturise at all! I know, I know, it’s hard to believe. The main demographic of people who don’t moisturise tends to be those who suffer from difficult skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis. However, most people are now fully on board the skincare train, because every deserves to look and feel fabulous. Even men are increasingly investing more time into their skincare regimen. But even still, some are still unaware as to the damage they are doing by not moisturising. But what exactly is that damage?
Do you Really Need to Moisturise?
Long story short, yes. And why? I hear you ask. Well, the size of the list of reasons will probably both shock and scare you. In fact, I wasn’t fully aware myself before I started to research quite how damaging it can be to leave moisturiser out of your skincare regimen.
Dehydration is without a doubt your skin’s worst enemy. Moisturising every day keeps your skin hydrated and helps it to retain its elasticity, which in turn helps it to look and feel younger in the years to come. As soon as your skin isn’t getting enough moisture, all the rules go out the window and everything goes downhill. Okay I am being slightly dramatic, but what exact damage does dehydration do to the skin?
- You Could Develop More Wrinkles:
When the skin becomes dehydrated and dry, the appearance of any fine lines and wrinkles will be intensified. This is because as your skin becomes dehydrated, it begins to lose its elasticity because the collagen in the skin begins to break down. Collagen is made up mostly of water, so you need to keep the skin hydrated in order for it to stay plump.
2. Your Skin Could Become Dry and Flaky:
This is especially the case now we are approaching the colder Autumn and Winter months. The cold, dry air has a tendency to dry out the skin and strip it of Lipids which form the skins protective outer layer. This can cause redness and flaking, as the skin is losing its layer of protection.
3. It Will Aggravate your Acne:
This may sound strange, but moisturiser is your blemishes friend, rather than its foe. As long as you have the right kind of course. Not using a moisturiser can aggravate acne prone skin because dry skin can make acne dry and more irritable.
4. Your Makeup Will Not Look Flawless:
If you’re a die-hard makeup junkie, then I can bet anything that the last thing you want is your foundation settling into all the dry areas on your skin. It is absolutely essential to make sure you wash your face and apply a moisturiser before putting any makeup on your skin. Not only will this help your skin’s overall health, but your makeup will look great too!
Finding the Right Product for your Skin Type
The first mistake that so many people make when it comes to skincare is that they don’t use products that are right for their skin type. It’s all well and good moisturising every day. But, if your moisturiser is full of oil and you have acne prone skin, then it will most likely end up doing more harm than good. Before you purchase or use any skincare product, you need to be sure that it is going to be the best fit for your skin
If you don’t know what your skin type is, the best thing to do is examine how your skin feels at the end of the day. Take a look at your T-Zone and see whether it’s oily, dry or maybe a bit of both. The more you pay attention to what your skin is doing on a daily basis, the more you will get to know what it needs.
What Moisturiser Should You Be Using?
Every skin type is different and needs to be taken care of in its own way. So, I have put together a little guide to help you figure out what kind of moisturiser your skin type needs, along with a few suggestions of products that may be perfect for you.
If you have Oily skin, or suffer from Acne, you should by no means shy away from face creams. Although you may want to steer clear of thicker moisturisers with a higher oil content and opt for a lighter lotion instead. Preferably, you should go for something fragrance free. If you do suffer from Oily skin, then why not try our Re-Balancing Ultra Combo Cream?
If you have dry skin like me, then thicker creams with more oil will definitely be better suited for your skin. The more oil a cream contains the better it will be at locking in moisture. Also look for ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid which has the ability to bind up to 1000 times its own volume in water! I personally adore the Hyaluronic C Perfecting Facial Cream, I have used this cream every single day for the best few months and my skin has never been better!
Combination skin is a tricky one, but it isn’t impossible to find a cream that suits you. Combination skin is characterised by having some dry patches and some oily patches here and there. I would generally suggest a lotion for combination skin as it has a high moisture content to help with the dry areas of the skin, but it doesn’t contain the oils which will aggravate the oily patches.
If you are struggling to find a moisturiser that is right for you, then why not check out our ‘Shop By Concerns’ section of our website? This helpful little guide breaks down which of our products would be perfect for your skin type.
Making the Most of Your Moisturiser
Moisturising is an incredibly important aspect of skin care for both men and women. When used correctly, a moisturiser literally has the ability to transform your skin, making it look and feel younger. Probably one of the best times to moisturise is after you shower or shave. Make sure your face is squeaky clean and any traces of makeup are removed, apply your toner and then while the skin is still slightly damp, apply your moisturiser. Apply it in dots all over the face, focusing on trouble areas and then gently massage it into the skin. We have included the handy images above to help as a guide!
If you’re a skin care enthusiast and have multiple different products in your regimen, it can be difficult to know what order to use them in. I generally follow the rule of working from the thinnest to the thickest consistency. This gives your lighter creams and serums a chance to absorb into the skin without being blocked by the thicker creams.
As with any skincare routine, it is incredibly important to include SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Luckily, Green Keratin are currently in the process of formulating our own all natural SPF cream. Hopefully this amazing product should be out just before next summer, so keep your eyes peeled!
All Scientific Facts and Figures Taken From the Following Sources: