Cork Weddings Magazine Beauty Expert
There are many good reasons to use a facial moisturiser. Keeping skin hydrated is an important step toward keeping it healthy. Facial moisturisers can enhance the functioning of the stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of skin. Applying a moisturiser to your face can increase the moisture level of the stratum corneum, prevent skin from drying out, and, if the moisturiser contains a sunscreen, also protect against sun damage.
Think of the skin's surface like the paint job on a car. If the paint is cracked, the metal underneath is left unprotected from the elements and quickly oxidises and rusts. The same concept goes for your stratum corneum - once it's dry, brittle, or cracked, you've lost your shield and the skin is vulnerable to exposure from the outside and water evaporates from the dermis (the living layer of the skin). You can get cracks on the skin, and infections can easily occur. So by using a moisturiser, we help add to the barrier function of the top skin cells. The stratum corneum contains approximately 30 percent water and lipids. Its water content is essential, even though it's made up of dead cells. If this top layer of skin dries out completely, it can't protect the layers of skin underneath. Similar to the shiny, beautiful coating on a car's exterior, putting on moisturiser not only makes the surface look pretty, it seals and protects what is beneath it.
Skin types vary, and so must your moisturiser. Despite our differences, nearly all skin types can benefit from the right type of face moisturiser.
Finding the best moisturiser for your skin type can be tricky. But fear not, I have put together a list of some great choices, some to suit all skin types.
Finding the perfect moisturiser depends on your skin type, so a trip to your beauty therapist for a skin analysis could help you best figure out what your skin type is.
Generally speaking, if you suffer from rough or flaky, you have dry/dehydrated skin; if you find that your skin looks shiny throughout the day, you have oily skin; and if you find that you have dry patches as well as some shiny areas, you have combination skin.
Using too rich or heavy creams on an oily skin will cause breakouts and using mattifying products on dry skin will make it drier. Similarly, using products that are excessively hydrating on oily skin will promote breakouts.
For dry skin, without a twice daily dose of hydration, your skin would be flaky, itchy and tight. While oily skin types might feel they don’t need to use moisturiser as often, but they actually need it just as much.
Often those with oily skins use drying products, their skin may start to produce more oil to balance it out, which obviously is not what they want. But using a light moisturiser, especially one with oil-control properties, can help keep skin in balance and cause it to produce less oil over time.
For those who have sensitive skin, they know that a good moisturiser can calm redness or skin sensitivities or skin issues like eczema. Most sensitive skin will need a moisturiser without a lot of added chemicals or preservatives.