We all know how important it is to regularly moisturise our skin. Regular moisturisation is one of the simplest and most effective way to keep your skin looking young, healthy and beautiful. Moisturising your skin as part of a daily routine can effectively delay the appearance of any wrinkles and help hide existing minor wrinkles. Moisturisers help retain the water content within the skin cells and this helps maintain the elasticity and suppleness giving you the youthful look.
But there are so many different types of moisturisers available in the market today. All of them are very different and not all are suitable for all skin types – so how do you select the moisturiser that is right for you?
There are two basic factors to consider when choosing a moisturiser
- Your skin type: Is it generally oily or dry?
If you have a dry skin, you need a moisturiser that has a high concentration of natural oils and less of water content to moisturise more deeply. These oils have a composition similar to the natural oils secreted by the sebaceous gland. The aim is to keep the skin hydrated and lock in the moisture.
If you have an oily skin, you should choose an oil free moisturiser. It is a general misconception that an oily skin does not require any moisturiser at all, but this is not the case. Like any other skin type, oily skin also needs moisture and nourishment for that healthy radiant look. Select a moisturiser that will not block the small pores on your skin but allow it to breathe naturally.
2. Your skin sensitivity: Is it very sensitive or is it normal?
If your skin is very sensitive, you must look for moisturisers that are specifically designed for sensitive skin. Most natural organic moisturisers are generally suitable for sensitive skin as they do not contain irritants or harmful chemicals.
If your skin sensitivity is normal, you could use any of the range of good quality moisturisers to replenish and maintain the natural moisture balance.
Moisturisers usually come in 3 different forms – Lotions, Creams and Ointments.
Lotions – Moisturisers in the form of lotions tend to be light and non-greasy, are easily absorbed by the skin and have a very cooling effect on the body. As they are more free flowing and easy to cover a large surface area, moisturisers in this form are also very well suited for hairy skin.
Creams – These are slightly thicker than lotions. These too are non-greasy and easily absorbed. But they are not as free flowing as lotions. These are well suited for face, hands and legs.
Ointments – These are very thick and slightly more greasy and usually for localised application on the skin. Ointments are excellent for areas that are very dry or scaly and require a dense application to moisturise and soften the skin.
Irrespective of what skin type you have, it is generally best to avoid moisturisers that use chemical based fragrances and other toxic chemicals as these can irritate and could potentially damage your health in the long term. Natural organic skincare products including natural organic moisturisers are preferable as these do not contain any harsh chemicals and are safe to use on almost all skin types.
The next time you apply on any moisturiser, make sure that it is the right one for you. Your skin will love you and reward you for it.