Available in many different guises, be it creams, lotions, oils, balms or gels, all moisturisers work to lock in vital moisture and prevent water loss. Well hydrated, nourished skin is essential for good cell function and not only will well moisturised skin behave better, it will feel softer and more supple, look luminous and dewy, and absorb skincare more efficiently. Below we highlight the moisturisers best suited to your skin type, signposting what to look out for when it comes to formula, texture and ingredients.
If Your Skin Is Dry…
Not to be confused with dehydrated skin (a condition that can affect every skin type) those with overly dry complexions suffer from a lack of oil within the top layer of skin and will notice rough, flaky patches, a tight feeling after cleansing and a general lack of radiance.
Oils and balms are best as they help reinforce skin’s natural defense barrier and lock in vital moisture. Look for moisturisers containing number one hydrating hero hyaluronic acid, which can hold 1,000 times its weight in water.
If Your Skin Is Sensitive…
Tell-tale signs of sensitive skin are redness, inflammation, swelling, scaliness and rough patches. Skin can often feel itchy, tight or prickly after the application of products. A general rule of thumb for sensitive skin is that less is more when it comes to ingredients.
Steer clear of adverse reactions by looking for moisturisers that contain emollients – these help to smooth out roughness on the surface of the skin – as well as calming and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as chamomile, rose water, and licorice root extract. Be sure to avoid fragranced products at all costs and anything containing alcohol as this will dry and irritate.
If Your Skin Is Oily…
When you wake up in the morning you may notice a light sheen on skin, especially in the T-zone (forehead and nose). Throughout the day your skin might become shiny and pores will generally appear larger, and you may be prone to blackheads, blocked pores and breakouts. You may notice unwanted traces of oil or makeup remain on your mobile phone after using it.
While it may seem counterintuitive to add moisture to skin that appears oily, it’s important to keep skin well hydrated as a lack of moisture will encourage glands to overproduce oil and lead to congestion. Look for oil-free or water-based formulas, these tend to come in lightweight gel formulas. Sebum-regulating salicylic acid is a key ingredient to look out for as well as anti-bacterial teatree and eucalyptus oil.