I feel like all we hear lately on the skincare world is cleansers, balms and oils, even essences have made a big entrance in the western market. Everyone seems to have forgotten about the importance of a good moisturizer.
Why we Should Care about Moisturizer too?
Basically a bad moisturizer or one that is not agreeing with your skin and your routine will ruin the party for everybody else. We make so much effort to get every step of our skincare routine right, we finish things of with whatever moisturizer we have in hand and then the results are not quite there.
I was actually having this experience myself. I spent so much time searching for the right cleanser, toners and serums that I forgot about moisturizer and my skin wasn’t too happy about it. Ingredients and consistency are the key!
My Journey to Finding the Right Moisturizer
My main concern when it comes to my skin is sensitivity and ageing (I am in my early thirties but I basically consider ageing the need to take care of my skin and moisturise properly). At some point, I was happy with my lotions, serums and even oils that I like to mix with my serum when needed, but I wasn’t quite there with my moisturizer choices. I had bad skin reactions such as redness, texture, irritation and I was even getting weirdly oilier when I basically have dehydrated dry skin. Finding the right moisturizer was a journey. If you are in the same boat as me, keep reading!
How to? What should I Look for?
Ingredients: This might seem like an obvious one but you’d be surprise to know how many people still don’t read the ingredients list when purchasing a moisturizer (or any other beauty and non beauty product really). Some (non-exhaustive) examples of good ingredients are: water, hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, natural oils, acids, rose, aloe or chamomile water and antioxidants.
If you have dry skin gravitate towards moisturizers with oils in them
If you have dehydrated skin gravitate towards moisturizers with hyaluronic acid in them
If you you have oily skin gravitate towards moisturizers with acids and water in them
If you have sensitive skin is a bit more tricky. You should be comfortable using a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and aloe, rose or chamomille water in them. Be careful with anything that contains essential oils and fruit extracts.
Texture/Consistency: Before finding the right moisturizer, my personal logic was ‘thick creamy consistency=oily=heavy moisturizer’ OR ‘light gel consistency=soothing=light moisturizer’. Well I was wrong! Some moisturizers are very light in consistency and contain some heavy duty oils in them and others might be more creamy in consistency and have plenty of water and acids in them. Check the list of ingredients and be comfortable with the consistency as well. There is so much diversity available in the market at the moment. Thankfully, in most cases they have testers available too.
Some other factors to take into consideration when choosing your moisturizer are:
The price point: Be comfortable with how much you are paying for your product. There are options for every budget in the market at the moment.
The label/brand: People have their personal preferences and that is all right.
Packaging: Pump, no pump, pot, black and white, colourful, recyclable, travel friendly, possibilities are endless! Pick what talks to you and suits your lifestyle better.
Finally. The proof is in the pudding! How does your skin feel and react to the product once you are consistently using it? When it’s the right one, you just know it!
Some of my favourites moisturizers at the moment are (pic above): Lumene Time Free Firming Night Cream, Biotherm Aquasource Cocoon, Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Cream, Lancome Bienfait Multivital Night Cream, Nude Purify Balancing Moisturizer, SKII R.N.A Power Radical New Age Cream (deluxe sample size), Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme.
Some other trusted brands that make beautiful moisturizers are Clarins, Vichy and Caudalie. For natural brands I love L’Occitane and Weleda.
I hope you found this helpful. I am really enjoying my moisturizer experimentations at the moment and my skin is not looking too shabby, if I say so myself.
Do you care about what moisturizer you use? Any holy grail that you would recommend?