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I tend to give moisturisers a bit of a hard time because, more often than not, they don’t appear to do all that much work – especially when paired with active serums, which deliver the most noticeable results. However, they remain a staple of skincare, and quite often are key in ensuring the best results from our overall routines.
Whether you’re layering up with Hyaluronic acid, or simply fending off tight, dehydrated skin, finding the right staple moisturiser is key – and the formula you go for will very much depend on your skin type. As moisturisers can vary so much in composition, heavier, more dense formulas can easily lead to breakouts – which is never a good sign.
However, they’re easily avoided, which is why I’ve put together this quick guide on the different types of moisturisers out there and the best picks for every skin type.
Dry skin – Rich and nourishing
Dry skin affects so many of us, and it’s important to decipher whether your skin is dry or dehydrated – yes, there’s a difference. If your skin’s dehydrated, it’ll feel tight and uncomfortable after washing and cleansing, but applying product will give it the nourishment it needs. If you have dry skin, however, this will flare up more regularly, causing makeup to flake and leaving skin tired and rough.
Most notably, one of the main differences you’ll notice is in the effectiveness of products. Generally speaking, dehydrated skin will soon perk up with a moisturiser, regardless of its formula, whereas dry skin needs a richer, more nourishing moisturiser to achieve similar results.
Many people try to counteract dry skin with layer upon layer of moisturiser, but that’s not effective, and will more than likely cause pores to become clogged and blemishes to appear. Instead, it’s important to find a moisturiser for dry skin that keeps your skin well hydrated and implement this into your skincare routine.
The CeraVe Hyaluronic Acid Face Moisturiser SPF 25* is the perfect formula for Dry skin. It’s rich, nourishing, and contains Hyaluronic acid, which will help retain moisture in the skin for longer periods of time. It also contains high SPF protection from UVA and UVB rays, making it the perfect formula for under make-up, as you won’t have to layer more SPF onto your skin.
Combination skin – Hydrating but lightweight
Finding the right moisturiser for combination skin can be difficult, depending on the extremes of your skin. You’ll want to find a really hydrating moisturiser for the drier parts of the face, but an equally light and grease-free moisturiser for areas that may be more oily and sensitive.
While it’s possible that using two moisturisers could work well – a richer formula for the dry areas and a more lightweight option for the T-zone, for example, finding one that you could use all over your face would be ideal. Don’t worry, it’s not a tough as it sounds.
Breaking down the demands of combination skin, the ideal composition will be deeply nourishing but not too rich or oily. Therefore, a gel moisturiser is ideal, with Vitamin E or Hyaluronic acid to boost moisture levels and keep the dry areas of your face hydrated.
Try the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser* for a water-based formula packed with the moisturising benefits of Hyaluronic acid. It’s oil-free and suitable for sensitive skin – but hydrating enough to keep the drier areas of the face quenched too. Also in the range is the Hydro Boost Supercharged Booster* – a serum that also contains Vitamin E, for an extra hydrating kick.
Normal skin – Natural and necessary
Lots of people with normal skin are under the misconception tht they don’t need to moisturise, but without a consistent skincare routine you’ll soon start to encounter problems. It’s therefore essential you take good care of your skin to ensure things stay on track and you don’t end up offsetting the balance.
What it does mean, however, is you have more freedom within your routine to experiment with different textures, ingredients and formulas, and find the best product for your skin type. With that, natural products are a great way to maintain normal skin without adding unnecessary chemicals that may upset your skin and lead to further issues.
Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream SPF 15* is a great option for normal skin types, offering a brightening formula infused with natural Hibiscus extract helping boost skin’s radiance, with its exfoliating flower acids helping improve texture and clarity too. Pair with the brand’s All Bright Hydrating Night Cream* for 24/7 top-quality skincare.
Oily Skin – Simple and mattifying
If you struggle with oily skin, it can feel like an ongoing battle trying to keep your skin mattified for any length of time. Hence, finding the right moisturiser isn’t easy – but it’s essential as, surprisingly, many people with oily skin are also incredibly dehydrated.
This is because people assume the excessive levels of oil mean an excess of hydration, which is effectively oozing out of their pores. However, that’s not the case. If you don’t moisturise, your skin will dehydrate, and you’ll produce more sebum – which makes skin look oily – meaning you’re adding to the problem and creating a whole other level of irritation that’ll affect the balance of your skin further.
The outcome of a moisturiser not suited for oily skin is for the skin to become dried out or your pores getting clogged. But many products that claim to be mattifying actually just dry the skin out leaving it looking flaky and dehydrated. So, it’s essential that you go for oil-free, lightweight formulas that won’t totally dry out your skin.
Personally, I love the La Roche-Posay Effaclar MAT+ Moisturiser for Oily Skin* . La Roche-Posay is one of my favourite French pharmacy brands and the reason it’s so big is that it’s so good. This product contains no parabens, no preservatives, no soap, no colourants and no lanolin, helping keep your routine simple. It’s also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t block pored – another big one for oily skincare.
As with any skincare, everyone’s skin is different, and the products I love aren’t necessarily the best fit for all. But hopefully with some of the advice here you’ll be able go out and find the right fit for your and your skincare needs.