THE 3 WAYS YOU CAN MOISTURISE, PLUS which will work best for your skin type!

In 3 Steps of Skincare by Cheryl Wooodman4 Comments

Did you know there are only 3 ways you can moisturise? JUST 3! Even with all the techy sounding lotions and potions around, there are still just 3 ways… Choosing the right moisturiser for YOUR skin is all about knowing which ONE way of moisturising is best for your skin and seeking out THESE moisturisers like Cluedo would hunt down MRS.Scarlet with the spanner. So let’s get onto the trusty guide to being a moisturising PRO!

Which moisturisers work best for different skin types

 

NUMBER 1 WAY TO MOISTURISE – ATTRACT A LOTTA WATER (HUMECTANT)

1 of the 3 ways you can moisturise is to go around attracting water like you where Taylor swift and it, the camera! This is probabaly the way most think about moisturising, as it has the very word ‘moist’ in there, it’s logical that it should be all about the water. Sometimes moisturising isn’t ALL about the water, but for this way of moisturising IT IS.

So how do you attract water? Isn’t that the wishper of biblical tales? WELL attracting water is a bit like dipping a wet teaspoon into a sugarpot, and coming back to find a CLUMPY sticky, sugary mound. This happens because sugar can ATTRACT water, they find each other pretty hot ya know *wink wink*.

Moisturising ingredients that attract water act a bit like glue, think of them as having lots of hands ONLY available to grab onto water molecules. You put these guys on your skin and they will reach out to all ‘water persons’ in the area and pull them on to and into your skin.

It is as they are so damn attractive to water, that if you live in a pretty dry place, they are not as effective, sometimes attracting more water from deeper inside your skin, to the surface, rather than pulling in water from the air to your skin.

IS THIS THE BEST WAY TO MOISTURISE FOR YOU?

This is a good way to moisturise for slightly dry to normal skin types. That’s because if your skin is in this ball-park, its got pretty much the right things available to it to make healthy skin and to HOLD onto water. So giving it a drink of the good stuff, is giving skin something it can work with.

It’s not bad for oily skin types, its just that oil and water don’t mix, so these guys will be less effective for oily skin.

WHAT KIND OF MOISTURISERS ATTRACT A LOTTA WATER?

Moisturisers being HIGH in water attracting ingredients are generally more ‘water like’ formulations. Opting for a serum or ‘clear’ moisturiser is a pretty sure way to choose a ‘humectant’/water attracting moisturiser.

THE KEY INGREDIENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR THAT ATTRACT WATER: 1) Glycerine. This dude, is by far the most common of the attracting water world, you’ll find him in a HUGE amount of moisturisers. The higher up, the more there is! 2) Hyaluronic acid, this one has so many water holding hands that he can hold upto 1000x his own weight in water. 3) and some other common ones, Panthenol, Letchin, Sorbitol.

NUMBER 2 WAY TO MOISTURISE – RE-FAT YOURSELF (EMOLLIENT)

Another of the 3 ways to moisturise is to make your skin ‘FAT’. Here we are talking about giving the skin lots of omega fatty acids, ya know, like you’d take a spoonful of cod-liver oil for health benefits, skin needs the same nutritious, goody packed diet. Skinny is just not a good look for skin.

Re-fatting ingredients are skin similar ingredients that help improve the ‘quality’ and appearance of skin. Its like darning a sock with thread! Emollients are the building blocks of skin, so these guys are SUPER important to skin health. Some of them our bodies CANT make on their own ‘n these ones are called ESSENTIAL fatty acids, they have to be fed to skin. This is the skin version of a 7 course FEAST!

IS THIS THE BEST WAY TO MOISTURISE FOR YOU?

Re-fatting skin, will work BEST for oily skin types, but ALL skin types need some re-fatting ingredients.

WHAT KIND OF MOISTURISERS RE-FAT SKIN?

Moisturisers HIGH in re-fatting ingredients tend to be thicker and ‘creamier’ formulations. Body butters are SUPER high in re-fatting ingredients.

THE KEY INGREDIENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR THAT RE-FAT SKIN: Well there is a list as LONG as your arm.. and leg, and hair.. and, well its just HUGE. Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Almond oil, Hemp seed oil, basically any oil or butter are re-fatting agents.

NUMBER 3 WAY TO MOISTURISE – PUT YOUR RAINCOAT ON (OCCLUSIVE)

This way of moisturising is like slapping a lock and bolt on the exit door of your skin to all water. It ‘covers-up’ skin, think your dad telling you to PULL THAT SKIRT DOWN! Theses moisturisers create a breathable waterproof second skin.

Some skin types just are not good at holding onto water, so this is where these ‘lock-it-down’ moisturisers come in handy.

IS THIS THE BEST WAY TO MOISTURISE FOR YOU?

This way of moisturising is the absolute MUST for DRY skin. If you have dry skin, get yourself a ‘put your raincoat on’, occlusive moisturiser. That’s because if your skin is dry and practising dessert like hydration levels, then its lost its ability to hold onto water. An occlusive moisturiser lends your skin a raincoat and gives your skin a chance to re-hydrate.

WHAT KIND OF MOISTURISERS LOCK IT DOWN?

To pick a lock-it-down, occlusive moisturiser you need to take a peek at the ingredients list. These guys can be thick butter like moisturisers or more serum like slippy rub-ons. Some of the key brands based on locking moisturiser down are Vaseline, Burtsbees and E45.

THE KEY INGREDIENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR THAT GIVE SKIN A SECOND BARRIER: 1) Beeswax (Cera Alba) and any other kind of wax, jojoba, microcrystalline… 2) Mineral oil (Paraffinium liquidum) 3) Silicones, dimethicone, cyclomethicone.


So lovelies, I wouldn’t just leave you there, would I! Here is a little summary of which moisturisers would work BEST for all different skin types. Most creams will have a bit of all of these types of moisturising ingredients, but be LEANT more heavily into 1 direction than the other 2. Just follow the rules I mentioned above for telling which ones are which and remember, the higher up the ingredient on the list, the more of it there is in there!

DRY SKIN should opt for the 3 ways to moisturise in this order 1) Occlusive 2) Emollient 3) Humectant.

NORMAL SKIN should use mostly number one, a little of number 2, and even littler of number 3, 1) Humectant, 2) Emollient, 3) Occlusive.

OILY SKIN prefers moisturisers in this order, 1) Emollient, 2) Occlusive 3) Humectant.


What skin type do you have?