In 3 Steps of Skincare by Cheryl Wooodman3 Comments

You might be spending blood, sweat and tears down the gym trying to decrease your body fat ratio, but did you know, fat is actually a GOOD thing for your skin? Sounds like a joke… before you check, its not April Fools!
what a moisturiser does for your skin and how moisturisers work


Well I’ll give you a hint, it has nothing to do with liposuction-ing the tum to add some to the bum. Oops! Putting my spangly science hat on, in the beauty trade moisturising also has the very ‘posh’ name of ‘re-fatting’. Re-fatting is like the skin version of eating an almond nut.

Most emollient type moisturisers are fats. These are the good guys (like Shea butter, Almond Oil, Cocoa butter) that lend themselves selflessly to your skin giving it that supple, dewy look. By themselves or with the help of some other ‘bits n bobs’ in a cream, they sink into skin and wave their magic wand.

Fat sounds like a shaming word, but without fat we would be no-where Jose! We would be like a paddle boat without an oar, a plane without wings or a chicken without the egg #WhichCameFirst?

Luckily Fat has another name, the ‘posh and proper’ one that is Lipid.

definition of a moisturiser

Lipids are one of the essential LEGO blocks of our skin. Our skin is also a little manufacturing power-house switched on 24/7 to make these guys (go skin!), we know this present to us as sebum. Sebum is always there, it’s everywhere, like a ducks feathers, we also have a ‘life-saving’ water proofing on every nook and cranny of ourselves. Sebum is invisible most of the time, sometimes we get a build-up and that’s when the greasy hair or forehead look happens. The feeling of lovely ‘slippy’ legs Is because of sebum, also known as lipid, also known as fat. Without it, legs feel like sandpaper and look parched for a guzzle. With it, your ready to apply for the next Venus ad!


If we need to re-fat, when did we de-fat in the first place? **Cue Tupac Changes** dede-daadaa-dummm. Here’s 3 reasons why RE-FATTING is as essential as butter on toast.

1) Shaky Shower Gel Hands… ahh Bisto! So many beauty products we use think our sebum is the best thing ever and picks it up for a take-away dinner. Shower gel and face wash are the culprits at large. That’s why you’ll see a real change in your skin if you moisturise, RELIGIOUSLY after the shower, with the disclaimer that you have a good re-fatting moisturiser.

2) Skin Just Changes. Our sebum changes. It can be the gift of time that just changes the ‘essence’ of our sebum and skin. It could be a change in diet or weather. We are crazily adaptive creatures and the body works with what its given.

3) We’ve Been Overly Generous. Spooning it out like a hot potato. Sebum has been imprinting itself everywhere, like fingerprints on a glass window, we leave a snail trail wherever we go. That means, it share’s with your clothes, it finger-prints itself on every steering wheel and door knob and gets a bit too involved with the razor.


Fat has a bad rep, for every naturally balanced food in the supermarket there is without doubt a ‘fat-free’ alternative. Fat is being pushed outta town like it was a season leftover poncho.

Like good cop, bad cop, there’s good fats and there’s bad. Our body needs the good ones!

When it comes to skin, there’s loads of goodies to choose from. Like candy, each moisturiser, ‘re-fatting agent’ or emollient – gosh so many names for 1 thing! has a different recipe (fatty acid profile!). One might have a lot of Oleic acid (that’s a fat) and another lots of Linoleic acid (another fat).

The key to a good moisturiser is finding the balance of fatty acids that work for your skin. You might be blessed and have no problem using ANY of these guys #IWantYourSkin! You could have easily block-able skin that breaks-out every time you use a moisturiser with lots of Oleic acid #MeToo.

TIP FOR THOSE WITH BLEMISH PRONE SKIN: A lotta those who suffer from white headed pimples, find that switching to a skincare diet that’s LOW in Oleic acid, and HIGH in Linoleic acid, works wonders. For you Oleic is like chocolate you need only a square of a day and Linoleic is the vitamin packed vegetable. It’s easier than it sounds to wade through them, Googling fatty acid profile of xx oil or butter will get you what you need.

To get you started, oils like Safflower, Soybean, Grapeseed and Rosehip are Linoleic high oils. Sunflower, Almond and Olive oil are Oleic high oils.

How to choose a moisturiser that is FOOD for YOUR skin


You can think of skincare as trying to give your body something that it’s having a little trouble making or holding onto.

So if your breaking out every time you use a moisturiser with sunflower or olive oil in there, likelihood is, your bodies already making ‘reams’ of Oleic acid all by itself #Astar. Adding more with these emollients just causes pimples.

‘Flip-reverse-it’ and dry skin is when your manufacturing machine has lost some of the Lego blocks it needs to make it healthy and add a cushy protective sebum layer. The art of moisturising for dry skin is finding those Lego blocks its missing, in your moisturiser and helping it to form a temporary ‘flood-defence’ while your skin makes back its own.

So, lets Go Re-fat!

There you have it lovelies, re-fatting is the new diet for skin. Let your skin plump itself and watch it sparkle.

What’s your ‘fat’ of choice?