Our skin is an amazing organ and in fact it is your body’s biggest organ. It plays a number of essential roles such as regulating temperature, excreting toxic substances, protecting us from bacteria and UV light, facilitates our sense of touch and finally, it moisturises itself by producing sebum. Sebum is an oily/waxy substance that lubricates and protects the skin.
So why do we need a moisturiser, if the skin has its own natural way of moisturising itself? This is due to external factors such as our; lifestyle, diet and other daily beauty habits as well internal imbalances that mean our skin may need a little help to maintain its healthy existence. This means that our skin can be aided by moisturisers. A good moisturiser will help to keep skin supple, toned, moist and therefore in the best of health.
In terms of facial moisturisers, most are made up of oil-in-water emulsions. To prevent the oil and water from separating, manufacturers add stabilising ingredients, such as EMULSIFIERS and THICKENERS.
In order to help keep water in the skin, moisturisers contain substances called HUMECTANTS. These are substances that are capable of attracting water and help to conserve the water in the skin.
Because most cosmetic moisturising products have a water base they need PRESERVATIVES, to stop them being contaminated by micro-organisms.
Without preservatives, micro-organisms would rapidly spoil the product, and even cause it to become a risk to health.
Keep in mind that all these ingredients mentioned above, even though they sound a bit ‘chemical like ‘, they exist in a natural form. So, look for products that contain natural preservatives, emulsifiers, humectants and I’ll expand on it a bit in my next article.
FOR COMBINATION SKIN
Moisturise regularly but stay away from heavy pore-clogging creams ( ‘comedogenic’ ) and opt instead for lighter moisturises.
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Apply light, organic creams while your skin is still moist and pat them dry.
FOR OILY SKIN
Look for light moisturises that contain oils that are ‘noncomedogenic’ or moisturisers that are oil free.
FOR MATURE SKIN
Choose antioxidants and collagen-boosting creams with anti-aging botanicals to protect and rejuvenate your skin. Use light but nourishing creams.
Remember that your skin cannot differentiate what it absorbs, so please check the ingredients before you spend your hard-earned money. Therefore, wherever possible use certified organic products and try to avoid synthetic chemical products and harsh additives. Good luck…