Well, if you know anything about the 3-step skincare regimen that most people follow, it’s “advisable” to wash your face, preferably with a dedicated facial cleanser, at least twice a day; apply a toner to freshen and brighten the skin; and finally a moisturiser especially for those susceptible to dry skin, or living in harsh climates to well, moisturise.
So, moisturiser. Can’t one just dab water on their face and go?
You could, but remember that day you forgot to apply lotion to your legs and were self-conscious about the pale streaks all over? Or that time you saw someone on the street and you judged him or her heavily just because of how ashen their face looked? You do? Well, that’s what your face could look like if you forego moisturising as part of your beauty routine. Yes, even if you have oily skin.
Moisturisers generally tend to keep your skin hydrated and supple by drawing water from the inner layers of your skin (humectants) and also using emollient components that are oil or water-based to keep the skin moist.
We want to keep our skin (and face) moisturised because dry skin is prone to cracking, itching and flaking which all contribute to your face turning coarse and aging faster. Moisturising is therefore important to people with all skin types because it helps protect the face against undue exposure to the elements.
For people with naturally dry skin, moisturisers help provide that extra layer of protection that our skin is not providing. For such skin types, it is advisable to invest in a cream-based product as they contain more oil (to supplement low sebum levels) and are a little heavier thus more absorption through the skin layers to the tissues.
For those with oily or acne-prone skin, it is common for them to use a harsh soap or cleanser while also foregoing moisturisers in an attempt to minimise the amount of oil your face has at the end of the day. Wrong idea. When the face is stripped of all it’s natural oils during cleansing, it goes through a cycle of extreme dryness which leaves it susceptible to the elements (even more than one of dry skin!) Therefore, completing neglecting the use of moisturiser for oily skin will not make it less prone to acne breakouts, but rather more irritations and premature aging. It is instead advisable to use lotions and watery emulsions because they are lighter than creams and oils that would make your skin greasier.
For people with sensitive skin, it is common for you to get rash or redness and tenderness every time you get a new product, so much so that you prefer to forego use of anything on your skin in an attempt to avoid the side-effects. But actually, with the right research, you kind find the things that work for you and avoid the ones that don’t. Why? Because dry skin can amplify your skin’s sensitivity. Unfortunately, so can the wrong moisturiser – such as those that are perfumed. It is therefore advisable that you stick to the non-fancy (less adorned) ones like lotions with no acids. Even if it says hypoallergenic on the packaging, double check to make sure that it doesn’t contain any of the things that you know you’re allergic to.
SO, one might ask…when is the best time to apply moisturizer? Right after you wash your face – at least within 3 minutes before your face dries too much so that you can seal in the moisture you already have, and if you use a toner in your beauty regimen, right after your toner when the skin is well-primed to receive the maximum benefits.