You must be wondering, why is moisturiser so important? Well, like it or not, it’s actually the second most important skin care step, after cleansing your face. Even if you wear 2-3 facial products after cleansing your face and you didn’t moisturise at the end of it, it’s like doing everything you can to keep your house safe, but you leave the doors open. It’s something similar to that analogy because moisturiser acts as the sealant of your skin.
Moisturisers help to reduce your skin problems and it avoids your skin from being excessively oily or excessively dry. You might think you don’t need a moisturiser because your skin is oily but you’re wrong. Moisturiser helps to balance the natural oils on your skin so if you skip it, your skin will automatically produce its natural oils and it might produce them excessively to avoid your skin from drying out.
Steps To Find The Perfect Moisturiser
The very first step is to identify your skin type. Is your skin oily, normal, combination or dry? The easiest way to test this is to wash and dry your face, tear a tissue paper in 4 parts and put each piece on your forehead, nose, cheek and chin.
Normal Skin: All 4 pieces stick on your skin before falling off after a few seconds.
Oily Skin: All 4 pieces stick on your skin.
Dry Skin: All 4 pieces fall off your skin right away.
Combination Skin: The tissue sticks to your nose and chin, while the rest falls off.
Second step is to choose the right consistency for your moisturiser, AKA the most important part in choosing the perfect moisturiser. If you have normal skin, then your skin is compatible with any regular moisturiser in the market. As for those with oily and acne-prone skin, light and non-greasy moisturiser is the best choice for you, the gel type is also good for your skin. Heavier and creamier formula will suit dry skin the best because it has a higher potency in moisture level to aid your dry skin.
Third: Does it have a scent? Fragrance is bad in skincare, especially those that have a super strong scent. If your skin is sensitive or acne-prone, avoid it at all costs because it will only irritate your skin even more. A little fragrance is normal in skincare but those that smell ‘perfumey’ and you can still smell it even after the moisturiser sits on your skin, that’s a definite no-no.
Always check the ingredients before purchasing any moisturisers. This is important to avoid any ingredients that clash with your other skincare products, such as moisturiser that contains vitamin C cannot be used when you’re using any AHAs or BHAs in your routine. If your moisturiser has SPF, be sure to only use it in the morning.
Lastly, test it on your skin and if you feel any weird sensations such as your skin feels tight after using it, it means that the moisturiser is not suitable for your skin, it may be caused from it not having enough moisture level for your dry skin. If you break out from it, it might mean that it’s too potent for your oily skin. Discontinue immediately if you get any odd symptoms from these moisturisers.