The skin myth that if you have oily skin, you should skip a moisturizer in your skincare routine is a common misconception. It may seem that oily skin already has enough oil so does not need anymore, and using products such as a moisturiser will only increase the level of oil within your skin. Although this makes it tempting to cleanse and scrub your face until it feels matte and completely free from oil but over-cleansing will not improve your skin in the long-term. If anything over-cleansing and avoiding a moisturiser may do more harm than good.
Why are moisturisers important for your skin?
The construction of skin is important to understanding why moisturizing should be a part of your skincare routine regardless if you have oily or dry skin. The skin is composed of epidermis and dermis and is the body’s largest organ. Skin acts as a barrier to the external environment to protect the body from harm such as UV rays, bacteria and regulates your body temperature. The key function of a moisturiser is to moisturise the skin; it is important skin retains moisture to prevent the external environment from aggravating the skin which could result in dry or irritated skin.
Moisturising is one of the most important functions of skincare
Our skin naturally produces water, oil and moisture to maintain a healthy environment on the skin. However, they decrease due to aging and external factors such as the weather, lack of sleep and stress. Therefore, product formulations need a balance of water, oil and moisture to give skin a helping hand in the maintenance of the skins environment. The goal of a moisturiser should be to balance your skin, by locking in moisture.
How to choose the right moisturiser for your skin needs?
The right moisturiser for you is dependent on your individual skin needs. Dependent on your skin needs, you may require a different kind of moisturizer to maintain balanced levels of moisture in your skin. Our skin diagnostic is designed to tailor your skincare routine to your skin needs, helping you to identify what Daily Base™ may be best to moisturise your skin. You can also take a look at the article on Our Journal 'What Are Daily Bases? And Which One Is Right For Me? 'to learn more about each of them.
It may be necessary for you to switch between moisturisers when the seasons change. In the winter you may be in need of a heavier cream like our Wonder Cream, to keep your skin hydrated as the lack of moisture in the air impacts your skin making it more susceptible to drying out. Though, in the summer a lightweight moisturiser such as our Aqua Gel will keep your skin hydrated without leaving your skin feeling oily or with a greasy residue.
If you are interested in learning more about the science behind your skin and the role moisturisers play in maintaining healthy skin here is a useful link.