Your moisturizer is the last thing to apply, and for that reason, it can make or break your skin care regimen. Itshould work in tandem with the rest of your skin care ritual -- keeping the skin balanced and sealing in skin-loving nutrients from your toner and serums so that your skin can function at its bestand maintain a certain level of resiliency.To make the search for a great facialmoisturizereasier, we've made an acronym for the things you should look for in the list of ingredients:H.E.A.L.:Hydration,Emollients & Essential Extras,Antioxidants, Light...
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Hydration: If you remember from our last post, ALL skin types need water. Especially as we head into colder & dryer seasons, you need all the hydration you can get! Water/Aqua needs to be the first ingredient so that you can get that immediate rush of hydration when you first apply your moisturizer. Next, you need to look for a humectant, as that will continuously draw water into your skin throughout the day. Glycerin is great; Honeyquat is excellent; Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) is BAE!
Antioxidants:Of course, it's beneficial to have antioxidants throughout your regimen, but here is where it really counts. Environmental stressors like UV rays chip away at your skin's health. Antioxidants protect the skin against further damage and in some cases help the skin to regenerate, gradually reducing imperfections and signs of aging on the upper layer of skin. The more popular antioxidants are green tea and vitamin C, and for good reason-- they pack a potent punch!
Emollients & Essential Extras:Your moisturizer needs to not only hydrate & nourish, but it also needs to keep the water in the skin without suffocating it. In terms of natural products, this is usually where oils join the party. But like we said, all oils aren't created equal-- look for light, non-comedogenicoils that condition as they seal, like Shea butter. We also love sea kelp-- it's not widely popular, but we love that it makes an oil-free, cooling, moisturizing, yet breathable film that traps in hydration. Additionally, if a moisturizer doesn't include those essential extras to address your skin's needs, you're not doing yourself any favors. Moisturizers tend to be one of the more expensive products in one's skin care regimen-- get your money's worth! Make sure that it has a host of vitamins and extracts that will pamper your skin every time you apply it. Look up everything and don't be afraid to ask questions when you can.
Light:Again, your moisturizer doesn't have to be heavy to get the job done. But, as we head into fall and winter, the decrease in temperature and amount of water in the air can make your skin more vulnerable to dehydration-- even you oilier folks. Instead of reaching for a super thick product, go for something light so you can layer when necessary without too much build-up. Remember: you can always add more according to what you need, but it's an all-around pain/waste to take away what you don't.
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We realize that our intro to moisturizing was brief, but we just wanted to cover some of the basics. We promise to give more in-depth information in as we go along. But, in the meantime, if you have any questions about cleansers that don't involve a specific medical condition, drop it in the comments below. And, if we can't answer it, we promise to ask a reputable source who can.