Let’s get one thing clear: Adding a moisturizer to your skincare regimen is unnegotiable. We’ve seen too many instances of well-meaning people replacing this essential step with other products such as SPFs or serums. And while these products are too highly effective and essential, they don’t serve the same purpose as the vital moisturizer. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the reasons why a moisturizer always deserves a spot on your skincare shelf – no matter your routine.
While the skin-improving effects of a moisturizer mustn’t go unrecognized, we thought it’d only be fitting to start this tribute to moisturizers off with how they can actually prevent skin concerns from ever forming on your skin.
If you choose a moisturizer with protecting properties, the cream will create a protective barrier on the skin’s outermost surface, which will protect it from damages caused by factors such as harsh weather, free radicals, and pollution. In our Daily Hydra Cream and Daily Hydra Cream Sensitive, this shield is possible due to the moisturizers’ antioxidant properties, as these contain anti-aging benefits that counteract changes in the skin caused by these extraneous threats.
But that’s not the only reason why applying a layer of nourishing moisturizer daily is always a good idea. As your moisturizer helps your skin retain a healthy moisture balance and strong skin barrier, thoroughly hydrated skin will ultimately be more resistant, thereby less prone to develop impurities, dry patches, and irritations – and exactly how is what we’ll dive deeper into below. One tip before moving on: Never underestimate a good moisturizer.
Oily and breakout-prone skin needs moisture-love too
Don’t be fooled by your intuition if it tries to tell you not to add another layer of moisture on oily skin – this is actually exactly what you should be doing (and if you haven’t yet, we mean like, right now).
The skin naturally produces an oily substance called sebum, and oily skin types are often caused by an overproduction of this substance. Contrary to many beliefs, a moisturizer actually helps regulate the oil production in the skin, and leaving it out will simply cause your skin to produce more oil to re-hydrate itself – which can end up in an unfortunate loop of clogged pores and impurities.
So, even if you have oily and breakout-prone skin, moisture away!
If you’re experiencing recurring impurities, opt for a moisturizer with topical retinoids, such as our Vitamin A Treatment Cream, which will effectively speed up the skin’s cell turnover process to minimize the appearance and formation of breakouts. If you’re not looking for a treating product but simply want a moisturizer that does the job without leaving a sticky surface, we recommend our lightweight 24-Hour Hydra Gel that delivers instant and intense hydration – but leaves the skin with a matte surface. You can read much more about why oily skin and moisture is an ideal combination in our other blogpost.
Dry skin, meet moisturizing products
Dry skin has met its match with a nourishing moisturizer. Say goodbye to dry patches and flaky skin once for all by introducing the wonder-ingredient hyaluronic acid to your routine. Hyaluronic acid works as a magnet for moisture in the skin, attracting and encapsulating moisture to ensure a healthy moisture balance. So, if you’re dreaming of a bouncy and radiant appearance, reach for products with this ultra-hydrating ingredient (Psst… you can find it in all our daily moisturizers) – we’re sure your skin will thank you.
If you feel like your skin deserves a little extra moisture-attention, we also recommend adding a hydrating serum to your routine, such as our Intense Hydra Serum which forms a protective layer to prevent moisture loss and keep the skin replenished.
Mindful moisturizers for sensitive skin
We can’t say it enough: Pay. Attention. To. Ingredient. Lists. They really do matter – especially if your skin is on the sensitive side and tends to react with redness, inflammations, itchiness, or other uncomfortable symptoms.
Actibiome is a key ingredient you need on your radar if your skin seems unbalanced. This intelligent composition of special species of algae and plant extract effectively reduce redness while restoring the skin’s pH balance, bacterial flora, and defenses – in short, it encourages a healthy environment on the skin, keeping it satisfied and healthy. Ultimately, this will promote the skin’s ability to defend itself against extraneous threats while making it less prone to reacting.
As a rule of the thumb, we always recommend skipping harsh ingredients and fragrances if your skin type is sensitive, as these can end up worsening the skin’s symptoms or lead to allergic reactions. We’ve created our fragrance-free Daily Hydra Cream Sensitive with sensitive skin types in mind, so you’re sure that you treat your skin with solely organic and highly beneficial ingredients.
Smoothing care for maturing skin
You now know how a moisturizer can help prevent premature signs of aging (because even though aging is a beautiful thing, we'd like to do it with grace) – but taking care of maturing skin with a nourishing moisturizer is equally as important.
Our Vitamin A Treatment Cream is a true does-it-all product, when it comes to treating maturing skin. This wonderworker works deep within the skin layers to boost the skin's natural collagen production and encourage cell renewal to effectively target fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. The result is smooth, firm, and collagen-rich skin – in other words: a youthful complexion.
While some experience minimization of fine lines and winkles in 3 months, the best results most often show up on the skin after 6-12 months – and with the rejuvenating and balancing properties of this powerful cream, we promise effects worth the wait!
Plus: Perfectly moisturized skin will also be more elastic and therefore less likely to form fine lines and wrinkles in the first place.
The conclusion? Replenished skin is happy skin inside out – and we know your skin deserves it.
SO, HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT MOISTRURIZER FOR MY SKIN?
When choosing your moisturizer, the first step is to listen to your skin. Does it crave a rich or lightweight formulation, is it sensitive to certain ingredients, and what properties would improve your skin overall?
What we first and foremost hope you’ve gathered from our deep dive into the world of moisturizers is that you must never skip the essential step of moisturizing. And of course, if you have any further questions, feel free to contact us, and we’ll guide you to your match in moisturizers – or take our Skin Quiz to find your match.