Water is necessary for the epidermis's cells to properly function, particularly when it comes to skin cell renewal. This is naturally provided by water stored in our skin's deeper layers and through sweating. However, daily factors such as ageing, pollution, smoking and repeated exposure to the sun can disrupt this hydrating mechanism. The hydrolipidic film is altered and water escapes the skin at a faster rate. Result: dry skin. Our skin will become dry, dull, rough and feel stretched.
"So you can make an informed choice depending on your needs. To choose the right one we need to be up to speed on the ingredients used in our moisturisers:
- For normal and combination skin: opt for a gelifyed moisturiser containing film-forming agents. These act on the surface of the skin to lightly strengthen the hydrolipidic film and slow down water evaporation.
- For dry skin: opt for a rich cream with a high dosage of nourishing oils and gold standard humectants. These are small molecules that penetrate the epidermis to capture water and lock it into the skin. Common ingredients include glycerin, urea, lactic, hyaluronic, alphahydroxy or amino acids (AHAs).
- For very dry skin: make sure your moisturiser is fortified with emollients. Their aim? To smoothe, soften and protect the skin's surface by filling in miniscule cracks in the epidermis. Ingredients include vegetable oils such as fatty acids, fatty alcohols, fatty acid esters, sphingolipids, ceramides
- For mature skin: apply moisturisers rich in occlusive agents, which are designed to form a protective layer on the skin's surface. Commonly found in body lotions, the principle ingredients are vaseline, paraffin wax, shea butter, royal jelly and beeswax."
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