The upkeep of the skin has become so important these days, as it is forever subject to pollution, wind, artificial light, sunlight, the effects of one’s diet and the list goes on. Any skincare routine comprises of the three main steps, which is cleanse, tone and moisturize, but with climate change it is imperative that we add a good serum at night and a suitable SPF during the day.

So, why do you have to use a moisturiser? Well, the main reason is that the ingredients in the cream or lotion will help to keep your skin soft and supple, and hydrated throughout the day.

There are many moisturizers on the market and not all products will be suitable for your type of skin. It is therefore important to visit a beauty consultant to perform an analysis of your skin and reveal the type of skin that you have.

To choose a suitable moisturiser you would have to consider these different types:

Normal skin: This skin type is neither too dry, nor too oily. In order to maintain the natural moisture balance of the skin, it is recommended to use a water-based moisturizer, which is light and non-greasy. The daily skin routine would be to cleanse tone, moisturise and then use an SPF25 before going out into the sun. At night you would follow the same three steps, but add a serum and then an active night cream, which will help re-build damaged cells and keep the skin soft and hydrated.

Oily skin: This type of skin is prone to acne and blemishes, so it is important to keep the skin clean. Use a gel cleanser, which will get rid of oiliness; tone with a non-alcoholic toner; and then apply a matte moisturiser. Use a mask twice a week and an exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells, which will prevent pimples and acne.

Sensitive skin: Moisturizers with aloe vera, chamomile and grape seed oils are suitable for this type of skin. Organic products work well too as they contain no fragrances and are paraben-free. Those with sensitive skin should cleanse with a creamy face wash that can either be wiped off, or rinsed off. Toners should be alcohol-free so it does not dry out the skin. An active serum applied at night before a night cream will help nourish the skin and repair skin cells to enhance and boost the radiance of the skin.

Mature skins: As you age, the skin becomes thinner and drier, because the oil-producing glands become less active. An oil-based moisturiser is well suited for this type of skin. Ingredients such as petrolatum and rich natural oils will assist to combat age related skin problems such as wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and blemishes. The daily routine should be to cleanse with a creamy cleanser, tone with a water-based toner, moisturise with a thick active cream and then apply a SPF30 which will protect the skin during the day.

It is important that you check all the ingredients before you buy a moisturiser. Always ask for a sample to test on your skin and remember that you also need to make an extra effort to keep the body hydrated, which will help keep the skin supple and hydrated. The most important point is to never leave home without applying a sunscreen of SPF15 or higher, which will help potect the skin against sun damage.Never try new brands without consulting a skin specialist and always know the type of your skin before buying a moisturiser.


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