Applying moisturiser is one of what feels like oh so many steps in our skincare regimen, so why bother? Is it really that important? Um, yes. And I’ll explain why...
1. Moisturising feels great
The first reason to use moisturiser is that, plain and simply, it feels so good. After using cleanser, having a hot shower, or being subjected to cold weather, our skin can feel a little dry, but moisturising brings it back to life, making it feel more hydrated, and much smoother - and who doesn’t love having gorgeously soft skin?
2. Moisturising helps slow down wrinkles
Moisturising also minimises blemishes, evening out skin tone. Not only this, but it also works to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles (yes, you heard correctly) thanks to lovely plumping ingredients and hydrating qualities. According to various studies, including one from British Journal of Dermatology, moisturised skin produces wrinkles at a much lower rate than dry, unmoisturised skin. I’m sold!
3. Moisturising helps with makeup application
Moisturiser also makes applying makeup much easier by giving you a smoother base to work on. Whether you wear a lot of makeup or not, this is handy for days when you just fancy that extra bit of coverage - or you really want to layer those products on. There’s nothing worse than putting a slather of makeup over dry, dehydrated skin, as before long, the product starts to peel or cause creases in the areas we are trying to hide (think crows feet). Instead, moisturising first helps the makeup slip right on and sit better for longer.
4. Moisturising is great for oily skin too
If you have oily skin and see moisturiser as the enemy, you’re not alone. This has been a common belief for a long time, but actually, it couldn’t be further from the truth. We all need a good moisturiser, regardless of our skin type - it’s just about finding one that works for us. And in the case of oily skin, though you might expect moisturiser to produce more oil or exacerbate the problem, it actually works to balance out oil production. So, don’t write it off - moisturiser’s a friend not a foe.
5. Moisturiser can soothe acne
Not using moisturiser when you have acne is a no-no. You may think you’re doing your skin a favour because you’re worried about producing even more oil, but actually, you’ll be doing it more harm than good. Acne-prone skin needs moisture just as much as dry skin does. Look out for moisturisers that contain salicylic acid and everyone’s favourite - hyaluronic acid.
6. Moisturiser is essential after retinol
Retinol, and other solutions we have grown to know and love, can cause skin to become really dry and itchy. If we didn’t use moisturiser after these, we would feel hugely irritated, and our skin would look blotchy. And really, what’s the point in going to all that effort of using such fabulous products if we are leaving out one of the most important ones?
So, moisturiser really is one of the most important steps in our skincare. It protects, it allows us to ward off wrinkles that bit longer, and it’s great for helping with issues connected to all skin types. Find a moisturiser that works for you, apply it day and night, and you’ll be so glad you did. It’s definitely up there with the all time skincare greats - water, a healthy diet and a high SPF.