Whether you’ve got dry, oily, or the dreaded combination skin, you NEED TO MOISTURIZE! Aside from sunscreen, moisturizer is the most important element of any facial skincare regime.
Just like your body (you know those 8 glasses of water you’re supposed to drink every day), your skin needs moisture too. Why you ask? Well, moisturizing helps to plump up your skin, strengthen and thicken your skin, decreases the appearance of fine lines, and can even decrease the rate at which wrinkles appear. It can smooth out rough patches, protect your face from free radicals which can cause breakouts, relieve tightness, soothe sensitive skin – the list goes on and on.
In general, moisturizers are made up of two “things” – humectants and emollients. A humectant is a substance that basically draws water into the skin from the environment or from the underlying layers of skin to the top layer to keep skin hydrated. This process of drawing internal moisture out encourages the shedding of dead cells (dry skin), the growth of new cells, and stimulates the skin’s own moisture production. One thing to keep in mind though, if it’s really dry outside – humectants can actually cause your skin to become even drier by pulling too much moisture out. An emollient softens and smooths the skin by adding moisture to the skin. It also provides a layer of protection that helps to prevent moisture loss from the skin. In an ideal world, you want a moisturizer that contains both humectants and emollients.
It’s important to moisturize both in the morning and at night. Depending on your skin, you might prefer a heavier cream at night and a more lightweight moisturizer during the day when it’s being worn under your make-up. A good moisturizer should sink completely into your skin, not sit on the surface and shouldn’t be greasy. With that being said, there is no best moisturizer, there’s only the best for your skin. What works for someone else might not necessarily work for you, also what worked for you 10 years ago, won’t work for you now, which means you might need to try out a few before you find your ideal match. When searching for a new moisturizer, I highly recommend speaking to store staff. They will be more than happy to talk about your moisturizing needs and skin-type and make recommendations that will save you a lot of frustration and money.
Here are some of my favourite moisturizes, all available at Coquitlam Centre.
Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream
Inspired by their beloved Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, this weightless water cream is formulated with concentrated Calendula Serum that's infused with Calendula Flower Extract and hundreds of micronized Calendula petals. This unique, lightweight moisturizer provides a burst of soothing hydration, visible evens skin tone, helps reduce redness and helps improve uneven texture, dull skin and dry fine lines.
Available at Kiehl's Since 1851 $97* (100ml jar)
Immortelle Precious Cream
Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil
This lightweight daily facial oil made from a blend of powerful essential oils and infused with Black Cumin, Camellia and Rosehip seed oils instantly replenishes moisture and revives skin’s radiance. It effortlessly melts into skin leaving a non-sticky, velvety-soft finish, with a quick-absorbing formula.
Available at The Body Shop $58* (50ml bottle)
Rose Repair Replenishing Moisture Cream
Bring balance and hydration to your daily facial routine with this luxuriously soothing moisturizer. Precious rose otto and restorative jojoba allow your natural glow to shine through. Ideal for combination or normal/dry skin.
Available at Saje Natural Wellness $39.95* (30ml bottle)
Druken Elephant Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil
A wonder-working luxury facial oil high in critical antioxidants that deeply moisturizes, nourishes, soothes, and rejuvenates skin while restoring its youthful glow. This highly absorbable oil, made from 100% unrefined Sclerocraya Birrea (Marula) Kernel oil (and nothing else), delivers clinically proven results to reverse the signs of aging and incredible antioxidant benefits against environmental stressors and free radicals - it's no wonder it has over 120k LOVES on sephora.com.
Available at Sephora $90* (30ml bottle)
*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.