Are You Using the Right Moisturiser for Your Skin Type?

Follow this handy guide to help you pick the right moisturiser for your skin type!

Choosing the right moisturiser sounds like an easy task. All we need is something that will hydrate our skin... right? Well, of course. But with the amount of moisturisers that exist in the market today (gel creams? occlusive creams? hybrid creams?), finding the right one can be like finding a needle in a haystack.

To simplify things, we recommend taking two important factors into consideration when shopping for your moisturiser: Your own skin type and the ingredients that are needed to adequately moisturise each skin type. Read on to find out what those ingredients are!

For Oily Skin Types:

If you've got oily skin that's constantly producing excess oil, the last thing you need are more products that will make your skin look more oily. That's why many babes with oily skin tend to skip out on moisturising. However, by regularly applying a moisturiser and keeping your skin well-hydrated, you can actually plump your skin, reduce fine lines and ultimately help regulate oil production to reduce that oiliness.

Related article: The Importance of Moisturising (Even for Oily Skin!)

Look out for gel-based moisturisers as these formulations feel light on the skin and don't leave behind an oily film. Humectants such as Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin generally feel light on the skin while providing enough hydration! Conversely, this skin type should avoid ultra-heavy ingredients that may clog pores, such as Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Lanolin or Petroleum-based products.

Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream Nudie Glow Australia
  • Product recommendation: Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream, formulated with 63.7% Jeju Green Tea Water that effectively keeps skin calm, while antioxidants help combat against free radical damage, keeping your skin supple and youthful!

For Dry Skin Types:

While moisturiser is a must for any skin type, it is absolutely integral to dry and maturing skin if you want a hydrated, glowing and plumped complexion. Dry skin can handle rich oils and heavy formulations very well, so you should seek out products that really double down on moisture, like a cream-based moisturiser. Anything that has a creamy texture usually contains occlusives and/or emollients, which help seal in moisture at the end of your skin care routine. Helpful ingredients to look for in a moisturiser for dry skin include: Ceramide, Squalane, plant-based oils like Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and Dimethicone.

For Normal and Combination Skin Types:

Normal and combination skin types can usually get away with any type of moisturiser. With combo skin, though, it's all about balance, so you want to look for a formula that features multitasking ingredients that efficiently hydrate without overdoing it, while helping target your other skin concerns, such as acne or dark spots. A good mix of both water-soluble (e.g. Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin) and oil-soluble (e.g. Ceramide, Jojoba Oil) ingredients can be especially beneficial to keep your skin well-hydrated.

SKINRx Lab MadeCera Cream Nudie Glow Australia
  • Product recommendation: SKINRx Lab MadeCera Cream is a thick-yet-non-greasy moisturiser containing Cica, Ceramides and Niacinamide to soothe, brighten, restore and provide anti-inflammatory benefits, so you can wake up with plump, glowing skin the next day!

For Sensitive Skin Types:

When choosing a moisturiser for sensitive skin types, it's important to choose one with a short ingredients list. The more ingredients present in a moisturiser, the higher the chances of irritation. Seek out natural, calming ingredients such as Chamomile, Calendula, Oatmeal, Shea Butter and Green Tea. Meanwhile, it could be beneficial to avoid products with potential irritants such as fragrances, artificial dyes, excessive alcohols and sulfates. Lastly, while everyone should conduct patch tests with new products, this is especially important for those with sensitive and reactive skin types!

Etude House Soon Jung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream Nudie Glow Australia

  • Product recommendation: Etude House Soon Jung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream comes with a minimalist ingredients list featuring Panthenol, Madecassoside, Sunflower Seed Oil and Shea Butter to restore the oil and water balance of the skin, while repairing damage. 

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