These days – what with having to pay bills, keep up a social life and remembering to put on underwear every day – we need less stuff to worry about. Not more. But unless you want to look like a pair of old boots, you need to moisturise.
“Hydrated skin will perform better and look younger and healthier: it’s that simple,” explains Laura Gamboa, director of corporate education at Spanish skincare brand Natura Bissé.
These days, moisturising creams do much more than just the basic act of hydrating the skin, too: they act as invisible shields protecting your face from the damaging effects of daily life.
“Supercharged ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin A (also known as retinol), and powerful combinations can give better results for that,” says Gamboa, who adds that, like the gym, consistency is key. “Using a moisturiser over time can help us to prevent and combat the earliest signs of ageing. Plus it reduces the chance of developing extremes of dryness or oiliness.”
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As a minimum, the moisturiser you use should be tailored to your skin type. It’s not rocket science. If you don’t know what camp you fall into, use a face wash and wait an hour. If it feels tight, you’ve got dry and possibly sensitive skin; if it’s greasy, you’re oily; if it’s a mix of the two, you’re combination.
From there, you can look at formulas that target more specific needs. Razor burn, wrinkles, breakouts and even hangovers can all be made better (at least to look at) with daily application of the right cream.
It’s also worth remembering that the needs and demands of our skin change throughout the year. Each season brings its own challenges – dryness in winter, potential sun damage in summer, and trying to stay balanced (and spot-free) throughout – so consider switching to a thicker or more lightweight formula when your current salve no longer cuts the mustard.