It’s been predicted that the skincare market is on the rise this year, thanks to the global health pandemic which has taught us all that healthy skin comes first. As we spent more time at home to work or self-isolate, most of us now have time to take care of our skin compare to rushing to catch the first train to work.
The over abounding innovations in creating these skincare products have more and more to be obsessed with skincare. Thank goodness to the growing industry and innovation, but what about the incomprehensible amount of information out there around skincare from hybrid skincare, to CBD skincare. This information and innovations sometimes can leave us not knowing what to buy or which skincare is good for us.
That’s the reason why in today’s article, we will be looking into the best moisturizers to shop for and, what makes a moisturizer the best? What is a Moisturizer? according to Wikipedia; Moisturizer, or emollient, is a cosmetic preparation used for protecting, moisturizing, and lubricating the skin.
“Thanks, Wikipedia”, knowing moisturizers nowadays, I will define a moisturizer as a cream that helps with hydration and softness of the skin, but it does not stop there, moisturizer in this new age do not only hydrate and soften the skin, it combats signs of aging, it brightens, strengthens the skin barrier, it helps the skin fight against radicals and environmental aggressors, it shrinks the size of pores e.t.c. Some modern moisturizers do not just add hydration to the skin for 24 hours but 100 hours thanks to ‘Clinique’s Moisture Surge’ innovative production.
When it comes to choosing your holy-grail moisturizer, it’s best advised to always go back to basics, because with so much in the market with the information about them can be a bit of information overload for many of us. So go back to basics, and ask yourself what do I want in my moisturizer? Once you’re able to find the answer to that, boom! you have your holy-grail moisturizer.
For example, you might want your moisturizer to be able to fade dark spots or hyperpigmentation, you can also prefer it to prevent aging/fine lines/wrinkle, clear blemishes/acne, maybe just to simply shrink the size of your pores which can lead to smoothness, then you’re a step closer to finding the best moisturizer that suits your needs.
To be honest, the best moisturizers should be suitable for all skin types, from dry, oily, combination, acne-prone to ultra-sensitive. While anyone with dry skin will benefit more from regularly wearing moisturizer, all skin types will also benefit from it.
The benefit of regularly wearing a moisturizer is not just limited to softening, and hydrating the skin but it also restores elasticity and flexibility to the skin that aid youthful look or in other words a glowing skin.
It’s also good to know there are three types of ingredients found in any best moisturizers, they are categorized as humectants, emollients, and occlusives. A good moisturizer will contain all, humectants are ingredients that attract moisture to the deeper layers of the skin(e.g hyaluronic acid). Occlusives create a barrier over the skin to prevent moisture loss (e,g argan oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, e.t.c.). Finally, emollients help with the replacement of skin lipids and fill the gap between skin cells(e.g shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter e.t.c.)
If you have acne-prone skin or generally sensitive reactive skin, you are best advised to always opt for oil-free or non-comedogenic moisturizers and to also look out for active ingredients like salicylic acid, niacinamide, and zinc that are great for targeting blemishes.
Finally, when you’ve managed to grasp the understanding of what was said above, you will find your holy-grail moisturizer, and the tip to also hold on to is that, to ensure the efficacy of your moisturizer, know that applying your moisturizer after the application of your serums and before the application of your face oil is the right way to help the efficacy of your moisturizer in your skincare routine.