Find the one that fits best to you
Moisturizing is key to keeping your skin young – we’ve all been told a million times. Interestingly, this crucial step of your routine is less about adding moisture, but more about attracting and trapping existing water in the skin. Most moisturizers nowadays go above and beyond this, and add additional ingredients to benefit your skin in other ways.
Finding “the one” amongst a myriad of options can be daunting. The breakneck speed of innovation, especially among Korean moisturizers, does not really help here either. And then there is your skin type that eventually should have the last word. Generally, we differentiate between the following three types:
A good moisturizer is absolutely crucial for the health of your skin
1. The Moisture Absorbers: Humectants
This type generally draws water to the skin cells to keep the skin hydrated and generally is suitable for all skin types including oily, combination and acne prone skin. Key ingredients include glycerin, lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid and alphahydroxy acid (AHAs).
2. The Space Fillers: Emollients
Emollients fill in those spaces or gaps between skin cells that are missing moisturizing lipids. Usually oil-based, sometimes water-based, emollients help the skin to become smoother and better hydrated. Works best for dry and dehydrated mature skin that needs a lot of moisture. Key ingredients include Lanolin, mineral oil and petrolatum.
3. The Skin ‘Glue’: Ceramides
Ceramides are a natural part of the skin. Sometimes the natural level is damaged or depleted and by replenishing it, you improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture. Generally works best for normal and combination skin types.
Once you’ve found “the one” the application should be a walk in the park:
1. Cleanse, tone and apply your serum – if done right, these steps alone should provide your skin with sufficient moisture already
2. Preferably tap or slowly massage the moisturizer into your skin
3. Move upward when applying the moisturizer
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