Moisturiser hydrates and conditions your skin to keep it looking and feeling young. Most people should moisturise every day. Find out quickly if you're one of them.
Skin can be rehydrated in two ways:
- With water-based and water-attracting ingredients
- With occlusives and emollients, such as balms and oils
The only way to guarantee lasting moisture replenishment is to use both types of ingredients together.
Serums are formulated to supply water-based ingredients and moisture magnets, or humectants, to the skin. If your skin barrier is functioning well but you have underlying dehydration, a serum is your answer. Antipodes Worship Superfruit Serum would suit you perfectly.
Facial oils and balms are designed to recondition your skin's natural barrier. You skin has several layers, and the top ones are all oil-based. A compromised barrier allows hydration to escape. Using a serum in this situation would dry skin further.
Instead, you need to recondition and repair the barrier with barrier-identical ingredients. Facial oils and balms, such as Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, are your answer.
Sometimes your skin needs both, and sometimes it's hard to tell which it needs. Luckily, a moisturiser accomplishes both tasks.
This is the first reason we recommend daily application of moisturiser.
However, you should still answer the next question before deciding whether to moisturise every day.
Do you cleanse your skin every day?
Whilst the benefits of cleansing outweigh the negatives, you can't ignore the latter. Depending on the cleanser you use, your skin's condition and hydration are diminished every time you wash. This is a cleanser's job: to remove both oil- and water-based substances.
Cleansers are unable to tell the difference between makeup and your skin's natural oils, or between water-soluble impurities and your skin's own moisture.
This is why we recommend daily use of a moisturiser if you cleanse your skin daily. The right moisturiser restores what a cleanser has teased away.
We're also huge advocates of the double-cleanse method to help protect against dehydration. The theory is simple: you use two super-mild cleansers, one after the other, to remove impurities with minimal interruption to skin.
To do this, you'd use:
- An oil-based cleanser, such as a balm or cleansing oil
- Followed by a water-based cream, gel, or milky cleanser
We recommend the following routine:
Or if you want a wholly natural routine:
The bottom line is that moisturiser should be used at least once per day, especially if you cleanse daily. Skin is very good at its job, so you'll rarely see it 'complain', but damage is cumulative, and prevention is better than cure. Take care of your skin now to prevent signs of ageing later.