THE MOISTURISER EDIT
Which moisturiser is the best for you and your skin? Shop wise with the help of this skincare guide.
The right moisturiser can make or break your skincare routine, and the condition of you skin too; too oily and it will cause your make-up to become slick and skin to breakout, too mattifying and it won’t protect your skin from the drying elements of everyday life.
As with any skincare product, there are so many different brands, formulas and options available, that it can be hard to decided which one is the right one for you. Where should you spend your money? Is one moisturiser enough? Should you use something different for day and night? So many questions, so many options, let me help you find the answers with some tips that I’ve picked up through my personal experience with skincare shopping.
As with The Cleanser Edit feature I did last month, I will help you choose which moisturiser is best for you based on your skintype, lifestyle, but also your budget. Unlike with cleansers, good, effective moisturisers can be a bit trickier to find at a ‘drugstore’ price point, however it is still possible and one of my favourite moisturisers is available from Superdrug, so don’t be afraid to shop around. Something else to consider if you want to invest in high-end skincare but still want to make a saving, is to shop in duty-free; I always wait until I’m in the airport to shop bigger, more luxury brands, as often there are extra savings on top of the tax free shopping prices. So, keep that in mind as we delve into the world of moisturisers…
The Gel Moisturiser
Let’s start with one of my favourites, a gel moisturiser; while most people instinctively look for a cream when shopping for a moisturiser, a gel formula is actually more versatile and suitable for nearly all skin types from oily to sensitive. Gel formulas are great to lock in moisture to the skin, and act as a moisturiser and a primer if applying before make-up. Gel moisturisers, unlike creams, absorb rapidly into the skin, and soak down deeper, resulting in longer lasting moisture without any slickness or oiliness.
Another added bonus for gel moisturisers is that they are equally effective when applied as a night time treatment as they are in the day, so if you are trying to tighten the purse strings you can afford to splash out on a good gel moisturiser as you can use it for both your day and night cream. However, when it comes to day time application, most gel moisturisers don’t have an SPF, so make sure you either apply with an other moisturiser that does or that you use a foundation with an added SPF.
My current favourite: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
As I previously said, the first type of moisturiser that most people go for is a cream, and while they are not as versatile to skin types as a gel, they are still a skincare staple for most. Creams are the go-to moisturiser option if you have dry to sensitive skin; they are gentle, while still being highly moisturising and soothing.
Top tip when trying out cream moisturisers is to patch test them on the back of your hand to see a) how well and quickly they absorb into the skin and b) if they leave any oily residue once they have soaked in. For day time moisturising creams you want to look for something that is light and highly absorbent, that doesn’t leave much if any residue on the skin; you want your day cream to work below the surface of your skin while your make-up sits on top. However, with a night cream you want something a big thicker, and slower absorbing; you actually do want your cream so sit on the skin so that it works on not only restoring the moisture barrier deep within the layers of the skin, but also to repair and sooth the surface of the skin.
The Cream Moisturiser
The Moisturising Lotion
A lotion is somewhere in the middle, between a cream and a serum; it is more milky in texture and usually absorbs faster than a cream, but doesn’t have the potency of a serum.
A lotion, like a gel, is a great allrounder if you’re looking for something that’s going to do multiple jobs. I like to use a lotion directly after I cleanse, both at night and in the morning and have often praised the results I have got from using Clinique’s Dramatically Different lotion when my skin is feeling really dry and dehydrated. If you have dry, sensitive skin, a lotion is the perfect choice for you as they are really gentle and light but restorative and will help to rehydrate tired skin.
My current favourite: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion +
When it comes to buying a day cream, an added SPF is a real must. Regardless of the time of year, or climate where you live, it is essential to protect the sensitive skin on your face from the harmful rays of the sun.
Anything with an SPF between 15 and 25 is perfect, unless something higher has been recommended by a doctor or dermatologist. As with a cream moisturiser, patch testing is a good idea when shopping around for a day cream with an SPF, as they tend to be a little bit thicker so you want to be sure that the cream you choose is still compatible with your skin. Olay is my go-to brand in this department; I love that they group their products into age ranges and that all their ranges have a suitable SPF. On top of that, Olay provide choices for some of their creams, with the same cream available in a formula for dry, sensitive or oily skin. The icing on the cake here is that not only is Olay a highly acclaimed brand, but it is also very affordable and available in both Superdrug and Boots as well as most ‘drugstores’.
My current favourite: Olay Hydration + Radiant Glow with SPF15
The Moisturiser with added SPF
Last, but not least, we come to the serum. Serums are highly concentrated and hydrating moisturisers that are like powerful skin treatments that can be applied daily. Serums range in price, but on a whole tend to be on the more expensive end of the price spectrum; however, with serums you tend to get what you pay for and need a lot less product each time you apply, meaning they tend to last longer than your average ‘drugstore’ cream.
When choosing a serum, you need to go in knowing what you want from the product; for example do you want something to help treat blemishes and acne prone skin, or do you want something to hydrate and improve your overall complexion? On a whole, I prefer serums as part of my nighttime skincare routine; applying before bed gives the product time to really work into the skin and leave you waking up to a fresh and revitalised complexion.
My current favourite: La Mer The Revitalising Hydrating Serum