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No 2 – Are you using the right moisturizer to nourish your skin?

 

To find a moisturizer that best fit your current skin condition, you need to first understand your skin type. If you are oily or combination, you can choose a moisturizer that has a lighter texture. If you have dry skin with dry scaly patches, or damaged skin barriers, you would need a more nourishing moisturizer with a thicker texture.

So how can you tell what your current skin type is?

 

A good trick is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser, let your face air dry without adding any skincare products over your skin. About half an hour later, come back and examine your skin.

 

Oily:

If you see shine on your forehead and the tip of your nose, while your cheeks feel fine and supple, it is most likely that you have oily skin.

 

Combination:

If you see some shine on your T-zone area but your cheeks feel stretched and tight, then it is most likely that you have combination skin.

 

Dry:

If your skin feels tight and stripped, or you can see some flakiness, or fine lines when you're making any facial expressions, then you are someone with dry or dehydrated skin.

 

Normal:

If you don't notice any excess shine, greasiness or tightness, then congratulation! You have the best skin type among the 4 - the normal skin type.

 

Now that you can correctly identify your skin type, let's find out if you are using the right moisturizer to treat your skin concerns according to your skin type!

 

Dehydrated

When your complexion looks duller, dark circles appear deeper, while your cheeks feel tight and stretched, and you're able to see more fine lines when lightly pinching your skin, your skin is dehydrated. Skin dehydration (different from dry skin) is a skin condition that can happen due to changing weather, diet or routine, regardless of skin types.

 

Just like when our body is dehydrated, we would know to consume more water. Similarly, when our skin is dehydrated, it's best to add a water-based hydrator with humectant ingredient to attract water to the skin, before locking every with an occlusive (found in moisturizer) to prevent further water loss from the skin to air that has less humidity.

 

Some star ingredients that you can go for in your hydrator are Hyaluronic acid, Aloe vera, Glycerin, Alpha hydroxy acids (Glycolic & Lactic acids), Honey.

 

Dry Patches

When your skin feels dry with some visible flakiness and rough patches around your face, your skin's protective barrier might be having some issues with producing enough natural sebum to keep your skin moisturized and locking in the moisture.

 

If you are experiencing damages barrier due to severely dry skin, you'll need both moisture and water to get the job done. Make sure to choose a moisturizer with occlusive and and emollient such as Ceramides, Castor oil and Beeswax can soften the skin layer as they fill in any tiny 'cracks' to improve the skin barrier. While also including a water-based serum or ampoule in your routine, as these can penetrate the skin deeper with their smaller molecule sizes and help attract more water to the upper layer of the skin.

 

Breakouts

If your skin is breaking out, try to go for a moisturizer that has a lighter texture to maintain skin hydration but does not make your skin layer too greasy. Some star ingredients for acne prone skin are Centella and Mugworts, as both can calm and soothe the skin with healing properties, while also strengthening the skin's moisture barrier.

 

Overly Oily Skin

Our ultimate skin goal is a well-hydrated skin, and having a lot of oil doesn't mean there's a lot of water. A good moisturizer for oily skin should be light, fast-absorbing and shouldn't leave your skin looking overly shiny. Some ingredients that oily skin should avoid when choosing their moisturizer are oils with high Oleic acid (Coconut oil, Camellia oil, Sunflower oil), Petrolatum/Petroleum, Beeswax or products with fragrances that can be harsh on the skin.

 

No 2 – Are you using the right moisturizer to nourish your skin?

 

To find a moisturizer that best fit your current skin condition, you need to first understand your skin type. If you are oily or combination, you can choose a moisturizer that has a lighter texture. If you have dry skin with dry scaly patches, or damaged skin barriers, you would need a more nourishing moisturizer with a thicker texture.

So how can you tell what your current skin type is?

 

A good trick is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser, let your face air dry without adding any skincare products over your skin. About half an hour later, come back and examine your skin.

 

Oily:

If you see shine on your forehead and the tip of your nose, while your cheeks feel fine and supple, it is most likely that you have oily skin.

 

Combination:

If you see some shine on your T-zone area but your cheeks feel stretched and tight, then it is most likely that you have combination skin.

 

Dry:

If your skin feels tight and stripped, or you can see some flakiness, or fine lines when you're making any facial expressions, then you are someone with dry or dehydrated skin.

 

Normal:

If you don't notice any excess shine, greasiness or tightness, then congratulation! You have the best skin type among the 4 - the normal skin type.

 

Now that you can correctly identify your skin type, let's find out if you are using the right moisturizer to treat your skin concerns according to your skin type!

 

Dehydrated

When your complexion looks duller, dark circles appear deeper, while your cheeks feel tight and stretched, and you're able to see more fine lines when lightly pinching your skin, your skin is dehydrated. Skin dehydration (different from dry skin) is a skin condition that can happen due to changing weather, diet or routine, regardless of skin types.

 

Just like when our body is dehydrated, we would know to consume more water. Similarly, when our skin is dehydrated, it's best to add a water-based hydrator with humectant ingredient to attract water to the skin, before locking every with an occlusive (found in moisturizer) to prevent further water loss from the skin to air that has less humidity.

 

Some star ingredients that you can go for in your hydrator are Hyaluronic acid, Aloe vera, Glycerin, Alpha hydroxy acids (Glycolic & Lactic acids), Honey.

 

Dry Patches

When your skin feels dry with some visible flakiness and rough patches around your face, your skin's protective barrier might be having some issues with producing enough natural sebum to keep your skin moisturized and locking in the moisture.

 

If you are experiencing damages barrier due to severely dry skin, you'll need both moisture and water to get the job done. Make sure to choose a moisturizer with occlusive and and emollient such as Ceramides, Castor oil and Beeswax can soften the skin layer as they fill in any tiny 'cracks' to improve the skin barrier. While also including a water-based serum or ampoule in your routine, as these can penetrate the skin deeper with their smaller molecule sizes and help attract more water to the upper layer of the skin.

 

Breakouts

If your skin is breaking out, try to go for a moisturizer that has a lighter texture to maintain skin hydration but does not make your skin layer too greasy. Some star ingredients for acne prone skin are Centella and Mugworts, as both can calm and soothe the skin with healing properties, while also strengthening the skin's moisture barrier.

 

Overly Oily Skin

Our ultimate skin goal is a well-hydrated skin, and having a lot of oil doesn't mean there's a lot of water. A good moisturizer for oily skin should be light, fast-absorbing and shouldn't leave your skin looking overly shiny. Some ingredients that oily skin should avoid when choosing their moisturizer are oils with high Oleic acid (Coconut oil, Camellia oil, Sunflower oil), Petrolatum/Petroleum, Beeswax or products with fragrances that can be harsh on the skin.

 

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