Choosing the perfect moisturiser for your skin
When it comes to finding the right moisturiser to match your skin type, there’s so many options. From oils and cream to lightweight gel, the options seem almost endless. So, how can you be sure you’re using the right type for your skin?
Finding the right moisturiser for you all comes down to two important factors - your skin concern and your personal preference. Just because a gel moisturiser might be the best for your skin type, if you don’t like the feel of it on your skin and want something more nourishing and repairing like an oil, it’s best you do some research.
Before you can decide which one is right for you, you first need to understand the differences between each option. We take a look at three of the most popular moisturiser types; oils, gel and cream, and highlight the benefits of each to make your choice as easy as possible!
Facial oils are a great way to hydrate and replenish your skin while also adding a layer of protection to the top layer of your skin. This added protection will ensure your skin has a barrier against damage from pollution, irritants and harsh weather. The restorative abilities of oils also ensures that dry skin is left feeling smooth, soft and fresh. By delivering essential moisture to the top layers of your skin and locking it in for long periods of time, oils are a great option for those cold winter nights.
Oils are suitable for – Skin prone to redness, mature, combination and skin prone to dryness
How to incorporate oils into your routine - Apply a small amount to your face and neck in the evening after your normal routine
Our recommendation - Yester Youth: Regenerating Facial Oil is a lightweight formula that absorbs quickly and helps to repair tired skin
Gel moisturisers are the perfect choice when you’re looking for something lightweight in those warmer months. Boasting more water content than oils, gels are great for breakout prone and oily skin types. The benefits of choosing a gel moisturiser is that it won’t clog your pores and once applied to your skin, you can barely notice that it’s there. Because of their lightweight consistency and quick-drying finish, gel moisturisers are also great for minimising excess oil shine and promoting skin elasticity.
Gel is suitable for – Breakout prone and oily skin
How to incorporate gel into your routine - Apply a small amount to your face and neck in the morning and evening after cleanser and toner
Our recommendation - Sol: Hydrating Gel Moisturiser is a lightweight formula that penetrates deeply into your skin to provide lasting hydrating while leaving a matte finish
Lotions are the in between a gel and cream, having a higher water content and a mix of water and droplets of oil, is lighter weight than cream, and is non-greasy. The combination of water in cream moisturisers helps it to deeply penetrate your skin and provide deep hydration to oily, breakout prone, combination and skin prone to redness, and as a day moisturiser for skin prone to dryness. If you experience breakout prone skin, skin prone to redness or combination skin, apply a lotion up to twice a day, if your skin is more on the dry side, apply a lotion during the day and a heavier cream in the evening before bed. You can even apply it under your makeup as an alternative to primer. A lotion assists in locking in hydration and creating a protective barrier for your skin.
Cream is suitable for - All skin types, including skin prone to breakouts and redness
How to incorporate cream into your routine - Apply a small amount to your face and neck in the morning and evening after cleanser and toner. If you experience dry skin, apply lotion under your makeup daily
Our recommendation - The Limelight: Brightening Probiotic Lotion is our award-winning formula. With a blight creamy texture, this lotion hydrates, brightens skin and soothes the appearance of breakouts and redness while also delivering nutrients to keep your skin looking clearer and smoother
The most common by far, cream moisturisers contain a mix of water and oil. The combination of water in cream moisturisers helps it to deeply penetrate your skin and provide hydration to dehydrated skin. Cream moisturisers have been a favourite for many years due to their versatility. If you experience dryness, apply a cream moisturiser up to twice a day. You can even apply it under your makeup as an alternative to primer. Although creams don’t have the same protective qualities as oils, they assist in locking in hydration and creating a protective barrier for your skin.
Cream is suitable for - Skin prone to dryness, mature, combination
How to incorporate cream into your routine - Apply a small amount to your face and neck in the morning and evening after cleanser and toner. If you experience dryness, apply cream moisturiser under your makeup daily to ensure for a smooth base.
Our recommendation - Luna Vitality: Restoring Moisture Cream is our award-winning formula. With a buttery texture, this cream hydrates and plumps skin while also delivering nutrients to keep your skin feeling fresh and youthful.
If you’re still unsure about which type of moisturiser is right for your skin, take our skin quiz and discover your ideal, personalised routine!