One skincare product most of us have on our shelves is moisturiser. And when it comes to picking one we’re often bombarded with choice. Should we go for a light day moisturiser, an anti-ageing moisturiser, a corrective moisturiser, a line-smoothing moisturiser. How to decide?
Well, start with the basics. Whatever type of moisturiser you choose it should contain sun protection of some type. The adverse effects of UV rays on our skin are well documented and studies show it can account for up to 80% of the signs of ageing.
For our cosmetic nurse Susan, daily sun protection is absolutely non-negotiable. “People get very hung up on moisturiser and it is important, but protecting your skin from UV rays year round is absolutely top of the list particularly for us here in New Zealand. And actually, even sun-damaged skin can repair itself to a degree when protected with sun screen. Moisturising can be optional. Sun protection is absolutely not”.
With that box ticked, then consider what else you want in your moisturiser. Some are formulated for skin types. So, for example, if you have a tendency to break-outs or acne you may want to choose a moisturiser for oily skin as these typically tend to be less greasy.
It’s also important to think about what you don’t want in a moisturiser. It’s probably best to steer clear of anything that contains SLS, parabens, phthalates or silicones. And if you have sensitive skin you probably want to avoid any fragranced products too.
A good rule of thumb when checking ingredients is to follow the ‘less is best’ rule. Much like we’re often recommended to do with processed food. The less ingredients on the label – the better and this is particularly relevant to those with sensitive skin.
We have three moisturisers in our range at Oasis Beauty and all of them come with sun protection built in. Knock Out is light and non-greasy for acne and blemish-prone skin; Apple A Day a great all-round daily hydrator and Power Punch provides super hydration for dryer skin.
But, you can also use Oasis Sun SPF30 as a daily moisturiser says Susan. “I have put so many patients on to this product as their daytime moisturiser/sunscreen as it has a very small ingredient list and nothing that can irritate skin. It feels light on the skin and dries completely matte with no greasy feel”.
How do I use a moisturiser?
Apply evenly to clean skin with gentle strokes. Massage gently over the face, down the neck and across the décolletage. If your daytime moisturiser contains broad spectrum sunscreen, you can go ahead and apply makeup.
If your daytime moisturiser does not contain sunscreen of at least SPF, then only use a pea-sized amount of moisturiser and then apply a generous amount of sunscreen.
Still not sure which moisturiser is right for you? Or worried about skin issues? Book a free, online consultation with our cosmetic nurse Susan.