However pared back our skin regimes might be, most of us use a moisturiser everyday. It's usually the one thing we have time to smooth on before rushing out the door in the mornings. So what should you look for in a moisturiser to make sure you're getting the best for your skin?
Well, let's start with the absolute non-negotiable. Whatever type of moisturiser you choose it should contain sun protection of at least SPF20. The sun might feel nice on our skin but the damaging effects of UV rays are well documented and studies show they can account for up to 80% of the visible signs of ageing.
And here in New Zealand we live with some of the harshest UV rays in the world, so it's really important that we use daily protection. There is no point in spending money on anti-ageing products if you go out daily with no sun protection. And, in fact, in some cases and depending on the product you can use sunscreen instead of a moisturiser. Our Oasis Sun SPF30, for example, is ideally suited to daily use as it is excellent for sensitive skin and contains moisturising ingredients - jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin E.
Next up 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 your 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 as this can be a real irritant.
It can be a bit confusing reading through ingredient lists, particularly when a lot of ingredients might 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.
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 then go ahead and apply makeup.
Still not sure which moisturiser is right for you? Get free, bespoke advice with a free, online consultation with our cosmetic nurse Susan.