No matter how much of a hurry we're in - most of us find time to pop on a little moisturiser everyday. 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 SPF25. 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 90% of the visible signs of ageing. All Oasis Beauty moisturisers for daytime use contain inbuilt SPF.
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. 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 such as Knock Out as these typically tend to be less greasy.
For those with drier skin consider some extra hydration might be in order. Try out Power Punch which combines rosehip, evening primrose and apricot kernel combine for a seriously, nourishing hydration boost.
Think about what you don’t want in your moisturiser too. 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 these can be real irritants.
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.
Read more on our blog. Find out about the two types of skin ageing.
Still not sure which moisturiser is right for you? Get personalised, expert advice in a free, online consultation with our dermatology nurse Susan.