Ingredients

Facial Moisturizer for Skin Health

It may sound like a bit of a misnomer.

But the main role of a face moisturiser is not just to add moisture to the skin.

A good moisturiser is protective, hydrating, brightening, balancing, tightening, smoothing – the list goes on.

You should always invest in a well-formulated product regardless of your skin type.

Facial Moisturizer

Get to know your skin.

Your skin comprises several layers, but the outermost layer, the stratum corneum, directly relates to how your skin feels from a moisture perspective.

Cells in this layer hold water – but the kicker can also lose water – depending on several factors. When the cells are plump and water-rich, your skin is soft, smooth—moisturised! And when they lack water and dry? That’s called dehydrated skin.

So what constitutes an excellent facial moisturiser?

So many things, but essentially, it should have the following roles on the skin:

1) Humectants draw water from the air and other cells in the body to the top layer of skin, locking in moisture. But humectants only attract water; they don’t retain it. That’s an occlusive’s job, the second component of a moisturiser.

2) Occlusives act like a lid to a pot of water—they keep cells moist and plump, helping to prevent moisture loss.

Occlusive ingredients include cholesterol, ceramides, and lipids naturally found in the skin to repair any damage. Fortify Barrier Repair Cream contains the perfect ratio of these ingredients, helping to maintain healthy skin.

So far then, we have established that humectants bring lots of hydration and occlusives seal it in on your skin, but there is another critical group of ingredients;

3) Emollients are the third component of a moisturiser—they make everything lovely and smooth.

Literally! Many emollients can also pull in double-duty as an occlusive—think Shea, Cocoa butter and botanical oils.

BIO Lipid Complex an oil-rich formula specifically formulated for dry skin or impaired. It contains skin-identical ingredients that deplete as we age, helping to restore the skin to a youthful, healthy glow.

Mix all of the above, add your cosmeceuticals like Coenzyme Q10 or vitamins A, B, C, or E and natural extracts together, and voila, you have got yourself a moisturiser.

Is there one moisturiser for all skin types?

Because we are all about transparency in beauty here at NC, we will not try to persuade you that one face moisturiser fits all skin types.

We are all metabolically different and have different skincare conditions within our skin at any time.

So, what should we consider when purchasing a moisturiser? Skin type is necessary because there are two moisturisers: oil and water-based.

Different consistencies suit different skin types, such as a cream, lotion, fluid, or gel.

Those with oily skin often feel they don’t require a moisturiser, but this couldn’t be further from the truth; oily, combination skin also requires daily protection with an oil-free moisturiser.

These skin types are more suited to a water-based gel formula like Equilibrium Balancing Gel, which helps to control oil secretions, preventing pores from clogging further whilst protecting against environmental stressors.

Rich creams and balms are ideal for dry, mature skin – the drier the skin, the richer the moisturiser should be.

If you want to learn more about moisturisers, this article gives an in-depth overview of what they are and how they work.

RESEARCH

Moisturisers the slippery road: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4885180/
The clinical benefits of moisturisers: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7498985_The_clinical_benefit_of_moisturizers
Evidence for moisturiser efficiency: https://www.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com/formulating/function/moisturizer/Moisturizers-Evidence-for-Efficacy-184298941.html

 

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