An Aestheticians Guide to Understanding Moisturisers


If a skincare product ever bore a silver lining
then moisturisers would be it

Updated: 02/09/20

Did you know your skin is a massive multi-tasker?

Which is why moisturising is all about feeding your skin cells the good stuff.

Whilst our skin is the largest organ on the body, it’s also the last organ to receive nourishment from internal nutrients or water.

Because of this, our skin can lack nourishment – requiring topical replenishment instead.

That’s right, just like your body your skin gets overworked, and easily uses up its energy reserves.

So be warned, if you’re not nourishing your skin both topically and from within, it can become severely depleted.

Fortunately, there is an answer from the gods of skin salvation, in the form of wonderful moisturisation – can we have a drum roll, please?

When Skin Gets Upset

Should your skins moisture balance become disrupted, a cycle of events begin:

  1. The inter-cellular glue between the skin cells breaks down
  2. This creates gaps in the cellular walls
  3. The protective barrier function gets off balance
  4. The acid mantle becomes impaired
  5. This sets off inflammation in the skin’s tissues

Hopefully, you can see where I’m going with this? If you start feeding your skin with the good stuff today, it will prevent it from looking like cracked, leather cowhide in the future, just saying!

Why it’s Important to Know your Skin Type

You’re are unique and a good moisturiser will allow for this:

Creams: These consist of an oil and water base and are thick and healing, packed full of occlusive goodies, they are perfect for a mature, dehydrated, dry skin.

Think nourishing creams like Fortify barrier repair cream, perfect for dry, impaired skin.

Combine this with A+ retinoid complex, great for night, when you are at rest when skin gets busy repairing and regenerating.

Moisturising Gels: A base such as this is ideal for a combination or oily skin.

Now I appreciate it is easy to make the mistake of not moisturising, especially if your skin feels like an oil slick.

A good gel base like Equilibrium balancing gel will help to normalise your skin without being too greasy, helping your skin to recover its natural balance and bloom. This lightweight gel moisturiser is also a great hydrator, an important factor to consider – because oily skin types are often dehydrated, and produce more oil to compensate for this loss of water.

Why Your Moisturisers is King

  • they help to prevent premature ageing
  • they calm inflammation, by creating a protective film over the skin
  • they help to replace missing ingredients and natural oils
  • moisturisers for dry, dehydrated skin contain humectants that prevent water loss
  • they are also designed for oily, combination skin, containing specific ingredients that slow the flow of oil from sebaceous glands
  • moisturisers can be formulated for blemishes, containing anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, that flush out pores, preventing pimples
  • they can contain protective ingredients like emollients, which help to keep the inter-cellular glue together, helping with normal barrier function

Need more convincing on why moisturisers should be a key part of your skincare routine, no problem we have you covered with the following article.

Moisturiser Chemistry
Ingredients that create a moisturising action

Water: 65-85% in lotions and cream lotions and creams, which disperse the ingredients.
Lipids: 5-35% lotions and creams, they are occlusive to protect and prevent water loss.
Emulsifiers: 1-2% allows water and lipids to emulsify.
Active Ingredients: 0.02-2.5% These can be in the form of cosmeceuticals like Vitamin A, C, and B or Co-Enzyme Q10. and many more.
Preservatives: 0.2 to 1% They retard the growth of microorganisms.
Fragrance and essential oil: 0.25 -0.5% They mask the odour of oils and ingredients and give the product a fragrant scent.

The naked truth

Our focus at The Naked chemist is all about achieving healthy skin.

This we do through education and the use of intelligent skin-identical ingredients; Extracts, ceramides, cholesterol, vitamins, minerals, humectants, and essential fatty acids are just a few of the key ingredients found in our products.

Helping you to restore your skin back to optimum health.


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