Moisturiser 101

moisture 101Moisturiser can be one of the most confusing parts of skincare. There is an abundance of products on offer, each claiming to be the answer to your skincare concerns.

But do you really need moisturiser? And which one should you choose?

Do I need a moisturiser? The short answer is yes. As we age, our skin undergoes many changes including the breakdown of its lipid content which leads to dry and depleted skin. Babies and children don’t generally need moisturiser as their skin has a high lipid content, making it plump and smooth.

Moisturisers contain ingredients called ‘humectants’ to attract and bind moisture to the skin, ’emollients’ to soothe and soften it and ‘occlusives’ to form a protective barrier and prevent further moisture loss.

What should my moisturiser contain? Your moisturiser should contain a balance of emollients, occlusives and humectants to suit your skin type. You can tell what this balance is from the texture or ‘feel’ of a product. For instance, people with oily or acne-prone skin should avoid thick creams that feel heavy as they can cause further congestion. Evolu is known for light, easily absorbed creams that are still packed full of nourishment.

You should also look for ingredients which deliver benefits to your skin over and above just retaining moisture. Antioxidants are the most helpful as they can reverse damage that has already occurred and protect skin against further harm. There are lots of different types of antioxidants, and no single one is the best. Evolu moisturisers all contain a blend of antioxidants to make sure you’re getting the best possible nourishment.

What should it not contain? There have been red flags raised around many common skincare ingredients such as sulfates, parabens, phthalates and mineral oil. We choose not to use any of these as we’ve found safe, natural alternatives. We figure – why risk it if you don’t have to?

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