We all know how important it is to look after our skin. Our skin needs a lot of water to look and feel its best. To regenerate it completely, we tend to turn to products that promise to nourish and moisturise. In reality, many of us have assumed that skin hydration and nutrition mean the same thing, but there is a difference. To make it easier for you, we've broken it down so you can give your skin the attention it deserves and better understand skincare terminology.
A moisturiser VS A cream nourishing
The difference between a moisturiser and a nourishing cream lies in the action or actions targeted. The first thing to know is that moisturisers, also known as humectants, reintroduce moisture into the skin. They are ideal for combating dehydration, preventing the signs of ageing and protecting the skin from the harmful effects of the environment. Moisturising involves keeping the skin moist and comfortable. It may involve increasing the skin's water or lipid content, or both. Moisturising the skin also helps to prevent the signs of ageing and protect against environmental damage. Dryness and/or dehydration can also be treated. Our skin is pretty impressive and works hard to maintain itself, but we can help it work more efficiently by choosing the right ingredients in our skincare products. Humectants increase moisture content by attracting and binding water from the air and transporting it to the skin layers. Nourishing ingredients or oils help restore the skin's natural lipid content and prevent water loss. Healthy skin needs both water and oil to be balanced and have an adequate barrier function.
What does your skin need?
cleaned. Note how the skin feels and looks. Is your skin dull overall? Do you notice any dry, scaly patches? All these elements are important in determining your skin's needs. If your skin is dry and seems to have lost its natural oils, you will probably notice flaky patches. You need to restore them by regularly using a moisturising cream designed to replenish skin lipids.
A balanced formula will also include nourishing actives. Look for ingredients such as shea butter, avocado oil and Inca Inchi oil to nourish and replenish skin. On the other hand, if your skin looks and feels dehydrated, you'll need to add water by using humectants. Without moisturisers in your regime, your skin is likely to look dull and feel tight, which is never a good thing. What's more, any skin type can be dehydrated and benefit from hydration. It's a good idea to also include nourishing ingredients to counteract water loss. To combat dehydration, your moisturising cream should contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and PCA.