The right facial moisturizer can help you maintain a healthy balance in your skin’s oils without causing it to become too dry or oily. A good moisturizer can also help prevent common skin issues like acne, redness, and irritation.
It’s crucial to know your skin type before choosing a moisturizer. Are you dry, sensitive, acne-prone, oily, combination, or balanced? You can then determine whether your skin needs hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic and squalane or lipids such as ceramides or fat acids. Our Skin Health Experts are available to assist you if you’re new at moisturizing or want to improve your skincare routine with products of higher quality that show visible results.
Moisturizing is important
Moisturizing the skin offers many benefits. Most importantly, it protects your healthy skin cells from irritation and damage. Your skin produces extra oil to compensate for the loss of hydration when it is dehydrated. This excessive production of fats can cause damage to the skin barrier, clog pores, and eventually lead to breakouts. You can improve your complexion and reduce these skin issues by moisturizing. The correct moisturizer type is essential for proper skin hydration. You can choose the best moisturizer for your skin by learning the differences among the three types.
There are three types of moisturizers: humectants (which attract moisture), emollients (which hydrate skin), and occlusives.
EmollientsAre an everyday moisturizer that fills the cracks on your skin’s barrier. This creates a soft and smooth complexion.
Humectants – These are often found as gels and work by drawing the moisture up to your top layer of skin.
Occlusives: The most intense form of moisturizing. An occlusive moisturizing product creates a thick protection barrier, which minimizes water loss.
For maximum moisture, many facial moisturizers contain emollients and humectants. Anti-aging creams often contain occlusives applied to thicker-skinned body areas, such as the feet, knees, elbows, and hands.
When should each type be used
Your skin will benefit from knowing when to apply each type of moisturizer.
Use of Humectants
Oily skin type is the ideal skin type
Humectants can be used to moisturize your skin. Humectants, for maximum hydration, are best combined with other moisturizers such as emollients or occlusives.1 They’re, therefore, most commonly used in products that contain hyaluronic acids, glycerins, propylene glycols, aloe veras, sorbitols, and alpha hydroxy acids. The Glow Moisturizer contains glycolic acid, lactic acid, and other ingredients to reveal a glowing, smoother complexion.
When to Use Emollients
Ideal skin type: Normal, combination, dry, and oily skin.
Emollients are one of the most essential types of moisturizers. They help soften and smooth the skin by restoring the cracks within the skin barrier. These cracks are repaired to minimize water loss and act as a lubricant in many skincare products. Emollients can be used on most skin types but should only be applied sparingly to oily skin. Emollients can be too heavy for oily skin and cause breakouts. Pair emollients and other moisturizing products that contain occlusive properties or humectants. KateCeuticals ™ Total Repair Cream is a product that does precisely that. It combines a hyaluronic (humectant) with salicylic (emollient) to create an anti-aging cream that moisturizes, smoothes, and replenishes skin within a week.