Sunday, 5 January 2014

#TheSkinProject - Moisturise

Welcome to my seventh post of #TheSkinProject - founded and set up by myself. 

Catch up, and take a look at the topics each week...
#TheSkinProject - Wanna Get Involved?
#TheSkinProject | My Skin
#TheSkinProject | Cleansing
#TheSkinProject | Exfoliate
#TheSkinProject | Toning

#TheSkinProject | Serums
#TheSkinProject | Eye Creams
#TheSkinProject | Face Masks & Treatments (coming Jan 12th)
#TheSkinProject | Anti-Ageing (coming Jan 19th)
#TheSkinProject | Q&A with Skincare Expert (coming Jan 26th)
#TheSkinProject Awards (coming Feb 2nd)

So let's talk Moisturising...


 cream that you put on your skin to stop it from becoming dry:

What is a Moisturiser?
Moisturisers are usually creamy based cosmetics that, in short; soften, protect, prevent and improve.
It can prevent the skin becoming too dry or at the other end of the scale; too oily. It can help keep the skin soft, supple and well hydrated. Or it may soothe and protect sensitive skin. 
Moisturising should be the final, finishing step to your skincare routine, both morning and night.

Why is Moisturising important?
Your skin is the largest organ on your body, so it's pretty important to keep it healthy by protecting it every day. It goes through a lot of abuse from the likes of weather, poor diet, pollution, sun damage, etc. particularly the skin on your face. So it needs a bit of TLC!
Everyday stresses and environmental elements drain the moisture from our skin so it's important to get the moisture and nourishment back in. When your skin lacks moisture, it can become dry which can lead to fast cell turnover, when cells shed too fast this can lead to your skin becoming flaky and dull. Moisturisers can help repair the skin and increase moisture levels by building a barrier to discourage water loss. 
Most moisturisers SHOULD contain sun protection, so you're protecting your skin from sun damage and harmful UV rays, all year round.
Applying a moisturiser stimulates the skin, improving blood circulation which improves collagen levels, which helps prevent signs of ageing. It also works as a great primer for your make up, allowing a much more even skin tone, a flawless base and your make up will last a lot longer!
Moisturising is a vital part of skincare. Remember though, using a great moisturiser with amazing benefits is wasted unless you've cleansed and prepped your skin with a good skin care routine first, to allow the moisturiser to sink into your skin and get working!

There are many different kinds of moisturiser on the market, so it can seem quite overwhelming when choosing one right for you. Find one that will suit your skin type, and then what it is you're wanting from the moisturiser... an everyday moisture boost? Something anti-ageing? Something for especially dry skin? Don't be afraid to shop around, ask for samples and test a few out!

Moisturising is something I have done, for years. Yet, I was unaware of what a waste it was just slapping the moisturiser on without starting with a good skincare routine first. I'd spend a fortune on a decent moisturiser that promised the world, but it wasn't going to do any good if my skin wasn't cleansed and prepped ready to receive it!
My skin is combination and a little sensitive at times so I always take this into account when choosing a moisturiser,  but I've never really had any problems, I know what I like and what works but I like to try out different moisturisers from time to time. I LOVE a night cream! I tend to buy rich, anti-ageing night creams so they can get to work while I'm asleep. Applying a rich night cream in the evenings after taking off the days make up feels amazing! My favourite ever night creams are Chanel Ultra Correction Line Repair Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream (£84.00) [it's not often I can justify splashing out on that though, unfortunately!] and at the other end of the scale Soap & Glory's Night In Shining Armour Night Cream (£13.00) was amazing, but they've recently discontinued it and in it's place they've released Soap & Glory's Beauty Sleep Accelerator (£13.00), which I've heard is just as good - I'll have to give it a go and judge for myself!

In the mornings I'm currently using MAC's Studio Moisture Cream (£24.50). I was a bit dubious about trying skincare from MAC. I'm a HUGE MAC fan, but they specialise in great make up, I assumed that branching out into skincare was just a money making thing. But I hold my hands up, it's a great product. It's a rich, creamy moisturiser that contains lots of yummy, skin nourishing ingredients such as passion fruit, spinach leaf, green tea and algae. It's quite light on the skin though, and the best thing about it, I think, is that it provides a quick drying base ready for make up. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and silky smooth.

My current night cream is Dr Nick Lowe's The Secret Is Out Lifting Cream (£28.00). I had originally bought this as a day cream but I found it quite rich and thick in consistency and would take a good while to fully sink into my skin, so I moved it to night time as it was much more suitable as a night cream. It's a nice product and I've enjoyed using it, but I'm not sure I'd re-purchase. 

So, that's my take on Moisturiser. Join me next week to talk Face Masks & Treatments
Remember to use the Twitter hashtag #TheSkinProject to read more Moisturiser posts from the other bloggers taking part in this project.

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1 comment

  1. Great post! Moisturising is the most important part of skincare. I began at 15 because I had dry skin and it has paid off.

    Jasmine xx For a Real Woman


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