MOISTURIZERS & HYDRATORS 101:
When discussing topical hydration for the skin, we can use the terms moisturizer and hydrator interchangeably. For our purposes, there isn't really a difference but different product lines may use different terminology.
Most of us know that moisturizers refer to your face creams, but the term hydrator is more encompassing of what these products are actually doing. Not everyone thinks they need "moisture" but we can all get behind the idea that hydration is important for the skin.
HOW TO MOISTURIZE:
Moisturizer should be a part of every skin care routine, day or night. However many times a day you are doing skin care? That's how many times per day you should be using moisturizer. Use it after toner and serums but before your SPF. Though it will vary with the consistency of the product, a pea-size to dime-size amount is usually appropriate. If you end up with extra hydrator after applying to the face, you can always use the extra product on your neck or hands. Remember, they need love too!
Sometimes we might be tempted to skip moisturizer because we think it causes the skin to break out or become oily. In truth, moisturizer can actually help with these things. Although excess oil production can contribute to acne, so can a lack of hydration. If you don't provide your skin with enough of what it needs, it will figure out a way to make more oil on its own and can sometimes go haywire trying to overcompensate.
Additionally, dry acne can sometimes occur because the skin simply doesn't have enough hydration and becomes sluggish. When turnover slows down, buildup can occur, essentially trapping breakouts rather than allowing them to purge naturally.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
When it comes to hydrators, the most important thing is to choose one for your skin type. The ingredient deck on a moisturizer does require some nuance because ingredients that can irritate one skin type may actually benefit another. Shea butter is a great example of this. Acne prone types should avoid it, while dry or aging skin types can get great results from it. I encourage you to revisit determining your skin type when choosing a moisturizer.
It's also important to note that your moisturizer should utilize both oil and water ingredients. With face oils becoming a rising trend in skin care, more people are opting for a face oil instead of a traditional cream. However, we don't recommend this. Your skin needs the H20 ingredients and can become dehydrated if you only give it pure oil. Think of face oils as a supplement, not a substitute.
TIPS & TRICKS:
When applying moisturizer, did you know that it's best to apply it to skin that is slightly wet or better yet, freshly cleansed and toned? This ensures that it will be best-absorbed by your skin. After applying your toner (and any serums) you have about 60 seconds before product gets absorbed and your skin starts to dry out. This is especially true in a dry climate and/or during winter, because dry air can attract water away from your skin. By applying products quickly, you help protect your skin and lock hydration in.
For Oily/Acne Prone Skin
For Combination Normal Skin
For Dry/Aging Skin