Natural Skincare: Top 5 moisturising tips
Today’s busy lifestyle keeps us from taking proper care of our skin, leaving it look dull, dry, and lifeless which further leads to skin problems. We don't feel happy when our skin has such problems and we get perturbed by the thought of feeling embarrassed by anyone that might notice.
It is therefore essential to take care of our skin, which is the largest organ of our body. It always signals us before any big skin problem, but we tend to ignore these signals as we fail to understand the requirements of a truly healthy skin.
Great skin always radiates with vitality and youthfulness, which can be achieved by following these 5 moisturising tips.
1. Use a natural moisturiser
Completely natural products pay off in the long run. Let's see how to make the best use of natural moisturiser.
But before we know the benefits of 100% natural moisturiser, let us learn how our body functions and why we need to moisturise our skin. Medical advisor Cynthia Cobb throws light on the subject. She says that our body has its mechanics of moisturising the skin by producing sebum--a waxy and oily substance, which helps prevent water evaporation from the skin.
Now if our body moisturises the skin, why do we need an external moisturiser?
That’s because extreme weather conditions, unhealthy diet, pollution, stress, and use of chemical-based skin care and personal care products strip our skin of its natural sebum (waxy substance). Once that sebum is lost, our skin's moisture is easily lost to the environment leaving it dry, tight, damaged, and vulnerable to bacteria, pollution, and chemicals.
That dry and damaged skin needs to be treated well with 100% natural skin care products so that no further damage is done to the skin. We first need to exfoliate with New Zealand sea salt exfoliant to removes dead and dry skin. The New Zealand sea salt releases minerals like Magnesium into our skin after adding water to it leaving our skin feel relaxed and fresh. Click here to see what sea salt exfoliant does to our skin and why we should use natural exfoliants.
After getting rid of the dead skin, we now need to moisturise it with right natural moisturiser like Refreshing Citrus lotion, which is for oily to dry skin, and Nourishing Eye and face cream, which is dry to super dry skin. They both are high in antioxidants and vitamins as they are made from wild superfruits like camu camu, acai, rose hip oil, grape seed oil, and other natural ingredients. These moisturisers not only moisturise our skin but also nurture it and help bring back its lustre and balance.
2. Moisturise at least twice a day
How many times a day should we moisturise our skin? Well, it depends upon the type and the present condition of our skin. Food has a major effect on our skin. Specially, junk and fast foods make our skin deficient in nutrients. A high sugar diet disrupts the blood sugar levels, imbalances the hormones in our body and increases sebum levels boosting acne production, according to Natalie Butler.
Hormones like androgens, produced by adrenal glands and ovaries or testes are responsible for regulating sebum production in our body. These glands are linked to our brain. More active androgens produce more sebum resulting in acne skin, according to Cynthia Cobb.
More sebum production also leads to oily skin. So, does oily skin need to be moisturised?
According to Dendy Engelman, a dermatologist in New York City, moisturising oily skin is as important as moisturising dry skin, as moisturising helps protect the skin from the external environment, inflammation, and damage.
Skincare experts suggest that everyone should moisturise at least twice a day irrespective of the type of skin we have—once in the morning and once at night.
3. Select natural moisturisers by richness and weight
It is important to use the right weight cream based on the skin type. While dryer skin needs richer creams, oiler skin on the other hand needs lighter weight creams.
Morning: It’s good to nourish the skin with the right weight moisturiser before leaving home and starting out the day. In this way, we not only moisturise but also protect the skin throughout the day from external elements. A day cream should be lighter to mid weight and have natural sun protecting ingredients like shea nut butter or carrot oil, which help to protect the skin from the suns' UV rays.
Night: Night time is when our skin (both dry and oily) may have lost its lustre and needs extra overnight rejuvenation. Moisturising our skin with the right natural moisturiser after cleaning with silky olive oil cleanser, can replenish the skin with moisture, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. This is when it’s good to use creams containing higher and richer concentrations of natural oils like Sweet Almond Oil, Acai Oil, Calendula Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Rosehip Oil, and Tamanu Oil, which help repaire the skin as we sleep.
Apart from using a moisturiser both day and night, we need to observe our skin’s requirements. If our skin is dry, we should moisturise it again – especially if exposed to very cold weather which can be harsh on the skin. This is when heavier creams can also be used during the day to create more of a barrier to the elements.
4. Choose the right moisturiser for your skin type
Oily skin types should use a very light natural moisturiser like Refreshing Citrus Lotion which has naturally occurring vitamin C, antioxidants, and an all active ingredient profile. This super-light-weight but nutrient rich moisturiser has super star ingredients like camu camu, a wild harvested superfruit that leaves oily skin refreshed and balanced, carrot oil, organic aloe vera, and organic rosehip oil to name a few of the goodies.
On the contrary, dryer skin types, should use slightly richer formulated creams such as our Nourishing Eye and Face Cream, or even richer likel Rejuvenating Face Superfood, both are formulated with antioxidants from acai oil along with a full range of other active ingredients and are equipped with a natural preservative system. These products give the skin a plumpness by penetrating deep into the skin to do their work.
The right natural moisturiser can also work as a primer, which helps prevent synthetic chemicals of make-up from entering the deeper layers of the skin. Moisturising first with our Refreshing Citrus Lotion provides a perfect mat smooth finish to apply makeup to, while providing the skin a layer of nutrition.
5. Don’t apply moisturisers to dull or dead skin
We tend to apply moisturiser straight onto dry skin, which has dead skin cells. According to Healthline, the epidermis is the thin outer layer of our skin and it works as a barrier between the inner skin and the external environment. The dead skin on the epidermis does not let moisture reach the inner skin.
Therefore, it’s always recommended to exfoliate with Reviving Sea Salt Exfoliant and then moisturise the skin. This process makes the skin fresh, hydrated and radiant. Think vibrant skin and long-term health benefits!