Natural Skincare: Top 5 moisturising tips
Today’s busy lifestyle keeps us from taking proper care of our skin, leaving it looking dull, dry, and lifeless - for some this also means that pimples develop. Skin problems like these can make us feel unhappy, and we often get perturbed by the thought of becoming embarrassed by anyone that might notice.
It is essential to regularly take care of our skin as it’s the largest organ of our body. Our skin always signals if something is wrong, but we tend to ignore the signs as we fail to understand the requirements of truly healthy skin and how it can be stressed. When you’re got great skin it radiates and glows with vitality and youthfulness – that’s what we want!
We can help make our skin healthy by following these simple moisturising tips.
- Use a natural moisturiser
If we knew our body and skin well, we would surely understand the call of our skin – Natural Please! Most people these days use a moisturiser of some sort, but it pays to opt for a completely natural product, which will pay off in the long run, and it pays to stop for a second and learn how to make best use of your natural products.
Medical advisor Cynthia Cobb throws light on how our body works. She says that our body has its mechanics of moisturising our 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 cosmetics and harsh cleaners strip our skin of its natural sebum. The skin then becomes dry, tight, and damaged, and vulnerable to bacteria, pollution, and chemicals.
In order to prevent that damage, we need a good natural moisturiser. Natural moisturisers like Refreshing Citrus lotion and Nourishing Eye and face cream nurture the skin and help to bring back its lustre and balance.
2. Moisturise at least twice a day
How many times a day should we moisturise our skin? That depends upon the type of skin we have. 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, 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.
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.
Select your natural moisturisers by richness and weight
It is important to use the right weight cream based on 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 for you, 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: This is the time 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 cleanings 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 work at repairing 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 – 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.
- 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 still our 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 yet are able to penetrate deep into the skin to do their work.
- Use a moisturiser before make-up
The right natural moisturiser can also work as a primer, to help 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.
- 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, which is the thin outer layer of our skin, works as a barrier between the skin and the external environment. The dead skin on the epidermis does not let moisture reach the inner skin. Therefore, it’s always good to exfoliate with our Reviving Sea Salt Exfoliant and then moisturise. This allows the skin to breathe, hydrate and better receive the benefits of all of the natural, organic and wild harvested ingredients in our New Zealand natural skin care products.
Think vibrant skin and long-term health!