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March 18, 2021
Here’s some real talk: the only skincare essentials you absolutely need are a good cleanser, a good sunscreen, and a good moisturiser.
Obviously, more is better, but if you’re on a budget and you need to stick to the basics - and we’ve all been there, loveliess, no shame in that - definitely don’t skimp on a cleanser, sunscreen, and a moisturiser. Not only will your skin get the basic protection that it needs, a good moisturiser can pretty much fix anyone’s problems, no matter what kind of skin you have or what kind of breakouts you’re dealing with. While not a miracle cure, a good moisturiser means soft, supple, and hydrated skin that glows from within.
We all know why sunscreen is important and why you can’t do without a cleanser - but moisturiser? Isn’t moisturiser just something you can replace with drinking lots of water and sunscreen?
Well, no. Actually, a moisturiser is a key step. A moisturiser keeps your skin from drying out, which leads to your skin producing more sebum, which leads to breakouts and acne. A moisturiser also acts as a barrier between your skin and pollutants in the air outside, such as car exhaust and pollution. As a result, it helps to reduce the risk that you have dire skin problems such as acne and severe breakouts.
Not sold yet? A moisturiser can also reduce the irritation you experience from wearing a mask daily as it acts as a cushion between your skin and the mask. If that doesn’t sell you on a moisturiser, we don’t know what will!
Depending on how dry or oily your skin is, a moisturiser can:
Obviously, your skin is your skin and you do you, but we very much encourage you to buy a moisturiser. The long-term benefits of moisturiser use will far, far outweigh the short-term, and while your skin can look its best now at 18 or 28, as you get older, your skin will start to show signs of aging. A good moisturiser can limit the signs of aging, and help keep your skin glowing, since it’s hard to hydrate skin without a moisturiser.
This is our wheelhouse! It’s super simple.
Well, sure! But different moisturisers might have properties that suit some skin types better than others. It’s always best to find products that will suit your skin.
We’re here to help you out, so here’s our cheat-sheet to figure out what’s the best moisturiser for you!
If you have oily skin, you’ll want a moisturiser with a gel formula, such as Payot Pate Gris Jour. This moisturiser absorbs quickly even on the oiliest of skin types, and helps limit the production of sebum to create a beautiful velvety finish that can double as a primer for makeup.
Payot Pate Gris Jour - €30.15
If you have dry skin, you’ll want a creamy moisturiser with a lot of hydrating ingredients. As the day wears on, your skin will lose the overnight hydration that your skincare routine from the previous evening put in, so it’s important to replenish your skin’s hydrating properties. La Cure Beaute’s moisturiser for dry skin is light and natural, and it’ll leave your skin feeling soft and rehydrated.
La Cure Beaute Grandma' Beauty Cream - €20.10
If you have dull skin, you’ll want a moisturiser with some brightening properties that will help minimise the appearance of blemishes and scarring! Pixi’s Vitamin C Lotion is perfect for this: the lotion’s blend of ingredients helps boost skin and leave it looking radiant for those no-makeup makeup looks.
Pixi Vitamin C Lotion - €31.00
If you have combination skin, it’s important to strike a decent balance between ‘hydrating’ and ‘not hydrating’. For this, we can’t rave enough about our Bio Phytorelax Sebum Aloe Vera Balancing Gel Cream. The gel-cream formula means that the dry sections of your skin and the oily sections of your skin will both get just the right amount of hydration, and aloe is a natural ingredient for preventing the over-production of sebum. It can reduce visible pores and irregularities, and control sebum production so your skin does not have that glazed-doughnut shine throughout the day.
Bio Phytorelax Sebum Balancing Gel Cream - €31.00
If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want a moisturiser that has little to no problematic ingredients and additives. La Cure Beauty’s multi-benefit rose cream gel detoxes and hydrates your skin, helping it maintain a natural glow. Ingredients such as chamomile are excellent for helping to soothe and calm sensitive skin that’s been recently irritated by another ingredient.
La Cure Beauty Multi-benefit Rose Cream Gel - €11.50
If you have aging skin, you’ll want a moisturiser that can help minimise the appearance of aging and boost collagen. We love Payot’s Roselift Collagene Jour Day Cream, which has damask rose as a collagen booster and toner.
Payot Roselift Collagene Jour Day Cream - €70.20
Your skin is your most important beauty secret and having good skin is key to creating those fire makeup looks we love to see from you, so please take care of it!
Have we missed your favourite product? Write in and let us know what your secret moisturing weapon is: we’re always on the hunt for the best of the best!
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