When you wander the aisles of your favorite health and beauty store, you are probably amazed by the sheer numbers of available moisturisers. Each of them claims to be better than the other, and they all seem to have specific ingredients that might be challenging to understand. But when it comes down to choosing the right moisturizer, it is the texture that we should look for, because this is what makes it feel right on our skin. What types of moisturiser textures are there and why should we choose one over the other?
A moisturising cream tends to have a denser texture than others and is ideal if your skin is particularly prone to dry patches or flaky bits. The texture is usually quite firm and you may find that this type of moisturiser will take a little blending to penetrate the skin. Night creams are often thicker as they are richer in oils and ideal for the time of the day when you don’t wear make-up. Creams are usually sold in pots, but can also be packed in tubes.
This type of moisturiser is a lightweight, usually oil-free formula. Such a type of moisturiser is perfect for skins that are oily or prone to breakouts. A gel moisturiser is also a good idea during the summer months when your skin may sweat. Once your gel moisturiser dries on your skin, it becomes a perfect base for your makeup. You will usually find this moisturiser in a squeezy tube.
A lotion is a type of moisturiser that usually comes in a bottle and should be shaken well before use, as the liquid may separate. While you may use a lotion on your face, there are also moisturising lotions for your body. The formula is richer than a gel but not as rich as a cream. Lotion moisturisers are as good as all other moisturisers.
All types of moisturisers can contain sun protection, but SPF is usually added in body lotions and face creams. It is very important to choose a moisturiser that contains sunscreen, especially when it is summer and you stay outdoors during the day. A cream with broad spectrum SPF can be applied under your makeup and offer good protection for a whole day. A lotion may need to be reapplied throughout the day to your body for maximum coverage.
Considering the benefits of every type of moisturiser, we advise you to try out different types and identify the one that best meets your skin needs. Don’t forget during the summer months to always choose a moisturiser with an SPF of at least 15 – preferably more – to protect your skin from melanoma or other sun damage.