"Do you want to wash your face?" I asked my friend who, indeed, has a fettish with washing her face. "I mean, if you want to let me use some of your nice skincare stuff," she admitted, sheepishly. A chance to show off my skincare routine? You better bet I showed her the ropes. "I just have no idea where to start with my own," she added, as we both slathered castor oil all over our faces. Although I'm certainly no skincare expert, I had a response to her question, and, today, I'm going to respond, but focus strictly on the moisturizer category. I'm also aware that it's slightly ironic that I say I'm in no way qualified to write a post of this sort, but I am. Nevertheless, I think that I've finally blasted my moisturizer oblivion out of the water and finally have a grip on the constituents needed to nourish my skin, keep it clear, and nurse it back to it's baby state; maybe it's wishful thinking on the last part.
Some potions promise deep wrinkle release--when will skincare companies learn that this isn't the laundry business--brightening, tightening, or a clearer complexion. Although I don't think it hurts to use these varieties in the right situations, it's certainly not necessary. If you're looking to fix any of the above concerns, rely on a serum, not your moisturizer, for aid. Anyone can benefit from a moisturizer for sensitive skin, because it's really as gentle as it gets. The ingredients is the place you need to stand guard.
As a general rule of thumb, use a combination of humectants and emollient hydrators to get your skin back to health. Wow, it just got really chemistry-heavy, but, I'll simplify it for you. If you use oils, shea butter, or any type of lipid at all, that is an example of an emollient and they work by trapping moisture into the skin. They are certainly necessary, and they also help control surface oil by canceling the job that natural seeping oils would fix. But these emollients wouldn't work well without the help of humectants. Humectants come in the form of glycerin, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, among others, and they work by attracting moisture to the skin. Normally, they come in products labelled "oil-free," but that doesn't mean that people with dry skin can't use them, nor does it mean that oily skins can't use oils. Albeit, using a combination of these two in varied dosages based upon your skin will help nourish it back to health--or maintain its state if you're already successful in the complexion department. I use an emollient cream (The Organic Pharmacy Manuka Face Cream) in them morning and a humectant (the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer) at night, but you could also use a humectant serum and only an emollient cream, among other duos.
Hopefully, choosing a moisturizer is no longer so scary. Pointe shoes? I wish someone would write a blog on how to choose those.