Why Bother With A Day Cream?
Choose A Day Cream Suited To Your Skin Type
- If you have dry skin that's tight or flaky during winter, go for an ultra-moisturising and nourishing cream to make up for your skin's lack of sebum. Apply creamy textures that quickly penetrate skin without leaving behind a greasy film.
- For normal and combination skin (shiny T-zone, normal elsewhere), apply a mattifying moisturiser. Choose a light, fluid cream that won't suffocate your skin.
- Oily skin (shiny all over) also needs moisturising! Opt for a day cream that will nourish, balance out sebum production and mattify your complexion. Stick to light textures so that you don't overload your skin.
- Sensitive skin (red patches, irritations, allergic) needs a gentle touch, so choose hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic creams that won't provoke flare-ups.
The Sensual Side Of Day Creams
My Day Cream: Do I Need UV Protection?
UV Protection: The Best Anti-Ageing Strategy
UVA rays are especially dangerous as they are present all day long, all year round. We often forget that 50% of our annual dose of UVA comes from the non-summer period. This is why it is so important (if we want to prevent premature ageing and the appearance of dark spots, that is) to apply a day cream with SPF whose sun protection system is balanced in UVB and UVA filters as soon as the weather starts to get brighter.
What If My Skin Only Needs Protection Now And Again?
If you live somewhere with little sunshine, if you are not often exposed to the sun outside or through a window, if you wear make up every day... For any of these situations, the solution may be occasional sun protection that fits your skin type and the weather conditions.
When Should I Apply My Skin Care With SPF?
- On the weekend or on a day off, when you start catching the sun on the end of your nose,
- In the summer in the city every day, when the sun is here to stay.
What Kind Of Anti UV Filters Does My Day Cream Contain?
Get The Most Out Of Your Face Cream
Moisturisers work a treat. But how can we get the most out of their skin-pampering power?
Clean skin better absorbs active ingredients in our skincare products. Grime, make up and pollutants can prevent ingredients from doing their job, making them less effective. In other words, they can alter our skin's biological mechanisms.
Regular scrubbing reduces the number of skin-dulling dead cells. By removing dead skin cells, our epidermis is able to soak up active ingredients, for a deeper action. How often you should scrub, depends on your skin type and its sensitivity.
Improve your blood flow
Boost your blood flow by massaging your face with your fingers or a mechanical/electrical brush designed to kick-start your circulation with its bristles. It'll wake up your complexion and slightly warm up your skin, allowing active ingredients to easily penetrate its surface. Cell metabolism and exchange improves, meaning your cream's ingredients will be more effective. They'll be soaked up in a flash!
Choose the right ingredients for skincare
There's no point in investing in skincare treatments that your skin doesn't need. Our skin responds better to active ingredients that it craves. Think nourishing for dry skin, firming for sagging skin, anti-wrinkle for older skin, brightening for age spots and mattifying for shiny skin. That said, all skin types need moisturising active ingredients! Moisturisers plump up skin tissue and leave the stratum corneum porous enough for active ingredients to penetrate the epidermal barrier. But there's no need to slather it on. A dollop's enough to moisturise your face and neck.
Opt for a suitable texture
Go for textures that suit your skin type: gel or fluid for greasy or combination skin, light creams for normal skin and richer formulae for dry skin. Choosing the right texture lets your skin bathe in your moisturiser's goodness.
Article supplied & written by Marie Claire, part of Hearst Communications, Inc
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