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