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Why using the correct moisturiser for your skin is vital

Published: Thu September 21, 2017
Categories: The Myth Minx

Being in the skincare industry, Myth Minx watches as people splurge on multiple correcting serums (or make-up products) only to scrimp when it comes to their moisturiser. 
It’s easy to think that any old moisturiser will do the job but that couldn’t be further from the truth. 

For those not in the know, your trusty moisturiser serves a wide range of much needed purposes:

  • Maintains a healthy barrier function (this is a fundamental for healthy skin)
  • Prevents TEWL (trans epidermal water loss) – signs of TEWL include fine lines, 
  • wrinkles, loose or sagging skin, rough skin texture, dullness or even puffiness
  • Prevents skin sensitivity or irritation 
  • Maintains your skins immune function
  • Ensures your complexion stays soft, supple and hydrated

So we know we should be using a moisturiser but does it really matter which one we use? As a matter of fact, it most certainly does. Moisturisers are usually formulated to cater for different skin types: dry skin, oily skin & diffused redness. This is because different skin types have their own individual needs, for example, dry skin needs more oil whereas oily skin has a tendency for dehydration (needing more water). Long story short, let’s not assume your mums moisturiser is just as good for your skin.

This then begs the questions, which skin type are you? Check out our few quick references below, if you’re not too sure:

Dry Skin

Feels: rough, uneven and sometimes tight. Dry skin can be prone itchiness and occasionally a hot sensation (little resistance to climatic extremes and artificial environments such as central heating).

Looks: Skin can appear blotchy and dull in appearance. Pigmentation and redness is common and the skin is easily sensitised. Dry skin has a very a matte appearance and lacks suppleness. We often see an uneven texture and over the cheek area, featuring reddish patches with fine capillaries visible. Milia may also be seen. 

Oil production: minimal oil secretions creating the matte appearance.

True dry skin types tend to show the signs of ageing faster than their oilier counterparts so their moisturisers should incorporate additional anti-ageing properties. 

Oily Skin

Feels: slick and oily to touch, with the best area to test for excessive oil being the forehead, nose and chin. Oily skin may be thicker in texture showing more visible dilated pores through the T zone.

Looks: sallow and tired with sheen. As expected, oily skin typically have a tendency towards congestion, blackheads and blemishes. Scarring may be evident along with open pores. It’s possible to have underlying redness (due to over treatment with harsh skincare to reduce excess oil). 

Oil production: is usually excessive, particularly through the T-zone, neck, décolleté and even on the back between the shoulder blades.

True oily skin can have trouble holding make up but interestingly is the least common skin type.

Diffused Redness

Feels: fine textured and can mark or scar easily. Sensitivity is common and can be due to allergic reactions to specific substances. 

Looks: Permanent high colour or blotchy, red and flushed through to neck and décolleté. The nose cheeks and chin are usually the common areas displaying more redness. This skin type ages quickly and can be congested or blemished.

Oil production: Usually minimal, but may be oily. 

What about ‘combination’ skin types you’re wondering? Combination skin (oily through T-zone only) usually represents dehydration in the skin, so you would be selecting a moisturiser that caters to water dry skin, infusing moisture and hydration (not necessarily the thickest moisturiser on the block). 

Now just because we know your skin type that doesn’t mean you religiously use the same moisturiser for the rest of your life. While our skin type won’t change over our lifetime, ageing and lifestyle factors will affect our skin condition, so the moisturiser that was once perfect for your skin may no longer meet your changed requirements as the years go by. There are several factors why your moisturiser may need to change over the years:

  • Age; oil production will decline with age resulting in drier skin
  • Medications (some medications will reduce oil production) 
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Drastic climate change (moving from warm weather with high humidity to cold, dry environment)
  • Illnesses

MM helps match your skin type with the best moisturiser for you:

Moisture Defence Normal Skin 

  • Designed for combination skin of all ages, diffused redness and those experiencing dehydration
  • Increases moisture in the skin without clogging through the use of powerful humectants such as hyaluronic acid 
  • Improves overall texture and the appearance of lines
  • Botanical extracts and antioxidants (Kakadu plum and Canadian willowherb) protect skin cells against pollution via antioxidant activity and reduce redness
  • Ideal light-weight anti-ageing moisturiser for those who have sufficient oil in their skin

Moisture Defence Ultra Dry 

  • Designed for lipid dry skin and those experiencing premature ageing
  • Possesses rich nourishing properties which act as occlusive emollients to smooth rough, flaky skin
  • Ideal for those with reactive skin conditions (such as eczema or dermatitis) with calming attributes from oat extract
  • Formulated specifically for mature skin with biomimetic peptides to; firm, tighten and lift the skin

Moisture Defence Oily Skin 

  • Designed for oily and acne-prone skin
  • Essential for oily skin to prevent dehydration or an impaired barrier (which can actually exacerbate oil production)
  • Unique ingredient complex of zinc, vitamin B3 and caffeine to reduce excess oil 
  • Botanical extracts to decongest and exfoliate the follicle 
  • Ingredient medley work synergistically to reduce the likelihood of future breakouts 
  • Delivers a mattifying effect to the complexion

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