Updated: Feb 22
How often should I moisturize? Can I moisturize if I have oily skin? Find all the solutions here.
We’re dedicated to helping women find their perfect moisturizer. To do that, we need to know what women really think. So, we gathered search engines’ most popular results to answer them once and for all. And with questions like “how does a moisturizer work?” showing up as one of the top-searched questions, it looks like we have a lot of work to do! Let’s dive right in.
How does a moisturizer work?
What makes a moisturizer different from other skincare? Firstly, it needs to contain both humectant (such as Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, AHA) and occlusive agents (such as Jojoba Seed Oil) - the former to draw in moisture, and the latter to retain it. When a moisturizer is applied on your skin, humectants draw water from your dermis up to your epidermis, this helps give your skin a plump and supple look. In contrast, occlusive agents do not love water - but this actually helps your skin because when a moisturizer is applied, it sits right on the surface of your skin as a protective layer to prevent water in your skin from evaporating and escaping. Pretty interesting, right?
How many times do I apply a moisturizer?
It’s good practice to apply a moisturizer twice a day, once in the day and once at night. This should be done immediately after you shower to help your skin lock in the moisture. While some moisturizers are targeted for specific day (hydrate and protect) and night (correct and regenerate) uses, we recommend investing in one like the Cell Regenerate Gel Cream or Brightening Moisturizing Cream.
The Cell Regenerate Gel Cream contains resveratrol, an antioxidant (in the form of Black Mulberry Extracts) that slows down the signs of aging, while squalane increases collagen production and promotes cell repair. Use the Brightening Moisturizing Cream on alternating nights to further amp up your glow—it’s formulated with Vitamins Complex and the skin brightener, Arbutin, for glowy and bouncy skin.
Will a moisturizer clog my pores/cause acne?
As long as you use the right moisturizer—absolutely not! Different moisturizers are catered to different skin types to ensure they receive the nutrients they need. If you’re worried a moisturizer being too rich and clogging your pores, opt for one like the Ultra Pore Refiner, it is a non-greasy, non-drying milky gel formula that’s formulated with Niacinamide to control oil production, prevent and clear clogged pores, while promoting increased hydration, collagen and elastin.
Will using a moisturizer help oily skin?
The idea of using a moisturizer on oily skin may seem absurd, but oily skin is not safe from the effects of dehydration and dullness. Plus, dry skin tends to encourage increased oil production—which means more breakouts. Save yourself the drama and just use a moisturizer for your skin type instead!
(Read more: Moisturizers and Oily Skin - Do They Gel?)
Which moisturizer is best for dry skin?
Dry skin need a little more TLC than normal or combination skin. Get a moisturizer with ingredients that target dryness like chamomile flower extracts, cucumber extracts and calendula (found in the Ultra Moisturizing Repair Gel).
Which moisturizer is best for combination skin?
Combination skin, as its name suggests, has a combo of different needs. The best part? This skin type is receptive to a variety of products so you harness the benefits of your own unique concoction.
Coveting young and healthy-looking skin? Multi-moisturize by using two different moisturizer variants—the Ultra Moisturizing Repair Gel and Cell Regenerate Gel Cream provide supple, rejuvenated and youthful skin when used separately, day and night.
Can moisturizing prevent wrinkles?
The saying “prevention is better than cure” has never been truer—moisturizing can indeed prevent wrinkles. Ingredients like Geranium Oil (found in the Cell Regenerate Gel Cream) and Niacinamide (found in the Ultra Pore Refiner) can minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
What moisturizer should I use when pregnant?
Good skincare for pregnant ladies is a must—it’s an easy way of giving themselves a wonderful pick-me-up! For the mum-to-be, you can select anything from the Ultra Pore Refiner Anti-Blemish Night Cream to increase hydration, to the Glow Renew Essence Toner during the postpartum period—a great multifunctional product when you’re busy after baby pops! The Moisturizers Co. products are safe for use during pregnancy—however, be sure to always consult a doctor if you’re unsure!
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About us: The Moisturizers Co. is a skincare company with a niche in targeted moisturizers of the highest quality and efficacy—combining natural botanical and clinical-grade actives in advanced skincare formulations that penetrate deeper to deliver high performance actives into skin. They allow busy urban women to enjoy quality skincare that has proven to deliver real results. Products are manufactured under strict GMP-certified conditions, free from parabens, silicones, alcohol, with zero animal testing.