When it comes to beauty, it is necessary to put the tiniest detail into consideration.
Sure whenever you want to get your beauty products, you consider your skin type, skin tone, price, brand and the likes. This is because you do not want to buy a beauty product that might affect your skin negatively.
The same goes for moisturizers. Remember it is not all about getting a moisturizing cream but getting the right moisturizing cream.
But, do not worry; I am here to help you through the process.
Basically, moisturizers help to keep your skin moist.
Moisturizers are needed even more during windy seasons like harmattan and dry seasons. This is because during this period, it is easy for your skin to get dry and cracked. With moisturizers, your skin has a healthy supply of moisture retained in the body.
This is how it works: Water is easily evaporated from the skin and when it does, your skin becomes dry. What moisturizers do is; they trap in moisture in your skin, preventing water from evaporating. Some moisturizers help to restore lost moisture on the outer layer of the skin.
Whether it is a moisturizing lotion or cream, you can be rest assured that your body gets all the moisture it needs
Moisturizing lotion or moisturizing cream?
Before you make any decisions, you should know that the word “moisturizer” is a broad name. There are moisturizing creams and lotions. Though they are all called moisturizers, they have different effects on the skin.
First, you have to understand that the two most important ingredients in moisturizers are oil and water. What makes the difference between lotions and cream is the quantity of water and oil used in the mixture.
Moisturizing creams have more oily content.
They feel greasy when you rub them on your skin. They prevent water from escaping your skin pores by acting as a barrier over your skin.
Body lotions on the other hand are less oily.
They contain more water and less oil. Since they are less sticky, they are quickly absorbed into the skin. They do not prevent moisture from escaping your skin pores. Instead, they restore lost moisture to your skin.
However, it is better you use moisturizing creams during the harmattan and dry seasons when your skin gets dry quickly.
When the rainy season comes, moisturizing lotions are the best option. If you have a naturally dry skin, you could use creams but if you have an oily skin, moisturizing lotions is your best choice.
What should your moisturizer contain?
Now that you know what kind of moisturizer you need, it’s time to head to a beauty store! You should however be careful when deciding what particular moisturizing cream or lotion you want to buy.
With every moisturizer you pick, you need to go to the ingredient list. Every brand would tell you that their product is good but you can only tell if it is true by checking the items that make up the product. Here is a list of what a good moisturizer should contain:
The major reason why your skin gets dry so easily is because it has been exposed to the sun. Antioxidants act as a shield. They protect the surface of your skin from the sun. They also shield your skin from unfavourable weather conditions. Basically, they are your skin’s protector.
There are numerous antioxidants. Some of which include: vitamin E, vitamin C, ferulic acid, licorice extract, grape extract, green tea extract, etc.
Remember; your moisturizer should have more than one antioxidant.
2. Stable oils
There are two major stable oils; saturated and monounsaturated oils. They are called stable because after decomposing, they do not get easily spoilt or develop an unpleasant smell. The longer unstable oils (polyunsaturated oils) stay in a jar, the worse they get.
I guess I don’t need to stress what bad oil does to the skin.
Examples of stable oils include: coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, marula oil, etc.
Preservatives are important especially if your moisturizer contains water.
If not well preserved, bacteria and mould begins to grow in the moisturizer, and this in turn would cause skin irritation.
Preservatives such as sodium benzoate, ethanol, tea tree, gluconolactone, dehydroacetic acid, etc. are okay.
As long as they are non-toxic synthetics, food grade preservatives, essential oils and derived from plants, they are good to go.
Emollients are lubricants that soften your skin.
Whether it is thick or not, emollients fill in little gaps within rough skin cells, and this helps to make the skin smooth. Emollients include oils such as fatty acids, borage oil, linoleic oil, sunflower oil, etc.
5. No Fragrance
It is better to get a moisturizer that has no fragrance because fragrance might cause skin irritations. Or even allergic reactions.
This is very important if you have a sensitive skin.
If you see ingredients such as: geraniol, cinnamic aldehyde, isoeugenol, eugenol, etc, please run away! They cause fragrance allergies.
6. Skin replenishing agent
A moisturizer is useless if it cannot revitalize and hydrate your skin.
This is why it is important to look out for ingredients that help replenish the skin. They make your skin look soft and smooth. They are a must for every moisturizer.
They include: ceramides, glycerol, salicylic acid, silicones, alpha hydroxyl, acidsodium PCA, etc.
(Though I’m always wary of silicone though.)
You need to know that there are no specific ingredients that can be tagged the best. But with these, you should be able to have an idea of what to expect in your ideal moisturizer.
Good Moisturizers You Can Buy
It is time to start shopping. Here are some moisturizers you might want to try out:
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion
Aveeno moisturizing lotion is made from oatmeal and other rich emollients. Oatmeal protects the skin from harsh weather conditions. It has no fragrance and it is non-greasy. With Aveeno, you can expect significant results within two weeks.
Ingredients: colloidal oatmeal, dimethicone, cetyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol, distearyldimonium chloride, glycerin, isopropyl palminate, petrolatum, water and sodium chloride.
It is available at online stores, like Amazon, Konga and Jumia.
Cantu Hydrating Body Moisturizer
Cantu body moisturizer is enriched with Shea butter, cocoa butter and vitamin E. It not only replenishes the skin but gives you an even tone. It also heals broken skin. It is lightweight, so it easily absorbs into your skin. It is free of mineral oil and parabens (dangerous preservative).
Ingredients: water, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, shea butter, seed butter, vitamin E, dimethicone, sodium hydroxide, ceteareth-20, soya bean oil, hydrolyzed jojoba esters and disodium EDTA.
It is also available in online stores
NOTE: The 2 above moisturizers contain dimethicone. If your skin is oily or you’re prone to acne, you might want to avoid any product that contains dimethicone.
Karin Herzog Oxygen Body Moisturizer
Karin Herzog body moisturizer contains 3% oxygen that helps to detoxify the skin. It has no fragrance. It also contains nourishing vitamins that restores dry and cracked skins to normal. It is an advanced skin renewal treatment.
Ingredients: aqua, paraffinum liquidum, glycerin, stearyl alcohol, polysorbate 20, sesamum indicum and chamomilla recutita.
We’ve found this moisturizer in major Nigerian online stores too.
Ultimate Organic Moisturizer
It is enriched with natural organic produce that leaves the skin smooth, soft and radiant. It also revitalizes dry skin. It is lightweight, so it absorbs easily. It dilutes fine lines and repairs rough skin.
Ingredients: aloe, vitamin E, coconut oil, almond and ginseng extract.
It is also available at online stores.
Avena Hand and Body Moisturizing Cream
This product helps to improve skin elasticity and softness.
It works with all skin types; oily, rough smooth, sensitive, or dry.
It could be used to treat elderly or baby skin. It also provides the nutrition needed for a healthy skin.
Ingredients: aqua water, cetyl alcohol, isopropyl myristate, cetearyl octanoate, glycerin, carbomer, avena sativa (oats), methyl, linalool, coumarin, benzyl salicylate, propylparaben and methylparaben.
It is available at online stores too.
With these moisturizers, you are good to go.
Remember, moisturizers are essential for your skin growth, but you need to be careful when deciding which to buy. With the tips in this article, getting that perfect moisturizer for your skin should no longer be a problem.
Now over to you…
Which moisturizers have you used and what was your experience with them? Please share with the BeauCrest community and let the discussion continue!