A daily face moisturiser, as part of a skin care routine, is a must; but, with so many choices, selecting the appropriate face moisturiser is not easy! Moisturisers stay on the skin for extended periods of time and the wrong ones can cause pore-clogging or irritate the skin. Also, our skin is the largest organ of our body; whatever we apply on it gets absorbed into our organism and may cause long-term health problems. To avoid unwanted breakouts and unnecessary skin care expenses, read the follow tips to help you select the right daily moisturising cream for your skin.
Before you start searching for a daily facial moisturiser, you need to know what type of skin you have, because every type of skin has different needs; it will help you to choose the right one! Remember: Whichever moisturiser you choose, it will work better if you apply it to damp skin.
Always Read carefully the ingredients (even of large and trusted brands)!
Sensitive, delicate or itchy-prone skins do not like allergens (fragrances, colorants, acids and chemicals in general) that cause skin irritations (redness, itching, rashes). Choose natural products containing soothing ingredients (such as Chamomile, Aloe vera, Melissa) which will nurture, moisturise and protect your skin in a natural manner. Avoid moisturisers that contain chemicals and alcohol.
Oily skin, which is prone to acne and breakouts, needs a light, water-based moisturiser, to protect it, especially after cleanse. Choose a moisturiser with fewer ingredients. Fewer ingredients mean fewer chances of suffering harmful interactions and allergies. Avoid unnecessary and irritating ingredients, such as added colours, chemicals and perfumes. Choose moisturisers containing natural ingredients, such as Melissa floral water, oils, such as Calendula oil, Wheatgerm oil and few essential oils, such as Lemon balm, Myrrh and Frankincense.
Dry skin needs an oil-based moisturiser, to restore moisture and to keep it hydrated. Look for ingredients that keep skin hydrated, such as hyaluronic acid and Glycerin that helps to attract water to your skin. Avoid moisturisers that contain chemicals and alcohol. Choose moisturisers with Manuka honey floral water, oils, such as Camellia and Evening primrose and essential oils, such as Frankincense, Sandalwood, Rosewood or Lavender.
Mature skin, in order to be soft and well hydrated needs anti-oxidants, to prevent scaly skin and to fight wrinkles.Choose moisturisers with Aloe vera gel, Orange blossom water, essential oils, such as rose geranium, carrot seed and frankincense and oils, such as Jojoba oil, Rose hip oil, Wheatgerm oil, Argan oil, St John’s Wort oil, Borage oil.
Normal / Combination will benefit from a lighter, water-based moisturiser.
Always keep in mind that skin’s type can vary, depending on environment, hormonal changes (in pregnancy and menopause), diseases and that certain foods and dietary habits increase the likelihood of acne, wrinkles, irritation, skin cancer and more.
Also, the time of year or local climate that you shop for a daily facial moisturiser can influence what type you should buy. In warm weather and in a humid atmosphere choose a lighter moisturiser, as thick moisturisers may trigger seasonal breakouts. Chilly winter air calls for greater facial skin protection. Unless you have particularly oily skin, a richer lotion may be necessary, in order to prevent the face from drying out. Keep in mind that, areas around the lips and eyes are particularly prone to winter skin damage and need extra protection.
Drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day to maintain your body’s water balance. This quota may also be achieved by drinking herbal teas made of special blends for your skin requirements. ANTIQUE APOTHECARY® offers a wide range of herbal teas to complement its 100% pure and natural skin care products and is also able to prepare customised blends for its customer’s needs and all its herbal products are 100% pure and natural, containing pure therapeutic essential oils, floral waters and oils and especially formulated to care for all the different types of skin!
Your face does not need a complicate formula to adequately be moisturised! A simple natural herbal daily facial moisturiser, with the right amount of vitamins, antioxidants and refreshing, nourishing and revitalising ingredients may plump-up skin’s cells and help erase fine lines, leaving the skin smooth and fresh. Choose moisturisers that contain antioxidants, such as green tea, chamomile, pomegranate, camellia, as they may help keep skin looking fresh and healthy.
Moisturisers contain two types of hydrating ingredients: humectants and emollients. Humectants, such as glycerin, attract water to the skin, while emollients seal moisture into the skin, by forming a protective barrier. Emollients act as a lubricant on the surface of the skin keeping the skin soft and smooth, such as oils, shea butter, beeswax, squalene. Humectants increase water content in the skin, stopping the evaporation of water from the surface of the skin; they can feel more heavy and greasy.
Avoid chemicals and Parabens: Parabens are preservatives that give cosmetics a longer shelf life. On the label, you may see these commonly used parabens in cosmetics: methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben, all deemed “safe for use in cosmetic products at levels up to 25 percent” according to The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR). Used in a variety of beauty and skin care products, parabens have been studied for their potential health risks, based on concerns that they mimic estrogen, which in turn could lead to cancer. Parabens may also be included in products marked as organic. It is up to you choose skin care products with or without them.
ANTIQUE APOTHECARY® does not use any chemicals or parabens in its products.
Protection against the sun: No matter what skin type you have, choose a moisturiser with a sunscreen of at least SPF 15. Let’s see what does it means:
Sun Protection Factors (SPF) are an indication of how long you can stay in the sun without burning your skin. When it comes to sunburn, there are 4 types of skin:
• Type 1: (light skin) can only stay unprotected in the sun for 5 minutes before burning.
• Type 2: (slightly darker skin) can stay unprotected in the sun for 15 minutes before burning.
• Type 3: (dark skin) can stay in the sun for 20 minutes before burning.
• Type 4: (darkest skin) can stay in the sun for 30 minutes before burning.
An SPF rating gives an indication of how much longer you can extend your stay in the sun. For example, a product with an SPF rating of 15 will allow someone with Type 1 skin to stay in the sun 15 times longer before they start to burn (75 minutes = 1 hour and 15 minutes).
Also, the SPF scale is not linear:
• SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays
• SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays
• SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays
So, SPF 30 sunscreen only gives you 4% more protection than SPF 15 sunscreen.
The best SPF is one that contains natural ingredients, such as carrier oils and essential oils. For example, using Raspberry Seed oil or Carrot seed oil that have an SPF 30-40, you take advantage also of Raspberry’s anti-inflammatory properties (thanks to the anti-oxidants it contains it can reduce inflammation associated with sunburn) or of the support the Carrot seed oil gives in melanin’s production into the skin. It has been found that Raspberry seed oil make abnormal skin cells self-terminate (essentially stopping potential tumours and cancers from getting established).
Other ingredients with SPF are Wheatgerm oil, Soybean oil, Zinc oxide, Titanium dioxide.
The sensitive skin of babies and children is easily irritated by chemicals, so avoid sunscreens with para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and benzephenones. Children’s sunscreens use ingredients less likely to irritate the skin, like zinc oxide, which, unlike chemical ingredients, these protect babies’ skin without being absorbed. Babies under 6 months should be kept out of the sun.
People who have sensitive skin or skin conditions, like rosacea, may also benefit from using sunscreens designed for children. Go for titanium dioxide or zinc oxide instead of chemicals like para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), dioxybenzone, oxybenzone or sulisobenzone. If you have skin irritation or allergies, avoid sunscreens with alcohol, fragrances or preservatives.
ANTIQUE APOTHECARY’s® products are made by only using pure and natural ingredients.
While choosing the right sunscreen is important, it won’t help much if you don’t use it daily and correctly. For this reason:
• Apply the sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go out in the sun. Use the right amount to cover your whole body (lips, ears, feet, the back of your legs) in order to get 100% of the benefit.
• Re-apply the sunscreen at least every 2 hours and more often if you’re sweating or getting wet.
• Pay attention to the expiration date on the bottle. Sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time.
• Wear sunscreen whenever you’re out during the day — and not only when it’s hot and sunny. On a grey, overcast day, up to 80% of the dangerous UV rays still make it through the clouds. And during the winter, exposure to the sun’s rays still can have damaging effects on your skin.
Keep always in mind that there is no sunscreen that can fully protect against the sun’s rays! So, in addition to wearing a good sunscreen, you still need to take other precautions, such as stay in the shade when possible, wear sunglasses, stay inside when UV radiation levels are highest, wear a hat.
ANTIQUE APOTHECARY® Herbalists do not diagnose disease, but we work with herbs and nutritional healing to support health and to improve your life’s quality.
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