So you want to start moisturizing but you don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! As your personal beauty expert, I’m going to teach you how to pick your perfect moisturizer in 4 easy steps. These are my BEST tips, so pay attention!
Also, keep in mind that not all moisturizers are created equal – some are better for certain skin types than others. So it’s important to do your research and find one that fits your specific needs. But don’t worry – I’ll get into exactly how to do that research so you’re assured that you’re only buying safe, healthy skin care.
1. Get a Moisturizer That Contains Ingredients That Mimic The Skin’s Natural Processes
My absolute best advice on how to find a moisturizer is to look for one that contains ingredients that parallel that chemical makeup of your skin.
Hyaluronic acid is a great example – it is found in all of the tissue in our bodies. Squalane is also a great moisturizer that is strikingly similar to the natural oils our skin produces: sebum. Collagen is another skin care favorite. Nearly every woman knows and understands that collagen helps with skin elasticity, but there’s a catch. You can’t just put collagen in a moisturizer and call it a day because collagen molecules are too large for the skin to absorb.
With collagen moisturizers, the key is to find a delivery system that allows collagen to be absorbed. For example, hyaluronic acid can be absorbed and also happens to be the very substance your body uses to produce collagen. Some formulas with peptides and growth factors also mimic the body’s natural functions while providing a delivery system for collagen.
2. Skip the Water-Based Moisturizers
A lot of people pick watery moisturizers thinking water is what keeps our skin moist. As your personal beauty expert, I’m here to tell you that too much water is NOT a good thing!
Think about it – have you ever swam or bathed for too long? What happens to the skin on your hands and feet? They wrinkle, right? What you’re seeing is a natural body function that protects us from absorbing too much water. Water-based moisturizers eventually break through the natural oils (sebum) and bloat the skin. The worst part about it – if you’re using water-based moisturizers in the long term, your skin will no longer snap into place, resulting in wrinkles.
And another thing: there’s a difference between moisture and hydration. Hydration is when your body is able to absorb and retain water internally. Moisturized means that water loss is being prevented externally. So you can be thinking your water-based moisturizer is replenishing your hydration, when it might just be sealing in the little bit of hydration you already had. Not helpful!
3. Stay Away From Moisturizers With PUFAs
PUFAs – also known as polyunsaturated fats – are used pretty often in moisturizers, but let me tell you – they’re one of the worst ingredients you can use in a moisturizer.
Why? PUFAs can actually age your skin. When PUFAs are oxidized, they release free radicals that damage skin cell DNA. That’s scary when you think about how many people buy anti-aging moisturizers, not knowing that they’re causing their skin to age faster!
Some of the most common PUFAs found in skin care are:
- Flax oil
- Peanut oil
- Almond oil
- Avocado oil
- Sunflower oil
- Palm oil
4. Carry The Toxic 10 With You Everywhere You Go
Just as there are ingredients that a truly effective moisturizer must contain, there are ingredients that should immediately qualify a product as ABSOLUTELY DO NOT BUY when you see them.
I’ve talked science enough already, so I won’t bore you with the explanations, but long story short, stay away from The Toxic 10. These ingredients are absorbed by the body and can build up over time
Feel Confident and Empowered That Your Moisturizer is Safe, Healthy, and Just For Your Needs
So what’s a girl to do? I have the perfect solution for you. Shop my skin care collections for high quality moisturizers formulated by yours truly. I only use ingredients that mimic the skin’s natural processes and help keep your skin looking and feeling its best.
And if you want an extra level of assurance, make sure you have a copy of The Toxic 10 on your phone or in your wallet, so you know which ingredients to avoid when shopping for a new moisturizer. Your skin will thank you!