What Is A Moisturiser??

What Is A Moisturiser??

The skincare world can be as basic or as extravagant as you want it to be. Some people just wash their face, add a little moisturizer, and are ready to go, while some prefer more extensive methods, such as the 10-step Korean skincare routine 🤪.


Moisturising the skin is key to keeping it supple and most moisturisers contain 3 kinds of ingredients; humectants, emollients and occlusives.  But what do they do and which do you need?


What is humectant?

You’ve probably heard of hyaluronic acid.  It’s everywhere.Together with glycerin these are 2 of the most popular humectants used.  Humectants attract water and help to hydrate your skin and make it look plumper.💦


What is Emollient?

Facial oils are having a big moment, and most of them are emollients. If you are prone to dry skin, it probably feels rough and tight, and that is because your skin lacks moisture. Rich butters and oils are emollients. When skin is dry and flaky, there are open spaces in your skin cells. An emollient can help to fill those spaces and smooth out your skin. They also do a fantastic job of strengthening your skin’s barrier and keeping it healthy. A must have!  They are beneficial if you have skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis to heal and soothe too. In general, using emollients makes your skin smooth, soft and supple. 🌱


What is an Occlusive?

An Occlusive ingredient provides a protective seal over the surface of the skin to prevent loss of hydration into the environment. They also help keep irritants, allergens and other harmful particles from being able to enter your skin. 🌸

Humectant ingredients attract and retain moisture, occlusive ingredients create a barrier to prevent water loss, and emollients smooth and moisturise the skin. Shea Butter is an humectant, an occlusive, and an emollient. Ta Dah! ✨ …….. I got you covered here with the fabulous AllAbout Face Balm!

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Sally x