A Guide to Moisturizers

Skin Moisturizers (Skyn Stories by Dr Meenu Sethi)
Skin Moisturizers (Skyn Stories by Dr Meenu Sethi)

Doesn’t really matter if you are a man or a woman, at some point of time in your childhood, your mother must have enlightened you regarding the benefits of moisturizing your skin. Unless you are a banana, you must have realized by now how true it was and your dry & flaky skin really needs some hydration. Quite more than often, all of us have gone through this until we realized our ignorance for our dearly mistreated skin.

If you are a good caretaker of your skin, then moisturizing is probably an integral part of your hard-core not-to-miss regime. But are you using the right one and is there anything else you should be taking care about? Well, this article is here to do just that- Help you know everything about moisturizers from A to Z and some added benefits they bring along.

1. What are Moisturizers?

  • With so many advertisements, brand endorsements and internet reach, answering this question is probably a cakewalk. Anything that moisturizes, or in simple words, provides extra hydration is known as a moisturizer.

  • Over time our skin tends to wear out and needs some extra care from the outside. It may become too oily or start getting dry, developing wrinkles etc. Moisturizing your skin help restore hydration, helping your skin not lose shine and softness, in line preventing it from developing creases and maintaining its elasticity.

2. Types of Moisturizers

Very few people know that there are three types of moisturizers and choosing one highly depends on the type of your skin and more than often, seasons as well. Types of moisturizers are listed as:

Gel based-

  • You must have heard of brands endorsing moisturizers with those “gel formulas”. That’s exactly what we are talking about. Gel based moisturizers have contents such as water-alcohol or liquid fat. These contents’ role is to disperse the moisturizer ingredients.

  • Thanks to the gel base, these moisturizers absorb quickly into the skin. These usually leaves the skin with no residue or any white cast giving it a light and cool feeling. This is perfect for the summers when you are sweat prone.

  • These types don’t feel greasy on the skin at all and give the right amount of moisture without clogging pores. This also makes for a good background for all you makeup enthusiasts.

  • Gel based moisturizers are best for oily to normal or even combination skin types as they are non-greasy and leave your skin looking light and fresh. Some gel-based moisturizers even promise oil control and oil-free look. Dry skin types should avoid these as they do not provide enough moisture.

Lotions -

  • Remember those big sturdy bottles out of which mom would pour the liquid out and slather it all over your body. Well, they are known as the lotions.

  • They consist of the dry and powdered ingredient dissolved in a solvent like water. And hence you usually read on lotion bottles “Shake well before use” as the liquid may get separated.

  • These types of moisturizers are slightly richer than gel-based moisturizers but still have a good absorption speed. Excellent as all-over body moisturizers, these do not feel very greasy but do the work just fine.

  • The best part is they can be used throughout the year without any specific season to be followed as they mostly are non to slightly greasy and come as body lotions.

  • Lotions are good for any skin type may it be dry, combination or oily skin as there are many lotions in the market that moisturize based on how dry or oily your skin is or the weather in your area.

Creams -

  • Moisturizing creams are the heaviest type of them all. Creams are the real deal breaker if you are looking for an ultimate moisture therapy as they consist of a water and oil emulsion.

  • Richer than lotions, creams have a denser texture. You will see it’s a bit of a task to blend them and make them absorb into your skin, thanks to their dense composition. Some creams even leave a white cast after applying to the skin.

  • This type of moisturizers is best left for winters when your skin is really craving for that dose of moisture, particularly for dry patches and flaky bits of skin.

  • Creams are ideal for days when you are not wearing makeup or at night when your skin can heal itself without any external interferences as they are richer in oil and tend to get heavily greasy.

  • Creams are the best bet for drier skin types to give an eventual boost of hydration. Combination skin types can also use creams for drier areas like the cheeks. Normal skin types can use creams in heavy winters or as night creams. Oily skin types should clearly steer away from cream as it may just add up to the already oily texture and trigger acne.

3. How to incorporate

  • If you know the CTM (Cleansing – Toning – moisturizing) routine, you are already on the right path. Pretty much clear from the name, after cleansing your face, you apply the toner or astringent. And once that dries, you seal it up with a moisturizer.

  • Even if you don’t follow a CTM routine, still after cleansing your face, it is very important to moisturize while your skin is still damp. The best time to apply moisturizer to face as well as the body is right after you are done with your bath.

  • The same routine should be followed before bedtime as well for optimum results. Additionally, you can use a hand and foot cream or a body lotion on hands and feet before bedtime to heal them overnight

  • A heavy moisturizer, like a cream, can also be used to moisturize lips overnight so you wake up with soft supple lips

4. Benefits

  • Skin maintains its elasticity

  • Less appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

  • Soft skin

  • No more chapped lips

  • Bid adieu to flaky skin

  • Cracked heels can be cured with heavy moisturizers