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Myths about moisturising

17 AUGUST 2012

All skin types suffer from dehydration, but the symptoms may vary.

With dry skin, you might notice some tightness and light, uneven scaling around the cheekbones. With oily skin, you'll spot noticeable flaking concentrated around your nose and the furrow of your brow.

Moisturising is without a doubt your best ally for nourishing your complexion, keeping it fresh and flawless.

 

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There are many misconceptions about maintaining a proper beauty regime. To help guide you through choosing your very own personal routine, we have set about investigating and debunking some of the most common myths about moisturising.

Only dry skin needs moisturising. FALSE

Compounded by a deficit in essential oils, dehydration tends to be more severe in people with arid skin. However, the truth is that all skin types are prone to dryness, so you need to tailor your hydration treatment accordingly. If you have parched skin, use lotions with thick creamy textures, enriched with nutrients. If you have mixed or oily skin, choose lighter gel-like creams with mattifying properties.

Hydration can't prevent your skin from looking aged. FALSE

For your epidermis, water is the fountain of youth! The better moisturised your skin, the longer those dratted wrinkles take to form. Applying a good moisturiser on a daily basis is the best-kept secret to keeping your skin young-looking longer.

Once you reach 30, you should trade in your basic lotions for specific nutritive or anti-wrinkle creams. FALSE

No matter your age, your epidermis' most basic necessity is moisture. Hydration should be your watchword. Start from there and then you can gradually add new treatments as you see fit. Your skin's needs are constantly changing. Factors such as aging and the environment all play a part in which lotion to choose. Know what your skin wants and choose accordingly. The wide range of specialised products available nowadays on the market make it easier than ever to treat your skin comprehensively and effectively.

If you have oily skin or a propensity for acne, you shouldn’t use moisturisers because they only add to the problem. FALSE

In oily skin, many people mistake the slight sheen for hydration. In fact, the level of gleam only reveals how much oil lies on the surface, but it’s not a true indicator of how hydrated the skin really is. Moisturisers for oily skin are designed to mattify the surface shine and reduce the amount of grease produced. Be sure to opt for a good cream and reap the benefits. If you don't take proper care of oily skin, it tends to become sensitive and easily aggravated.

By moisturising properly, you can increase the effectiveness of cream treatments that target other problem areas. TRUE

The better hydrated the skin, the more effective other skin treatments become. But no matter what you'd like to improve, stay true to your moisturising routine. You'll see much better results and save money on an endless trail of useless creams.

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