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Moisturisers are probably one of the most praise-worthy skincare products that unfortunately have not received as much attention as their other skincare buddies. Well, they are ‘just moisturizers’ aren’t they? True, but not all moisturizers are created equal. Moisturisers are an essential step in every skincare routine, they are the finishing step that wraps around the skin to allow all the other products that you have applied to penetrate well into the skin and prevent moisture loss. They help maintain optimal oil-water balance of the skin, protecting it from external environmental stressors and increase the skin’s natural defenses.
With various moisturizing levels, textures and benefits for your skin, let’s dive deeper into the world of moisturisers and select the best one to tackle your skin concerns!
Did you know that there is such thing as clarifying or exfoliating moisturisers? Yep! These are moisturisers that contain sebum controlling and clarifying ingredients such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA), fruit acids, tea tree or willow bark extract. They tend to have the lightest texture among others, and quickly absorbs into the skin without oiliness, making them ideal for those with oily, combination or troubled skin. Exfoliants such as AHA and BHAs help eliminate dead skin cells, excess sebum and tightens pores for smooth, matte and clarified skin. SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Cream is a gentle moisturiser containing these exfoliants to keep the skin hydrated and clear. It also helps repair skin damage and leaves a cooling, soothing sensation when applied.
If you are looking for natural sebum controlling ingredients, tea tree, fruit acids and willow bark are your new friends to take on board your skincare routine! These ingredients help eliminate build up of oil, impurities and dead skin cells to help reveal smooth, trouble-free complexion- thanks to its natural exfoliating and clarifying properties. AROMATICA Tea Tree Balancing Emulsion is a soothing and hydrating moisturiser with lightweight texture that works by calming blemished, irritated skin. It leaves a soothing and refreshing sensation that instantly leaves the skin feeling comfortable. You can also layer this underneath your daily makeup to prevent oiliness in the middle of the day, honestly, who has time for that?
With the perfect balance of oil control and lightweight moisture, clarifying moisturisers contain active ingredients that prevent excess sebum buildup while preventing dehydration to keep your skin looking and feeling clarified, smooth and soothed.
Next, let’s talk about hydrating moisturisers. Hold on, what are the difference between ‘hydrating’ and ‘moisturising’? Hydrating skincare products typically have watery texture, non-oily formula that quickly replenish the skin’s hydration levels without sticky feeling. They penetrate well into the skin to relieve dehydration or water loss. On the other hand, those with ‘moisturising’ properties contain emollients and are richer in texture (we will discuss this soon!).
Hyaluronic acid is one of the most commonly found ingredient when it comes to hydrating products. They have amazing water retention properties that instantly hydrate and plump your skin, giving it a dewy and smooth appearance. Hyaluronic acid is also suitable for all skin types, as it boosts the skin’s hydration levels and helps retain it, without greasy feeling. In order for your skin to enjoy maximum benefits of hyaluronic acid, look for products that contain different types of hyaluronic acid like ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream, as its varying molecular sizes penetrate deep into different layers of the skin.
Have you ever wondered why your mom’s cucumber or aloe vera remedy always works wonders in soothing skin, especially after bad sunburn? It’s because aloe and cucumber have excellent hydrating and soothing properties, they also leave the skin feeling refreshed and comfortable without sticky sensation. COSRX Hydrium Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream is a refreshingly hydrating moisturiser that feels as though your skin is drinking a glass of refreshing beverage! It is enriched with aloe leaf water and green tea to quickly replenish the skin’s hydration while keeping irritation and redness at bay.
Just like the rest of our body, it is important that our skin receives adequate hydration throughout the day. Hydrating moisturisers are perfect for those looking for something light but moisturising enough, with non-sticky finish that leaves the skin plump and dewy.
Restore your skin’s vitality and harmony with intensive, deeply moisturising care. Rich, silky moisturisers take your skin to the next level by strengthening skin barrier, delivering anti-aging effects, restoring elasticity and firmness for a rejuvenated, lively complexion. These moisturisers are made with a combination of oil- and water-based ingredients to give your skin the best of both worlds! Lock in that hydration and moisture from the outside world and just let your skin relax.
Give your skin brighter days ahead by nourishing it with Ceramides to strengthen and rebuild skin barrier, which prevents moisture loss and improves the appearance of flaky, dry patches. Because ceramides are naturally found in our skin, they are safe to use even on irritated and sensitive skin. Apart from that, ceramides also shield the skin from environmental stress to prevent itching and irritation; DR. JART Ceramidin Cream is a hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested cream made with 5 different types of ceramides that penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to rebuild and strengthen skin barrier. It has a smooth, rich texture that wraps around the skin comfortably to prevent moisture loss especially after cleansing.
Ready to take your skin to higher plane with a miracle ingredient? Don’t flinch, it’s just snail secretion filtrate and no snails were ever harmed in the process. Snail secretion filtrate or snail mucin is excreted by snails to protect themselves, but did you know that it contains potent nutrients that help repair, moisturise and stimulates skin cell regeneration? With numerous benefits offered by this uniquely K-beauty ingredient, MIZON All In One Snail Repair Cream is a must-try moisturiser that you would want to incorporate into your routine! This moisturiser is packed with nutrients that smooths out wrinkles, repairs damage and scarring, as well as maintain optimal moisture levels. Contrary to common misconception, this cream leaves a smooth, non-sticky finish that sits well when layered underneath makeup.
Because a little boost of deep moisture for your skin makes a big difference as it instantly stops dryness, eliminates flakiness and chaffing for long-lasting comfort on your skin!
What if we could restore our skin’s youthful state with building blocks of proteins? In our spotlight is peptides, a powerful scientifical ingredient that stimulates the production of collagen to eliminate fine lines and smooth out wrinkles by improving skin elasticity and firmness. But that’s not all, it also helps reduce inflammation and help lock in hydration and moisture within the skin. Just a scoop of MISSHA Time Revolution Night Repair Probio Ampoule Cream and your skin is set to power through the day or sleep through a good night! This richly-textured cream contains a dose of peptides and a blend of fermented ingredients that your skin will love, and it absorbs well without leaving greasy residue behind.
We heard tales of ginseng from Korea, whispers of traditional herbal remedies passed down from one generation to the next and we believe that harnessing the powers of these folk remedies to nourish your skin certainly creates magic that your skin has never felt before! THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Myeonghan Miindo Ultimate Cream Special Set is an ultra-moisturising and nourishing cream enriched with Korean traditional herbs to lift, firm and deliver deep, intensive treatment for your skin. Pair it with the facial oil to intensify the moisturising effects and let your skin luxuriate in our most sophisticated cream!
Being the most concentrated and having the highest moisturising level, nourishing moisturisers are must-haves to restore your skin's health and liveliness.
The next time you look at your humble jar of moisturiser on your vanity, we are sure you will look at it as a powerfully-charged beauty essential that you cannot live without! In fact, selecting and using the right type of moisturiser for your skin type and concerns will make your skin so beautiful and soft that you won’t be able to stop stroking it! So, if you are ever taken to custody for having amazing face, you know who the culprit is!