How to Moisturise Correctly + Why It's So Important

No skincare routine is complete without a quality skin moisturiser – it's key to achieving a hydrated, age-defying and radiant complexion. The benefits of moisturising stretch far beyond simply treating dryness. If you know how to do moisturiser correctly, you can help support your skin's natural structures, fight free radical damage, nourish deep into the dermis and treat concerns such as acne and fine lines. 

The thing is, it isn’t as simple as picking just any moisturiser. Firstly, making sure it is toxin-free and using botanicals as the active ingredients should be non-negotiable when it comes to selecting your perfect hydrating product, however, there are more factors at play. 

Read on to discover why moisturising is a key aspect of your skincare routine and how to do it right!

Get the glow: the benefits of moisturising

Dehydrated skin is lackluster, dull, and potentially uneven. If you suffer from red patches, flaking skin, and general ‘blah-ness,’ it’s time to add in or switch out the moisturiser you use. Remember, a suitable cream or lotion will keep your skin radiant and glowing all throughout the day – who doesn’t want that? Let’s take a look at the benefits of moisturising in more detail.

Prevent and treat dry skin

If you’re not a user of moisturiser, you’re most likely dealing with dry skin. Dry skin is dull in appearance and may be slightly rough to the touch. While dry skin cannot cause the signs of ageing, it may make small wrinkles and other imperfections more noticeable. Hydrated skin, on the other hand, has that ‘glow-from-within’ look we all want. It appears healthy, bright, and youthful.

Soothe sensitive skin to promote skin tone evenness

If you’re steering clear of moisturiser because you have sensitive skin, think again. Moisturisers featuring gentle, all-natural ingredients will not irritate your skin. Instead, their active, plant-based ingredients will soothe your skin and promote skin tone evenness.

Protect your skin from environmental factors

One of the key benefits of moisturising is its protective capacity. When you apply moisturiser to your face, your skin will hold more water in its outermost layer. Not only does this ensure hydrated skin and an all-day-glow, but it also protects your most delicate skin from harsh environmental factors, such as wind and pollution.

Provide a smooth base for flawless makeup

Users of moisturiser generally create more flawless, longer-lasting makeup looks. Why? Because they’ve primed and smoothed their skin. Moisturiser gives your make-up an even surface to move over and prevents any foundation from clinging to dry patches.

5 things that go wrong when you don’t use moisturiser

If you’re not already convinced that moisturiser is an absolute must in any skincare regime, here are five things that happen when you stop moisturising your skin.

  1. Your skin becomes dry and dull, and fine lines and wrinkles become more visible.
  2. Breakouts get worse – dry skin can aggravate acne.
  3. Your skin becomes vulnerable to harsh environmental factors, which can lead to an uneven skin tone, blackheads, breakouts, and signs of aging.
  4. Your make-up will start to look cakey, as it won’t have a smooth surface to glide over. Instead, it’ll get stuck in your pores and cling to any blemishes.
  5. Your face may feel tight and itchy after cleansing, particularly if you use a cleanser filled with harmful chemicals.

How to illuminate your face with skin moisturiser

Get the most out of your moisturiser by applying it the right way and at the right time. Here are three ways you can achieve a radiant illumination with the humble moisturiser.

Apply after bath time

Who doesn’t love a good soak in the tub or a long hot shower? We do, and so does your moisturiser. The heat and steam from a bath or shower will open up your skin and moisten the top layer. This dampness allows moisturiser to properly penetrate your skin, ensuring you receive all the wonderful benefits of moisturising.

Apply after you’ve cleansed

In the AM and the PM, a thorough cleanse (using a gentle yet effective cleanser that’s kind – not harsh – to your skin) will clear your skin of sweat, dirt, and oil. You then may like to apply a toner and serum. Finally, always end your skincare routine with a suitable moisturiser. This will lock in the goodness of your skincare products, while boosting hydration.

Apply before makeup

As we mentioned, moisturiser helps your makeup stay in place for longer. You might like to apply a light moisturiser to bare skin right before doing your make-up.

Discover which moisturiser to use

The beauty market is saturated with moisturising products. The trick to clear, radiant skin is selecting the right moisturiser for your skin type.

Use these guidelines to discover the perfect product for you.

I have normal skin

Normal – or combination – skin is neither too dry or too oily. Your goal when moisturising is to maintain this natural balance while boosting your inner radiance. A mix of powerful mix of skin-friendly therapeutic and regenerating antioxidant-rich botanicals will give normal skin a clear, youthful complexion.

The experts recommend:

No.4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion

I have dry skin

Dry skin lacks moisture and may appear dull and even flaky. Your goal when moisturising is to restore hydration without clogging pores. For this, look for all-natural, sophisticated with intensive nourishing, soothing, and hydrating effects.

The experts recommend:

&Coco Bliss Intensive Repair Night Crème 

I have oily skin

Oily skin may be prone to breakouts and acne. Your goal is to keep your skin hydrated without overdoing it. Look for products that address blemishes without nasty ingredients that can dehydrate and aggravate the skin.

The experts recommend:

& Botanical Water Gel

Hydrate the natural way

There is a growing awareness that stresses just how important it is to be ingredient-savvy when shopping for skincare. Unfortunately, many of the big beauty brands use harsh – even toxic – chemicals that cause a whole host of issues, from breakouts to irritations and beyond.

Here at Edible Beauty Australia, we only use pure, wildcrafted ingredients that harness the healing power of nature. Nourish your skin with products that are so gentle, you can literally eat them. Discover our range of all-natural skin products today.

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Anna Mitsios

Adv. Dip. Naturopathy. Adv. Dip. Nutrition. B.Com (Honours)

Anna is a certified naturopath and nutritionist and founder of leading Australian natural skincare and wellness company, Edible Beauty Australia. Anna has been featured in various publications including Mind Body Green, Women’s Health and Allure. She is committed to the natural transformation of her client’s skin using proven botanicals, nutrients and herbal formulations, both on the inside and out.  

Anna’s career began in the corporate sector, where she specialised in corporate finance and private banking for over ten years working in Sydney and New York for a large Australian bank. Anna’s career change was sparked by her own health journey, following a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at 18 years of age.  Her diagnosis triggered her intense study of botanicals and nutrition to manage auto-immune condition and assist others in attaining optimal health. Anna’s naturopathy career has included working as a naturopath within a reputable natural fertility clinic in Sydney, within a pharmacy and health food store and running her own naturopathy practice. 

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