A range of natural, organic moisturisers for every skin type. This includes our own hand made skin care and Logona, Sante, Weleda, Lavera and Aubrey Organics skin care.
How to Choose the Best Natural Moisturiser for You
Every skin, regardless of type or age needs a good moisturiser, but choosing the right one for you can be challenging, so we’ve created our guide to natural moisturisers to make it easier.
Moisturising or Hydration
There’s a key difference between types of moisturisers and that’s whether they create a barrier on the surface of the skin to lock in moisture or hydrate from the inside out.
Some moisturising products work better at one or the other, some do both. Some work to lock in the benefits of other products, like serums.
Often the way you tell is by the product's consistency. Moisturising gels tend to be aimed at hydration. Serums are usually to provide nourishing ingredients at a targeted level. Cream moisturisers usually have a higher water content so can be both emollient (moisturising) and hydrating. Oils are usually purely for emollient and are great at locking moisture in.
Understanding your Skin
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and consists of many layers that each have a different function.
We have three key ‘blocks’ of skin – the dermis, epidermis and the hypodermis, each of which has a different function.
The very top layer is your ‘stratum corneum’, which is about 30 cell layers deep and made of cells and lipids. These work together with the cells as building blocks held together with the lipid as a ‘mortar’. This layer works to keep vital resources IN (like water) and harmful ingredients OUT (like environmental pollution).
You add moisturiser to this layer to encourage cell turnover, prevent water loss (dehydrated skin), provide nutrients to the lower levels of the skin and offer additional protection to external toxins.
How to choose a moisturiser for your skin?
There are three questions you need to ask to choose the right natural moisturiser for you:
1. What consistency do I need?
The thicker or oilier, the more emollient (moisturising).
2. What is my skin type?
If you have dry skin, it’ll be tighter, prone to itching and need a richer moisturiser. Creams are best for normal skins and lotions are usually for oily skins
3. When am I applying my creams?
In the daytime, unless you’re very dry, most prefer a lighter moisturiser that absorbs quickly to allow for makeup application. Night-time is when the skin renews itself and is the best time for oils and serums.
Which moisturiser should I choose for my skin type?
Sensitive skin: choose a fragrance-free and hypoallergenic moisturiser to reduce the irritation. Moisturisers containing natural ingredients such as aloe vera can help to soothe sensitive skin. Gentle, skin nurturing ingredients like rose extracts can help to soothe irritation and redness.
Ageing skin: Your skin needs a richer formula, additional moisture at night and ingredients like avocado, which is rich in essential fatty acids, can be beneficial. For day, moisturisers with natural plant glycerin are good for increasing elasticity without oiliness.
Acne-prone skin: You might think you don’t need to moisturise, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, you need an oil-free, non-comedogenic lightweight moisturiser with ingredients like Tea Tree and Hyaluronic Acid (a molecule that holds 1000x its own weight in water) to improve hydration without adding oil.
Combination skin: This usually requires the use of a lighter moisturiser on the central ‘T-zone’ of the face, and a richer moisturiser for the rest. Ingredients like calendula are ideal to soothe and nourish without adding shine.
Eczema/ Allergy prone skin: This will often require a fragrance-free balm type moisturiser with gentle ingredients that won’t irritate and ease itchiness.
Rosacea: Rosacea skin is often inflamed and reactive. Moisturisers need to be natural, gentle and not too rich to reduce redness and avoid making the problem worse. Rose is often useful on rosacea-prone skin to help calm redness, yet also promote skin regeneration.