Moisturisers, as the name suggests, have a simple function – to add moisture to the skin and keep it healthy and hydrated. But they do much more than that. Because dry skin is more susceptible to premature ageing a moisturiser might well be your best weapon against fine lines and wrinkles. They also allow the skin to absorb more light which actually makes it look fresher and healthier. Dry skin, on the other hand, scatters light making it look dull and uneven. But don’t think that just because your skin isn’t dry you don’t need to moisturise. Oil and water aren’t the same thing, remember, even the greasiest of skin can be dehydrated and in need of a moisturiser. What’s more, because skin is affected by a raft of internal and external factors (from diet, weather and hormonal changes) you might find that the type of moisturiser you use changes depending on the time of year or even your age. Many men, for example, find they need a richer moisturiser as they get older and the skin’s natural oil-production slows down.
What Moisturiser Is Best Suited To Me?
In the same way that a bespoke suit will always look and fit better than an off-the-peg one, a moisturiser suited to your individual needs will always make your skin look better. To make finding the right product for you a little easier you can search for your moisturiser on Mankind by skin type but as a rule of thumb, If you have dry skin look for rich hydrating creams like REN Ultra-Moist Day Cream and Clinique’s Age Defense Hydrator. Or use a deeply nourishing product like Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream, which is enriched with beneficial nut and plant extracts and gives skin an instant moisture hit and has been designed to keep even the driest of skins in tip top condition.
If you tend to have oily skin (and those notoriously annoying shiny patches than invariably go with it) on the other hand, opt for oil-free moisturisers like Anthony Oil-Free Facial Lotion or Lab Series for Men Oil Control Daily Hydrator. Both of these will add moisture without adding any more grease. If you have sensitive skin, your choice of moisturiser can be especially important.