What is a face moisturiser?
A moisturiser is a lotion or cream that works to nourish, hydrate and seal moisture into the skin. Depending on the ingredients included in the moisturiser, the skincare product can also provide extra benefits. Many moisturisers help to heal dry and flaking skin, provide anti-aging benefits like reducing signs of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture, or provide skin with essential nutrients to maintain the skin barrier.
As with any skincare product, it’s important to choose a face moisturiser that’s best suited to your skin type to ensure the best results.
Moisturiser for dry skin
If your skin feels tight or like it’s lacking in moisture after cleansing and showering, or often suffers from flakiness, you’re likely lacking in oil production, resulting in dry skin. Choosing a moisturiser that’s on the thicker, richer side can help replenish the skin with the oil content it needs to feel hydrated.
A moisturiser like Absolue Rich Cream, which is specifically formulated for dry and sensitive skin can help to visibly revitalise the skin with moisture, firmness and plumpness.
Moisturiser for oily skin
If your skin is always shiny by the end of the day, you likely have an oily skin type. If you have oily skin concerns, it’s important to choose a face moisturiser that won’t clog your pores or cause further oil production, leaving your skin feeling hydrated but not greasy.
For those with oily skin, a lightweight gel-textured product like Lancôme’s Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Gel Day Cream that provides hydration without clogging pores is the best moisturiser for you.
Moisturiser for combination skin
Combination skin typically means you have an oily t-zone and dryer cheeks due to more oil glands around the t-zone. Combination skin types can benefit from both rich creams and lighter creams, either applying varying amounts on different areas of the face, or using two different facial creams in the respective areas.
For a facial moisturiser for all skin types, including combination skin, discover Lancôme’s Génifique Day Cream, a rich daily moisturiser that promotes a more youthful skin appearance.
What’s the difference between a day cream and a night cream?
The main difference between a day cream and a night cream are the active ingredients. Day creams often contain Vitamin C and anti-aging ingredients, such as alpha-hydroxy-acids (AHAs) - and because these ingredients can increase the skin’s sun sensitivity, day creams are also often Moisturisers with SPF.
Night creams often have a thicker consistency compared to day creams, and are designed to deeply penetrate the layers of your skin while you sleep. In addition to the richer and heavier texture of a night cream, the active ingredients usually differ from day creams as well. Night creams often include retinol and glycolic acid to promote skin cell turnover and reduce signs of wrinkles. As these creams are designed for night-time use, they don’t contain SPF and are more suitable to be used at night when skin repair occurs.