The Moisture Myth: Why You’re Addicted to Moisturisers

Although there are tons of moisturisers available, many of them don’t deliver on their promises. Sure, they’re formulated to plump the skin for a bit; however, by the end of the day, your skin is back to appear dry and dull. Not to mention everytime you wash your face, your skin feels tight and irritated. How can this be?

The curse of moisturiser overload

The short answer: your skin has become lazy. Every time you apply moisturiser to your skin, it signals your skin to stop producing its own moisture. Over time, your skin gets lazy and stops creating its own natural moisture full stop. This is often why your skin feels tight and dry after cleansing; it isn’t producing its own natural moisture. The issue becomes more pronounced as we age and naturally stop producing as much oil and moisture. By the time we reach our 40s, our skin isn’t producing as much natural oil as it was before. Additionally, the years of product overuse begins to catch up with us. That’s right; all those toners, moisturisers, etc. that you’ve come to rely on over the years may have created the combination skin issues you complain about most. Have an oily T-zone and dry cheeks? Blame your skin care products. 

Watch the video below to find out everything you need to know about moisturisers and how they affect your skin!

Healthy skin is within reach

The good news is you can restore your skin’s natural moisture factor. How? Go moisturiser free for 28 days. We’ll be honest--the first two weeks will be the hardest. You’ll want to succumb to the siren song of your moisturiser (which you may have hidden in a drawer so you’ll be less tempted to reach for it). Resist! After two weeks, your natural moisture factor will reappear and your skin will feel less tight and all around healthier.

Using the right moisturisers

The biggest problem with many moisturisers is they contain ingredients that sit on the skin and don’t work with your skin’s natural moisturising factors. Look for moisturising products that contain shea butter or jojoba, which mirrors the structure of the skin’s own sebum. Also, look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, which helps maintain the skin’s moisture factor, especially around the eyes. A heavy water spray, such as Mystic Hydrating Treatment, is ideal for all skin types. Just spritz it over your face and it instantly plumps your skin. Use it throughout the day and as part of your regular skincare routine. For deep moisture, Humidify not only supplies hydration deep into the skin; it also protects the skin from dehydration. It works with the skin’s natural moisture to amp up hydration and create a smoother, firmer complexion. Apply it when you fly or travel to keep your skin feeling refreshed and youthful throughout your journey. In the summer, choose a moisturiser that contains an SPF. Hydrate+ is a lightweight moisturiser with SPF 17. It protects the skin from the effects of harmful UV radiation. Additionally, it doesn’t leave a white residue, making ideal for all skin types and tones.

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