Moisturizers are an important part of any skincare routine. But, did you know that there are different types of moisturizers? Which one is best for you? Let us help you figure it out.
Moisturizing everyday can reduce the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness. Both extremes are harmful for skin and cause common skin conditions like acne. If your skin is dry, you could be overproducing oil, which causes breakouts! If your skin is dry and not overproducing oil, your skin will look dull
This is a pretty common ingredient in a lot of moisturizers, but what does it do? Hyaluronic acid is what is called a humectant: it retains and preserves moisture. One gram (0.03 ounce) of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water!
So if you live in a humid climate, moisturizers with hyaluronic acid are a great option for you. This is because a lot of water is in the air for the hyaluronic acid to pull from and hydrate your skin. This may not be the best choice for you if you live in a dry climate. Or, you may have to switch between hyaluronic acid and another moisturizer if you live somewhere dry and cold in the winter and humid in the summer.
Less well known, squalene is a substance that occurs naturally in our bodies and many other animals and plants. It’s one of the many natural lipids your body produces to lubricate and protect your skin. Squalene is commonly harvested from plant sources like olives, wheat germ oil, and rice bran. It comes in two forms: squalene and squalane, a version that’s been hydrogenated, making it lighter.
Squalene locks moisture into your skin. It’s one of the reasons your skin looks so great as a baby. We’re born with squalene in our skin, but it’s all gone by the time we’re in our twenties.
Squalene is best to use if you have extra dry skin or live in a dry climate. This may be a better winter moisturizer depending on where you live.
Something to keep in mind is that squalane (the hydrogenated version) is usually made from sharks. If this is something that bothers you, don’t worry. Squalene is derived from plants and is the same substance!