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Different Types of Moisturisers & How to Choose Between Them

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Finding the right moisturiser is essential to a complete skincare regime, as it ensures that the skin is hydrated with optimal moisture levels. Adequate hydration is a key part of maintaining visibly balanced, healthy-looking skin, 

As there are many moisturisers available, from light-weight lotions with SPF to rich and thick night creams, it can be difficult to determine which one is best for your skin. By learning about all the different types of moisturisers, you will be well-placed to choose the right formula for hydrating, protecting and maintaining your skin.

Types of Facial Moisturisers

To give your skin a boost of hydration and help strengthen the skin’s barrier, facial moisturisers should be used within both your AM and PM skincare regime. A compromised skin barrier can lead to unwanted sensitivities and uncomfortable feeling skin. Formulated with 3 essential Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid, CeraVe’s facial moisturisers Can help to strengthen and maintain the skin’s protective barrier while providing much-needed hydration.

Day Time Moisturisers

When considering which AM moisturising lotion to opt for, consider one that has been formulated with hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant molecule, meaning that it attracts and retains moisture, which can assist in moisturising and protecting the skin barrier all throughout the day. 

The CeraVe AM Facial Moisturising Lotion with SPF 15 is suitable for all skin types, including those prone to mild acne.

Evening Facial Moisturisers

When considering facial moisturisers for the PM, look for light, non-greasy lotions that effectively hydrate the skin. A gentle formula that will not clog the pores, is essential for those with acne-prone skin. This is due to blemishes forming when the skin’s openings or pores are blocked and the natural flow of oil is impeded. With a delicate texture, evening facial moisturisers should work to moisturise the skin and provide it with long-lasting hydration.

With its gentle formula, the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturising Lotion is suitable for all skin types, including those prone to mild acne.

Types of Body Moisturisers

We often give our face the most attention in regard to skincare, however, finding the right body moisturiser is also very important. The body is exposed to different environmental elements, fabrics and holds genetic predispositions that can affect the skin. CeraVe offers a range of body lotions and moisturisers to effectively hydrate and lastingly moisturise the skin on the body.

Moisturising Creams

Moisturising creams are well regarded in terms of effectively nourishing dry skin, with their rich and creamy textures. In addition to being deeply hydrating, 
body moisturisers should also be fast absorbing into the skin. When choosing a moisturising cream for the body, look for nourishing ingredients like Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid, to hydrate, help strengthen and maintain the skin barrier – keeping external irritants out.

Apply the CeraVe Moisturising Cream as required, it is suitable for use on dry to very dry skin types as well as skin prone to mild eczema. 

Lightweight Moisturising Lotions

A lightweight moisturising lotion can help restore the skin’s moisture and hydration levels. Look for an oil-free moisturiser that is dermatologically tested and non-comedogenic. Effective formulas should feature hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid to deliver a moisture supply for the skin, whilst helping the skin maintain hydration. Apply a body moisturiser as often as required, its light texture should be absorbed quickly into the skin. 

The CeraVe Moisturising Lotion is suitable for dry to very dry skin types. 

Smoothing Body Creams

Smoothing body creams can hydrate and gently exfoliate which make them effective on visibly rough and bumpy skin. Look for a smoothing body cream that is formulated with salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid that is often used in chemical exfoliants. Salicylic acid will prompt the skin to gently shed its dead skin cells, encouraging a faster skin cell turnover rate which can visibly reduce dry, rough or uneven skin textures. 

Use the CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream for exfoliation and hydration, it is suitable for use on on dry to very dry skin types and those prone to mild keratosis pilaris, rough or bumpy skin. 

When choosing your next facial and body moisturiser, consider the unique benefits of each and how they can best serve your specific skin type and concerns. Browse through CeraVe’s range of moisturisers to find products that will best suit you.