The Best Moisturiser for Dry or Sensitive Skin
What is the best type of moisturiser for dry or sensitive skin? What are the best active ingredients suitable for dry and sensitive skin? What should you do if you have dry or sensitive skin, and what should you avoid? Watch the video to learn more. This advice is applicable for any product, not just Merumaya's Youth Preservation Moisturiser.
Both dry and sensitive skin share some of the same commonalities in that they need surface comfort and to remove the tightness. The most important thing is to reinforce the skin's natural moisturising factor. Why is that important? So the skin doesn't lose water, but also so it can draw the moisture out of the air. Dry and sensitive skin (latter in particular) need calming and soothing due to irritation, redness, and sometimes itching.
Moisturisation and Hydration
We need to address moisturisation and hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a popular ingredient. But, many of us make the mistake of thinking it helps with moisturisation. It helps with hydration.
Dry and sensitive skins need nourishing oils and Hyaluronic acid. One of the main issues with dry and sensitive skin is they can flake, look dull, and lose suppleness. That is because a layer of dead skin on the surface prevents it from looking healthy and radiant. Also, dry and sensitive skin will look thinner.
Ingredients to look for
When you are looking for a moisturiser for dry or sensitive skin, look for humectants. They draw the moisture from the air into the skin.
No single oil is the perfect fit, look for moisturisers that have at least two or three different oils.
- Abssynian (Crambe) oil has a silky feel, helps boost collagen production, and is excellent for suppleness and elasticity.
- Echium oil is in four of Merumaya's products (Youth Preservation Moisturiser, Iconic Youth Serum, Intensely Youthful Eye Cream, and Melting Cleansing Balm). It is a super calmer, it soothes and puts out the fire in the skin.
- Squalane is a light oil, derived from olives, that prevents moisture loss from the skin.
- Oat oil is a thicker oil. It is rich in skin-identical lipids and ceramides that makes it ideal for sensitive skin.
- Cacay oil contains vitamins A, E, and F (essential fatty acids). It is richer in vitamins E and F than Argan oil.
- Sunflower oil softens the skin.
- Grapeseed oil helps to build collagen and elastin in the skin.
Look for ingredients that make your skin perform better. Our skin produces collagen, elastin, ceramides, lipids, so you'll want ingredients that help the skin do more of that.
Other ingredients that contribute to hydration of the skin are amino acids. Baobab extract is rich in polysaccharides that capture the water to the skin.
Likewise, you need hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic acid. But look for products that contain more than one molecular weight. This way, you are hydrating all the layers of the skin.
Youth Preservation Moisturiser contains three different molecular weights. The smallest one goes deep into the skin for that hydration and plumping up effect. Regular Hyaluronic acid is slightly bigger and will hydrate the surface areas. Our product also contains Hyaluronic Filling Spheres that work right on the surface of the skin to smooth out the wrinkles. With Youth Preservation Moisturiser, you won't need a primer.
Anti-inflammatories and Antioxidants
For itchiness and redness, you'll need anti-inflammatories. Echium oil is one of the best anti-inflammatories. Its stearidonic content surpasses even that of fish oils (12 - 14% and 2 - 4% respectively.)
Antioxidants help protect the skin and prevent collagen from degrading (look for ingredients like vitamin E and Mangosteen fruit extract).
Sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 is a must. Also, look for a moisturiser that contains two or three different filters, so if your skin is sensitive, you are less likely to experience sensitivity. The best is a combination of physical and chemical filters, as you don't want a chalky mess on top of any dryness and flakiness.
What to avoid?
- Single-ingredient products since they only do one thing plus if you layer more of them, there is a better chance they'll cause sensitivity.
- Don't be over-reliant on Hyaluronic acid, as dry and sensitive skin needs both hydration and moisture.
- Avoid oil-free products.
- Avoid products with mineral oil.
- Don't overuse acid products, especially Glycolic acid (which is more aggressive than other types of Alpha-Hydroxy acids). Opt for Tartaric, Lactic, Citric.
- Avoid manual exfoliation, especially on sensitive skin. For dry skin, it can be ok to an extent since it sloughs away the dead skin cells that make the complexion look dull.
- The temptation will be to use heavier creams, but these aren't necessarily more moisturising. These types of cream can leave a greasy film on the surface of the skin, and that's not what you want. Also, they don't deal with the actual issue.
In short - you want a moisturiser with active ingredients that will help your skin perform better. Dry and sensitive skin is a functional issue.
If you have dry skin, check our recommendation by Sali Hughes since she also has dry skin.
Do you have dry or sensitive skin? Have you found your ride-or-die moisturiser?