Why choose a specific face moisturizer? It probably sounds like the most basic of beauty questions, but since age, skin type and even the time of year can all significantly affect your complexion, it’s worth looking into.
We explain why it’s so important to choose the right facial moisturizer for your skin’s needs.
What is the difference between a face and body moisturizer?
Unsurprisingly, the skin on your face has different needs from the skin on your body. This means that when looking to take care of your complexion, it’s important to take into account the daily stresses your skin is exposed to. The skin on our face tends to be less covered than elsewhere on our body, making it more exposed to damaging external factors, such as UV damage and pollution. As a result, our faces tend to be first in the queue when it comes to the first signs of visible aging. This means that unlike body moisturizers, which tend to be thicker in texture and often feature perfumes or other fragrances, face moisturizers are often hypoallergenic to avoid irritating delicate facial skin.
Why do you need a face moisturizer?
Facial skin is among the thinnest on the body, with the most delicate part of the face - the under-eye area - averaging just 0.5mm in thickness. What’s more, the face lacks the fat deposits found on other parts of the body, such as the thighs and upper arms, making it much more prone to dryness. This means that when compared to other areas of the body, the face is among the first to show visible signs of aging. In a nutshell? Hydration is one of the best things you can do for your skin when looking to ensure its long-term future (hey, we don’t keep telling you to drink enough water for nothing!)
When and how to moisturize your face
When it comes to how you should be moisturizing your face, several factors come into play. Fortunately, Vichy Minéral 89 combines the intensely hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid with a light, fresh texture, reinforcing the skin’s barrier without leaving a greasy or uncomfortable texture.
Generally speaking, our epidermis tends to be at its thickest when we’re in our teens and twenties. While this can be a boost when preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this can also lead to increased oil production - resulting in imperfections and, occasionally, acne. To fight this, oily skin should opt for lightweight textures that won’t block pores.
Equally, as skin thins with age, its ability to retain moisture falls dramatically. Hydrated skin is less likely to show the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so choosing a day cream enriched with hydrating ingredients is key to reducing visible signs of aging while guarding against further exposome-related damage.
Sensitive skin should opt for hypoallergenic products designed not to irritate delicate skin.
Itchy skin needs a light, fresh texture to avoid smothering skin. Fortunately, Minéral 89 glides onto skin and is absorbed almost instantly, leaving a cool, fresh sensation that’s comfortable for skin.
Dry skin should opt for formulations featuring hydrating ingredients, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, to help reinforce skin’s cutaneous barrier.
Season / time of year
Summertime can often see skin ramp up oil production, resulting in increased blemishes and imperfections. Even if your complexion is feeling greasier than usual, this doesn’t mean that you should forget about keeping skin moisturized! Thanks to its high concentration of Vichy Mineralizing Water, Vichy’s Minéral 89 is enriched with 15 key minerals, while its smooth, cool texture is great for hot summer days.
Winter, on the other hand, can leave skin feeling parched as a result of indoor heating. While exfoliating is a great way of eliminating dry or flaky skin on the body, some exfoliants can be too harsh for delicate facial skin - meaning prevention is better than cure when looking to guard against dehydration.
What is the best moisturizer for dry skin?
Vichy Minéral 89’s lightweight, yet moisturizing gel texture makes it ideal for dry skin, hydrating skin without suffocating the epidermis. Its formulation contains over 89% Vichy Mineralizing Water, proven to strengthen and reinforce skin to help fight water loss, helping your complexion stay feeling fresh and moisturized. What’s more, Vichy Minéral 89 can be worn on its own or under your usual day cream for an extra boost of moisture, as well as making an ideal hydrating treatment.