Hydrated skin is healthy skin, healthy skin is beautiful skin, and beautiful skin is ageless. As Australians embrace summer, we also embrace increased exposure to sun, surf, salt and sand. The result: dry skin. To help you keep your face fresh and radiant this season (and beyond), we’ve rounded up our favourite moisturisers to keep you hydrated around the clock.
1. Moisturising Cream
Dehydrated skin gets an instant boost of moisture with Aspect Dr Resveratrol Moisturising Cream. Resveratrol is derived from red grapes, often used in winemaking, and a ‘shot’ of resveratrol is definitely good for skin health. Rich in antioxidants, resveratrol supports your skin’s natural barrier function, trapping moisture from escaping. As an added benefit, resveratrol is a polyphenol, a substance that protects skin against a range of environmental stressors.
2. Replenishing Balm
When mild dryness turns into itchy, irritated skin prone to rashes, an intense moisturiser such as Avene XeraCalm Replenishing Balm can turn the tables. Use it to reduce itching sensations from dryness and alleviate redness and inflammation due to hyperactivity. Cer-omega, a key ingredient in the balm’s formulation, repairs, nourishes and strengthens the skin. It’s derived from evening primrose and rich in omega-6. As well as providing exceptional hydration, it helps restore the skin’s epidermal barrier.
3. Recovery Cream
Dry skin that’s also irritated and hypersensitive needs a special kind of care. Avene Skin Recovery Cream Riche provides it. Developed to reduce inflammation and reactivity, it’s formulated with a minimal number of ingredients in order to promote maximum tolerance among all skin types, while it aids in recovery. Pure glycerine moisturises skin, while thermal spring water sooths and calms skin and parcerine restores the damaged hydrolipidic barrier.
4. Eye Cream
Delicate eye skin needs special care to remain soft and supple. Revision D.E.J. Eye Cream’s unique formulation provides intense hydration and helps boost the skin’s ability to attract and retain moisture. One helpful ingredient is alpha-glucan oligosaccharide which reduces water loss from the top layer of skin, HGO also makes reduces flaking and dryness by making atmospheric moisture available for the skin.
5. Hydrating Mask
A hydrating mask can deliver an intense boost of moisture to parched skin. Aspect Skincare’s Hydrating Mask with shea butter is a luxurious, spa-day-at-home product to be used once or twice a week, as needed. Moisturisers naturally present in shea butter are some of the same moisturisers the body’s sebaceous glands produce naturally, offering maximum hydration without oiliness. Adding to the mask’s anti-ageing power are other ingredients including a complex of skin-loving vitamins and sodium hyaluronate.
6. Soothing Serum
A soothing serum is just the thing for dry, irritated skin, but it’s also beneficial to oily skin. Aspect Dr Multi B Plus contains a range of useful nutrients, including niacinamide. Niacinamide is a version of water-soluble vitamin B3 with powerful both antioxidant and healing than a heavy cream moisturiser. While creams sit on the top of skin, serums penetrate and hydrate on deeper levels. They’re not a replacement for moisturisers, but rather an excellent adjunct.
There’s a lot of art and science in the creation of effective moisturisers. Does it all leave you feeling as if you need a beauty degree just to figure it all out? Let us help. The skin experts at Austin Clinic have the training and experience to help you find just what your skin needs to shine. Contact us with any questions you may have.