#1 What does a moisturiser do? 

Your skin requires both water hydration and oil moisture to function properly and maintain a healthy complexion.

  • lack in hydration leads to dull rough looking skin with fine lines and wrinkles appearing more visibly.
  • lack in oil weakens the skin’s ability to protect itself from external environment, making it more sensitive, prone to irritation, red patches and blemishes. The thin layer of oil at the surface of the skin also locks hydration in. When your skin lacks in oil, it looks scaly and looses its ability to retain water as well leading to dehydrated dull, flaky skin.

A moisturiser offers water hydration AND oil moisture in order to replenish your skin.

You definitely need a moisturiser if your skin needs help with its protective sebum barrier. This is typically the case if you work / sleep in air con environment, use drying products for your acne, have a normal or dry skin type, smoke, live in a very dusty or polluted environment.

 

#2 Serum vs. Moisturiser: what is the difference? Should I be using both?

A moisturiser is formulated with a higher dosage of oil, to provide that additional layer to protect the skin. A serum typically has a lighter texture designed to penetrate faster in the skin and contains a higher dosage of active ingredients than a moisturiser.

Using serum and / or moisturiser depends on your skin type and your lifestyle.

  • Younger, oilier skins don’t necessarily need an oil top up twice a day – especially if you are applying UV control and make up which tend to be heavy textures with high oil content already.
  • As the skin matures, moisturising becomes necessary to have a comfortable, well lubricated supple skin.

Get in touch with our skin experts if you want customised advice adapted to your skin!

 

#3 How can I check if my skin is dehydrated?

If your skin feels tight after a couple of hours in the day, chances are it is dehydrated

To test dehydration: Check the skin located under your cheek bone. Smile – if you see many tiny lines forming, this means that your skin is dehydrated.

Careful not to mistake age related expression lines which start from your nose and frame your mouth!

 

#4 Should I be looking for a moisturiser with SPF? 

The main advantage of applying moisturiser with SPF is to skip the step of adding on UV control as the last step of your skincare routine.

However, you might be compromising on texture and ingredients: typically moisturisers with UV protection have a heavier texture, due to the UV filters, which might not be suitable for everyone. Adding on UV filters implies a trade off in terms of ingredients.

 

#5 What benefits can I expect in alche{me}’s personalised moisturiser?

We are very excited to be launching our light textured moisturiser. In addition to personalised active ingredients which will address each individual customer’s needs, we are introducing amazing ingredients in the base to really make this moisturiser a staple in the routine:

We are newly introducing a plant based ceramide to help the skin restore its protective barrier and retain hydration. So that your skin increases its own ability to stay hydrated! This ingredient also performed well in clinical tests to smooth the skin and reduce age related dilated pores.

Our moisturiser also features moringa seed, which helps to keep dust, fine particles and cigarette smoke at the surface of the skin, protecting skin cells from free radicals damage, as well as hyaluronic acid and vitamin A to provide in depth hydration and sooth irritated skin.

 

Bonus: Any lifestyle tips for better hydrated, radiant skin?

Check out our detailed blog post on radiant skin: https://alcheme.one/2018/07/skingoals-7-effective-ways-to-prevent-dull-skin-and-get-glowing/

 

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions, drop us an email at [email protected]. Or Click here to try our simple online skin consultation and customize your Alcheme product to your unique skin.