All your moisturiser questions—answered here

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

How often should I moisturise? Can I moisturise if I have oily skin? Find all the solutions here.

We’re dedicated to helping women find their perfect moisturizer. To do that, we need to know what women really think. So, we gathered search engines’ most popular results to answer them once and for all. And with questions like “how does a moisturiser work?” showing up as one of the top-searched questions, it looks like we have a lot of work to do! Let’s dive right in.

1. How does a moisturiser work?

What makes a moisturiser different from other skincare? Firstly, it needs to contain both humectant (such as Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, AHA) and occlusive agents (such as Jojoba Seed Oil) - the former to draw in moisture, and the latter to retain it. When a moisturiser is applied on your skin, humectants draw water from your dermis up to your epidermis, this helps give your skin a plump and supple look. In contrast, occlusive agents do not love water - but this actually helps your skin because when a moisturiser is applied, it sits right on the surface of your skin as a protective layer to prevent water in your skin from evaporating and escaping. Pretty interesting, right?

2. How many times do I apply a moisturiser?

It’s good practice to apply a moisturizer twice a day, once in the day and once at night. This should be done immediately after you shower to help your skin lock in the moisture. While some moisturisers are targeted for specific day (hydrate and protect) and night (correct and regenerate) uses, we recommend investing in one like the Cell Regenerate Gel Cream or Brightening Moisturizing Cream from The Moisturizers Co.

The Cell Regenerate Gel Cream contains Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant (in the form of Black Mulberry Extracts) that slows down the different signs of aging, while Squalane increases collagen production and promotes cell repair. Use the Brightening Moisturizing Cream on alternating nights to further amp up your glow—it’s fortified with Vitamins Complex and the renowned skin brightener, Arbutin, for glowy and bouncy skin.

If you're looking for a Day moisturiser that comes with SPF properties, we recommend the Avant Skincare Ceramides Soothing & Protective Day Cream SPF 20. With a feather-light texture, this non-greasy Day moisturiser formulated with SPF 20 leaves no trace – absorbed within seconds to quench skin’s thirst and create an impenetrable veil which seals moisture and nutrients in, while deflecting the harmful effects of pollutants, and preventing loss of firmness.

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3. Will a moisturiser clog my pores/cause acne?

As long as you use the right moisturiser—absolutely not! Different moisturisers are catered to different skin types to ensure they receive the nutrients they need. If you’re worried a moisturiser being too rich and clogging your pores, opt for one like the Ultra Pore Refiner from The Moisturizers Co, it is a non-greasy, non-drying milky gel formula that’s formulated with Niacinamide, Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid to control oil production, prevent and clear clogged pores while promoting increased hydration, collagen and elastin.

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4. Will using a moisturizer help oily skin?

The idea of using a moisturiser on oily skin may seem absurd, but oily skin is not safe from the effects of dehydration and dullness. Plus, dry skin tends to encourage increased oil production—which means more breakouts. Save yourself the drama and just use a moisturiser for your skin type instead!

(Read more: Moisturizers and Oily Skin - Do They Gel?)

5. Which moisturizer is best for dry skin?

Dry skin needs a little more TLC than normal or combination skin. Get a moisturiser with ingredients that target dryness like Chamomile flower extracts, Cucumber extracts, and Calendula (found in The Moisturizers Co. Ultra Moisturizing Repair Gel). This trio combination greatly benefits dry, sensitive skin with its skin regenerative properties, delivering ample hydration for dehydrated skin.

For dry and mature skin types, you can go for a richer, cream-based moisturizer such as the R.N.A Radical Anti-Ageing & Retexturing Face and Eye Cream from Avant Skincare. Ribonucleic acid or R.N.A helps your skin to radically combat the signs of aging including wrinkles, sagging skin, and brown spots leaving your skin visibly firmer and healthier. Trehalose further strengthens skin’s moisture barrier and brighten your complexion.

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6. Which moisturizer is best for combination skin?

Combination skin, as its name suggests, has a combo of different needs. The best part? This skin type is receptive to a variety of products so you harness the benefits of your own unique concoction.

Coveting clear and healthy-looking skin? We recommend multi-moisturizing by using two different moisturiser variants—The Moisturizers Co. Ultra Moisturizing Repair Gel and Ultra Pore Refiner with Niacinamide contain watery/milky gel formulas that are suitable for oily, combination skin with frequent breakouts while also dealing with sensitive skin that is easily irritated.

Alternatively, go for a DUO moisturiser such as the lightweight Rose & Squalane Revitalising DUO Moisturiser from Avant Skincare. It is formulated with Rose that works to buff away dead skin cells and impurities while Squalane aims to lightly coat the surface of the skin to soften and smooth it without irritation whilst mattifying complexion. 

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7. Can moisturizing prevent wrinkles?

The saying “prevention is better than cure” has never been truer—moisturizing can indeed prevent wrinkles. Ingredients like Geranium Oil and Resveratrol (found in The Moisturizers Co. Cell Regenerate Gel Cream) and R.N.A (found in Avant Skincare R.N.A Radical Anti-Ageing & Retexturing Face and Eye Cream) have been known to help stop the gradual depreciation of elastin in your skin that causes fine lines and wrinkles. 

8. What moisturiser should I use when pregnant?

Good skincare for pregnant ladies is a must—it’s an easy way of giving themselves a wonderful pick-me-up! For the mum-to-be, you can select anything from Avant Skincare Rose & Squalane Revitalising DUO Moisturiser for nourished and protected skin, to The Moisturizers Co. Brightening Moisturizing Cream with Arbutin and Vitamins during the postpartum period—a great antioxidant moisturizer when you’re busy after baby pops! These products are safe for use during pregnancy—however, be sure to always consult a doctor if you’re unsure!

(Read more: What Skincare Ingredients are Safe During and After Pregnancy?)

Have a question that remains unanswered? Make sure you pop it down here and check out our answers to other questions as well!

About us: We are Skintelligence, a team focused on a 'skin-first' approach to beauty through artificial intelligence. We match products to you based on your unique skin type and needs. Results are highly accurate and personalized with AI and machine learning. It's fun, convenient, and it works. Try it here.

As featured in Her World, CLEO, FEMALE, Shape, Nuyou, Singapore Women’s Weekly, Daily Vanity, Layers of Skins.

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