In the Spotlight: 3 Super Ingredients to Have in Your Moisturisers
Updated: Jul 7
With hundreds of options available, how do we narrow it down to the best?
There’s a reason homegrown skincare brand, The Moisturizers Co. choose to work with moisturisers every single day—they love the feeling of soft, supple skin! Delve a little deeper and you’ll find moisturisers for different specialised uses—whether it’s ultra-hydrating benefits for dry skin, reducing fine lines, giving tired, urban skin a boost, or promoting anti-aging properties.
But beyond knowing the benefits of your moisturisers, making the effort to know exactly what goes into your favorite day cream or night cream is important. It helps you make informed decisions, understand why certain moisturisers are more expensive than others, and ultimately learn just what your skin needs.
The Moisturizers Co.: How we decide what goes into our moisturisers
"Creating a new product is always exciting. Yet, one thing we never want to do is rush the process of it. Before manufacturing a new moisturizer, we first do hours of extensive research on common skincare problems and desires that modern women have. This allows us to produce high efficacy moisturisers that show real results—results that we ourselves covet for." - Christine Chen, Founder of The Moisturizers Co.
Let us take you through the 3 incredibly important ingredients that their moisturisers must possess:
Squalane (note the ‘a’!) is an oil naturally produced by our bodies, as well as certain plants like olives. To become squalane, it goes through a hydrogenation process that converts it into a stable, fully saturated oil with a long shelf life. Squalane promotes quicker cell turnover and helps to increase collagen production, greatly beneficial in maintaining youthfulness and reducing the appearance of tired-looking skin. This is vital for skin that is regularly exposed to chemical-laden cleanser or pore-clogging concealers that disrupt the skin's natural ability to breathe and shed dead skin.
Also, because it sinks easily into the skin, squalane effectively protects the skin from damaging UV rays and free radicals, as well as reduce fine lines.
Squalane is suitable for all skin types, whether you have dry skin, acne-prone skin, etc.
Also known as Coenzyme Q10, ubiquinone is another naturally-occurring antioxidant produced by the body. But don’t let its scientific name put you off—ubiquinone is actually very simple to understand. Like squalane, it effectively neutralizes harmful free radicals and protects the skin from UV rays thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. What makes it different is that it also has the amazing ability to improve skin elasticity, giving you firmer skin due to its small molecular size that penetrates easily into the epidermis to purify and refresh your skin's surface.
Ubiquinone is generally safe for all skin types. However, those with vitiligo should consult their dermatologist before use.
3. Jojoba Seed Oil
Pronounced “ho-ho-bar”, jojoba seed oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of the Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) plant. Interestingly, while it’s called an oil, the ingredient is actually a liquid plant wax that is commonly used in skincare—especially in moisturisers—as it penetrates the skin easily to improve skin elasticity, and also reduces wrinkles, stretch marks, and lightens dark spots. As an emollient, jojoba also soothes skin and calms irritation and redness. Perfect for people who want to prep skin before makeup and not cover up with a lot of foundation.
Unlike other skincare oils, the structure of jojoba seed oil is very similar to the natural oils of our skin. This means it not only moisturises but absorbs faster than other oils. Moreover, jojoba seed oil is non-comedogenic, which means that it should not clog the pores, making it suitable for all skin types.
The Moisturizers Co. takes a lot of pride in what goes into their moisturisers and formulas! You’ll notice that squalane, ubiquinone, and jojoba seed oil are found in more than one of their moisturisers—we understand from Christine that beyond selecting ingredients that function on their own, they wanted to make sure the ingredients complement and work well together to yield the best skin results. Results are visible too.
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As featured in Her World, CLEO, FEMALE, Shape, Nuyou, Singapore Women’s Weekly, Daily Vanity, Layers of Skins.