A love letter to Moisturiser… Shannon Peter Beauty Editor
I know, I know, you’re not supposed to love moisturiser.
The skincare pendulum has undoubtedly swung out of its favour as techy serums, essences and oils have come to the fore. And I do like those too. But there’s something so innately satisfying, so soul-soothing about applying a layer of moisturiser to start and close your day, I’ll never turn my back on the stuff. I’m not saying you won’t find more long-lasting, deep-travelling hydration in a hefty hyaluronic acid serum (Skinceuticals HA Intensifier is the bomb, FYI) but tell me – what’s enjoyable about attempting to transport droplets of silky serum from cupped palm to the cheeks without it dribbling down the wrist and onto the jumper cuff? Serums bring function, but moisturiser, well that brings visceral, emotional, dermatological fulfillment. In fact, I’d go as far to say moisturiser deserves to be a non-negotiable self-care ritual. Its application requires the oddly satisfying dunk of a finger into the pot, or a single pleasing pump, as is the case with Alpha-H’s Daily Hydrator Gel, which if you ask me, would make for a pretty brain-tingly ASMR video. Spreading it across the cheeks is equally as satiating, as is its ability to relax that tight-skin feeling. And have you tried layering up Embryolisse’s Lait Crème Concentrate on a cold morning? That’s the skincare equivalent of wrapping up in a goose down jacket. Plus modern-day moisturisers make skin glow better than any highlighter I’ve tried, and most come with added benefits, like the natural AHAs in Elemental Herbology’s Vital Glow Overnight Resurfacing Cream which nibble away at the top layer of dead skin cells as you kip. Ren Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream is like a multi-vitamin for the skin, containing zinc, copper and magnesium as well as vitamin a-rich rosehip, which together dial up skin brightness and help it cling on to moisture. Gallinee’s Hydrating Face Cream is great for temperamental complexions, as there’s not potentially-irritating fragrance, and contains the triple whammy of prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics that help maintain the protective function of the skin’s microbiome. And to be honest, that’s just the tip of the moisturiser iceberg. Sure, serums have their place in any skincare regime – I’ll continue to use a few drops of Vitamin C every morning – but my face never feels ready to face the world (or my pillow) without a dollop of moisturiser to see its on its way.