Skin care Creams vs oils: How to hidrate your skin

MAKE A FILM

Decreasing the amount of water that evaporates from our skin (this is what is called T.E.W.L. – Trans Epidermal Water Loss). If we add substances that create a “film” on the skin, it reduces the amount of water our skin loses mainly due to atmospheric conditions. We can use paraffin, which is a very common ingredient, or take a more natural approach with jojoba oil or squalane (naturally derived from olive oil).

TOUCH THE SURFACE

By moisturising only the surface using traditional ingredients like urea, allantoin, floral and plant extracts like mallow, aloe and calendula. Other solutions include seaweed, amino acids and even big molecules like hyaluronic acid and collagen.

FILL THE GAPS

By repairing the oils that fill the spaces between our skin cells. Natural ingredients that help achieve this include shea butter, cupuaçú butter, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil and sunflower oil.

ADD A HEALTH BOOST

Deep hydration by helping the skin to repair sun damage and ageing skin, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin (the so-called proteins of youth). We can achieve this by adding vitamins and oils rich in unsaturated fatty acids – commonly called omega -3, -6 and -9 – such as corn oil, soy bean oil and sesame oil, to our skincare regime.

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