A Guide to Your Best Skin: Toners, Serums, Moisturisers
Hi! It’s been a minute since I’ve updated this series on skincare. I’ve been slightly preoccupied to say the least, so do forgive the absence. But we’re back baby!
In the 3rd post under A Guide to Your Best Skin, I’ll be touching on toners, moisturisers, and serums! Probably the more essential products you could have in your routine, especially when maintaining your moisture barrier.
I hope you benefit from this post. Let’s dive right in!
There’s been a lot of chat about toners, comparing them to micellar water, figuring out their purpose etc. When I call a product a toner, I’m most probably defining it’s texture; very runny, almost water like. And the fact that it doesn’t have to be washed off after, which is the case with most micellar water. I am, however, not too bothered by toners, and unless you intend to use a toner to target specific skin concerns, you could do without them.
Traditionally, toners were associated with balancing out the pH levels of our skin. But I don’t use toners for this purpose. I believe, especially when aiming for hydration, toners play a role in penetrating the skin layers due to their consistency. Layering up a toner, serum, and then a moisturiser (if you need to) is my fail-proof way to return moisture to my skin. That being said, toners have loads of different ingredients for different purposes!
A favourite of mine is the Avène Gentle Toning Lotion. I pat this straight on to my face, no cotton pads necessary, to add more hydration. Could I live without it? Yes, now, but back when my skin was suffering from dehydration, this has definitely helped. I’ve also used and liked the Breath of Fresh Air toner water from Lush. Any real benefits? Not really, but again, as an extra layer of hydration or to thin out a rich moisturiser, even just to spray on my face, it’s not bad.
Don’t hate them, don’t love them, but their reliable and fun, so why not?
From the name, these products aim to hydrate the skin. I’m a firm believer in the fact that a moisturiser shouldn’t do more than hydrate. You could use a moisturiser that has some anti-acne or anti-ageing properties, but really, focusing on a hydrating one that you love is best. Hydration is key to solving most skin concerns; plumpness, textured skin, excess oiliness, and dryness.
There are two broad categories (in my mind at least) or moisturisers, and these are dependent on their textures; gels and creams. Most skincare advice will point people with oily skin towards gel moisturisers, and those with drier skin types to heavy creams. But there isn’t a ‘one-fits-all’ advice for skincare. I personally use a thick moisturiser because gel ones don’t seem hydrating enough for me.
Hydrating ingredients are key to look out for: ceramides, hyaluronic acid (check your tolerance first). Honestly though, I find bland is best. The Avène Hydrating Cream from their Hydrance line is my go to, and has been for years. It does its job, and it does it well. It comes in a thinner consistency as well. If you are looking for a lighter moisturiser, I’ve tried the Dr Jart+ Water Drop, and it honestly feels like nothing on my skin! Here’s a list from Reddit for more bland moisturisers: https://www.reddit.com/r/VeganBeauty/comments/7wa391/bland_fragrancefree_nonirritating_moisturizer/
These are my favorite skincare product, second only to acids! Serums tend to have more concentrated levels of the key ingredients you need, depending on the issues you’re targeting. They sound like superheroes, and they honestly are, but I’d advise to use one serum at a time. Generally, with skincare, a little goes a long way, and being gentle on your skin definitely pays off.
My holy-grail, all time favorite is the Avène Rehydrating Serum. I use up this serum like no one’s business; having bought the bottle pictured above 3 months ago! Dr Jart+’s Ceramidin Serum comes close though. Ceramides are known to be key ingredients in rebuilding our moisture barrier, and this serum is a good start to using the ingredient.
I’ve also got the Cicapair here in the serum section, simply because of its consistency; it’s a bit runny, and not moisturising enough. The main ingredient in the Cicapair line from them is the Centella Asiatica extract. This extract is famous for reducing irritation because of its calming properties. I’ve definitely noticed my redness reduce almost instantly when I use this product. The ingredient is definitely something to look out for if redness is a concern of yours.
This has been a lengthy one, but I do hope you’ve found this post helpful! We’ve got acids coming up next, and I’m very excited for that post!
Thank you for reading.