Well, so many of you have been in such a situation when you’ve visited a skincare store and thought: “What kind of moisturizer to buy?” You have definitely thought about which brand to choose, what effect to choose, and how to decide which is better for your skin. Then, maybe, you said - ok, it’s just a cream, and chose something just to put on your skin before makeup. But moisturizing is a whole process, and in reality, moisturizer isn’t “just a cream”, as you may think.
Moisturizing your skin is an essential step in your skincare, and you can’t skip it or use any moisturizer, as it must fit your skin perfectly. That’s why you need to know the types of moisturizers by their key function, effect, and composition, and learn how to choose which moisturizer will be best for your skin.
So dive deep with us and let’s learn about moisturizers together. Let’s go.
Types of Moisturizers by Their Key Purpose
Moisturizers can be divided into types according to the function of the elements in their composition․ Accordingly, humectants, emollients, and occlusives are different types of ingredients commonly found in skincare products, especially moisturizers. Each serves a specific purpose in hydrating and maintaining the skin's moisture levels.
Humectants are ingredients that attract moisture to the skin and help it retain water. They work by drawing water from the deeper layers of the skin or the environment into the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis).
Common humectants include hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and honey.
They provide hydration by increasing the water content of the skin, making it soft, plump, and supple.
Emollients are ingredients that help to smooth and soften the skin by filling in the spaces between skin cells, which can be disrupted by dryness or irritation. They create a protective barrier on the skin's surface and improve its texture.
Natural oils (such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, or argan oil), shea butter, and fatty acids are common emollients.
Emollients provide a barrier that prevents water loss from the skin, thereby maintaining its moisture and promoting a smoother, more flexible skin surface.
Occlusives are ingredients that form a physical barrier on the skin's surface, preventing water loss by sealing in moisture. They work by creating a layer that traps water within the skin.
Mineral oil, petrolatum, beeswax, and silicones like dimethicone are typical occlusive agents.
Occlusives help maintain skin hydration by reducing transepidermal water loss, protecting the skin from external factors, and enhancing the effectiveness of other moisturizing ingredients.
Often, skincare products, especially moisturizers, contain a combination of these types of ingredients to provide comprehensive hydration and skin protection. For instance, a moisturizer might include humectants to draw moisture into the skin, emollients to soften and smooth the skin, and occlusives to seal in that moisture, creating an effective and well-rounded solution for maintaining skin hydration.
Types of Moisturizers by Their Effect
Here are some types (but not all types) of moisturizers by their effect, with short descriptions:
Hydrating Moisturizers: These are formulated to provide and maintain moisture in the skin, preventing dryness and dehydration.
Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Designed to target fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging
Brightening Moisturizers: Formulated to even out skin tone, reduce dark spots, and impart a radiant complexion
Soothing and Calming Moisturizers: Aimed at reducing redness, irritation, or sensitivity in the skin
Acne-Fighting Moisturizers: Tailored to acne-prone skin to combat breakouts while providing necessary hydration
Mattifying Moisturizers: Intended for oily skin, these products aim to control excess oil production and shine while still delivering hydration
Repairing and Barrier-Boosting Moisturizers: Geared towards strengthening the skin's barrier and repairing damage
Detoxifying Moisturizers: Designed to help rid the skin of impurities and toxins
Some moisturizers can combine more than one effect, by doing more jobs at once, and that’s how BBA moisturizers are. We’ll get back to them shortly.
Types of Moisturizers by Their Composition
Creams are thicker in consistency and provide a rich and heavier layer of hydration. They contain a mixture of water and oil, making them ideal for individuals with dry skin.
Lotions have a lighter consistency and are more fluid compared to creams. They contain a higher water content and are suitable for normal to slightly dry skin types, as they absorb quickly.
Gel-based moisturizers are water-based and have a lightweight, cooling texture. They are suitable for oily or acne-prone skin as they provide hydration without a heavy feel.
How to Know Which Moisturizer is Best For Your Skin?
Know Your Skin Type: Determine if you have dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or normal skin. Different moisturizers are formulated to address specific skin types.
Understand Your Skin Concerns: Do you have specific concerns like acne, aging, sensitivity, or uneven skin tone? Look for moisturizers that target these concerns, such as acne-fighting ingredients, anti-aging properties, soothing elements, or brightening agents.
Read Labels and Ingredients: Pay attention to the ingredients in the moisturizer and stay away from fragrances, artificial coloring, or other toxic ingredients.
Some BBA Magic
As we mentioned above, BBA Organic moisturizers are made to combine as many good effects as possible. In general, all BBA Organic products are created by keeping minimalist skincare basics in mind. We truly believe that you don’t really need 10 products to set up a good skincare routine. And our moisturizers too, have many key functions at the same time. Here’s a short introduction to both of them:
BBA Organic Clarifying Gel-Moisturizer
A gel in its composition, this product is the best friend of the oily skin. Use the Clarifying Gel-Moisturizer for skin hydration and extended antioxidant defense. This product supports skin health by combatting environmental stressors that contribute to premature aging. Additionally, it addresses blemishes, promoting an even skin tone and offering a soft, radiant complexion.
Its magical formula helps hydrate your skin, and, at the same, time fights acne: Marula Oil smoothens fine lines, Green Tea helps with sunburn caused by UV B rays, Sage Extract soothes dryness and irritation, Coffee Seed Extract reduces redness and boosts collagen, while Lactic Acid enhances cell turnover by removing dead skin cells from the surface.
BBA Organic Advanced Moisturizer
More like a lotion, BBA Organic’s Advanced Moisturizer spreads gently on the skin, fully nourishing and moisturizing it, and is the best choice if you have sensitive skin or if you want to protect your skin from harsh weather conditions.
With Squalene for deep moisturizing, Coenzyme Q10 to smooth fine lines, and Camellia ensuring lasting moisture, this formula also features Panthenol to soothe, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein for firmer skin, Rosehip Oil for balanced hydration, and Coffee Seed Extract to reduce redness and boost collagen production. This potent blend delivers comprehensive skincare for a nourished, firm, and youthful complexion.
The Bottom Line
Experience the transformative power of BBA Organic's moisturizers – blends crafted to nurture your skin. Embrace daily application for radiant, firm, and healthy skin - never forget the magic of moisturizing!