Moisturising is an essential aspect of a well-rounded skincare ritual and should form the final step in your routine to seal and lock in the goodness, whilst protecting the skin from the outside elements. Facial oils and balms can sit in this category but we often find it more useful to put these in a category of their own as they do not contain a water phase and so will not hydrate the skin.
Moisturisers in their truest sense, deliver moisture to the skin, and done right they can be the perfect multi-tasking product. Our honey moisturisers are creams - or what are more technically known as emulsions - a mixture of pure floral waters and botanical oils that deliver both hydration and nourishment in one go. We combine these with the rejuvenating powers of honey to revitalize, brighten and soften the skin. The water component to these ingredients not only plumps and hydrates the skin but it helps to draw the oils deeper into the skin where the living cells can absorb the nutrients effectively.
We also add a small amount of organic beeswax to our moisturisers to create a fine breathable membrane that locks in moisture and acts as an anti-pollution shield, helping to protect the skin from the outside elements. By bringing all of these components together, each cream is in itself a superfood that provides the skin with everything it needs in order to nourish the body from the outside in.
As a general rule, leave-on products should be applied from lightest to heaviest so that the smaller molecules are able to penetrate deep into the skin without impediment. If you've ever experimented with different oils you'll know exactly what we mean - light oils, such as hemp seed oil, sink straight into the skin, whilst heavier oils like castor oil will sit on the surface and hinder absorption of anything else.
When it comes to choosing a moisturiser, always listen to what your skin needs, and often this will change with age, season and climate. Lighter creams are great for a more oily skin type, whereas richer creams tend to be better for a more dry or mature skin. Dehydration is something we can all struggle with at times and is not always a sign that you need to change up your moisturiser as it's an indicator of a lack of water in the skin - instead you may benefit from introducing a toning mist into your routine like our Orange Blossom or Rose Otto Hydrating Toners.
- Morning - after cleansing and toning, gently press your moisturiser into the skin, concentrating on areas that need extra nourishment and remember to bring any excess product down the neck and across the chest as these areas are often overlooked. We recommend opting for a moisturiser during the day as it protects the skin from harsh weather and pollution, and helps to counter the dehydrating effects of heating/ air conditioning. A good moisturiser will also smooth the skin, doubling up as a primer should you wish to wear make-up. If you have time, allow the cream to absorb into the skin before applying SPF or make-up.
- Evening - for some skin types moisturising at night can be as important as moisturising in the day, particularly as we get older. During the night, your body focuses on repair so an intensive cream that supports this can work wonders and leave you waking up to beautifully soft skin. If you prefer to go to bed bare-faced then generously mist your skin with a hydrating toner, pairing it with a good serum or facial oil before you go to sleep. How we want our skin to feel when we go to bed is very personal - experiment with what works for you; some people prefer to front-load their skincare routine in the morning, whilst others prefer to opt for their richer products at night. If you don't want to apply a night cream every night but feel your skin could still benefit from a treatment a few nights a week, try our Propolis+ Ultra Radiance Cream as a leave-on sleep-in mask for an intense antioxidant boost that will leave skin glowing.