We always hear about eating a clean diet but have you ever come across a statement like using a clean moisturizer? Well, apparently if you need your skin to look amazing, knowing that you opted for a clean moisturiser or not is a must. But do you know what exactly buying a clean moisturiser means? If not, read this one very carefully.
First of all, ask yourself a question – is the moisturiser or cream you are currently using clean or not? You’ll get an answer if it does not suffice your need or you have to apply it in more than the usual quantity and multiple times in a day.
Also, if your skin feels a little funny after applying that moisturiser, it is NOT not clean. Last but not the least, if you are not getting the promised results, even then your moisturiser isn’t clean enough. Sad but true!
According to ace dermatologist, Dr Ajay Rana, a good moisturiser typically contains many ingredients such as occlusives like white petrolatum that form a protective seal over the skin; humectants like hyaluronic acid that pull in water from deep skin layers; emollients like glycerin that fill in cracks and roughness between skin cells so the skin feels smooth; and barrier-repair ingredients like ceramides that replace natural fats that may be missing between skin cells, helping the outer skin layer function optimally.
“Clean moisturisers refer to products that are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, and dyes. Some may add silicones to the list or require that a certain percentage of ingredients come from natural, sustainable sources. It’s formulated with peptides to stimulate collagen, vitamin C, and apple stem cell extract to protect from free radicals. It’s lightweight and offers hydration without being oily or heavy,” suggests Dr Rana.
One of the basic ingredients that make the moisturiser a ‘clean moisturiser’ is that they contain dimethicone. Dimethicone helps to create a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, so that water can’t escape and environmental irritants are kept out. Dimethicone is present in certain oil-free moisturisers.
Always remember that a clean moisturiser should be unscented, but the consistency depends on the type of skin you have such as gel for oily skin, lotion for normal skin, and cream for dry skin. A clean moisturiser should absorb right into the skin and relieve any tightness or dryness. It should be lightweight so you can’t feel it as a distinct layer on the skin.
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So, the next time you go and shop for that moisturiser; instead of pressing on the brand, look for a contents list. That’s because it will reveal the truth and nothing but the truth about whether your moisturiser is clean or not.