How do I choose a moisturiser for my skin?

How do I choose a moisturiser for my skin?


Written by the QV science community with contributions from Dr. Fabrizio Spada, Ph.D, MRACI CChem.

While everyone has their own skin type, the barrier function of the skin and its importance remains the same for everyone. Our skin is here to protect us and in return, we need to provide it with appropriate care and give our skin the best moisturiser (and moisturisation) possible. However, the best moisturiser isn’t necessarily relative to the price tag associated, it’s about choosing the best one for you and your skin. We talked to Dr. Fabrizio Spada about skin and why we need to choose the best moisturiser we can to protect its functions.

Skin protection

How important is it to protect the skin?

The skin is the largest organ that we have and is responsible for the interface between our body and the environment. It is involved in temperature regulation, and our immune response to environmental factors, so taking proper care of its structure is very important, and that’s why you want appropriate cleansing to remove debris or other contaminants form the environment, but you also want to make sure the structure is in intact to maintain the hydration that is intrinsic in our skin.

How it works

How does a moisturiser work to protect the skin?

At Ego it’s very important that we formulate all our moisturisers with what we call a triple moisturising system. Because you want a humectant, which is a molecule which is supposed to trap the moisture inside the skin, but you also want an emollient and an occludent. What they do is create a very organic layer of protection on the skin to make sure that the moisture that has been trapped in the skin doesn’t leave the skin, even throughout the day or even through our normal activities that we carry out during the day.

The levels of the ingredients in the triple moisturising system can be adjusted depending on the dryness of the skin. For example, you would be best suited to try QV Cream for regular, everyday skin, but you would want to move to an intensive cream for dryer skin, or if you have “driest” and cracked skin you may want to move to the QV Intensive Body Moisturiser which has the highest level of the moisturising system ingredients.

The skin is the largest organ that we have and is responsible for the interface between our body and the environment.

Dr. Fabrizio Spada

Oily skin

Why would oily skin still need a moisturiser?

An oily skin means that skin is producing more sebum, which is one of the many substances that comprise the moisturising system of the skin. That doesn’t mean that it’s the only requirement for healthy skin barrier functions. So even oily skin still needs a humectant, still needs an occludent, the other components of the triple moisturising system to make sure that the skin is healthy.


How often should I apply a moisturiser?

It is very important to remember to have a correct and consistent skincare routine. In terms of moisturisation it is important to moisturise at least twice a day. It’s particularly important after cleansing because that’s when the skin will feel more exposed to the environment and potentially becoming dry. But at least twice a day is the recommendation to avoid dryness in the skin.


Why use a body wash and body cream?

The importance of using a body cleanser and a body moisturiser is really because, although the skin has different thicknesses and morphologies throughout the body, the structure is still the same, it’s still important to maintain the internal moisturisation and hydration and make sure it’s not lost throughout the day because of our daily activities. So it’s really important to have a dedicated product for the body in terms of cleansing and removing debris or contaminants from the environment, and still preserving the moisturisation by adding an appropriate and suitable body moisturiser.

For example if you’re concerned with sensitive skin, QV Gentle Wash and QV Wash are perfectly formulated for that kind of skin. But if you’re concerned with particularly sensitive or cracked skin, you might want to use QV Bath Oil which still provides adequate cleansing and removal of possible contaminants, but is very high in emollients and hydration system to still preserve the moisturisation in the skin, even at that level of dryness.

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