Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty. - Derek Zoolander
Let’s talk moisturizer baby!
Creams vs Lotions - what’s the difference?
The simplicity of the Zoolander quote is definitely funny, but wetness - or water - actually is the key to understanding the differences in moisturizers. I’m sure Blue Steel wouldn’t be nearly as effective without proper hydration. Every body is looking for moisture, and depending on your body, the amount may vary. So, what’s out there?
- Lotion: Lotions tend to be more liquidy, lighter in weight, and thinner in texture because they contain higher amounts of water. Lotions are great for normal to slightly dry skin.
- Creams: Creams contain less water by comparison and a bit more oil. They’re usually thicker and work great for dry to extra dry skin. Creams can be a savior to those who deal with chapped skin from harsh, dry winter conditions.
Choosing the right moisturizer for you
There are dozens if not hundreds of options to choose from, and the process in choosing a moisturizer that works for YOU can be overwhelming. For one, it takes time to see how your skin will take in and adjust to a new product. If the relationship with a product isn’t there, you could be left with sensitivity, irritations, and overall bad vibes. Nothing is worse than spending money on products that. don’t. work. Here’s how we suggest you start.
Know your Skin Type
There are plenty of internet quizzes to help determine what kind of skin you have. Word of caution as many are gimmicky or marketed for brand-specific solutions. What I like about this video from Hyram on How to Find Your Skin Type is that he shares two different methods for finding your skin type.
Method 1: Shower, wait, observe. Wash your face as normal but rather than applying products aftwards, let your skin rest for an hour or so. Check back in a mirror for shine or dryness.
Method 2: Get close and personal with your pores. If your pores are larger you’re likely to have oily skin versus smaller pores with dryer skin.
“Skin types mentioned in skin care product labeling, such as ‘for oily skin’ or ‘for dry skin,’ are not subject to any guidelines or standardization. That means products marketed to a particular type will produce a wide range of results — from product to product and from person to person” - Healthline, No BS Guide to Discovering Your Real Skintype
Know your Climate
Don’t be confused to have oily skin if you’re in a climate that makes you sweat. Environmental climate conditions such as heat, humidity, altitude and aridness can affect your skin. Similarly, indoor conditions like air-conditioning and heaters may also have an affect on your skin.
Check your Ingredients
Always a cautionary tale… your ingredient list probably contains a fair few unfamiliar items. We’d like to draw your attention to a few of those.
Applying Moisturizer the Right Way
So you’ve locked in your skin type and you know your environmental conditions. Getting your moisturizer synched into your daily routine should be a fairly easy process. The best time to moisturize is with clean, damp skin. Easy to moisturize right out of the shower when you’re squeaky clean and your pores are open. There’s no real secret to the application process - apart from being gentle with your face. So, lather up and let your skin soak in the goods!
Aloe Cream - The Best Body Cream for Any Salty Soul
We utilize essential oils to scent our products, so they're going to be really close to the scents listed. With our Aloe Cream, the scents were created to serve the 3 general categories, so hopefully at least one works for everyone.
Out of Surf Soap ? - Repurpose your SS Tins! Take your empty tins to your local zero waste shop and get a refill of your favorite products!
Products change and prices change, but what really happens is YOU change - you move to a new city, a new climate, stress happens, hormonal changes, you start a new hobby… you age… we’re all here embracing the changes and challenges of life.
Enjoy the sun, salt and surf!