What happens to Your Skin when you start using an Effective Daily Moisturiser...

With so many moisturisers everywhere, from supermarkets to high street beauty stores, claiming to contain the latest trending ingredients or full of hyped up promises with prices ranging hugely, how are you meant to know where to start? Let’s help……

 What makes an effective moisturiser?

If you are having difficulty finding a face cream that doesn't irritate, are struggling to see results from your current moisturiser or just don’t know which one out of the thousands to pick, here’s the ultimate checklist for you:

Questions to ask:

1. Does it have natural ingredients?

2. Is it water based? A moisturiser should be water based to provide essential hydration.  Oils nourish and moisturise but for healthy, better skin it is essential we are using a water based moisturiser too 

3. Does it have gentle alternatives to harsh actives such as antioxidant butters, plant oils, honey, aloe vera?

4. Does it have a short, simple ingredient list?

5. Does it have all 3 ingredient types for hydration, plumping and protecting the skin barrier:-

i) humectants like aloe vera, raw honey, hyaluronic acid to attract and retain water,

ii) emollients like natural plant oils and lipid rich butters to fill the gaps in the skin barrier, creating a smoother more robust skin surface, and;

iii) occlusives like beeswax, cocoa butter to form a physical ‘film’ to prevent water loss and protect the skin from external irritation.

All our HBB moisturisers contain these three vital ingredient categories and are free from harsh actives, synthetic fragrances and preservatives, so you can purchase with confidence.

Consider doing away with:

1. Long ingredients lists: simplicity really is key and has been proven to be effective.  We are really seeing a down turn in the trend for layers of different moisturisers and reams of ingredients, thanks to a rise in skin education championing a paring back of your moisturising routine for better skin. 

2. Strong actives: these often do more to compromise the skin barrier than improve it, especially when misused or if you have dry, sensitive skin or an already impaired skin surface.

3. Harsh chemicals, synthetics and parfum: any moisturiser that contains synthetic harsh chemicals is likely to strip the skin and lead to irritation.

4. Moisturisers with marketing hype and false promises: be careful of bold claims and high ticket items. There is no need to be spending more than £30 on a decent moisturiser.

5. ‘Anti ageing’ creams with strong 'actives'.  These formulas are designed to alter thee skin’s pH for maximum penetration but our skin barrier is not designed to withstand constant alterations to its natural pH and can cause disruption of the skin’s natural microbiome especially for those of us with dry and/or sensitive skin or acne prone skin and can give rise to dryness, irritation and inflammation – not the outcome we were promised is it?

11 Things an Effective, Natural Moisturiser does for Your Skin

1. Helps Prevent 'Premature' Ageing

Premature ageing differs from natural ageing in that it is mostly preventable through a healthy lifestyle, an effective moisturising routine and daily use of SPF.

Signs of premature skin ageing include deeper set wrinkles, dull skin, rough texture, enlarged/clogged pores and fine lines and can be eased with a daily water-based moisturiser that hydrates, moisturises and plumps followed by a broad spectrum spf.

Lifestyle changes to help would include: increased hydration, stress management, good sleep hygiene, reduced alcohol and sugar consumption and avoiding smoking.

If you do not yet have signs of premature ageing on your skin (sun damage and a dehydrated complexion often catch up with us in our late 30’s onwards) then the sooner you protect your skin the better. Getting into the habit of daily moisturising will ensure that your skin stays and looks as healthy as possible.

If you are younger than your late 30’s and have fine lines then this is most likely premature ageing and a sign your skin is dehydrated. Address by revaluating your lifestyle and hydrating your skin with an effective daily moisturiser.

2. Ensures Better Skin as you Age

Unlike premature ageing, natural ageing is completely unpreventable, cannot be reversed by any ‘miracle’ moisturiser (despite what marketeers may tell us) and is a beautiful natural process we deserve to allow ourselves to embrace - we only dislike our ageing skin because that is the narrative we have been fed by society.

As we naturally age, particularly leading up to menopause, our oestrogen levels fall reducing the elastin in the skin which cause the skin to become thinner leading to dryness, itching, a reduction in suppleness and an increase in sensitivity.

This is where our iconic face cream comes into its own – it moisturises, protects and plumps the skin without causing sensitivities and ensuring delivery of vital hydration and antioxidants for a soft plumped complexion. 

3. Banishes Dull Skin

As well as a sign of dehydration, dull skin is often caused by a misfire in our natural exfoliation process, leading to dead cells building up on our skin. Both issues can be eased by using a daily face cream. Here’s why:

Dead skin cells are held together by bonds called corneodesmosomes. For them to shed, these bonds need to be broken. Although our skin is able to exfoliate itself naturally with enzymes called proteases, these can only function if your skin is adequately hydrated.  Exfoliating skin with scrubs or acids can help but if you have sensitive skin or an already compromised skin barrier, they can cause micro abrasions to the skin and further dehydrate it if there is not enough moisture already present in the skin.

By making sure you are using a face cream, you are facilitating your skin’s own exfoliation process and preventing any damage from your weekly exfoliator.

4. Protects the Skin Barrier

Although our skin acts as its own natural protective barrier, it often needs help from a moisturiser to remain resilient against everyday free radicals, particularly if it is already compromised by sensitivities, acne, redness or eczema.

Our skin does make its own moisturisers, but these natural moisturisers deplete as we age (and from stress, hormones, heating, diet and pollution - to name a few) which is why you might find that your skin feels drier at different times and as you grow older.

A good moisturiser is essential in supporting the skin's moisture levels AND preventing much needed moisture from escaping.

Beeswax based face creams excel at this by forming a protective breathable barrier on the skin’s surface.

 5. Helps with Oily/Acne prone Skin

Acne and breakouts are usually a sign of a compromised skin barrier as a result of which irritants are able to penetrate the skin easier, this activates the skin’s natural immune response, increasing inflammation.

An effective moisturiser reduces inflammation and irritation by strengthening your compromised skin barrier and preventing it from becoming compromised in the first place.

Furthermore, acne prone skin is commonly dehydrated. Dehydrated skin overproduces oil to compensate so, without daily moisturising, your skin will just become more oily.

Using a daily moisturiser will rehydrate your skin, stop your skin’s desperate overcompensation of oil and instead balance its sebum production.

Choose a non comedogenic moisturiser like our combination skin face cream to deliver and lock moisture into your oily skin without clogging pores.

6. Soothes Dry Skin

Dry skin is skin that doesn’t produce enough oil (sebum) and it's this lack of oil that makes skin itchy, flaky and rough. This is usually a genetic skin type that is permanent but can be supported with the right skincare. Dry skin is often dehydrated too, so lacking in both water and oil.

By moisturising daily you are quenching your dry skin with both plant oils and butter emollients, and hydrating it with pure distilled water, raw honey and rehydrating rose essential oil for a smoother, moisture-plumped, calmed and hydrated complexion.

7. Reverses Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin is skin that is lacking in water (hydration) making skin tight and dull with an exaggeration of fine lines. Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition that can be easily reversed with the help of your skincare.

All skin types can suffer from dehydration, even if your skin is oily and it is one of the noticeable signs of premature ageing which can be prevented.

How? By using our water-based face creams you can reverse dehydrated skin by replenishing lost moisture and supporting the skin's natural renewal processes. With hydrating ingredients like raw honey and pure water, along with beeswax to seal in moisture and prevent dehydration.

 8. Delivers Natural Essential Oil Benefits

Our face creams take a holistic approach to moisturising your skin: our creams contain natural essential oils for their emotional balance, stress anxiety relief, calming and grounding effects for mind and body.

And for your skin? Our dry skin cream contains rose essential oil for its antioxidative properties, to promote cell turnover, plump lines and soften skin while myrrh is an antioxidant rich oil valued for helping promote circulation, creating brighter, radiant looking skin.

Our combination/oilier skin moisturiser has lavender as a natural antibacterial agent and bergamot for its anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties.

Our Sensitive skin cream is gentle and free of essential oils with natural calming aromas of honey, beeswax and butters which many find help promote a sense of well being and grounding in nature.

9. Improves Rosacea

Redness, rosacea, uneven skin tone?

Our Bumble Bee cream is the one for you: beeswax forms a protective barrier on the skin, shielding it from environmental irritants that can trigger rosacea flare-ups.

Raw honey has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, helping to soothe redness and irritation while also moisturising and promoting skin healing.

Rose essential oil contains compounds known to reduce redness and inflammation; calming the skin.

Together, these ingredients work synergistically helping alleviating the discomfort and appearance of rosacea with daily use.

10. Soothes Sensitive/Reactive Skin

Moisturising is the absolute non-negotiable for keeping your sensitive skin in optimal health.

If you haven’t found your sensitive skin BFF yet, consider paring back on ingredients and opt for effective simplicity over a complicated routine.

Beeswax based face creams are ideal; being extremely well tolerated, naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and antibacterial: beeswax and raw honey are very unlikely to cause skin irritation but remain high performing at delivering all the moisturising needs to care for and cocoon sensitive skins.

11. Offers the Perfect Partner to Your SPF

The most superior and effective tool to support ageing skin is a broad spectrum SPF – pop it on after your face cream as the last step in your skincare routine.

Opt for a separate SPF cream as this is the most effective way of protecting your skin from sun damage whilst retaining the efficacy of your  your chosen face cream underneath.

Why? Moisturisers and SPFs perform different jobs. Sunscreen is meant to sit on the skin and act as a defensive film against the suns rays without penetrating into the skin; moisturisers on the other hand, as well as protecting, have another job: they are designed to penetrate the skin to add hydration, antioxidants and moisturisation.

A suncream is less likely to have the ability to fully live up to its SPF number within a face cream as it is diluted with the other moisturising face cream ingredients. Plus, you would need to flood your skin this kind of moisturiser to gain the same efficacy as a separate sunscreen leading to overuse of product and congested skin.

We're here to help....

If you would like any further guidance on how to choose the right moisturising cream for you or have any other skincare queries, please do reach out to us - we are always here to help you.


Cath and Bec x 

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