Moisturising/hydrating or nourishing the skin: what’s the difference?
Moisturising creams provide the skin with water. This hydration allows the epidermis to remain supple and the complexion to remain radiant. Skin becomes dehydrated when there’s not enough water in the skin, due to an impaired skin barrier and a deficient hydrolipidic film. This deficiency is more likely to occur as a result of temperature changes or pollution, among other things. It causes discomfort, tightness and even redness.
Nourishing creams provide the lipids necessary for the structure and for protecting the skin barrier against external aggressors. They are particularly recommended for supporting dry skin and very dry skin that does not secrete enough sebum to form the protective film of the epidermis. This skin type is, therefore, more vulnerable to wind, pollution, cold, etc. It generally suffers from chronic tightness and discomfort.
Nourishing creams are therefore used to provide the skin with any missing nutrients. The skin once again becomes soft, supple, protected and comfortable.
How do you nourish the skin on your face?
You can provide the necessary nourishment for your face with nourishing creams and a balanced diet.
Preferably, eat foods rich in "good" fats (oily fish, almonds, nuts, eggs) and containing omega 3 in particular. Fruit and vegetables are also welcome for their beneficial vitamin content.
Also, adopt a facial care routine with three steps: cleansing, exfoliation and application of a nourishing cream. If you have dry and sensitive skin, opt for ultra-rich cleansers, such as our Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar. If you experience itching, the Xeracalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil will relieve you thanks to its anti-itching ingredients.
Nourishing face creams should be applied at least once a day. Prioritise evening application to help promote cell renewal during your sleep. In the morning it will protect the skin from external aggressors and provide comfort throughout the day.
How do you choose a nourishing face cream?
Which cream should you choose for dry and sensitive skin?
Eau Thermale Avène offers three ranges of nourishing face creams to meet the specific needs of dry and sensitive skin:
- Revitalising Nourishing Creams for tired, dry sensitive skin (tired features, dull complexion).
- Hydrance UV Rich Hydrating Cream for dry and very dry skin.
- Cleanance Hydra Soothing Cream for skin prone to imperfections and rashes.
- The Trixera Nutrition range for dry and very dry skin on the face and body.
- Cold Cream face care for optimal nourishment and protection in winter, even in wet and cold weather.
Which texture for which time of day?
For more intense nourishment, adapt the texture of your nourishing care to the time of day. Choose an easy to absorb, light texture in the morning, and a richer, ultra-nourishing face cream in the evening. For example, opt for:
- The Revitalising Nourishing Cream as part of your morning routine, and the Rich Revitalising Nourishing Cream before bed.
- The Trixera Nutrition Nutri-Fluid Lotion in the morning, then the Trixera Nutrition Nutri-Fluid Balm at bedtime.
- The Cold Cream Nourishing Lip Balm at the beginning of the day, then the Cold Cream Intense Nourishing Lip Balm in the evening.
Which nourishing face cream is right for each season?
Also remember to adapt your beauty routine, and therefore your nourishing face cream, according to the season. Provide extra nourishment in winter to resist the cold with Cold Cream Cream, which is more creamy and protective in bad weather.
In the summer, sun protection is required to prevent skin dryness and protect you from UV rays – for dry skin choose a cream texture.