Keeping Skin Moisturised

Our skin consists of around two-thirds of water. The environment can dry it out, which is why it’s so vitally important to replenish it by using a moisturiser.

Moisturising routine – the right face cream for any skin type

Our skin needs moisture to look smooth, soft and healthy, but finding the best moisturiser for different skin types can be a challenge. Someone with oily skin has very different skincare needs to someone with dry skin and requires different products to achieve healthy looking, glowing skin.

Why does our skin need a moisturiser?

How is moisture stored in our skin and why do we lose it?

Once the water has left the living skin cells, it diffuses to the skin surface bound to the so-called natural moisturising factors. At the upper layers of the skin the hydro-lipid barrier protects the skin from losing these moisturising factors. Many external as well as internal influences can affect the skin’s hydro-lipid barrier, thus, leading to an enhanced loss of moisturisers, resulting in a reduced water binding capacity and finally dry skin.

How do moisturising creams work on our skin?

Moisturisers work by adding humectants back into the skin, thereby regenerating skins’ water binding capacity, and strengthen the hydro-lipid skin barrier function to prevent moisture from evaporating off the skin’s surface.

Why does the skin need a different moisturiser than the body?

Facial skin is particularly thin and sensitive, thus more susceptible and actually also more exposed to environmental influences.
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It’s all in the technique – how to apply your face cream the right way

Make sure to always wash your hands thoroughly before applying any creams or moisturisers to your face to avoid spreading bacteria.

Use the right amount of face cream, depending on your skin type and whether you’re using a rich cream or a light moisturiser. If using a tinted day cream, make sure to apply it evenly for a perfect finish.

Do not rub in the cream, but use your finger tips to gently massage it in without tugging on any areas.

Make sure you’re very gentle around any areas of irritation or blemishes and only apply mild creams to those sensitive areas.

Day cream for combination skin

The right day cream for combination skin moisturises without leaving the skin looking oily. NIVEA Perfect and Radiant Facial Cream gives combination skin the moisture it needs to support its natural balance and leaves it feeling refreshed.

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How to moisturise dry skin

Dry skin needs a nourishing skin cream to moisturise and smooth out any particularly dry areas. NIVEA Moisturising Day Cream combats the effects of dry skin by adding extra moisture and caring lipids.

Pure skincare for normal skin

Finding the right balance of moisture is essential for keeping normal skin at its best. NIVEA Soft provides normal skin with intensive moisture and leaves it glowing.
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The right moisture balance for oily skin

Oily skin needs a light moisturiser that is quickly absorbed and does not leave the skin with an oily shine. An oil-free moisturiser such as NIVEA Mattifying Day Cream provides essential moisture while evening out the skin tone.

Moisturising care for sensitive skin

NIVEA Soft is specifically designed for sensitive skin. Its caring formula helps to calm and soothe, while providing intensive moisture.

Each skin type has different needs

Every woman is different and so is every skin type. For your daily skin care, make sure you use a face cream that suits your skin type:

Combination skin: People with combination skin usually have a mixture of dry and oily areas. Usually it’s oily around what’s known as the T-zone (the forehead, nose and chin) and can be normal to dry around the cheeks.

Oily skin: Occurs when the sebum glands produce too much oil and can lead to visible pores, a shiny complexion and possible blemishes.

Dry skin: Less elastic and can be irritated and flaky, particularly in dry air and cold conditions (cold seasons, air condition).

Normal skin: Usually well-balanced with a smooth texture and is neither too oily nor too dry.

Sensitive skin: Can react easily to environmental factors and often suffers from redness, tightness, dryness and blemishes.

Find out more about your skin type here.

Tips for your daily skin care routine

Daily cleansing and moisturising is essential for all types of skin. Here’s what you can do to achieve beautiful skin with a healthy glow.

What’s the difference between day and night face creams?

Although we're out and about during the day, it's during the night that we rest and restore our energy; this goes for our skin too. It's crucial to use a suitable face cream to ensure we meet our skin's needs:

Most day creams such as contain an SPF. Some are slightly tinted, but are too light to be used as foundation. They are generally light enough to be used under make up and provide the skin with enough moisture to last throughout the day.

Night creams usually have a moisturising and nourishing effect and may intensively soothe the skin. As we sleep, our skin uses this time to regenerate. So it's vital to support the regeneration process by using a suitable night cream.

Do’s and Don’ts for applying moisturising cream


  • Use a moisturiser that suits the needs of your skin type
  • Make sure to always also apply moisturiser to your decollete  as well as your face
  • Use a moisturiser in line with a cleanser and toner to get the maximum benefit
  • Leave your moisturiser to fully sink in before applying any make-up on top


  • Do not use your moisturiser in the eye area , instead go for a specific eye cream that's specially developed for this sensitive area
  • Don't use moisturisers with strong fragrances if you have sensitive skin or are prone to blemishes

UV protection as part of your skincare routine

Most facial day creams contain an SPF, which is vital for protecting skin against harmful UV rays and premature aging.

Getting your daily moisturising routine right

There are a few simple rules to follow when you carry out your skincare routine to make sure the skin is getting exactly what it needs.

Summer lip care

Lips need protection from the sun too! Wearing a peaked sun hat can help to shield the lips from UV rays, but make sure this is combined with an SPF product specially designed for the delicate lip area. If your lips do get dry, why not try indulging in a deeply-moisturising lip butter?

Sun protection for smooth and healthy-looking skin – Face creams with SPF

Why is it so important that a face cream contains sunscreen?

The sun gives off damaging UVA/UVB rays, which can cause the skin to age prematurely or even develop skin cancer. Having a UV screen in your day cream will reduce the UV rays that penetrate into the skin without you having to wear a separate sunscreen. This means you’re killing two birds with one stone, knowing your skin is moisturized and protected while you’re out and about.

Which SPF should I go for?

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from sunburn-producing UVB rays. Experts recommend SPF 15 for normal skin and even higher for people with particularly fair skin.

Can I stop wearing an SPF in the cold seasons?

It is recommended to wear a face cream with SPF such as NIVEA Q10Plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Care SPF 15 all year round. You may not get sunburnt in the cold seasons – depending on the location - however, UVA rays will still speed up the skin’s aging process.