💫Why You Need to Add Emulsions to Your Skincare Routine

Jun. 28, 2020
Emulsions seem to be a mystifying topic in skincare world. It gets thrown around a lot, yet no one really knows what it is or why you should use it. It’s understandably difficult to know everything in the skincare world as companies tend to create jargon that make the already vast world of skincare products even more complex. Emulsions are one of those products you’ve never heard of but may come across and wonder if it would be beneficial for your skincare routine.
Emulsions are especially popular in Korean beauty products, but what are they? What are the benefits? Do they work for all skin types? How do you use them? I’ll answer all of these questions and you’ll find out why emulsions need to be added to your skincare routine. 
What are Emulsions?
The purpose of emulsions is to lock moisture into the skin. Emulsions are a lighter version of a moisturizer. They are usually water-based products which means they don’t apply as heavily as other creams or moisturizers. The majority of emulsions are a watery or gel-like consistency which makes them perfect those who don’t like heavy skincare products. Although these products may be lighter, they contain just as many benefits as the typical moisturizer or heavy cream. Emulsions are a great replacement for some facial creams, but you may still need to keep serums in your routine. 
What Are the Benefits of Emulsions?
Emulsions offer many different advantages for every skin type including:
  • Absorption – Emulsions are well-known for spreading fairly easily on the skin. The thin consistency of these products allows them to penetrate the skin quickly and provide numerous benefits for the skin.
  • Cost – Products that contain emulsions are typically less costly as they can be easily manufactured.
  • Application – Most emulsions are water resistant meaning that it will stay on the skin all day and they leave the skin feeling soft and luxurious. The smooth application allows for the skin to truly shine.
  • Gentle – Emulsions are very mild and do not disrupt the lipid bilayers of the skin. This means that your skin will never feel irritated as a result of using the product. Using emulsions on the skin can even make the skin less susceptible to bacteria and other harmful germs that may come into contact with the skin. 
  • Moisture – The largest benefits of emulsions is the level of moisture they provide for the skin. They are experts in depositing moisture without drying the skin or causing it to appear oily. 
Do Emulsions work for All Skin Types?
Overall, emulsions are beneficial to all skin types, but there is one skin type in particular that respond effectively to emulsions and that is acne-prone skin. For acne-prone skin types, emulsions are great for targeting oil, spots, and excess sebum on the skin. Applying an emulsion to the entire face or just the affected area helps to keep the skin clear of any dead skin cells and excess sebum. Some emulsions have BHAs which help to control the accumulation of excess oil and dirt on the skin as well as hyaluronic acid which provides hydration without an oily feel. Emulsions that are paired with other well-known and powerful skincare ingredients are perfect for keeping the skin hydrated while controlling breakouts. 
For oily skin types, emulsions are a great moisturizer because the light water-based nature allows it to absorb easily into the skin without the weight of a traditional moisturizer or cream. If you have oily skin in a hot climate, emulsions can be a great way to cool the skin while providing hydration. 
Those with normal skin can still gain from using emulsions in their skincare routine. Even if there isn’t a specific issue to target, who doesn’t want smooth glowy skin? Emulsions are perfect for delivering a refreshing dose of moisture that will leave your skin looking soft and hydrated all year round. 
If you suffer from sensitive skin, then emulsions are great for providing hydration without irritating or inciting inflammation and redness. Sensitive skin is very particular and many products are not compatible with this skin type, but the calm, soothing effects of emulsions make it a great option.
Emulsions are a holy grail for those with dry skin – the hydration levels unbelievable. If you use emulsions in conjunction with a cream your skin will never feel dry again. Creams deposit a large dose of moisture into the skin and emulsions help to seal the moisture inside. With this killer combination, you can say goodbye to dry, flaky skin.
How Do You Use Emulsions?
Including an emulsion into your skincare routine will look different for everyone based on their skin types and specific skin issues. Emulsions work for a variety of different skin types and offer a solution to many different issues. The most common use for emulsions is almost like a moisturizer meaning it stays near the end of the skincare routine. Once you have finished your everyday routine and have applied a serum, then an emulsion is next step. Some choose to use emulsions in conjunction with creams but it’s important to listen to your skin and adjust your routine accordingly. 
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