Dry skin has many adverse effects including leathery or scaly appearance with premature fine lines as well as increased risks for infections. Regarding infections, the pathogens enter the microscopic cracks on the skin, which serves as the body’s first line of defense. Skin can become dry from several factors, such as exposure to intense hot or cold temperatures along with prolonged sun exposure, and diminutive water intake, among others.
Fortunately, dry skin can be prevented! Aside from avoiding prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures and ultraviolet rays, you should hydrate your skin on a regular basis. When dermatologists say hydration, they typically refer to hydration inside and outside – with plenty of water and liberal applications of moisturizer.
Indeed, you should never be without your daily dose of moisturizer. Your skin will become healthier and look younger – suppler, smoother and finer –when you apply the right type of moisturizer at the appropriate time within the right amount.
Why is this so?
Consider the functions of a moisturizer for your skin:
- Seals in water: the skin loses its moisture to evaporation, especially during hot weather. The application of moisturizer seals in the water in it.
- Fill in the skin’s microscopic cracks: the deeper layers of the skin usually have more moisture than the upper layer because of the latter’s exposure to the environment. The application of moisturizer aids in drawing moisture from the deeper to the upper layers. Thus, it keeps the skin more moisturized.
The above-mentioned functions of moisturizer allow the skin to keep its moisture levels intact, thus, keeping it suppler, smoother and finer in actual texture and visible appearance. Keep in mind that massaging the moisturizer into the skin stimulates blood circulation and promotes new skin cell generation, both of which are essential in healthy skin.
But that’s not all! Regular moisturizing also decreases the appearance of oily skin, which can decrease the risks for acne problems, and other flaws.
What Moisturizer should I use?
Like all skincare products, not all moisturizers are created equal to every skin’s requirements. Dermatologists provide the following tips in choosing the right moisturizer for your skin:
- Consider your skin type. The best choice for all skin types is the hypoallergenic, oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer since these contain gentle ingredients that will not clog your pores.
- Look at the ingredients. Be sure that you will be getting vitamins like Vitamins A and B5, which increases the skin’s moisture levels and nourishes it; Vitamins C and E, which fights against skin damage caused by free radicals and the sun’s rays; and sunscreen, which protects against the ultraviolet rays.
- Test the moisturizer. If it’s too greasy on your skin, then you may end up with clogged pores. Look for a moisturizer that easily glides on your skin, feels like silk when applied, and lasts for longer period without the need for frequent re-applications.
Apply the moisturizer after taking a bath, or after shaving, or after exfoliation since these are the times when your skin pores are open or when your skin has been subjected to microscopic trauma.
Give your hands, face and body the love that it deserves!
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