Back to Basics, Skin Care

Back to Basics: Why moisturize?

As the case with cleansers there are many moisturizers on the market. The most important question to answer is: Why moisturize? A common misconception is if you have normal, combination, or oily skin you don’t need moisturizers because your skin already produces just the right amount or too much oil. In fact, if you don’t, your skin will actually over-produce oil trying to compensate after cleansing.

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Cleansers are designed to wash away the impurities and extra oil. Moisturizers are just as essential as they hold water in the outermost layer of your skin and create a barrier against environmental elements. Skipping this important step can throw your skin’s natural moisture off balance and speed up the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If too much oil is a problem, you want to make sure you find a moisturizer that is non-comedegenic (won’t clog pores) and oil free so you don’t add more oil to your skin. These are lighter and you will be able to feel the difference between one meant for combination/oily skin vs. one for dry skin. If you use acne products you should moisturize right after to minimize the skin’s irritation. I can’t stress enough the importance of using a light moisturizer if you have combination/oily skin to maintain balance.

If you have drier skin you will want a creamer, more robust moisturizer. It will tend to be thicker and contain an emollient such as Shea butter or Vitamin E. Emollients seal and lock your skin’s moisture in, providing a protective barrier. You will see an immediate difference in your skin when you apply the right moisturizer. It will appear plump, feel hydrated, and the flakes will be gone.

If your skin feels tight, it means you need a product with more moisture. If it is too oily, dial back and find a lighter moisturizer. Your skin will also change with the seasons so if you found a product that works great in the summer and all of a sudden it doesn’t do anything in the winter, listen to your skin and find a moisturizer for the season.

When picking out your moisturizer you will find that some boast anti-aging benefits, organic ingredients, etc. You will need to determine what is important to you.  You may have to try a few different products before finding the right one. Don’t be afraid to return the product if it’s not working for your skin. Using the wrong product is one of the worst things you can do.

If you are unsure of your skin type, refer to my previous post about choosing the right cleanser for your skin. If this information was helpful please share it by liking my post and if you have any questions or comments post them below. I would love to hear from you!