‘’Do I really need a moisturiser?’’ A question that dermatologists get all the time. Even though your body has its own lubricating system, most of us do need extra hydration after weather and harsh chemicals wreak our skin.
BUT WHAT ARE THE SECRETS OF MOISTURISING?
SLOW DOWN THE AGEING PROCESS
Moisturising morning and night play a big part in achieving healthy skin. Of course, the appropriate cleanser and toner are very important but moisturiser is what seals the deal. Pollutants, bacteria, free radicals and UV rays damage the skin and speed up the ageing process. The results are fine lines and wrinkles. Moisturisers increase the water content of the skin, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Interestingly, face and neck are among the most effective areas of skin because they replace themselves more often than any other area. This loss of skin cells make these areas more vulnerable to dryness and even skin cancer. Moisturising gives your skin the ability to renew itself but also stay healthy.
PREVENT INFLAMMATION AND REDUCE BREAK OUTS
If you think sensitive and oily skin do not need moisturising, think again. When skin becomes dehydrated, it becomes easily irritated and more susceptible to allergens and breakouts. Some moisturisers do more than just moisturise. Some contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and exfoliates to deliver added benefits for your skin.
PRIME YOUR SKIN FROM MAKEUP AND SOOTHES THE SKIN
Moisturisers act as barriers between your skin and the chemicals in makeup. It also evens you skin more allowing your makeup to glide more easily. They work by attracting water from below the epidermis and from the atmosphere and drawing it into the stratum corneum. Using the right moisturiser helps maintaining its balance. According to the British Journal of Dermatology, people with moisturised skin don’t accumulate wrinkles as the rate of those of dry skin.
HIDE SMALL IMPERFECTIONS
When your skin has all the hydration it needs you will get healthy and fresh-looking appearance that helps hiding small imperfections, such as blemishes, dark spots and redness. So, aside from having a softer skin, you can also get a perfect cover up. Even if you decided to use cosmetic products you should never forget that moisturising is an essential part of your skincare routine.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MOISTURISER AND FEEL CONFIDENT IN YOUR SKIN
Most experts agree that the best time to apply a moisturiser is when the skin is still moist. After a gentle cleansing, apply a layer of moisturiser to lock in the hydration. Remember to adjust your moisturiser each season as you would for your wardrobe. No matter what skin type you have, winter calls for heavier products, while warmer seasons cope with lighter products. It is important to stay hydrated and getting the essential nutrients that are building blocks for healthy skin. The secret is always in the moisturiser.